Mezzanines for Material Handling, Storage & More
As your organization grows, so too does your need for storage and floor space. Steel mezzanines are a great option when you’re eager to make room for additional office and storage space but don’t want to move operations altogether. By maximizing the usage of overhead space with equipment platforms, you can make the most efficient use out of your existing facilities.
What Are Steel Mezzanines?
Warehouse mezzanine platforms are elevated sections of steel or metal that are installed between the floor and the ceiling. They increase storage space and increase warehouse safety at a fraction of what it might cost to move operations to a new space. Steel mezzanines are among the most popular, but they come in a variety of options including wood, concrete, and composite materials. These supplementary structures also provide easier access to equipment and inventory.
Four Main Types of Steel Mezzanines
Steele Solutions has expertise in the four main types of steel mezzanines for industrial and commercial use, and mezzanine floors for distribution and fulfillment centers, and other material handling and storage applications:
- Free–standing – also known as a structural, steel, or wide-span mezzanine, these are commonly used in a wide variety of applications and offer great flexibility in set-up and restructuring, if needed. These steel structures are considered capital equipment rather than part of the building, and, thus, can be depreciated over a shorter period of time – providing tax advantages.
- Building-supported – if a building is designed to support additional loads, its structure can be used to support a mezzanine or platform. A blended system can also be developed in which a steel structure is supported partly by the building structure and partly by columns – as long as the foundation can support the additional load. Steele Solutions can handle building-supported mezzanines without calling in a general contractor.
- Rack-supported – these platforms create a mezzanine level of usable space between existing storage racks, as long as the rack system can support the additional loads. Catwalks also can be installed in these situations.
- Shelving-supported – ideal for storage of smaller items alongside existing shelving. This can be an economical way to make more efficient use of existing space. This type of structure is the least flexible in terms of reconfiguration.
Other Metal Mezzanine Features
Because metal mezzanines are freestanding, they offer a lot of versatility. Design them to fit your current floorplan, to accommodate equipment, improve access to inventory – or all of the above. A well-designed prefabricated mezzanine can be transformed into office space, inventory storage, or shelving units. When floor space is at a premium, you’ll want to install a mezzanine.
Safety should always be a priority in industrial and commercial spaces, which is why steel mezzanines come with a number of railing and handrail options. They help protect workers from slips, trips, and falls on the job and can be customized to your preferred aesthetics and design.
Prefabricated Mezzanine Framing and Installation
The industrial mezzanine systems we manufacture are installed at major distribution and fulfillment centers throughout the U.S., supporting conveyor systems, storage platforms and other equipment used in material handling.
Our storage mezzanines are ideal for use in warehouses, factories and elsewhere, providing additional usable space in buildings with high ceilings.
See our Framing Guide to determine the type of mezzanine steel framing best suited for your application.
For easy and safe access to conveyor systems and other industrial equipment, catwalks from Steele Solutions are ideal. We offer ready-made 12-foot sections of catwalks in three widths, as well as custom catwalks that can be designed to perfectly fit a conveyor system. See more on our Catwalks page. We also design crossover bridges for safe access over conveyors and other equipment.
Contact Steele Solutions for Your Steel Mezzanine Needs
Steele Solutions, Inc. has worked for nearly three decades to install steel mezzanines in all 50 states. You can trust our team to deliver the work platforms and mezzanines that work best for your space. We are members of MHEDA – the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association, MHI, and SMA – the Storage Manufacturers Association.
Still have questions about metal mezzanines? See our FAQ page for information on prefabricated mezzanine height requirements, weight loads, and other details and requirements relating to steel structures. You can also reach out to our team directly via our quick contact form or by dialing 888-542-5099.