Let's begin with the bad news...
Free standing storage mezzanines don't require ADA certification
so chances are there won't be any elevators.
are common on mezzanine systems but their construction and code
compliance limits them to materials only. Generally the
only egress will be a stair every 50 -75 feet to meet fire code.
"Forest of Columns" - Some systems have relatively
short clear spans
and create very little useable floor space under the mezzanine.
This can cause a great deal of problems in manufacturing and
distribution centers for equipment placement and traffic flow.
Floor Loading - In some cases, a building will have
inferior floor construction or improper soil density and will be
incapable of supporting a mezzanine system. The floor may
crack or in some cases, fail, leading to a sizeable repair bill.
Poor Engineering - With the tremendous growth of the
internet, many "Fly by Night" fabricators have found it easy to
pose as credible mezzanine manufacturers. Some of these
companies don't follow any safety, building or seismic codes, in
fact there are a large number of them that don't even employee
We have many horror stories of end users
spending thousands and thousands of dollars on faulty systems
that must be removed or fail while in use.
Please contact us if you
have any questions on your potential vendor, or view our
Potential Vendor Page.
Now for the good news...
Create more space - Mezzanine systems are designed for
one purpose...to change "air" space into "floor" space. A
mezzanine will almost double the square footage of the space
it's built in. This creates a great savings in leased or
even owned space paying off in only a few years.
Mobile - A mezzanine can, in most cases, be dismantled
and moved if you ever relocate.
Cost Effective - Mezzanine systems are usually 1/5th
the cost of new construction. Mezzanines generally
depreciate like equipment not new construction. In most
cases, mezzanines will utilize existing HVAC systems, saving
thousands in heating and cooling bills.
Consolidate Flow of Materials - Mezzanines keep
flow systems together creating smoother material flow and
increase output and productivity.
Systems Integration - Mezzanines can be integrated
into many warehouse systems. They are often integrated
into conveyor systems or rack and shelving or offices.
Versatility - The versatility of a mezzanine systems
knows no bounds. You can see mezzanines in so many
different capacities and applications that they could never be
named here. Distribution centers to malls, manufacturing
plants to opera theaters, mezzanines are everywhere.