Metal buildings are popular for being extremely versatile structures that can be designed to fit any configuration. For metal buildings used as places of business, the use of mezzanine floors is a suitable solution to the problem of lack of floor space.
Space is a very expensive commodity, nowadays. Mezzanine floors for metal buildings are highly cost effective solutions for adding floor space for office, retail, factory or general storage.
A prefabricated mezzanine is an elevated flooring system that consists of a steel deck, which is supported by joists that connect to the main beams. Mezzanine floors are commonly constructed with the main beams running across the width of metal buildings while joists run parallel the length of the structures.
Actually, mezzanine floors can already be incorporated in the original design of metal buildings. The steel structural frame can be designed to support a second floor loading. On the other hand, an existing metal building, especially one with clear span rigid frame, can easily accommodate a mezzanine floor. This option is significantly cheaper than renting space or constructing another building.
Take note that there are other factors affecting the design of mezzanine floors for metal buildings other than size and load capacity. The intended use of a mezzanine floor greatly defines its design, which should ensure that efficiency and safety are both satisfied.
For example, if the mezzanine is to be used as an office, the design should incorporate tight lateral stability standards. Although there is less loading requirements in case the mezzanine is to be used as storage, the possible weight of the products to be stored should also be considered.
The best part of having mezzanine floors for your metal buildings is they add value to your property. And since they are prefabricated just like metal buildings, they are fast and easy to construct, without too much disruption to normal business activities.