We use our mezzanine load calculator to determine the optimum specification for your required mezzanine load rating, and to ensure your installation provides safety, longevity and cost-efficiency.
As well as establishing the specification for your mezzanine platform, support columns and access arrangements, we also have to ensure your building’s floor has sufficient strength to bear the weight of your mezzanine and its loads.
Although all the columns are likely to be spaced evenly beneath the mezzanine, it’s those inside the floor’s perimeter that generally take the most weight, as they support the greatest platform area. Consequently, these are the columns we consider when using our mezzanine load calculator.
The actual calculation per column is based on its horizontal and vertical span, the square footage it supports and the mezzanine’s uniform load rating. From this we can deduce the column’s loading on your building’s floor.
We will need to know the depth of the floor and what is beneath it, e.g. solid rock or the type of soil. We use geo-environmental drilling specialists to take coring and drilling samples, which are then analysed in a soils laboratory for their load bearing strength. By combining this information with the loading per column, we can tell you whether your warehouse floor has the required strength to support your mezzanine, if we need to provide larger or reinforced footers beneath the columns or modify the mezzanine design. After the samples have been taken, your warehouse floor is reinstated using the appropriate load bearing materials.
This is why our mezzanine load calculation is vital – it helps us recognise and deal with construction challenges at the design stage so we can eliminate potential problems; just another example of our thorough approach.