Many businesses just assume any concrete surface will do for their warehouse, but a warehouse floor is critical. It determines the load capacity (how much weight it can handle), and even your forklift usage. Also, stacking racks and mezzanine storage systems have put extra demand on floor stability. So, before you just assume any floor will do, you may want to understand what goes into a solid surface.
The concrete slab is only one part of the floor construction. Underneath that concrete slab you need stable soil to support the weight, which may require several treatments and grading. The quality of your concrete floor comes down to several factors, including the weather at the time the concrete was poured, the concrete mix itself, the skill of the contractor, etc. Concrete does have a tendency to shrink, even when poured correctly; butshrinkage can expose the floor joints and actually lead to deterioration down the road.
Ignoring Obvious Repairs
Your concrete floors are not designed to last forever – and eventually they will require some sort of repair. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the budget or just feel as though you do not have the time to repair your floors, ignoring obvious signs could lead to serious safety concerns and structural issues. Also, to install a mezzanine storage system, you need a structurally sound, stable floor, which may mean you’ll need to repair it before installation.
If you are thinking of adding a mezzanine system to your warehouse, have the team at Mezzanines By Design come out and assess yourfloor. We can help you determine if your floors need repairs and the load limit of your floor to ensure you install a safe mezzanine.