Second-Hand Warehouse Flooring is an Economical and Eco-Friendly Option
In a world threatened by rapidly diminishing natural resources, the pressure on South Africans to find greener methods of construction has been increasing. In addition, the prevailing economic climate in the country is also making it necessary for them to find ways of saving money. Fortunately, these two goals need not be mutually exclusive. In practice, purchasing second-hand items, such as warehouse flooring, is not only a cheaper option than buying new products but, by recycling manufactured items of this kind, we also avoid the consumption of energy and raw materials required for their manufacture, as well as the associated carbon emissions.
Generally, it is not the ground level of a storage facility that is likely to prompt such a purchase, as it will most frequently be made of concrete, and so, it can simply be repaired if it should become damaged. One alternative, providing the traffic is not too heavy, might be to lay tough interlocking floor tiles, although it might prove quite hard to find sufficient used ones. In fact, the kind of second-hand warehouse flooring that is most likely to be required is the sort used to surface a mezzanine floor.
This is a particularly effective way to provide some extra storage space when all of the floor space you have is fully occupied. When it is no longer possible to extend the existing storage space at ground level, the only remaining option is to extend it vertically. For this purpose, a mezzanine floor is often the best solution and one that could effectively almost double a facility’s storage capacity, while choosing to install second-hand warehouse flooring could also make it a highly cost-effective option.
There is a physical limit to the height of a racking system, beyond which, it will no longer be sufficiently stable. However, in some cases, the racking can be used to form the foundation upon which to install a mezzanine floor. The racks not only provide the required support but the addition of the mezzanine floor above will act to improve their overall stability. Where the racking may be unsuitable, a self-supporting mezzanine can be installed and made serviceable with the addition of some second-hand warehouse flooring.
The newly created floor space can be utilised in a number of different ways. The most obvious of these would be to locate some additional racking on it. That said, most warehouses also have a need for various support facilities, such as offices, preparation areas, and staff restrooms. Often, these facilities are occupying floor space, which could otherwise have been used for storage purposes. One highly effective and surprisingly economical alternative would be to transfer some or all of these areas to the mezzanine level.
There, laying some second-hand warehouse flooring will provide a safe surface for staff to walk on, while the vacant areas now empty at ground level can then be used to accommodate some extra racking for which, incidentally, pre-owned units will also be a cheaper option.
In the storage industry, it can be vital to utilise every cubic metre of space and, while this requires innovative solutions, a wide range of inexpensive, high-quality, second-hand items, such as warehouse flooring, staircases, handrails, shelving, and racking can be purchased from USE.