When an industry decides to expand their workspace, there are plenty of options to choose from. Two main choices are an equipment platform and a mezzanine floor. Although they may appear to be similar, they have distinct differences that make them better suited for different applications. It is always important to know the distinction between these two platforms.

What is an equipment platform?

An equipment platform is a heavy-duty platform that is designed and built to support heavy equipment and machinery. The elevated walkways, stairs, and ladders are considered part of the equipment platform to access the space. They are mostly used in the food industry, manufacturing plants, and warehouses to provide a stable platform for production equipment. Platforms for machinery can be made from various materials, such as stainless steel and aluminum, and can be customized for the specific application.

What is a steel mezzanine?

A mezzanine is a raised platform that is installed between the ceiling and the floor of a building. They are mainly used to create additional storage space or to provide extra workspace above an existing floor. Steel mezzanine floors are designed and built to fit into any space with various features such as stairs, railings, and safety gates. 

Difference between mezzanine floor and equipment platform

One of the major differences between a steel mezzanine and an equipment platform is their purpose of use. Equipment platforms and machinery platforms are designed and built to support heavy machinery and equipment. while a custom mezzanine floor is used to create an additional space or work area.

Another major difference is their construction. Machinery platforms are typically made from heavy materials, such as steel or aluminum, to resist the weight of heavy machinery. On the other hand, steel mezzanines are made of steel and are constructed to be lightweight while still providing a stable platform.

When it comes to customization, both mezzanine and equipment platforms can be custom built according to the specific needs of the client. Equipment platforms are custom designed to fit heavy machinery, while custom steel mezzanines can be customized to accommodate features such as railings, stairs, and safety gates.

Another noticeable difference is that mezzanine systems require a comparably smaller budget to build than equipment platforms, as they require less material and construction. However, both options can be expensive, depending on the size of the customization required for the platform.

Which one suits you best, a mezzanine or an equipment platform?

In many cases, the words “equipment platform” and “mezzanine” sound the same thing: an elevated platform for storing equipment, but technically they are far different.

A mezzanine floor is a permanent structural platform that requires more time to get building permit approval, an additional budget for construction, and no tax benefits. At the same time, an equipment platform provides a huge storage area and has a smooth process for getting the building permit and tax benefits.

Here at Jantz Canada, we are looking to provide quality service to our customers. We strive to embrace new techniques and processes. We welcome the opportunity to work hand in hand with our customers to develop systems to handle difficult products or unique situations. Continual growth of our knowledge base enables us to offer innovative solutions to any challenge. Request a quote for our steel mezzanine or equipment platform that best suits your project.