For warehouses or factories, there are various types and specifications available in the market for rent or for sale.
Just like the differences between flatted and ramp up factories, there are also differences between ground floor and ramp up factories.
Here are some examples of the differences between ground floor and ramp up factories or warehouses :
In terms of rental rate or price range, ground floor units tend to command a premium due to the added convenience and visibility it offers when comparing to ramp up units on the upper levels. For example, ground floor units tend to benefit from vehicle traffic as people driving past will be able to see your unit or the signboard of your company when driving past. This can mean additional visibility and perhaps more chances of potential customers engaging your services or buying your company’s products.
Loading & Unloading
When it comes to loading and unloading, ground floor units tend to come with greater convenience as there is no need to ramp up to the upper levels before doing loading or unloading. This is also why ground floor units tend to fetch a premium over ramp up units. At times, certain types of vehicles such as container trailers may also not be able to ramp up to the other levels due to the turning radius of the ramp.
In terms of ceiling height, it would be subjective as this would depend on the design of the building. Sometimes, for certain buildings, ground floor units have higher ceiling when compared to ramp up units. However, this would also depend on the design of the building. It may also be possible that the ground floor units and ramp up units have the same ceiling height.
Ground floor units tend to come with higher floor loading, however, this would also depend on the design of the building. It is sometimes also possible that the ground floor unit have the same ceiling height as the top floor ramp up units while the mid level units have slightly lower floor loading.
Which Type is More Ideal
As to which type of factory or warehouse units are more ideal, it would depend on the rental rate or price range that your business or company is looking at. If convenience is more important and rental rate is not that much of a concern, ground floor industrial spaces will certainly be a better option. However, if specifications and visibility are secondary, you may consider ramp up or flatted factory units which can mean lower overheads for your company or business.