Mezzanines Floors are semi-permanent structures which when built within an existing building create a new floor level between the existing floor and roof. They are a particularly economical way of creating additional space within an existing building. If you need to expand your business and the costs of relocating or extending your premises seem prohibitive a mezzanine floor could be the answer by doubling the available floor space.
Things to consider before buying a Mezzanine Floor
The most important consideration for any mezzanine floor is available headroom. Generally an existing minimum roof height of approx. 4.500m would be the minimum requirement to achieve suitable headroom at both ground and first floor levels. You can browse https://www.mauldinsteel.com/ to know more about Mezzanines.
Mezzanine floors are designed to suit customer requirements but also in accordance with the loading requirements of the Building Regulations and BRE Digest 437. Mezzanine loadings start from 2.5kn/m2 (250kg/m2) for light offices with no partitions and increase to some extremely heavy loadings for specialist operations, however, a common design loading would be in the region of 5kn/m2 (500kg/m2) which is suitable for most applications.
The use of a mezzanine floor is extremely important as this will affect the implementation of the requirements of Building Regulations. If the mezzanine floor is to be used as a working area or used for retail purposes consideration must be made for suitable access for disabled persons in accordance with Part M of the Building Regulations. This can be usually be achieved through the provision of a suitable (Part M) staircase.
Access to mezzanine floors is generally via a staircase. You should consider where best this would be positioned to suit your operation although consideration should also be given to its position in relation to fire exits from the building so as to minimize escape travel distances. Maximum travel distances are a Building Regulations requirement and as such on larger mezzanine floors additional staircases will be required.
Mezzanine support legs
Mezzanine floors are generally free-standing structures independent of the existing building and they are supported on their own columns. The position and frequency of these columns are very flexible and can be designed around specific site conditions and customer requirements. However as a general rule the fewer columns in the design the more expensive the structure becomes.
The majority of mezzanines have 38mm high-density particleboard decking which is extremely versatile and gives a strong hard wearing surface suitable for many applications. Other decking types are available including Plywood and various steel surfaces.