FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is mezzanine flooring?
Mezzanine flooring maximises vertical space between the floor and the ceiling of a building, by constructing an often free-standing structure, built between two main floors, or floor and roof.
They offer increased capacity for storage as well as the opportunity to create separated spaces off the main floor in which to accommodate living spaces, offices or other resources, for a minimum investment that utilises otherwise unused potential within the existing construction.
How are mezzanine floors constructed?
Designed to cover a specific area of a building, rather than the entire floor space, mezzanines are installed to make full use of available vertical space to create additional room both above and below.
The basic construction consists of columns, primary beams, purloins (or joists), and then decking. Depending on the materials used, and the chosen flooring, they can be rated to carry a range of heavy loads, as well as incorporating loading bays and other lifting machinery and of course access by stairs.
They can be built entirely free of existing structures and often as semi-permanent structures found in industrial settings, used as offices or warehouse mezzanine floors, providing increased storage and other facilities. Much of the time they custom-made to the specifications of the building and the client.
What Is Mezzanine Flooring Used For?
Mezzanine floor installation offers a really affordable option for improved usage of space and resources. Mezzanines increase functionality, whether in a domestic, industrial, retail or other commercial setting, by creating clean, new, custom-built floor spaces, allowing for growth and greater utilisation of the building’s existing capacities.
Whether freestanding or suspended mezzanine floors, within the fabric of the original structure, they offer an economically sound way to improve overall aesthetics and diversify usability of existing and available space.
Do you need planning permission for a mezzanine floor?
Being free-standing structures the number of permissions required are often fewer than needed for other types of constructions, and this can change depending on local ordinance as well as national regulation.
Our skilled and experienced team are available to guide you through every step of the process, liaising between technical and administrative advice, to ensure safety and full compliance with all the applicable licenses and regulations, for your mezzanine project.
How Long Does It Take To Install A Mezzanine Floor?
Planning is key for mezzanine floor suppliers coming to assess and install new infrastructure. Clients need to minimise disruption while mezzanine floor installation is taking place.
Every job is unique, but in general we aim to complete within the minimum time possible, often just one week onsite, after everything has been properly assessed and planned in the weeks and months beforehand.
Some jobs can require 2-3 weeks, or even longer, depending on the complexity of what is required by the client.
What height do you need for a mezzanine floor?
Not all mezzanines are created equal, with various requirements such as load, capacity and access all coming into play. The average recommended minimum height requirement for a mezzanine floor is between 14’ & 14’8 (about 4-4.5m), but this can change depending on the original structure, the materials and design requirements.
Do mezzanine floors require fire rating or protection?
Whether your mezzanine floor will require fire protection is based entirely on its uses. If, for instance, the installation will be licenced as an additional floor in your business premises, it will be a legal requirement to provide at least a 60-minute fire protection to the underside of the mezzanine floor. If however it is simply a storage space of 20m or less in length or width, and doesn’t exceed more than a certain amount of a business’s total floor area, you may not need a fire rating.
The primary guidelines for fire protections and ratings are in place to protect people using the space, for example, as an office space or if it measures more than 20 metres in either direction, if it exceeds more than the allowed floor area of the space in which it’s installed or if the size of the mezzanine floor exceeds 400 sqm, then minimum fire safety standards will have to be complied with.
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