If you want to add additional storage area or need to get creative for extra office space, then a mezzanine floor can be a very cost-effective solution for your warehouse. There is some important information you need to know before you set out to build a mezzanine floor. So, we have compiled a handy list of commonly asked questions from our valued clients regarding mezzanine floors.
1) Firstly, what is a mezzanine floor?
A mezzanine floor is an immediate floor between the floor and ceiling of a building. It is a semi-permanent floor typically installed within the existing shell of the building. It is freestanding and in most cases, can be easily dismantled and relocated.
2) What are mezzanine floors used for?
Mezzanine floors are widely used in warehouses, industrial factories and distribution operations. A mezzanine floor allows you to incorporate extra space in your building by utilising unused space you already have and can give you the extra space you need with minimum disruption to your existing working operations. You can decide to turn your mezzanine into extra storage platform area or build mezzanine office space at a low cost and at a short amount of time.
3) How long does it take to complete the mezzanine installation?
The time spent installing mezzanine floor varies depending on the requirement. Typically on average though it takes approximately 4-5 weeks to complete a new regular mezzanine from start to finish.
The completion time of the installation depends upon the overall size and design of your proposed structure. The layout of the existing warehouse may also need alteration to support the new mezzanine warehouse installation. Removal of the storage/stock is also a factor that needs to be considered.
4) How much does a mezzanine floor cost?
The costs associated with the mezzanine floor depend heavily on the size and design of your proposed structure. The extra costs might include stairways, fire protection measures, safety barriers, emergency lighting, smoke and fire alarms and safety signage. You should allow for these items in your budget to avoid any costly overruns later on.
5) Do I need to obtain council planning permission for a mezzanine floor?
The first thing to consider before building a mezzanine floor is to decide whether you need planning permission from your local council or not. Typically no planning permission is required for the mezzanine floor due to the fact it is built within the existing building and can also be labeled a ‘non-permanent fixture’, however, in some cases it may be required and it is always a good idea to seek advice first.
6) Do I need building regulations for a mezzanine floor?
Building regulations are required for almost all mezzanine floor installations. At Mezzaflor, we can provide you calculations, design, specification and drawings to help support your application.
7) Do mezzanine floors need to be fire protected?
According to building regulations, a mezzanine floor that is used in offices or by the general public needs to be fire protected. Mezzanine floors that are used for anything other than storage will need fire protection.
8) What are the size restrictions for a mezzanine floor?
There are no restrictions on size, height or shape. You can easily have multiple tier mezzanine floors.
9) During the installation, what health and safety measures are being adhered to?
At Mezzaflor, we prioritise health and safety over anything. All our staff are fully trained and skilled to use the required equipment needed for installation. We also provide risk assessments and safety method statements prior to starting the project. We always take full precaution to minimise any risks associated with employees or property.
10) How much information do we need to provide?
The more detailed information you provide, the better and smoother the project will run. Full details and requirements will help us produce the most efficient design for you possible. It will also ensure that your quotation proposal is as accurate it can be.
11) What additional costs could be involved?
Our proposal is inclusive of design, manufacture, and installation of the mezzanine floor. We recommend our clients that they consider fire protection, emergency lighting, smoke and fire alarms. These additions would complete the mezzanine floor installation project, making it safe for use.
Contact us if you have any more questions about pre-structured mezzanine floors.