If you are planning to build a mezzanine floor, chances are you are already aware of the space problems that you want to solve without moving out from your existing building. A mezzanine floor is the best answer to solve the space problems of your commercial building and Office for all purposes such as storage, retail or office spaces. It is a lightweight and versatile solution that can be achieved within a short period of time. That being said, understanding a few technical and practical aspects of mezzanine flooring before installing it can help you achieve your project goals with minimum errors and maximum satisfaction.
With every project, there is another side of the coin that brings about some demerits that you should plan to tackle effectively in order to get the results you want. The point of this article is to make you aware of the things that may disappoint you upon the completion of your project if not considered beforehand. Let’s take a look at the factors you should consider for the successful completion of your project.
When you acknowledge that your existing space is not able to handle your growing operations anymore, you look for ways to solve your space issues. No sound business owner decides to invest in solutions without identifying the core problem. The purpose of your mezzanine floor should be clearly communicated with your construction company or building partner. By understanding your purpose, the construction company can create a plan that addresses your requirement in the best way under the best budget possible. Communicating the purpose of your mezzanine floor enables your building partner to understand some critical aspects of your project that can affect your budget and time. They are as follows:
However, the purpose of your mezzanine flooring should not be identified with solving only one problem. For eg, if you are running out of storage space, you will plan for a mezzanine floor for storage. But focusing only on storage problem overlooking little ones like accessibility and future scalability may present you with the same problem in future. So you have to be sure about all the little problems that can be solved with one major solution. Firm planning with the right construction company is a wise thing to solve such issues.
Some business owners do not listen to what the construction company suggests as they only focus on one problem. An experienced company, having dealt with similar projects for a long time, can suggest small problems that may arise in future and the ways they can be solved with simple tweaks in the project.
A mezzanine floor, by design, happens to be closer to the roof meaning heat entering through the roof has more of an impact at this level. Your mezzanine floor can be quite hot as heat rises, especially if your commercial structure is constructed with steel and adequate ventilation and air conditioning systems aren’t available. Unbearable heat can cause discomfort and operational hindrance. That is why you may want to insulate as well as plan proper ventilation in your mezzanine floor so that it doesn’t absorb maximum heat.
Keeping temperature under control in your mezzanine floor not only increases the satisfaction of your staff and valued customers but also keeps your heat-sensitive stock safe and fresh.
The design of your mezzanine floor can directly impact your daily operations. You may argue that the core purpose of the mezzanine floor is to ease operations by creating extra space, but that doesn’t mean that you should overlook an effective design that can make things even better.
A well-designed mezzanine floor makes sure the ground space is not affected and all the other operations are run as smoothly as they should. The effective design also makes the spaces look better.
It is critical for your mezzanine flooring to meet health and safety rules and regulations. Some mezzanine flooring may need fire safety approval and some may not. However, you must have a fire safety strategy in place to effectively cope with the danger and mitigate fire damage in case of unfortunate events.
Installation of automatic fire detection systems such as emergency lighting and other safety features such as firewalls and column castings can help you a great deal in coping with possible fire break out. Consult with experts to understand in detail about the government regulations and safety planning.
Additionally, the selection of the right building materials and the right engineering for the right purpose is vital for safety. Mezzanine floors built with compromised materials and faulty design possess a high risk of collapsing under operational load once it starts functioning. So distinctly understanding the purpose of your mezzanine floor beforehand, designing accordingly, and building it with the right material is very critical not only for safety but also for the long-term operation of your business.