Over recent years, mezzanine floors have become an increasingly popular solution for businesses looking to increase their available workspace.
ULTIMATE MEZZANINE GUIDE
Here's our handy guide that covers everything you need to consider when looking at a mezzanine floor solution for your business.
When you consider how easy and cost efficient it is to install a mezzanine floor it’s easy to see why. However there are many things to think about when looking to implement a mezzanine floor solution into your premises.
So whether you require additional office, storage or production space, we’ve put together a handy guide to help you with all the important questions and aspects to consider when looking at a mezzanine floor solution.
WHAT IS A MEZZANINE FLOOR?
Manufactured from steel, a mezzanine floor is constructed from a combination of main beams, purlins (roof supports), columns and decking. Additional accessories that may be included with a mezzanine floor are staircases, handrails and pallet gates.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A MEZZANINE FLOOR?
The benefits of mezzanine flooring are twofold; space and cost. By installing a mezzanine floor, you can potentially double your existing workspace without having to rent or purchase additional premises.
A mezzanine floor could also save you money in terms of business rates, depending on the use of your mezzanine floor. This could mean that you can gain additional space without an increase in rates.
HOW MUCH ROOM DO I NEED?
In general terms, you will need to have available head room of 5000mm or more if you wish to install a mezzanine floor.
TYPES OF MEZZANINE FLOORS
COST,DESIGN AND INSTALL
HOW MUCH WILL A MEZZANINE COST?
Mezzanine floors represent great value for money, especially when you weigh up the alternative options. The cost of a mezzanine floor will range in price, from around £75 to £120 per square metre.
When you compare it to the cost of moving premises, having a mezzanine floor fitted could be up to 80% cheaper!
HOW DO YOU DESIGN A MEZZANINE TO FIT INTO MY BUILDING?
Because every building is different and every client has their own criteria, every mezzanine floor is a bespoke solution. A thorough site survey and analysis will be carried out to identify where the mezzanine floor will be situated and how the columns will be incorporated into the existing structure.
Sometimes columns can be hidden in the walls of the spaces being created below the mezzanine, or they may be integrated into an existing shelving layout. Whatever your specific requirements, our experienced designers will work closely with you to create a floor plan that will fit your exact needs, ensuring that it’s entirely fit for purpose.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO INSTALL MY MEZZANINE FLOOR?
On average, the lead time from signing off drawing designs to the delivery of your mezzanine floor will take around three to four weeks – so about four or five weeks from point of order.
Our mezzanine flooring installation team can fit approximately 100m2 per day, so you can work out roughly how long the installation process will take depending on the footprint of your mezzanine. If your mezzanine floor requires fire rating, this will take about the same amount of time again.
ARE MEZZANINE FLOORS SUBJECT TO BUILDING REGULATIONS?
Just as with any other building work, mezzanine flooring must conform to current UK building regulations. To ensure that your mezzanine floor complies with these regulations, we work closely with an approved building inspector, doing this allows us to ‘pre-approve’ your mezzanine floor application and begin construction as soon as the building notice has been submitted and acknowledged.
This process usually takes about a week. Upon completion of your mezzanine floor installation, the inspector will visit your premises to ensure that it has been built with the agreed plans in mind and they will then sign it off and your certificate will be issued.
For mezzanine floors that are required to be fire rated, the building inspector will also be accompanied by a fire officer, so that they can check that the structure complies with fire safety regulations.
WHAT BUILDING REGULATIONS SHOULD MY MEZZANINE FLOOR MEET?
It’s very unusual for a mezzanine floor to require planning permission, but it’s vital that they meet the relevant building regulations; BS5950 part 1 and BS6399 part 5. These regulations cover important safety features such as fire escapes and protection, and smoke detectors.
We have the experience and expertise when it comes to ensuring we meet the appropriate building regulations for mezzanine floor projects. No matter if you require additional office, storage or production space, when you use Nexus for your mezzanine flooring requirements, we guarantee that we’ll always comply with these regulations.