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What exactly is a mezzanine floor, and what benefits does it bring to the end user?
A mezzanine floor is a raised platform independent of the host building structure, supported by steel columns. It creates additional floor space for a multitude of uses - production, storage, retail and office space and so on. It offers a cost effective and rapid alternative to relocation, releasing unused space in existing premises with minimal disruption.
What standards should they be built to?
Mezzanine floors should comply with BS5950 parts one and five and BS6399. They must also comply with Building Regulations and require approval by the building control body and your local fire officer. It may be worth checking to see if any local enactments apply.
What load can they bear?
Mezzanine floors can cope with all possible applications, from light storage to the support of heavy machinery, with imposed load ratings from 3.5 to over 20 kN/m2.
What sizes, formats and configurations do mezzanine floors come in?
Mezzanine floors are all bespoke to meet customers' individual needs. They are available in a wide range of floor areas, from 10 m2 to well over 15,000 m2. With mezzanine floors however, forget square metres, think cubic - it's all about getting the best use from the total volume of your premises, and often a multi-tier mezzanine offers the optimum solution.
What materials are they made of?
Floors are most often made with steelwork and a choice of decking - timber, steel checker plate, particleboard or open mesh.
Shelving or Racking on a Mezzanine Floor.
Where shelving or racking is to be installed onto a mezzanine floor it is very important to design the floor to accept the point loads of the rack or shelf frames. One benefit of this method is greater flexibility in width of walkways. It also allows for greater flexibility for changes to be made to the shelving or racking configuration at a later date.
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