What is a mezzanine floor?
A mezzanine floor is a self-supporting steel structure that can be constructed above an existing concrete floor, to create additional floor space within an existing building. As mezzanine floors are self-supporting, they are reliably sturdy and safe.
The potential uses of mezzanine floors are as varied as the imaginations of our customers! However, they generally fall into three categories:
A basic mezzanine platform can be custom-designed to suit a wide variety of storage needs, be it for industrial equipment or retail goods. On the whole, our mezzanine floors are designed to support a uniformly distributed load (UDL) of 500kg per square metre, also supporting the use of a hand pallet truck carrying a 500kg pallet. However, the UDL can easily be increased to suit any requirement. We recommend that the underside of the platform is fitted with fire detection and emergency lighting to ensure maximum safety.
While mezzanine floors can be used to store goods, they can also be used to provide handy extra office or working space. Similar to storage areas, their loading requirements can be adapted to suit their intended use. As these mezzanine platforms are to be regularly used by workers, disabled access and other health and safety considerations are vitally important. Particular regard should be given to escape routes from the platform to enable workers to safely escape in case of emergency.
Finally, mezzanine floors are often used to boost the sales space of retail premises. As this type of mezzanine platform has a greater emphasis on its appearance to appeal to customers, it generally has a lighter loading requirement than storage areas with supporting columns kept to a minimum. Feature staircases and handrails are also common. As with working areas, safety is paramount.
If you would like to learn more about our mezzanine flooring systems please don’t hesitate to visit our individual category pages or get in contact with us via our contact page. Our staff are on hand to answer any of your questions.