What is a mezzanine floor?
A mezzanine floor is an intermediate floor that does not extend over the entirety of a building's floor space. Mezzanines can serve a wide variety of functions, e.g. for use in industrial environments, to expand upon existing floor space and more. They may be temporary in nature or semi-permanent structures, depending on the users' requirements.
Can I put shelving on my mezzanine floor?
Yes, you can. A mezzanine floor can support numerous storage systems, including a variety of shelving systems. If you intend to put shelving, machinery or even offices on your mezzanine floor, it is important that it is designed with this use in mind at the beginning. One limitation will be the height of your warehouse.
Do I need to have my mezzanine floor inspected?
It is advised that you have mezzanines and storage systems inspected on a yearly basis by a SEMA Approved Rack Inspector, along with the addition of regular visual inspections through the course of the year. The inspection would include a check on the fire rating integrity of the structure, general checks on structural elements such as columns and the interaction of the floor structure with the warehouse floor.
How much does a mezzanine floor cost?
Mezzanine floor costs can vary considerably, depending on the size, specification and application. There are no standard mezzanines. A budget cost for a mezzanine floor used for basic storage purposes would be £100 per square metre.
How do I build a mezzanine?
Mezzanine floors are built using a number of components that are installed in order. These are columns, beams, joists, decking, staircase and handrails. Other build elements including pallet gates, column casings and suspended ceilings, or fire rating, would be installed last.
How to install a mezzanine floor?
A mezzanine floor should be installed by a reputable, certified company such as one that holds the Storage Equipment Installers Registration Scheme (SEIRS) qualification. The mezzanine floor should be installed in accordance with a drawing from the manufacturer and a detailed Method Statement for safety, using safety equipment and appropriate access equipment.
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