What do you need to consider before building a mezzanine floor?
Having a mezzanine floor installed is a big change to make to a building. Obviously, here at Mezz Floors, we think it’s a step worth taking because of the numerous benefits a mezzanine floor offers in terms of looks and practicality. However, before you can get (a team of qualified mezzanine specialists) building a mezzanine floor and installing it, there are a few things to consider.
What sort of building is it?
What building you install your mezzanine floor in will have an enormous impact on how it will look and what it will be made out of. For example, if you want an industrial mezzanine floor for use outside, then you’ll want it to be made from galvanised steel with a protective steel coating to keep it safe from rust. However, if you want a designer mezzanine floor for your new cafe, then you’ll want high-density particle chipboard for durability and easy adaptability to different aesthetics.
Have you got the space?
Mezzanines are perfect for buildings with a large amount of vertical space to play with, whether it’s a home, commercial business, office or warehouse. They can create exciting multi-level rooms where there was only unused space before. However, there are limits to what you can build depending on the amount of space you have available. Get in touch with the team at Mezz Floors or another reputable mezzanine floor supplier and they will be able to advise you about space requirements for what you’re planning.
You also need to consider whether the building you are going to be installing the mezzanine will be able to support it. The floor will need its own supporting structure because it is a heavy addition that your building’s existing walls will struggle to support by themselves. Your ceiling might also need some modifications. We will do an onsite survey and discuss with you the structural requirements for the mezzanine floor.
Do you need to get planning permission?
In most cases when building a mezzanine floor you do not need to get planning permission from the council because mezzanines are an interior alteration. However, it is being installed in a retail business and the planned floor is going to increase the floor space by more than 200 square metres then that counts as a ‘development’ and planning permission is a must.
Health and safety
Before starting any building work, you need to make sure you understand the health and safety requirements of a mezzanine floor in your particular building. You have to have multiple access points, a staircase and of course a handrail to ensure the safe use of your mezzanine by employees and customers. Also, think about disabled access. Fire safety is an important consideration, so make sure to include fire prevention features. Talk to us if you have any questions about health and safety and what is required.
As you can see, there are some things to consider before you build and install a mezzanine floor. But, don’t be put off – if you go through a reputable mezzanine specialist like Mezz Floors then everything will be taken care of to ensure that your mezzanine project will end with something you can be really proud of.