What is a mezzanine floor?

Derived from the Italian word mezzo, meaning half or middle, a mezzanine is an intermediate level between the main floors of a building that is designed to create additional space. While often incorporated as part of the design of a new building, mezzanines can also be added to existing facilities as a cheaper, quicker and less disruptive means of creating more space than modifying the building itself or moving to larger premises. Mezzanine floors are common in distribution centres, manufacturing plants, commercial offices, educational facilities, retail stores and showrooms. With practically no restrictions on their shape or dimensions, mezzanines are highly versatile structures and are used for a wide range of applications. Usually freestanding, they can generally be dismantled and relocated if required.

Mezzanine floor components

 

Our custom-engineered mezzanine floors are designed and built to order, with the component parts manufactured to precise specifications before being shipped to site for assembly. A mezzanine floor system is generally constructed using these components:

  • Columns – designed to support the mezzanine, with the supporting load being imposed/supported by the concrete slab (if it has the capacity required) or by the introduction of concrete footings (enhancements to the slab) or, ultimately, load-bearing piles.
  • Primary beams – these generally span from column to column in order to provide support to the remainder of the mezzanine structure.
  • Joists or purlins – spanning between the primary beams, these provide the fixing points for the decking
  • Secondary steels or purlins – purlins are fixed to the primary steels, bearing the weight of the mezzanine flooring. The number and type of purlins will depend on the decisions made in the planning stage, including the amount of deflection expected for the floor.
  • Bracing – this is generally cross bracing, bolted between selected columns where possible, to reduce any lateral movement.
  • Decking – the top surface of the mezzanine floor. Standard flooring consists of 38mm P6 chipboard, although there is a wide choice of options including moisture-resistant material.
  • Ancillaries – complementary products such as stairs, handrails and safety gates.
Benefits of a Mezzanine Floor

Benefits of a mezzanine

With many business sectors today being highly competitive, investing in a mezzanine floor is one of the ways in which your company can secure benefits that deliver competitive advantage. This can leverage increased market share and help to accelerate growth. A mezzanine floor solution enables you to:

  • Create space faster and at a lower cost than building modifications
  • Avoid the cost and disruption of moving premises
  • Eliminate the need for leased space
  • Optimize the payback on an existing building by utilizing more of its volume
  • Extend, adapt or relocate the floor in the future
  • Benefit from tax depreciation, in some cases
  • Enhance efficiency and quality through space creation and improved workflow
  • Achieve flexible integration with other machinery or systems
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Mezzanine applications

The floors we deliver are used for a wide variety of applications across many industry sectors. We tailor the design of each system to suit the customer's precise operation, ranging from the floor acting as a simple storage platform to being used to support heavy robotic systems. Mezzanine floor applications include:

  • Warehouse mezzanine floors
  • Industrial mezzanine floors
  • Retail mezzanine floors
  • Office mezzanine floors
  • Storage mezzanine floors

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