A complete guide to mezzanine floors
What is a mezzanine floor?
Mezzanine floors are often called ‘intermediate floors’ because they are placed at half the height of the building. However, these mezzanine floors do not count towards the total amount of floors that a building has. This may be due to the fact that mezzanine floors are not allowed to cover an area greater than 1/3rd of the total floor space. You can combat this issue by having multiple levels of mezzanine floors, as long as the height of your building permits it.
Mezzanine floors don’t need to be permanent structures; You can install temporary mezzanine floor structures if required for your specific use case. A common use for temporary or semi-permanent mezzanine floors is warehouses. The word mezzanine originates from the Italian word ‘mezzano’ which when translated means ‘middle’.
Advantages to mezzanine floors
There are many advantages to mezzanine floors, these include:
- Creating substantial extra space by utilising the full potential of your building/warehouse
- Cost-effective solution
- No required planning permission
- Many more
There is an endless amount of benefits to mezzanine floors, as listed above. These are not the only benefits to mezzanine floors, if you phone Greenoaks we will explain the benefits of a mezzanine floor for your specific use case.
Mezzanine floors effectively create 33% extra space per layer (Assuming you utilise the full 1/3rd of floor space allowed per level). As mentioned briefly above you can also have multiple mezzanine floors, as long as the height of your building permits. The ability to stack mezzanine floors effectively makes the limits of extra space as large as the building itself.
The alternative solutions to gaining more floor space include relocating or expanding your premises. Mezzanine floors are the most cost-effective method of expanding your space.
No planning permission
Most mezzanine floors do not require planning permission to construct. However, if you do have to apply for planning permission for any reason because of their size, it is a simple process.
Where can you use a mezzanine floor?
As you may have guessed by now, because of the benefits, mezzanine floors are used in a wide variety of different applications.
Some of these applications include:
Mezzanine floors are the most common way of increasing the space within a warehouse environment, this is because it creates extra storage space cheaply. This extra storage space can be used to hold more stock or to use as extra areas for production. Mezzanine floors also allow the utilisation of vertical space, which could otherwise be waster in a warehouse environment.
The retail industry must display goods to sell in order to make money. However, the issue that a lot of retailers run into is not having enough space to display all of this stock, and rather than having unorganised, over-crowded counters/displays they can invest in mezzanine floors. These floors will create extra space which retail can use to display extra products or to organise their existing products better.
Mezzanine floors can be used to create a section of offices (Often within a warehouse), this is because an enclosed mezzanine floor is more cost-effective than building a permanent structure. Using these mezzanine floors also benefits the warehouse as it means they don’t lose any of their original space (Other than the space required for a staircase).
Why you should pick Greenoaks for your mezzanine floors
If you’re looking for a mezzanine floor supplier in Manchester, or anywhere else in the U.K mainland, then give Greenoaks a call, or contact us using the form on our contact us page. We offer fully bespoke options for you and your business which will allow you to fully utilise your space.
Whether you’re looking for mezzanine floors, pallet racking or shelving then Greenoaks is the go-to supplier in the north-west.
In conclusion, I think it’s clear to say that mezzanine floors are extremely beneficial to any environment looking to expand their buildings space, without relocating. Mezzanine floors are versatile and can be used in many other ways than just those displayed within this blog. If you are looking to expand your storage space without breaking the bank, a mezzanine floor is defiantly the right choice for you.