A: Take a look a tour guide to mezzanine floors for everything you need to know.
Mezzanine flooring can be used in a number of ways. Most commonly it is used to create additional space in warehouses, offices and retail. Mezzanine flooring can also be used to create extra storage
A: Mezzanine flooring does not require planning permission, but you will need to get building regulations approval. You'll need to apply to the local council by sending them drawings, structural calculations and plans. We can provide these for you.
There are no size restrictions when it comes to designing mezzanine flooring, it can be as small or large as you'd like it. However, you must consider the size of the mezzanine in relation to the building where it will sit. Avanta UK can arrange a site visit to discuss your requirements.
A: You need to consider additional costs such as fire protection (if required), emergency lighting, smoke alarms and relevant safety signs.
A: It's possible to have more than one level of mezzanine flooring, given that your building has the height required available.
A: Of course. Many businesses use mezzanine flooring as a structure for additional working space. Avanta UK will ensure that your mezzanine structure meets building regulations and can perform the loading calculations highlighted in British Standard loading tables.
A: It's unlikely that your business rates will change if your mezzanine flooring is used for warehouse storage purposes. For office accommodation though, your rates may be affected.
A: Depending on your lease agreement, you may need permission to install the floor. You should speak with your landlord as soon as possible if you're thinking of installing mezzanine flooring.
A: If the flooring is used for storage only, and nobody is permanently stationed there, you don't need to consider fire protection. However, if the floor exceeds a certain size, or takes up a large percentage of the building space, then it's likely you'll need to have the flooring fire rated and protected.
A: If you're using the flooring to build production space or offices, you may need to provide a protected escape route, based on the size and number of existing fire exits in the building.
A: The time spent installing a mezzanine floor varies. A simple small non fire rated mezzanine can be built in a matter of days.
A: Yes. Some people choose to purchase a used mezzanine flooring to save on costs. It's important you check out the full history of the used mezzanine flooring before you purchase. Find out more in our article: Should I Buy A Used Mezzanine Floor?
A: Mezzanines used for storage purposes don't usually require disabled access, but if you're using the flooring to create offices or additional retail space you may have to consider this. You can find all you need to know on disabled access in the Building Regulations part M.