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When a business or retail unit is doing well, a need is felt for expansion. At this time, there may be financial constraints or other reasons that rule out moving to a new and bigger space. The introduction of a mezzanine floor within the existing location can give a solution that is economically acceptable. The fact that you are able to create additional space for use in the business, without having to relocate, ensures that there is no need to go through the other problems of informing customers, vendors and others of a changed address.
The Use of Mezzanines
Mezzanines can be used as additional storage, working areas in offices, and if built with the right attention to safety can even be used for installing machinery for manufacturing. Many commercial businesses, set up additional retail areas for their expanding business, or use them as show rooms.
When they are used as additional storage area, care must be taken to see that the structures used for mezzanine floor's do not impose too heavy a load on the existing structure and are by themselves strong enough to accept the load of the additional stored material. As offices, mezzanine must have proper attention paid to ventilation and light. Manufacturing must address noise issues and vibration and loads.
Consideration for Erecting Mezzanine Floor's
The primary consideration for the introduction of a mezzanine to any property has to be the availability of headroom. The original structure must have a minimum height of 4.5 metres, so that even after a mezzanine is introduced the headroom at both levels is suitable for free movement of people and materials. Some compromise may be made, where the mezzanine is for the purpose of storage only, but this may mean, that you will have to compromise on accessibility to some extent.
Introduction of mezzanine floor's within an existing space will mean that you have to create a staircase for accessibility to the upper area, and this may need some area in the floor below to be sacrificed. The structure to support the mezzanine must not impose any additional loads on the existing structure. This can be overcome by taking the foundations for the support structure to original ground, though this may mean giving up additional space for columns on the level below. It could also mean the inconvenience of creating the foundation, though nowadays a number of solutions are available that can reduce this.
A lot of importance must be given to the access to mezzanine floor's, as they also serve as an escape route in case of fire or other emergency. The flooring for the mezzanine must be such that it does not add to noise, and imposes the minimum weight on the structure.
Structures for mezzanine floor's are best constructed from steel, while floors can be of wood, or gratings made from fibreglass, aluminium or steel. They make for ideal solutions for increased usage of a property in buildings that have high ceilings. The structure can be permanent or semi permanent depending on the type of construction undertaken.