We are often asked “Will my mezzanine floor need fire protection?”.
Well…the answer is more than likely, yes. But don’t hold us to that. All mezzanine floors should be assessed on an individual basis and subject to building regulations.
Fire protection is an important and necessary part of building regulations, it’s purpose is to slow the spread of fire and maintain structural integrity of the mezzanine long enough to allow safe exit for employees and entry for fire fighters.
There are still some exceptions when fire protection is not necessary, generally speaking these are if a mezzanine floor is for storage purposes only in addition to covering less 50% of the area in the building its occupying, measures less than 20m x 20m in either direction and is located in a typically low risk environment.
Mezzanine floors that are intended to be used for anything other than storage (i.e. retail/public use) will need fire protection irrespective of size.
At Hi-Level we offer several cost effective fire protection solutions including:
One Hour Fire Rated Suspended Ceiling
Our most popular and economical method of fire protection. A suspended ceiling hangs vertically from underneath the mezzanine floor.
One Hour Fire Rated Fascia
To protect exposed edges of the mezzanine floor.
One Hour Fire Column Casings
Fire rated column casings protect the steel work on columns against fire damage.
Other fire protection methods to consider include:
- Fire walls
- Sprinkler systems
- Smoke detection systems
We appreciate the importance of safety for our customers which is why we treat every floor uniquely. If you have any further questions or seek advice on fire protection options, please contact us directly. We are always happy to help!
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5 Points To Consider When Choosing A Mezzanine Floor
5 Points To Consider When Choosing A Mezzanine Floor
If you have already decided that a mezzanine floor is the best solution for your space, great, we want to help you! But what other elements need to be considered before you request a quote…
It’s likely you already know the size of floor you require, but it’s important to be flexible. Our team will always allocate time to visit a potential site beforehand which will allow them to produce the most efficient and economical design for your space. Additionally, you may want to consider a multiple tier floor, all our floors are designed in compliance with current building regulations.
Consider the reason for the floor, is it to expand warehousing facilities? Increase the efficiency of automation processes? Is it for customer use in a retail store? Each of these different uses will have an impact on the overall design and additional ancillaries. We have installed floors across various industries throughout the past twenty-six years, why not take a look at the industry sector that is most appropriate to you: Retail, Office & Storage, Warehousing, Production, Automation.
Fire protection and mezzanine floors are covered under building regulations, depending on several factors a floor may not need to be fire rated. Don’t worry, we will advise whether the floor will require this kind of protection including specific requirements such as fire walls, ceilings and sprinkler systems.
Handrail is required on all exposed edges of a mezzanine floor for health and safety purposes. Depending on the purpose of the floor you may decide to go for a standard industrial handrail or a feature handrail which are more suited to a retail or office environment. Handrail can also be customised to suit company branding and aesthetics for customer facing floors.
We design staircases unique to each floor, the number of staircases needed will depend on the size and design of the floor. Take a look at our staircase page for more guidance.
At Hi-Level you can be sure that your project is taken care of from design to installation, our in-house expertise allows us to provide the best quoting and customer service possible.
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What our clients say
“Our project ran smoothly and delivered us a showroom we are proud of. We are very pleased with the results”. Read about the project here
“Hi-level were appointed to carry out a single story extension within a live warehouse environment. The project was delivered on time and to a high standard throughout. This was our first project with Hi-level and we would not hesitate using them again as their attitude from tendering the project through to completing the works was second to none. Thank you to everyone involved.” Read about the project here
“Team BRIT took another major step forward by securing our own workshop, rather than paying companies to provide us with their services. As we are growing so fast, we needed to plan for when we take on our next race car, which requires more workshop space. This is where Hi-Level came to our rescue by offering their expertise and building the extra floor space we need. We are totally chuffed with our new mezzanine addition to our garage! It looks amazing and has created so much extra floor space. We’re very thankful to Hi-Level who expertly installed this in a flash. Thank you very much – we have room to grow and to a bigger and better Team BRIT now!” Read about the project here
“Hi-Level have provided Davies Turner with a perfect solution to our additional floor space requirements delivered on time, on budget and with minimal disruption for such a large mezzanine project in a busy warehouse”.
“The Hi-Level team have been helpful and efficient on this project – they have delivered a 1st class installation”.
“Hi-Level completed our mezzanine and did a great job and quickly installed!”.
“Hi-Level were very professional, the lines of communication were excellent, especially the build team on site. If something was found to be compromising a solution was always found and mutually agreed by both parties. Out project was completed on time with no impact to regular business operations“.
“First rate build quality, prompt friendly service with excellent attention to detail”.
“I used Hi-Level to install a two tier mezzanine structure with fire protection and staircase enclosures. Hi-Level conducted themselves with utmost professionalism whilst on site, our health and safety policies were adhered to the letter and the finish was to a very high standard, to specification and within budget”.
“Great service from Hi-Level. A small but critical install in a Prison meant we had restricted
installati on window. Project was finished early, as no time was wasted adjusting. 5 Stars!”