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The Next Level: All about Mezzanine Flooring

What images does the word "mezzanine" conjure up for you?

Nicholson Baker's 1988 novel of the same name? The third studio album by the seminal English trip hop group Massive Attack? A nice trip to the theatre to see a Shakespeare play?

While all are fantastic in their own right, it's mezzanine flooring – an intermediate floor between the main floors of a building – that's today's subject matter.

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A mezzanine floor is a structure which typically has a low ceiling, projects out from the wall by way of a balcony and shares the same ceiling with the floor below.

Although mezzanines are often situated between the ground floor and the floor above, some examples show the mezzanine in the upper floors of a building.

Mezzanine Flooring for the Home
In the home, where there's a double height ceiling or loft space above, many folk will create a split-level room by using a mezzanine, reclaiming unused space by providing a valuable flooring area.

Additionally, it's not unusual to see a mezzanine in a converted property where the owner is striving to retain the inherent beauty of the building.

However, mezzanine flooring can be even be used on a smaller scale.

Whether enlarging a landing area overlooking a stairwell or adding a gallery within loft space, the additional flooring created can be used as a living area, office or kitchen.

Usually, planning permission will only be required if your home is a listed building, although all work you undertake should still comply with the Building Regulations.

Mezzanine Flooring for the Business
In an industrial setting, mezzanine flooring refers to the structure installed between two permanent stories, usually freestanding allowing for dismantling and relocating.
In most cases, a mezzanine floor will be constructed from a mixture three materials: aluminium, steel and fibreglass.

Take a look around the next time you're out and about and it's likely you'll notice examples in retail and commercial units, as the high roof of a shop or warehouse is ideal for creating extra space.

Additionally, mezzanines are often used in airports, distribution centres or any site where space is at a premium, as businesses seek to squeeze every last drop of profitability from their venture.

Typically, mezzanine floor installation for industrial use is carried out by a dedicated firm, with a site survey and bespoke design agreed prior to work commencing on the structure.

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