What load do the mezzanines support?
The metallic Tecrostar mezzanines of the S, M and L ranges support a uniformly distributed load of 200 kg/m² (that means that you can place a 200 kg distributed load on each square meter). This is the live load for residential uses according to the international regulations. The total maximum load will be 200 kg by the square meters of the mezzanine.
The XL mezzanines support higher loads, 500 kg/m² (considered as medium storage) and their usage is more industrial. However, they can also have a domestic use when more resistance and rigidity is required. The bearing board included in the XL kits is thicker, more resistant and allows point loads (pallet truck, racks) as well. Ask Tecrostar the permissible values of these point loads.
Can I close the mezzanine with plasterboards?
Plasterboard is a low density material, so you can make a closing wall on top of the mezzanine. You can also close the lower part of the mezzanine when mezzanine is indoors. When this closing wall is made in mezzanines installed in the exterior, you should consult tecrostar, since lateral wind load can cause the structure needs stability kits.
Can I install a Tecrostar mezzanine outdoors?
Tecrostar products can be installed outdoors (exposed to the elements), provided that a series of special measures are taken during installation and that you carry out regular maintenance in order to ensure that the materials are in good condition. The recommendations are the following:
- The Tecrostar mezzanine flooring comprises moisture-resistant plywood structural panels. However, it is recommendable for the customer to apply waterproofing paint to the floor and exposed edges; this will be particularly effective for preventing water from penetrating and getting into the tongue and groove joints of the panels and affecting the edges.
- It is also recommendable to install the mezzanine with a slight slope (approximately 2%) to make it easier for water to run off and prevent it from accumulating. This incline can be achieved by installing levelling plates under the highest columns of the structure.
- Similarly, all wooden components (wooden steps, cleats, etc.) should be treated with some type of water-resistant paint or varnish to prevent dampness from penetrating and cracking the material, thereby resulting in the loss of its mechanical and aesthetic features.
- In addition, wooden components should undergo regular maintenance, the surface protection applied (varnish or paint) being checked to see it has not deteriorated and reapplying when necessary.
- The steel components are coated with paints suitable for outdoor use but as after one or two years the paint will probably need to be touched up in small areas like edges and corners that could show signs of rusting and loss of shine. It is recommendable to polish these areas to remove any rust and then apply the paint.
- If the mezzanine is going to be installed outdoors near the sea, the maintenance recommendations should be carried out more regularly, due to the greater corrosive power caused by the presence of salt and humidity.
- The aluminium handrail of the railings does not require special maintenance, as all of them undergo surface treatments to guarantee their performance outdoors (anodized silver, lacquered in black or with wood effect).
- The structure and its corresponding floor anchors and braces are designed to withstand the actions of the wind. DO NOT CLOSE OFF THE SIDES, as this results in greater horizontal forces not considered in the calculation.
Can the mezzanine be installed without columns or removing a column? Attached to walls
No, our mezzanines are sold with columns by default. We cannot guarantee the resistance of walls or corbels and the customer will be responsible if the product is modified in these cases.
What is the diameter of the columns and measurements of the bases?
S and M range
Can I install it in a room with trapezoidal or irregular walls?
Yes, you can, because the structure does not need to be in total contact with the wall.
You can adjust the structural floor, working around architectural barriers or irregular surfaces.
When the walls are irregular or when you want to work around a fixed object, the decking can be finished off against the wall
Adjustment from below:
Adjustment from above:
Can it be installed as an extension to an existing mezzanine?
Yes. This is quite common and the results are very good. The telescopic system of the columns enables the height to be adjusted every 12 cm, so in the worst case scenario you will have a 6cm difference.
Can the columns be installed moved to the corners?
Yes. The columns can be moved to the corners up to ¼ of the total length of the structure. This feature allows you to work around the walls, switches or furniture you have on site without compromising safety.