Whether you need to manage an office or huge data centre or school computer room, a raised access flooring can be extremely advantageous for your facility. This type of flooring provides a gap that can easily house electrical cables and wires.
What is raised access flooring?
The raised access flooring is an elevated construction model of flooring that is constructed above the building’s slab surface by creating the concealed void in between the two floors.
On which considerations the raised access flooring is required depends?
> The foremost is the application type that may include – office, medical facility, data centre, industrial site and so on.
> Air distribution set up
> Cabling requirements (routing, flexibility etc.)
What are the kinds of raised access floorings?
There are two kinds of raised access flooring and they are:
a) Conventional or standard access flooring
b) Low Profile Access Flooring
Conventional or standard raised access flooring for good underfloor air distribution:
The standard raised access flooring was first introduced in 1960 which had the main purpose to offer cooling & air-flow to big computer mainframes at that time of the era because they used to be extremely hot. The conventional access floor produces an air space (sealed) in between the subfloor and raised access floor. The sealed air space helps in accommodating and consists of underfloor air distribution. You can install them at various heights from 152 mm (6 inches to 1.3 metres (4 feet) and even higher. Height is dictated by the volumes of cables & many other services to be kept under the raised floor.
The floor panels can be veiled after the installation process with various flooring finishes like – vinyl files, carpet tiles, high-pressure laminate, linoleum, wood, rubber tiles, marble, ceramic tiles, stone etc.
For repairing or maintenance of such flooring, special kinds of tools and trained workers are needed. There are numerous things to keep in mind while using the conventional system.
Low profile raised access flooring
The low profile raised access flooring is also known as cable management floor is ideal for cable management. With the advent of technology, the need for modern buildings and offices changed drastically. This made to evolve the raised flooring solution, especially for the underfloor cable management, connectivity, power distribution for a broader range of applications (where air distribution is not required. The low profile raised access flooring is extremely adaptive and flexible mainly for cable management (air distribution is not important).
What are the applications of raised access flooring?
It is used mainly in the Information Technology data centres, computer rooms where the need for UFAD is there. The cabling and wiring need to be routed beneath the floor too. The facilities of telecommunication are constructed of several lineups of cabinets, wires and equipment. These data centres have the greatest installation configuration (square foot area). Usually, the data centres are situated in remote places and subjected to electrical stresses from some sources like electrical faults and fires.
Some of the important applications of the raised access flooring to look at are:
The applications mentioned below are vital though many other applications are also there that remain unmentioned here.
> Commercial areas – To offer beautiful and clean space
> Offices – To provide clean and cable-less designs that invigorate the energy of employees. For example – Governmental and state buildings, international headquarter, corporate offices etc.
> Educational institutions – The raised access flooring help the educational institutions to provide a comfortable learning ambience without any mess of cables and wires.
> Passenger transport terminals – To enhance aesthetic appearance. For example – Airports, Luggage areas, commercial areas, railway stations etc.
What are the advantages of using raised access flooring?
It solves many challenges. Numerous advantages are there and those reasons make people choose the raised access flooring for their facilities. Some of them are:
- Flexible & customizable.
It is light in weight and can be easily added or even removed following the requirement of the facility. Many latest technologies are emerging which helps these system to get added to your existing system as each business may require much more networking cables.
- Enhances cleanliness and improves safety
It covers all trouble creating cables beneath the floor. The raised flooring helps in putting the cables out of sight and terminates mainly the tripping risks and the requirement to work on ladders for accessing wires of the ceilings.
- Optimises your vertical area
It is ideal for commercial building and industrial applications where they can not just afford to lose several feet of the ceiling to feet height.
- Cost-effective solution
It is durable and offers long term service to users and is cost-effective. The unattached raised flooring is beneficial as it can be moved from one building to the other and can help you in saving tax.
- Ideal for everyday business work
The raised access floor tiles are an ideal podium to do your everyday business work.
- Fully modular
It is modular and that means operators can easily access the wires and cables under the false floor. This flooring lessens the downtime.
So we hope that the article has served you a brief knowledge about it. Now you can understand why this type of flooring is the most prefered one in commercial and industrial spaces.