• What is a Raised Access Floor and why use a Raised Access Flooring System ?

    • A raised floor (also raised flooring, access floor(ing), or raised access computer floor (ing) provides an elevated structural floor above a solid substrate (often a concrete slab) to create a hidden void for the passage of mechanical and electrical services. (See our Raised Access Flooring page for more info)
  • What are the benefits of using Raised Flooring Systems ?

    • Traditionally Architects designed buildings for a particular use and client to meet their client’s needs, the electrical and mechanical layout would have been predetermined and would have catered to the clients business needs. It is recognised today that business needs change frequently. In the lifecycle of the building there probably will be a requirement in the future to accommodate a different working pattern or business need; or a new business altogether or purpose for the building. Flexibility to this new unknown requirement is now designed into buildings and this is accommodated in one way by the use of raised access flooring systems. Raised Floor Systems allow services to be hidden in a void created in the floor and enable easy access both when installing and maintaining the services. They also enable the workspace to be easily re-configured to a new application or purpose. Benefits also come from lowering initial build costs due to faster construction times both at inception and when changing the use or reconfiguring the use of space.

Where are Raised Floors Used ?

  • Modern Office Systems utilise a bare raised flooring panel i.e. One that is not pre-finished. They then overlay this panel with a modular carpet tile temporarily bonded to the raised floor tile by way of a tackifier ( such as Stycobond F41 ) adhesive or magnetic backing.
  • Computer Rooms, Server Rooms, Data Centres are one of the primary uses of raised access floor systems as in our modern digital age the use of computers within the workplace has grown exponentially. The ability to house computers and servers in a dedicated environment is necessary and this will almost always require the installation of raised flooring system.
  • Mechanical Switch Rooms and Control Rooms. Raised Floor systems are commonly found in factories, utility processing facilities where they provide a safe environment for the termination of control switchgear and electrical and mechanical services within a plant.
  • Retail Use. It is very common to now see large retail outlets use raised flooring within their sales space. It allows for the fast reconfiguring of the store with point of sales systems, lighting and layouts.
  • Residential Applications. We are starting to see raised flooring systems be incorporated into residential dwellings. With the expansion of the internet and on-demand and online media many people are choosing to have indoor cinemas or require a system to hide cabling and pipework. We are also seeing the growth of older offices being changed into residential dwellings by way of a raised floor installation to accommodate soil pipes and other utilities.