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What is Raised Access Flooring?
Raised access flooring is becoming popular in offices and other work spaces because of its modular, customizable nature. Essentially, raised access flooring is a floor that sits atop the existing floor, leaving room underneath for running cabling, duct-work and more.
why do you need it in your office?
In a traditional office setting, it may be more appropriate to use a lower profile floor to maintain space between the floor and ceiling while also offering space below the floor for basic cabling needs.
One of the number one injuries in the workplace for office employees is tripping or falling. Cables are a significant culprit when it comes to tripping in the office. Raised access flooring helps reduce the areas where cables are visible and accessible for people to trip over. Even just one prevented fall in the workplace could save your business time and money from lost employee hours and worker’s compensation claims or insurance settlements.
Post (pedestal): This is a vertical, adjustable post that supports the floor panels mentioned above. The panel is attached with screws to a steel post at each corner (4 posts per panel). The posts are usually bonded to the subfloor with an epoxy resin-based adhesive and with mechanical fixings, if required.Stringer: This is a horizontal piece of hardware that connects to the post head, adding additional lateral floor support, if needed.Additional structural support and lighting are often needed when a floor is raised enough for a person to crawl or even walk through.Added requirements may include fire suppression systems and cable tray systems.
Cleaner & Professional Look:
Let’s face it – cables running along the floor rarely look very good. If there are going to be clients visiting your business, then you likely want to put your best foot forward. Not only do cables pose a tripping or falling hazard to people in your office, but they can also be an eyesore. What message would that send to your customers if they see cables loosely run along the walls or taped to the floor with duct tape? Hide cables out of sight with raised access flooring and put forward a clean, professional appearance for anyone who steps foot into your workspace.
Invest in Growth:
Raised access flooring is an excellent solution for businesses planning to continue growing in an environment where more technology inevitably means more cables. While the up-front cost of raised access flooring is more significant than doing nothing at all, the investment can last a long time, even if you choose to move to a new space.