Why should you use a raised floor system supported with pedestals?
There are many reasons to design or retrofit a commercial space with a Raised Flooring System. These systems can help you overcome the limitations of traditional flooring and create a space that is highly reconfigurable, efficient, productive, safe and organized.
Advantages of a Raised Floor System
· Cooling: Since maintaining a highly optimized temperature is critical in any commercial space; Raised Floor Systems provide unique cooling capabilities. Essentially, they can act as a plenum for cool, conditioned air to distribute uniformly beneath the equipment center. They reduce contact between the floor and the concrete foundation and allow conditioned air to be circulated upward more effectively and accurately through carefully spaced diffuser tiles and ducts. Cool air can also be harnessed from chilled pipes running beneath the flooring surface.
· Fire suppression: Everything that is in your commercial space is precious and often mission-critical, and you cannot just rely on smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and sprinkler heads to protect those things. Unfortunately, since most commercial spaces require such an enormous amount of power to run continually, and since they maintain such a high density of cables and circuits, fire-risk will almost always be high. Raised Floor Systems, however, can help suppress fire risk. Often in two primary ways, including:
The flooring is noncombustible, providing an excellent fire barrier between the equipment up top and the cables below. Automatic fire shutoffs can be installed underneath to keep fires from spreading.
The floors provide exceptional copper grid grounding capabilities and electrical continuity.
· Flexibility: Since most raised floors are built with a series of lightweight and interchangeable tiles, the design provides a tremendous amount of flexibility and adaptability. In commercial settings, where equipment is frequently added and updated, this flexibility makes it easy to improve, modify and adapt the design and layout of the space without a major disruption to operations. Wire management and repairs can be done without ladders.
· Professionalism: Raised floors are modern, sleek, and clean. They provide ample space for sub-floor power cabling-which is especially important for facility tours with important clients and customers. In other words, instead of a mass of tangled cords and power lines, your commercial space will look efficient and professional.
The Pedestal Floor Support System
When it comes to raising floors, most architects and builders opt for Pedestal Floor Supports. Pedestals are plastic supports that act as miniature support posts. Their function is to support the joist sub-structure for flooring. Being both even and stable, pedestals can be easily installed in a short time regardless of the surface levels underneath.
Why should you use them?
• Pedestals can help you avoid the laborious job of leveling a surface. No digging, no laying cement, and no installing timber support posts – all you have to do is to place them on the underlying hard surface and bring them to the required support height.
• Pedestals also improve drainage by preventing localized pooling and improving ventilation under the floors. This also ensures that there is no mold build-up under the flooring surface.
• Pedestals are also far lighter than traditional floor supports. This makes them easier and safer to work with.
No matter what type of floor raising project it is, pedestal floor supports are the right choice. They can support heavy loads and provide risk-free support.
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