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FAQ About Raised Floors
The following questions are commonly asked about raised flooring:
What is raised flooring used for? Raised flooring is commonly used in offices and other high tech buildings that need a lot of cables and electricity. The elevated floor allows for the cables to be run underneath the floor panels, which can lifted a foot or more off of the ground. They can easily be serviced by simply removing the panels. More recently, raised flooring has also been used for under floor air distribution to provide extra air conditioning.
How sturdy is raised flooring? Raised flooring is designed to be strong enough for daily use. Pedestal supports are installed at every 2 x 2 foot juncture where the panels come together. The panels themselves can be made out of various materials, but they usually include a steel core which can support a lot of weight. However, owners should still have their flooring regularly inspected in case any structural issues start to develop with the flooring system. If caught in time, a potential structural problem only needs a minor repair, as opposed to a major one.
Do I need some type of fire monitoring system for a raised floor? Since your raised floor is full of electrical wires, it is a good idea to install a fire suppression system under the flooring. However, do not install monitors like smoke alarms, because there is a lot of dust in the underneath the floor that will constantly set off the smoke alarm. Install a smoke alarm above the raised floor that can detect any smoke rising through the panels.
If you need to have your floors raised from the ground, it is often best to contact a renovation company or contractor that knows hot to do the job that is best for you. You can find several renovation and repair contractors that can raise floors. There are many listed in your online directory and on the Internet. By following these guidelines, though, you should know how to find a company that can give you all of the services that you need at a reasonable price. When you first contact the company, you will want to determine how much experience they have. You can do this by asking them how long they have been in business. Chances are that a raised floor company with several years of experience knows how to work with rooms that have carpet, vinyl, linoleum, tiles, and hardwood floors. They should also know to use a detailed grid so that they can install floors, vents, electrical cabling, plywood sheets, insulation, and install access panels that will not interfere with each other. Ask the company if they have a list of references that you can check. This is often one of the best ways to determine if the contractor is reliable because you can ask their clients about the repair, raised floor, and renovation services that they have gotten from them. Find out if the contractor company will give you a written price quote that includes materials and services like laying tile and pouring concrete so that you can compare them and choose one that matches your budget.