Low profile access floors can be installed 75% faster than traditional methods, making them an excellent solution for renovation projects.
Beginning with a noncombustible foam undersheet that serves as an air distribution plenum, all steel base components with 34 legs stamped out of them are quickly distributed throughout.
As they do not require bonding, these tiles can easily be packed and moved from space to space during future renovations.
They Take Up Less Space
Access floors (also known as cable management floors) have long been utilized in computer rooms; now they’re finding widespread application in office buildings and other spaces where underfloor cable distribution is necessary. Not only can access floors save space by lowering floor-to-ceiling height, they also serve as a plenum for conditioned air, cutting energy costs while improving indoor air quality.
Conventional construction typically features supply ducts in a ceiling cavity above a dropped ceiling, while return air ducts leave through ceiling-mounted diffusers. With an access floor, supply ducts can be consolidated under it to create a plenum that can then be used as return air. This results in much shallower ceiling plenum heights.
Access floors also create a plenum that makes it possible to increase floor space available for pathways and furniture without decreasing overall room floor area, freeing up more wall space for equipment or display areas.
Facility managers also find bundles of wiring stored under access floors can reduce tripping hazards and free up more floor space for other purposes. A facility manager can easily move electrical outlets or cable grommets between locations, giving offices maximum productivity and flexibility without needing to rewire an entire room.
An access floor can help save energy by providing a highly controllable air distribution system. When used in buildings with well-insulated envelopes and high performance glazings, underfloor plenums can be adjusted to create more uniform temperatures across spaces; this is particularly beneficial in large multifloor buildings where comfort conditions must be tailored specifically to different zones.
InterfaceAR will unveil this year a low-profile product designed to provide underfloor air distribution in residential basements, suitable for retrofit applications like turning unfinished spaces into home offices or entertainment rooms. Constructed entirely from 100% recycled materials and featuring radiant heating elements to make winter more bearable and reduce air conditioning requirements in summertime, InterfaceAR’s new offering promises to revolutionise access floor systems further.
They Are Portable
An access floor is a raised platform designed to enable power, data and voice cabling underneath it. Additionally, it allows easy access to the space below for maintenance or upgrades and comes in various coverings to match any design aesthetic. Traditional (panel and pedestal) access floors were once the standard solution when underfloor cable distribution was required, but in recent years a low profile floor or cable management floor has quickly emerged as the preferred choice.
Low profile access floors can be installed with finished floor heights as low as 6 inches – much lower than traditional access floors that often reach 2 feet in height. They allow bundled cables to remain below the finished floor surface, eliminating potential trip hazards while freeing up more floor space for walkways or furniture placement.
Low profile access floors stand out from traditional access floors by being modular components that can be disassembled and transported easily if required, making installation faster and simpler than for conventional access floors. Furthermore, their disassembling feature gives your project greater flexibility to change as your needs do without incurring extra expenses like trenching concrete or rebuilding all or parts of the floor itself.
Low profile access floors are portable, making them perfect if your company needs to relocate offices or has outgrown current facilities and needs to expand. They can easily be moved from office to office if required or between buildings if need be – something which is particularly advantageous if your company is expanding into multiple facilities at the same time.
As part of your access floor selection process, panel load rating should be top priority. Ideally, floor panels should be lightweight yet provide sufficient support for equipment. Furthermore, any design should aim to minimize surface-to-subfloor contact so as to prevent vibrations that interfere with data transmission – something ASM Modular Systems’ Dark Dray UNIPANEL access floor does with 64 mini pedestals beneath each panel that distribute weight more evenly than just four corners could.
They Are Easy to Install
Traditional panel and pedestal access floor systems have long been considered the go-to solution when underfloor cable distribution was required, yet recently more people are opting for low profile access floors as an effective alternative to raised flooring systems. They offer numerous advantages which make this type of floor an attractive solution.
Cable management access floors typically measure less than 6 inches in height and serve to organize cables and wires in facilities with large cabling requirements, such as control rooms. They help free up space by decreasing the need for power and data cords that must run across an entire facility and freeing up room for other activities.
Low profile access floors can be installed much more rapidly than traditional raised floors due to no need to core or trench into concrete slabs for installation. Instead, this access floor is simply installed over existing concrete floors using non-combustible foam undersheets which cover all of their area before being connected via metal channels and plates to existing concrete before finally being covered with an easily removable floor covering for maintenance and repairs.
Additionally, this access floor does not need to be attached permanently to concrete, making it easy to take apart and reassemble should wiring need to be relocated or altered in the future. This saves both time and money while simultaneously decreasing any amount of mess left behind when making changes.
Polymer has emerged as a modern choice for low profile access floors, boasting greater durability than steel in terms of crush strength. Furthermore, its lighter weight makes it more load bearing than traditional access floor panels; additionally it does not need pedestals at each corner due to a much stronger base component and thus has gained widespread acceptance over its counterparts. These flexible properties have helped it gain widespread attention amongst many individuals.
They Are Easy to Modify
Traditional access floor panels, pedestals and stringers work great in most spaces; however, their installation and modification can be cumbersome and time-consuming. Many are turning to low profile access floors – also called cable management floors – for their raised flooring needs instead. This innovative design utilizes modules and connectors which can easily be removed or modified with little effort without disrupting power and data wiring infrastructures.
As opposed to traditional access floor systems, these cables don’t need to run through the ceiling but rather can be stored discreetly under the floor, where they cannot be seen. Not only is this aesthetic improvement but also makes adding or rerouting cables much simpler without needing to dig through ceiling. Furthermore, in case there is an increase in dynamic load (heavy equipment moving about), redistribution of loads becomes much simpler in order to accommodate it.
Some cable management floors can be installed up to 75% faster than traditional raised flooring – meaning your space can become open and productive much sooner!
These new access floor systems feature the same strength as traditional access floors, but are more lightweight, compact, and easier to handle thanks to hollow steel panels that use lighter steel plates that can withstand higher concentrated loads than their aluminum raised floor counterparts. Furthermore, they’re more resilient against heat, humidity, and corrosion as well.
Low profile access floors also benefit from less plenum space needs than traditional raised flooring systems, saving valuable floor-to-ceiling space in your building and enabling equipment to sit closer to the floor, increasing airflow and cooling efficiency.
Many of these new cable management floors come in multiple heights, typically 1.5″-3″, and feature built-in wire raceways to replace raised floor cable tray systems and electrical/data floor boxes. Netfloor USA ECO stands out as an example, boasting heights between 1.5″ to 8″, as well as trenches built into its floor surface.