Why Low Profile Raised Floor is Better than the Traditional One

Low Profile Raised Floor

low profile raised floor

Traditional access floors occupy much of your ceiling height and require specialist maintenance to open and make changes.

But there’s another solution that requires much less ceiling space and makes life easier for onsite personnel: A low profile raised floor.

Easy Access to Wires & Pipes

Low profile raised floors provide easy access to cables, pipes and wiring that run beneath it – an invaluable feature in data centers or any area where downtime can be costly. Their modular design also makes removal of individual tiles easy without disrupting operations or altering other aspects of the system; this reduces downtime caused by repairs or upgrades.

Traditional raised floors may be suitable for some applications, but in many others they’re less than optimal. Installation requires laborious manual work from specialists; cable management options may be limited and organization more limited; servicing may involve pulling multiple panels which are heavy – this may cause instability when your raised floor is several feet off the ground.

Traditional underfloor air distribution systems were originally envisioned in the 1960’s to cool mainframe computer equipment. Although these traditional systems can still be found in some data centers today, their limited accessibility and lack of modern features has diminished their popularity significantly; for example, they require outside contractors or highly-trained in house personnel for repairs; additionally, their large ceiling height footprint makes them inadvisable when renovating an entire floor-to-ceiling height in one go.

However, an alternative system has recently gained increasing popularity in office buildings: cable management access floors. These floors allow easy routing of cables, wires and conduits under raised flooring systems without disrupting its surface panels; rather they use pedestals made from polymer rather than concrete and steel for reduced weight savings and easier handling.

These systems can be found in IT departments, factories and manufacturing facilities, power plants, utility companies, control rooms and data centers – especially mission-critical operations like those found at large corporations or airports.


Low profile raised floors have many advantages over traditional ones. First and foremost, they’re much lighter, taking up less ceiling height. Plus they offer easier cable management and electrical wiring solutions – perfect for environments requiring to accommodate various applications at once. Furthermore, their lower profile makes it easier for technicians onsite to reach wires and pipes easily.

Raised floors provide better sound isolation between spaces, which is especially advantageous in areas with stringent acoustic standards. Their performance depends on factors like materials used, edge profile profile and gap distance; when specifying, these factors must be taken into account for maximum acoustic rating.

Raised floor systems must maintain their structural integrity for their overall stability. Their structures must withstand loads placed upon them such as static loads and vibrations, achieved through proper design and construction practices. ANSI PSA standard defines four structural grades according to load carrying capabilities – light, medium, heavy, and extra heavy with three times their safety factor in each grade.

Low-profile raised floors can also be constructed at much lower costs than their traditional counterparts due to fewer components and an easier installation process. Their lower costs allow more freedom in designing facilities – for instance if a data center needs to change its cooling strategy quickly, their floor can easily be reconfigured to redirect cool air flow.

Raised floors provide another great benefit, being easy to install even in limited environments. Their truss assemblies are specifically designed to transfer lateral loads away from pedestals and into the subfloor instead, offering extra stability for this floor and decreasing risk of damage or collapse.

Low-profile raised floors are an excellent solution for facilities that must support an abundance of devices. This includes schools that need acoustic barriers for student privacy as well as enough power outlets to support bring-your-own-device policies, or casinos which prioritize guest safety with multiple power outlets and prioritize guest safety policies.


Businesses investing in raised floors want them to last and last, so durability is of utmost importance. Installation requires heavy duty machinery; thus they must endure wear and tear over time. For traditional raised floors, maintenance may require outside contractors or specially-trained in-house personnel who manage cables and pipes below, however low profile raised floors are much easier and cost-effective for on-site staff to manage themselves.

Low profile raised floors can be utilized in any environment where air circulation isn’t necessary, such as commercial offices. They differ from traditional raised access floors in that their panels stand 12″ higher off the subfloor compared to low profile systems which don’t feature such sealed plenum spaces that hold cable wiring and underfloor air piping for cable wiring and ventilation needs.

Traditional raised floors can be found in data centers, but they can also be utilized in office settings to organize electrical wiring and create extra space for power and communications requirements. While traditionally these types of raised floors were created to assist with cooling computer equipment via running air beneath it, this no longer poses a concern since newer computers produce very little heat.

Traditional raised access floors require multiple panels to be pulled up for maintenance or repair, making the task difficult for on-site technicians as each weighs over 35 lbs. A low profile system makes this task simpler as each tile weighs considerably less.

Finding an excellent raised access floor begins with finding an experienced supplier who can offer solutions tailored specifically to your business needs. An informed provider can assist in selecting an optimal option, answer any inquiries and deliver it directly for installation. At FreeAxez, we specialize in Gridd low-profile raised floor systems; the modern solution for wire management and distribution.

Our Gridd raised access flooring system boasts integrated cable channels for effortless wire management without bulky cable trays. Plus, each of the 16″ or 2.75″ panels in our system doesn’t interfere with ceiling height like traditional raised floors do – plus our support structure includes 34 legs stamped out of steel in every base component for unparalleled floor stability!


Low profile raised floors offer more cost-effective alternatives than their post and panel counterparts when it comes to affordability. Typically several feet high, this style allows ample underfloor air distribution – meant to relieve some of the heat produced by computers but restricting employee movement around an office space. Unfortunately, installation takes much more time and requires special training for installers while noisy environments don’t offer cable management flexibility either.

Traditional access floors offer enough room for wires, cables and pipes, but lack flexibility and ease of use. Their individual floor panels can be heavy to open up to access plenums; too many at one time may cause the entire structure to lose stability; especially true if it stands several feet off the ground! While such floors can still be utilized in critical environments with outside contractors or highly-trained in house personnel performing maintenance on it.

Low profile raised floors provide greater accessibility for wiring, making them suitable for many different uses and environments. Ideal for use in critical environments like control rooms and data centers, as well as consumer stores, schools/libraries applications and more – plus their modular nature means tenants can take them with them when moving locations – it may even help save on taxes!

Raised floors can be an effective solution to effectively managing electrical infrastructure and providing easy maintenance access, but each type of raised floor offers unique benefits for businesses. When choosing the ideal raised floor solution for your company, take into account function requirements as well as equipment installed. Install a low-profile access floor which maximizes vertical space and lets you put more equipment in less area.