Raised floor is a level floor that is supported by pillars, beams and joists that are anchored to solid ground. The entire area under the raised floor can be used for cable management. If you are looking for an alternative to hinged floors as a means of cable management in your racks, then a raised floor is a solution worth considering. In this blog we will take a look at some of the benefits of using a raised floor as well as examples of how they are being used.
What is raised floor?
Raised floor is a level surface in a building (normally it’s made of steel or concrete) that provides space for cables and pipes. It’s usually installed when the wiring, plumbing, and HVAC systems are added.
In building construction, a raised floor is an elevated floor to which heat and ventilation is provided by mechanical systems. Raised floors are used extensively in modern office buildings, as well as in warehouses, factories, and computer server rooms. The main purpose of the central system is to provide a comfortable environment for workers and equipment through the use of forced-air heating and cooling.
The invention of the raised floor was a huge advancement in modernizing the way businesses process and store their data. With the help of a raised floor, enterprises can organize their rooms into an open floor plan with various cabinets and racks that allow you to move your equipment easier while maintaining excellent data protection.
Raised floor, also called access floor, platform, or pedestal floor, provides an elevated structural floor above a solid substrate (often a concrete slab) to create a hidden void for the passage of mechanical and electrical services. Raised floors are widely used in modern office buildings, and in specialized areas such as command centers, IT data centers and computer rooms, where there is a requirement to route mechanical services and cables, wiring, and electrical supply. Such flooring can be installed at varying heights from 2 inches (5 cm) to feet, depending on the needs of the system it is supporting and its method of support. Additional structural support and lighting are often provided when a floor is raised enough for a person to crawl or even walk beneath. In well-designed buildings raised floors will often have certain features to improve accessibility and serviceability; these may include removable panels which may be easily removed by hand or with simple tools (such as a screwdriver), trap doors for easier access to service lines (electricity cables, telecoms and data lines), etc.
The primary function of raised floors is usually to provide space for air circulation for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems designed to keep the environment at optimum temperature for computers.
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