As the world becomes more high-tech, there is one glaring issue old spaces cannot seem to hide: wires. Computers, internet, telephones, copiers, fax machines, all have an abundance of wires and plugs. They can get tangled, trip you up, and harbor a lot of dust and dirt. That’s why in newer construction libraries, schools, offices, and more are choosing raised access flooring to hide all the wires and cables. Raised access flooring in Lafayette, LA is an elevated floor above a solid subfloor that allows space for electrical and mechanical systems. In previous years, it has been used to hide HVAC flooring and was common throughout Europe decades before it made its way to the US.
So how is a raised access floor made? Underneath the raised floor, a solid substrate such as a concrete slab must be in place. The raised access flooring is a steel grid welded together, with steel panels on top. The space between the subfloor and access panels can be as little as 2 inches high to as much as 4 feet high, depending on the needs of the space between. Hiding only cables and wires? 2 inches might be appropriate. Hiding an HVAC system and more? 18 inches or more might be necessary. More offices and educational buildings are relying on raised access flooring to hide their electric and mechanical systems. Why? It’s efficient, safe, and easy to maintain. The access panels are typically composed of steel-clad particleboard and can be covered with a variety of flooring to mask the industrial look.