Height Matters: Determining the Right Height for your Raised Access Floor
In basketball higher is better. But not so when it comes to raised floors. Sure. The idea behind access floors is to create space for technology cabling to run underneath. And you want something flexible that easily adapts to your changing technology needs.
But what’s the best height for your raised floor to accommodate the infrastructure for advanced technology?
And the answer is—probably less than you think. Here are some things to consider when selecting the best access floor for your facility.
Height Effects Acoustics in Raised Access Floors
The higher the raised floor, the greater the chance of acoustic problems. It makes sense, right? The more space you give sound to travel back and forth in, the more it will.
Think drum set.
Although it’s more than that. Traditional post and panel access floors consist of square panels supported by 4 posts that are screwed into the corners. This creates an open area underneath that gives sound a clear path of travel.
And sound is something you might want to minimize. Especially if your raised floor is installed in an environment where noise is not appreciated. Like class “A” offices, broadcast studios, libraries, courtrooms and secure intelligence facilities.
In this case, a lower access floor is better. And Gridd access floors come in two slender heights:
- Gridd40 is 1.6” (40 mm) tall and provides 1.35” of usable space.
- Gridd70 is 2.75” (70 mm) tall and provides 2.5” of usable space.
But it’s not just the height. The 34 factory stamped out legs under each Gridd unit act as baffles that eliminate footfall and sound resonance.
Height Effects Form & Function in Raised Access Floors
Stability in your raised floor is important. And traditional post and panel raised floors require additional moveable parts and fasteners.
So not only is construction of the access floor slow and tedious, the extra parts provide multiple opportunities for things to loosen, wobble and disconnect. And the quality of the final product is dependent on the installer’s workmanship.
Gridd’s all-steel construction is manufactured completely ready to install. Since its base units are held together by gravity rather than screws and fasteners, it goes down fast and easy.
With its low profile and extra stabilizing support, it feels solid like a permanent floor. And you won’t have to worry about any moveable parts loosening over time.
Height Effects Versatility in Raised Access Floors
Traditional post and panel raised floors lack flexibility. They don’t adjust easily to curved or angular walls and must be cut to fit the room perimeter. And because of their height, they can require up to four feet to transition down to another room without a raised floor.
Also, once installed, it’s a rigid system. In a seismic zone, a small earth tremor may cause it to snap.
Gridd access floor systems offer flexible fit-out and can be used anywhere. Adjustable border components fill perimeter gaps so there’s no need to cut anything. It installs easily along curved and angular walls, and provides simple transitions that only require 19 inches.
Since a Gridd access floor is attached without screws, glues or fasteners, it can absorb movement. And it’s completely portable. If you need to move buildings, you can pick up the floor and move it with you.
Deciding the best height for your raised floor is actually rather simple. Just think Gridd.