If your business uses raised access floor systems, they likely support some of your most valuable assets. Because of this, it’s crucial to understand your floor’s expected lifespan and what you and your team should watch for to determine when it’s time to renovate or replace the floor.
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Raised Floor Lifespan
It’s important to first understand that raised floors are not permanent and the lifespan your business gets out of its floor panels will vary based on use. With this in mind, raised access floors generally last around 25 years. However, we recommend that businesses begin considering replacement as floors reach the 20-year mark. Pushing the limits of a floor’s lifespan can lead to potentially expensive consequences.
How to Maximize the Lifespan of Your Raised Floor
Best practices for maintaining your raised access floor include:
- Annual floor inspections by a qualified technician
- Periodically rotating floor panels
- Replace damaged panels immediately
When your raised floor is nearing the end of its life or is beginning to show signs that it may need replacing, it’s time to call in the experts. An experienced team, like JLJ General Contractors, can repair your floor without forcing you to shut down operations.
Signs a Raised Floor Needs Replacing
While raised floor systems have a long lifespan, your team should actively monitor the system for potential defects and problems. Most issues are related to weight and traffic, which can cause floor panels to warp, rock, and lip. Additionally, the pedestals that hold up the floor are also susceptible to damage, such as deflection. To avoid issues such as this, always keep in mind the weight limits of your floor panels.
Raised floor systems are an incredible benefit for many businesses and industries. Unfortunately, they’re not impervious or permanent, and an older or damaged floor can be dangerous to both your equipment and your employees. Monitor your floor system and contact JLJ when you’re ready to renovate!