At Jerry L. Johnson & Associates, one of our specialties is replacing raised access floors while your equipment remains live. We have decades of experience replacing these floors and minimizing the downtime for the businesses they are owned by. Raised access floors are a crucial aspect of the data center and telecommunications industries, among others.
What are raised access floors primarily used for?
A raised access floor creates a sub floor plenum for various services, such as, electricity, or telecommunications, chill water piping, HVAC distribution. This allows for easy access for maintenance and enhancements.
How much weight can a raised access floor handle?
Panels that make up raised access floors have specific load ratings. The general weight range of panel loads are from 1,000-2,000 or 2,500 lbs. The heavier end of this range is generally the better choice for areas that house heavy or critical equipment, as well as areas that receive a good deal of foot traffic. Similarly, the lower load rating panels are suited for areas that experience less traffic and don’t support particularly heavy equipment.
How long do raised access floors last?
Due to the intense weight and high amount of traffic these floors withstand throughout the years, they are not permanent. Most have a lifespan of 25-30 years. This could vary, based on individual use. However, it’s important not to try and push a raised access floor past its expected lifespan – doing so can put both your equipment and employees at risk. After 20 years of use, it’s time to start considering replacement.
Some of your business’s most important operations are housed on raised access floors. Because of this, it’s important to understand why this type of flooring is so important. When the time comes to replace them, JLJ will be ready to help. Few contractors have the experience and capabilities we have of keeping your operations up and running while replacing your floor.