A low profile raised floor tile system is the ideal choice for environments requiring no plenum space below the floor tile. Traditional raised floor systems have a plenum space of around 12″ above the subfloor. Traditional systems create the plenum space by using pedestals and stringers to support the floor tile. Likewise, within the sealed plenum space cable wiring, under-floor air and additional utility conduit is found. Finally, low profile systems are defined as under 6″ in height, enough height for simply cables and wiring.
What applications are best for a low profile raised floor installation?
Low profile systems require fewer tools and less planning to install. As a result, view them as a cost-effective option. However, low profile systems still provide a high degree of utility. Generally, in critical environments where ceiling height space is a concern, low profile raised floor systems perform best. The floor tile system provides easy access to wiring. For example, low profile systems work best in consumer store fronts, office buildings, media rooms, and movie theaters. Moreover, with a wide variety of premium floor finishes, there is a solution for every commercial or even residential application. The systems produce little noise and have a strong solid feel while incorporate leveling features for easy installation.
Ideal Low-Profile Environments:
- Class A Office Buildings
- Conference Rooms
- Manufacturing & Assembly Areas
- 911 Call Center
- Training Facilities
- K-12 Schools
- Retail & Wholesale Stores
- Classrooms & Laboratories
- TV News Rooms
Low Profile Systems vs Traditional Systems Cost
With the ease of installation and less need for tall high-strength structural support, a low profile system can be up to 50% less expensive to build vs a traditional system. Contrarily, traditional raised floor system design takes into consideration the cooling of computer equipment. Providing cool air to the hotspots or expelling warm air from equipment exhaust. In addition, modern equipment is considerably more efficient and in some cases no longer requires the complexity of a traditional raised floor system. Thus, the simpleness of a low profile system vs the highly complex structural engineering of a traditional system translates to significant cost savings.
Finally, choosing a raised flooring system that matches your function requirements is a critical decision. The experts at DCFT are ready to guide you through choosing the correct system to meet your facilities needs. Contact Us for a quote today.