PARTS OF THE RAISED FLOOR:
Surface finish. Porcelain’s physical and mechanical properties make it the perfect finish for a raised floor. A vast range of porcelain tiles is available, permitting choice of the best material for the functional and aesthetic needs of the spaces in question.
Panel. The component supporting the weight of the porcelain tiles and distributing it over the structure below. Its composition varies considerably on the basis of mechanical resistance and reaction to fire.
Structure. Composed of crosspieces and vertical columns.
The crosspieces are cross profiles connecting the various columns to achieve the required degree of modularity, improve stability and distribute loads over the structure.
The columns support the entire system and serve to support the structure, the panel and the surface finish, as well as transmitting loads to the floor slab. Micrometric adjustment ensures perfect flatness of the supporting surface.
A raised floor offers the following benefits over conventional floors:
Easy to install. Raised floors are installed dry, without adhesives.
Reduced energy consumption. The technical gap created between the original floor and the new raised floor provides thermal insulation, cutting energy consumption and therefore costs.
Quick, effective maintenance. Easy assembly and dismantling of the individual panels making up the raised floor make maintenance work quick and easy, requiring no structural work and thereby saving time and money.
Versatility. The panels are practically all the same, meaning they can easily be replaced and guarantee accessibility from any point in the system, making it easy to move workstations and structures and make changes to technical systems in the future. This is particularly beneficial when the purpose of a building changes, requiring an increase, reduction or change in the surface of a room.
Flexibility of technical systems. Flexibility of technical systems is greater, permitting a reduction in the amount of cable and materials used.
Corrects errors in flatness of the floor slab. The raised floor solves errors in the flatness of the concrete slab.
The evolution of raised floors has permitted expansion of their use outside office buildings (their most common application) to banks, shopping malls, trade fair stands, hotels, bars, hospitals, medical clinics, dance floors, study halls, university campuses, museums, renovation of all sorts of historic buildings and so on. It now has an unlimited range of applications, as the system is perfectly suitable for all kinds of uses.