6 Potential Problems when Installing a Raised Floor

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When installing a raised floor, there are a number of things you will have to bear in mind to avoid potential hazards and dangers. Raised floors are very common when cables or other objects need to be laid under the floor. This type of flooring is commonly used for computers and sometimes for air conditioning pipes. Raised flooring is being used in some modern homes as a way to contain heating and cooling systems.

1. Ceiling Height

Most raised floors are fitted when the building is being built—or at least they are planned for at that time. This is because fitting a raised floor can significantly alter the ceiling height. If you have a modern home, the ceilings are already probably pretty low. If your ceilings are low, you won't be able to use a raised floor while still being able to keep your room functional.

When installing raised floors in offices with high or false ceilings, this may not be an issue. However, when installing a raised floor in your home, you will need to give the ceiling height some consideration because this is not something that you can easily change.

2. Dust

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Raised flooring is very popular because it allows you access under the floor easily. However, dust can collect in this empty space. It's impossible to stop this from happening because the whole point of having the floor is to allow access below. This just makes going under the floor slightly messier than you might imagine.

You might also want to clean down in the cavity from time to time just to make sure you don't have too much of a problem.

3. Support

The raised flooring must be supported securely to prevent any form of danger. If you are running cables then you may have to drill through some of the supports or joists, in this case make sure you will be able to do this without affecting the integrity of your floor.

4. Electrocution

When using raised floors you must always use a non-conductive material, this will ensure that if there are any shorts or if anything is wrong you won't get electrocuted. A metal floor may look fashionable and be practical, however it may not be very safe.

5. Unsuitable

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The biggest danger is that you spend money fitting a raised floor only to find that it's not suitable for your needs. You will need to plan exactly what you want to put under the floor and how you want it all to fit together.

6. Pests

One danger of raised flooring is that pests will make themselves at home inside. Mice and other pests can quite easily bite through cables, which will damage your network. Try to prevent mice from getting into your house by sealing all access from the outside.

Raised floors are a great addition to most any room. As long as you have enough height to accommodate them, they can make running new wires exceptionally easy.