You may be considering raised access flooring for your home or office building. The complex installation process has many steps meaning it should only be undertaken by an expert with the correct training. If not installed correctly, there could be numerous safety risks involved. This could also result in high costing repair or replacement work. When hiring a professional, you may want to be mindful of the steps taken, allowing you to feel confidence in the floor laying process. Allow us to walk you through what should be expected.
Preparing the subfloor
Before installing the raised access flooring, you must first prepare and assess the subfloor. It is important to carry out various checks at this point to ensure maximum safety. These checks include:
- Ensuring the surface is level, preventing the flooring from being laid unevenly.
- Checking it is clear of any damage such as cracks or ripples. These can be signs that the subfloor is aging and is unable to take the weight of the access floor when in use.
- Removing any dirt or debris that could obstruct pedestals being laid correctly.
Installing the raised access flooring
- Mark out level points. The correct marking points should be measured out in an initial row to determine where the pedestals will be placed. The additional rows are then laid out parallel to the initial, depending on the dimensions of the room.
- Measure the pedestals. The height and dimensions of each pedestal are meticulously measured out to ensure that they are suitable for the size of the location in which they are being installed. It is essential that all pedestals are level with each other for floor panels to be laid evenly.
- Secure the pedestals to the subfloor. Each pedestal is then glued onto the markings that have been laid out. Laser levelling equipment is used to ensure complete accuracy of pedestal placement and height so that they are prepared for the floor panels to be laid.
- Fit the stringers. Stringers are measured out, and then fitted between each pedestal. These are glued and secured by bolts to ensure the stability and longevity of your flooring.
- Measure the floor panels. Before being fitted, floor panels should be cut to the correct measurements to fit securely onto the stringers and pedestals.
- Fit the floor panels. Once sizing is correct, the panels should then be fitted onto the top of the structure. It is important that your flooring specialist follows sufficient health and safety procedures to ensure the panels do not slip or rock back and forth. If amendments are required, they can be made at this point before the installation process is complete.
The details of each step within the process require skill and expertise, so should only be carried out by a trained specialist. You can trust our experienced team at Fieldmans Access Floors to fit your raised access flooring correctly. With years of experience, we deliver high quality flooring that our customers can rely on for stability and longevity.
Call us on 020 8462 7100 or email and we would be happy to offer our expertise and advice to you.