When faced with choosing the right covering for a raised access floor, profitability plays a crucial role. Should one opt for self-supporting coverings applied on-site or directly from the factory? Various factors come into play.

We will visualize two different economic scenarios that help to test the strengths of each type of covering application for similar uses and under the same conditions.

 

Scenario A

In this scenario, we have a building with 4,000m2 of raised access flooring divided into two types of coverings: ceramic and PVC, used according to different areas of use.

Both coverings are assembled directly from the factory, allowing for greater material optimization. Throughout the normal lifespan of a raised access floor system, it is necessary to maintain a regular maintenance program to prevent the surface of the panels from scratching and deteriorating soon. As long as regular maintenance is maintained, the average lifespan of raised access floor systems is approximately 30 years.

 

Scenario B

In a scenario involving a building with 4,000 m2 of raised access flooring, unfinished panels are chosen to apply the carpet covering on-site. The initial cost includes the system, the carpet finish, and additional labor expenses for installation. Raised access floor systems have an average lifespan of 30 years, while the self-supporting carpet covering has an average lifespan of 8 years, necessitating periodic material changes and renewal. This significant difference in durability increases the overall cost of the raised access floor and makes it less favorable in the long run.

 

Choosing Profitability

Self-supporting coverings significantly increase the long-term cost and limit the accessibility and flexibility of the system. On the other hand, ceramic and PVC coverings applied from the factory maintain a lifespan of at least 30 years, preserving accessibility and offering better profitability over time.

The choice of covering can make a big difference in the profitability and longevity of your raised access floor system. Opting for durability and accessibility may be the key to a profitable long-term investment.

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