When it comes to choosing a finish for raised access floors in construction, there are two main options: applying the finish at the factory or doing it directly on-site. In this article, we will explore the advantages and disadvantages of both options. Using PVC and ceramic factory-applied finishes as examples, along with on-site applied self-supporting carpet.
Characteristics and Benefits of Using Factory-Finished Raised Access Floors
Imagine a building with 4,000m2 of raised access floors.With 3,000m2 covered with leading PVC finish and 1,000m2 with factory-applied ceramic finish. This choice allows for a perfect optimization of materials and reduces initial costs. Additionally, through regular maintenance over the years, the average lifespan of approximately 30 years can be ensured.
But what are the key advantages offered by factory-finished installations?
Reduced initial cost
By assembling the finishes in the factory, installation and labor costs are minimized, which translates into a lower initial investment.
Both PVC and ceramic finishes have a lifespan of around 30 years, ensuring greater long-term profitability.
Accessibility and flexibility
Factory application maintains the accessibility, modularity, and versatility of the raised access floor system. This facilitates future adaptations and changes.
Drawbacks of On-Site Finished Raised Access Floors
Now, let’s consider a building with 4,000 m2 of raised access floor under construction. We go further and assume that self-supporting carpet is applied in situ. While this option may offer certain aesthetic advantages, it presents economic challenges. In addition to long-term maintenance. Here we summarize the economic challenges:
The average lifespan of a self-supporting carpet is only 8 years, leading to additional expenses for frequent material replacement and renovation.
On-site self-supporting finishes restrict full accessibility, making it difficult to perform modifications or repairs in the future.
Increased installation time
Applying the carpet on-site prolongs the project completion time, potentially affecting efficiency and increasing labour costs.
It is evident that the profitability of using factory-applied finishes lies in material optimization, lower initial investment, extended lifespan, and the ability to maintain accessibility and flexibility of the raised access floor system. In contrast, on-site applied self-supporting finishes, like carpet, are more costly in the long run. And come with limitations in terms of maintenance and future modifications.
At Polygroup, we always recommend choosing factory-applied finishes to ensure the profitability and durability of modern constructions. However, each case is unique, and thus, we deeply analyze the needs to offer the best-fitted solution for the specific project under design.