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A raised floor is a modular flooring system consisting of removable panels supported by a galvanised steel structure. This type of floor creates an empty space below the walking surface, providing an area for housing cabling, piping, electrical installations and others.
Among the main advantages of raised floors are the fast installation thanks to dry laying (without the use of screed), the flexibility in the management of the systems, the ease of access and maintenance of the cables and services below, the possibility to reorganize the interior space quickly and flexibly.
The aesthetics of a raised floor is one of the most versatile aspects, where you can choose from a wide range of materials and colours. In fact, all kinds of floor coverings are available, from textiles and resilient materials to ceramics, stone or natural wood (visit the finishes section).
Nesite is also particularly active in the search for new solutions, a path that has led to the creation of exclusive systems such as:
• JUNO led floor
• FLOORA, the floor plants system
• the fully accessible 4.0 resin finish floor
– the floor with NATURAL CORK finishing.
Raised floors can be used in numerous types of projects such as office and commercial centres, museums, data centres, hospitals, hotels, airports, etc. They are therefore particularly suitable for environments that require efficient management of cables and technical infrastructure, as well as spaces that require flexibility in layout and configuration.
I pavimenti sopraelevati sono un sistema immediato e non invasivo, in quanto non vengono eseguite opere edili di alcun tipo. Vengono quindi utilizzati nelle opere di riqualificazione e/o ristrutturazione di edifici storici, in quanto permettono di efficientare l’ambiente, conservando intatto il patrimonio architettonico.
Il pavimento sopraelevato inoltre, nella versione in vetro, può essere utilizzato per proteggere e valorizzare elementi di interesse presenti al livello del pavimento come reperti storici o mosaici (esempio progetto Palazzo Bonaparte).
Raised floors are an immediate and non-invasive system, as no construction work is carried out. They are therefore used in the redevelopment and/or renovation of historic buildings, as they allow to improve thee space efficiency while preserving the architectural heritage intact.
In addition, the raised floor, in the glass version, can be used to protect and enhance elements present at floor level such as historical artefacts or mosaics (for example Palazzo Bonaparte project).
Certainly, the irregular surface is a common feature in most renovation projects. The installation of raised floors, in any case, must be carried out by experienced professionals both for good outcomes in terms of flatness and safety issues.
Emblematic in this context is the installation of the Leopoldine project, which was carried out on an extremely unleveled surface.
The raised floor can be designed in an anti-seismic version, which involves the integration of a bracing system at the structure level.
The earthquake-resistant configuration of our raised floors has been part of Nesite’s consulting service for many years, with iconic projects in this regard such as the Cristchurch Civic Building in New Zealand and the Louvre in Abu Dhabi.
Nesite’s anti-seismic raised floor was also used during the launch test of Eucentre’s 9D LAB seismic simulation system. We talk about it in this article.
Raised floors are technical solutions specially designed according to the load requirements of each project. Different types of structures and panels of various thicknesses are available in order to guarantee suitable support, even in the case of very heavy weights such as in data centres.
Of course, the Nesite product range includes the radiant floor Diffuse. This is a highly energy-efficient underfloor heating system that offers all the advantages of a raised floor such as dry installation and complete accessibility to the underfloor plenum.
The heights of raised floors range from a minimum of 5 cm (finished floor) to over 150 cm.
No special care is required in the cleaning of raised floors. However, a specific maintenance sheet is provided for each type of panel and finish in order to preserve the aesthetic characteristics over time.