Raised floors are so called because they do not rest directly on the slab, but on a metal support structure which, thanks to its technical and technological characteristics, allows to obtain a cavity under the walking surface used to house cables, pipes, systems, etc. . without the need for further masonry.
Until recently, there was only talk of raised floors for interiors, but modular systems for raised access floors have also appeared on the market for some time.
Due to the widespread use, floating floors have become a real product category in the flooring sector.
This type of flooring has the advantage of being flexible and offering basic good insulation from vibrations and noise.
This insulation can be further improved by placing high-dissipation rubber anti-vibration supports at the base of the metal structure.
Noise is generated precisely because of the transmission of vibrations and is certainly one of the most felt problems in new buildings.
It is transmitted by air and through materials at different speeds.
The noise that generally occurs on a pavement is:
impact, that is mainly due to the trampling and impact of machinery on the pavement;
due to underlying plants.
Thanks to the installation of high-dissipation rubber anti-vibration mounts, the noise generated by the presence of people or machinery will be dampened due to the noise coming from the walking surface.
The anti-vibration supports for raised floors do not interfere with the aesthetics of the surface but increase their comfort, with little expense.
With the installation of a raised or floating floor, a "technical compartment" is obtained in which it is possible to house the technical systems and the necessary connections: telephone, electrical, IT, etc.). The "technical compartment" has the advantage that it can be easily inspected in the event of maintenance or repairs.
A raised or floating floor also offers a functional and efficient organization of spaces as it offers designers the possibility of creating environments that are architecturally free from the distribution of the system. It is an ideal flooring solution in many environments: offices, shopping centers, exhibition halls, airports, restaurants, etc .; in essence, wherever there is a need for high flexibility in the use of spaces and constant adaptation to modern technological-plant solutions.
The raised / floating floor, if correctly designed, also allows a significant advantage in terms of vibrational and acoustic insulation. To achieve this, it is important to perform calculations for the correct sizing of the anti-vibration mounts.
An element that increases the noise reduction of the raised floor is in fact the anti-vibration support: glued between the base of the structure and the slab, the support has soundproofing and anti-vibration power and therefore allows to reduce the transmission of both structural and airborne noise.
The raised floor is a practical and efficient solution to be exploited also for private homes.
Choosing floating floors means adopting a practical and effective system to give the house a refined look, without having to restore a new floor.
This choice is a winner especially from the moment when, living in an old building, the floor tiles are damaged.
They are very interesting to be adopted also externally.
The winning mix of functionality and aesthetic rendering deserves special mention.
The floating structures in fact allow you to take advantage of the interspace that is located under the floor: it is thus possible to pass the unsightly cables of the television or telephone underneath, without leaving them in plain sight.
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