What is the Importance of Raised Flooring and Air Flow?
By Created: July, 2017 - Modified: July, 2021
Related Product: StayLock Tile Perforated Colors
What is a Raised Floor?A raised floor is a flooring surface elevated above an underlying subfloor (often concrete). The term raised floor often refers to the type of flooring found in office buildings and computer rooms, where the distance between the subfloor and the floor surface can range from 2 inches to 4 feet. This space is used to route cords, cables and wires in a hidden yet accessible way. A quick google search for raised floor will most likely lead you to raised floors in this context.
Another type of raised floor tiles are those that sit a couple millimeters to a couple inches up off of the subfloor. These types of raised floor tiles have a differing yet practical purpose in homes and buildings: they allow air flow to occur underneath tiles. It is exactly this type of raised flooring that will be discussed here.
How Important is Air Flow?
Air flow in a flooring situation helps prevent the buildup of moisture, thereby protecting against mold and mildew. Raised floor tiles give space for air to alleviate moisture levels and flow through damp areas. In dry climates or humidity controlled environments, air flow is not as important. However, in humid climates where moisture build up is bound to occur, it's important to have some type of air flow in those damp spaces. It's smart to install a floor that combats mold and mildew off the bat. That way, one will not have to pay in time and money to replace mold or moisture damaged flooring.
Do All Types of Raised Floors Allow Air Flow?We can see that air flow matters, and maybe you are already convinced raised flooring is the solution. Before pulling the trigger, let's take the discussion one step further. Not all raised floor tiles are created equal in terms of air flow. The most obvious way to categorize differences in tile air flow is as follows: tiles with a sealed surface and tiles with a perforated surface.
Checking for MoistureRoutine moisture checks are always recommended in basements and similar rooms. Exposing and dealing with moisture, mold and mildew can be a huge hassle if it means pulling up the floor. Fortunately, Greatmats' raised floor tiles makes it easy. Raised basement flooring is a breeze to install and uninstall, so checking out the subfloor isn't such a time consuming chore. It's something one can do solo. Further, such checks are needed less frequently with raised floor tiles.
Raised Floor OptionsThere are plenty of different types of raised floors to choose from. As with any flooring at Greatmats, one can find raised floor tiles in all sorts of styles and designs.
Greatmats' offers raised basement flooring to meet all your basement needs, but that's not all. There are also raised floors for garages, bathrooms, outside patio or any other location you may find a raised floor handy.
Whether you are searching for raised flooring for your kids' room in the basement or a portable dance floor, Greatmats can help you find the perfect raised flooring solution. Raised floors can be found with surfaces in everything from carpet to vinyl. At Greatmats, all raised floor tiles are a breeze to order, handle and install.
For more on this topic please review our Raised Flooring product page.