Design flexibility and fast installation, the advantages of raised floors
A raised floor is a system of modular elements, used to create indoor floors and outdoor pavings. This technology is extremely practical because it creates a continuous void under the floor surface that can be utilized to route all technical systems: electrical, plumbing, telecoms and data transmission, climate control and security.
This is achieved using a lightweight, completely dry construction system composed of a bearing structure, a core panel and an upper surface.
The surface layer is the material applied to the upper face of the core panel, that gives the floor its finish. The Marazzi Engineering division can supply any material for this purpose, from the most traditional to the most innovative: porcelain stoneware, resilient materials (rubber, linoleum, PVC), plastic laminates, natural stone or stone composites and real wood.
Porcelain stoneware in particular is the ideal material for the surface layer. Thanks to their durability and excellent technical properties, all Marazzi porcelain stoneware collections (including those with 20 mm thickness) are suited to this use, even for high traffic areas and outdoor pavings. Stoneware is also an important value added from an aesthetic perspective, allowing projects to be personalised thanks to a large colour palette and different finishes such as the wood-effect of collections such as Treverkmust and Treverktrend, the marble-effect of the exquisite Allmarble, the stone-effect of the very latest Mystone-Ardesia, Mystone-Bluestone and Mystone-Lavagna, and the terracotta-concrete effect of Powder, the collection which won this year's “Best of Finishes” title, awarded by Archiproducts.
Raised floors have many benefits: fast installation in both new buildings and renovation projects, flexibility in the routing and location of technical systems, which are always easily accessible for inspection, low costs in relation to the building's life-cycle, design flexibility with the scope for quick changes to meet requirements or changes in buildings' intended uses and, last but not least, matching with other technical coverings such as walls, furniture and suspended ceilings.