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Is it safe to reuse a raised floor?

The simplest answer to this question is yes! However there are many elements to this question so in the following article we are going to simply explain how to do so correctly.

  1. What is the system?

To establish if your raised flooring is suitable for reuse we recommend speaking to a raised flooring expert. They will explain what the system is, it’s approximate age and their professional opinion on it’s suitability for reuse.

  1. How do you safely remove the panels?

We highly recommend speaking to a demolition team ideally one recognised by the National Federation of Demolition contractors. Give them the guidance and contact information for your preferred raised flooring contractor. Allow them and the raised flooring contractor to co-ordinate the safe and timely removal of your raised flooring.

  1. Can I reuse the pedestals?

No, pedestals cannot be reused. The removal of pedestals from the sub floor requires them to take impact. Often the pedestals have glue attached and are no longer structurally sound.

  1. What should happen to the panels once reclaimed from site?

We advise that panels should be taken to a specialist raised flooring contractor that can hand clean, inspect and randomly test the panels. There should be complete transparency around the site of origin of the panels and the option to visit their facility to confirm compliance with all HSE regulations.

  1. What should I be looking for when picking a specialist raised flooring contractor?

We would recommend you speak to a provider who is able to offer all of the above alongside a comprehensive warranty. We would also suggest speaking to a contractor who has a proven track record with installation of reused raised flooring rather than a new entrant to the market.

If you have any questions about the reuse of raised flooring then please contact team RMF and we will be happy to assist.


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