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Will new become taboo?

At RMF we have been champions of re-use for many years. We appreciate that items produced over 10 years ago can retain their integrity and remain as entirely viable products especially in the case of raised flooring is concerned. We were so confident that raised flooring remained the prime candidate for reuse that we commissioned an independent test on new vs recycled raised flooring, the results were as follows;

Panel

Instant deflection,

Failure load,

 

 

mm

kN

 

 

 

 

 

RMF Eco (1998 panel)

1.91

12.67

 

 

 

 

 

RMF Eco (1995 panel)

1.35

14.14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RMF Eco (1995 panel)

 

 

 

 

1.24

14.97

 

 

 

 

 

New panel (2017)

2.39

7.62

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New panel (2017)

2.14

11.89

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New panel (2017)

1.79

12.05

 

 

 

 

 

The above table details the weight at which the panel failed, as you can see panels circa 20 years prior outperformed their new counterparts by a significant margin. 

Despite the perception that new is always better, in the case of raised flooring it simply loses its aesthetic appeal. At RMF we reclaim used raised floor panels from the interior fit out market, we then clean, test warranty and re-install the panels into CAT-B projects onto all new steel pedestalls. 

So isn't it time we dropped the 'need' for shiny new floor and considered a more sustainable and cost effective solution to raised flooring. To discuss your next CAT-B project just give us a call on 01926 425289 or email estimating@rmf-services.co.uk 

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