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How to shop for raised access flooring: A Perfect Guide

If you're looking for ways to economize, buying a used raised floor system is a smart move. The shift toward cloud computing systems has led to a lot of data centers being decommissioned, and this has created a strong buyer's market for used floors.
A solid choice here delivers nearly as much quality as a new raised floor system, and prices may be reduced by as much as 70 percent. Plus, helping to recycle a still-useful floor system is environmentally conscientious.

In order to get the most for your money, keep these recommendations in mind when you shop for a used raised floor system:

1. Going Off-Brand Can Save More Money

Used floor systems are priced according to original specifications, color, condition, and also brand popularity. If you're willing to purchase an older system from an obsolete line (e.g. Liskey, TATE, ASM Access Floors), you can save even more. Always confirm that a used floor will meet your needs by checking the original performance specs. The good news is that raised floor systems all generally perform equally well in their class.

2. Pick Your Surface Covering Carefully

The most popular surfacing option for computer floors is high-pressure laminate or HPL. (The most common color for this material is the classic Grey Starlite.) HPL is an efficient surface choice because it is easy to wash and it's good at dissipating static electricity. This is a handy property for floors that will be in close contact with sensitive electronics!

Carpeting is also a fairly popular choice for computer floor tiles. This can be attached in two ways. In a bare floor system, carpet tiles are attached with adhesive on top of the floor units. When access to the subfloor is required, the carpet will need to be removed. The more efficient alternative is using purpose-built tiles that come with carpet pre-installed. These are just as easy to open as HPL panels

3. Always Pay Attention To Condition

Used raised floor systems receive a condition grade that can vary from A to F. Don't be too quick to assume that lower grades are unusable! In many cases, the conditional faults that earn a low grade are strictly cosmetic. If you're planning to install carpet on top of your floor, for example, a D-graded raised floor system may serve perfectly well. Here's a basic guide to the condition grades:

A: Perfect factory-fresh condition
B: Minor scratches and other imperfections. Edge trim is intact, no signs of rust
C: Significant surface wear. Some rust may be present and some edge trim may be missing
D: Significant rust but structurally sound. Suitable for use in covered (i.e. carpeted) installations
F: High levels of rust and damage. Only suitable for use in platform applications

4. Remember To Account For Shipping Costs

Used raised access flooring components are usually priced on a FOB factory basis. That means the base price does not include freight charges. Shipping costs will depend on the weight of your order and the distance to your destination. Remember that additional shipping and installation services may also be required to get the floor components to the right place in your facility. Notably, normal delivery charges exclude negotiating stairs, so you may need special arrangements to deliver a floor to a hard-to-access installation site.

Buying your raised access flooring used is a smart, environmentally-responsible decision. Just remember that you have an even greater responsibility to verify the suitability and condition of your floor when you decide to buy used. To get started, check out our raised floor kits page. We stock a wide range of both new and used systems. You can use the Quick Quote tool to set your requirements and come up with a reasonable cost estimate.

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