Not all raised floors are created equal. Learn the differences.
What is a Raised Floor?
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.
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.
Raised floor tiles with sealed surfaces allow air to flow underneath the surface floor layer. Even a small space for air can help prevent moisture. However, there will not be nearly as much circulation as with perforated tiles. On the other hand, this kind of raised flooring allows extra cushion and ergonomic benefits in the floor. Anti-fatigue and softer impact makes sealed wood and vinyl raised floor tiles a great option for dance floors and other athletic uses. For example, Greatmats' Max Tile Raised Floor Tile is a versatile sports floor tile that can be used for everything from basketball to ballroom dancing.
Perforated TilesPerforated tiles allow air to flow not only between the tile and the subfloor but up through the top surface of the floor. Perforated raised floor tiles maximize airflow and minimize moisture build up. Therefore, they are highly recommended in places where water is largely present - such as in hot tub rooms, showers and around pools. Perforated raised floor tiles are also a popular choice for outdoor playgrounds and kids areas.
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 Options
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.
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