We're moving in to a new building, soon. Most of the building has a raised access floor consisting of 600x600mm square tiles; galvanised steel-coated MDF. (The closest equivalent I can find is Tate Woodcore.) These tiles are pre-drilled and screwed at the corners to supporting stacks on the concrete floor. The void is about 4".
The comms room, on the 2nd floor, also has these tiles. Our specification was that they would bond a hard-wearing, anti-static vinyl on to the individual tiles such as to allow them to be lifted easily at a later date. It now transpires that this isn't a good idea, since the vinyl would have to be cut to fit and would be prone to damage and rucking at the tile corners.
The choice I face now is to either replace the floor tiles entirely with something more suitable, or to simply polish the existing bare tiles and stick with those (the latter is actually how we found the room).
Bare tiles would certainly be easier and cheaper, but will a bare metal floor cause me any problems that I can only mitigate by replacing them?
- There is no ventilation requirement in the floor void. There is only power, fibre and a lot of Cat6.
- We'll have ~4 tons of cooling from two ceiling mounted A/C units
- At full capacity, we'll have 4 cabs (3 servers and an MDF). Nothing else will be stored in the room.