How do you provide an access floor that offers the aesthetic appeal of a solid timber floor whilst still providing easy access to the panels beneath it? This has not been possible in the past because, to allow access to the floor panels, the finish has had to be bonded to the floor, with the constraint that it had to be 600mm sq.
However in a UK first, Kingspan Access Floors has overcome the problem by developing oak veneer staves that use magnetism to fasten to the companys steel encapsulated floor panels, enabling architects to design the look of a solid timber floor. The new Kingspan product, called Attiro, is available in lengths of 1200mm to 2000mm per stave and in widths of 90mm to 200mm. Its depth is 17mm, which includes a 4mm solid oak veneer, available in a wide range of shades and finishes.
The launch of Attiro follows extensive testing by Kingspans R&D department on aspects such as temperature and humidity change, varying loads, acoustic properties and optimum magnetic strength. Attiro offers cost savings over pre-bonded timber panels because it is installed at the fit out stage of a project there is far less chance of damage, if a stave does need to be replaced it can be easily removed, and the floor can be walked on as soon as it has been laid.
Ian Lomas, Kingspan National Specification Sales Manager, said: We have developed and aggressively tested Attiro in response to customer demand for more versatility in floor finishes. It enables an architect or interior designer to achieve the impression of a timber floor, assembled on a raised access floor, safe in the knowledge that it is serviceable and practical for their client or end user occupant.