There are some circumstances that demand for installation of tall partitioning systems that extend from the floor of an office to the ceiling.One such circumstance is controlling noise in a work space. However, there are some issues that should be considered prior to buying such an office partition system for your medical clinic.
One key issue to consider is fire safety. Tall dividers that block any exit signs, audible alarm noise, sprinkler systems, and fire extinguishers can be considered unsafe by local authorities.
Such partitions might require modification or removal to meet the fire codes set by local authorities.
Another key issue associated with tall partitions is that they restrict airflow. The office atmosphere may have some ventilation offered by an air conditioner or just some windows.
Enclosing the office space using floor to height partitions might impede airflow into the cubicles.
Tall office dividers also raise the issue of lighting. Panel systems are usually opaque such that they block light. If a cubicle office space has its own lighting system, then the problem of lighting is solved.
However, if the cubicles do not have their own lighting, then some window arrangement would have to be built on the panel system for light to penetrate into the office.
More so, over reliance on electrical lighting will increase the electricity bills. It is great taking advantage of natural light that comes from the sun through windows.
One key reason why these systems are preferred is noise control. Shorter partitions are not as effective in controlling noise. This is because sound waves go over the top of the panel and spreads throughout an office until they are absorbed by soft surfaces such as drapes, carpets or any other absorbing material.
However, floor to ceiling panels can also transfer sound waves through them. What matters are the materials used in the panel when the major concern is seeking total noise reduction. For instance, panels made using harder materials transmit sound more efficiently than those made of softer materials.
Softer materials absorb sound more and transmit less efficiently than harder materials. Sound proof materials can be integrated into the panels for noise to be reduced effectively.
The other key issue that should be considered before buying tall office partitions is their connection system. Many partition manufacturers offer connectors that are fastened with bolts or screws from both the bottom and the top of the panel.
If the panels reach the ceiling, it becomes more challenging to fasten these connectors. It is recommendable to check with the manufacturer and ask how they will be installed and the space that will be required to accommodate use of other tools when connecting the panel system.
In conclusion, consider fire safety, sound absorbing and blocking qualities, requirements for installation of the connectors, the precise ceiling height, lighting, and fire safety. Keeping these details in mind will save you headaches later.
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