"The static dissipative flooring [carpet tile] in our lab here in Franklin has been extremely reliable and very durable. As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for”. This floor has proven to be a very good investment on our part!"
Tom Tomasso, Director Technical Services,
"Just a quick note to let you know that the carpet tile installation started on Tuesday and everything is going silky smooth. Carpet looks great. Install is fast and easy. The system is working as it should – NICE!!"
Chris Ervin, Director of Architectural Interiors,
"You would never know it was ESD, which is amazing! Your product rocks and I’m so glad we were able to find an attractive solution that didn’t leave us with some run-of-the-mill ugly disaster in the middle of our workspaces!"
Sydnie Young, Associate IIDA
"On a project, consisting of 30,000 sq./ft of microelectronics lab, our team worked with StaticWorx to create the perfect ESD flooring solution for our client... StaticWorx is a proven leader in static control flooring solutions."
Paul Meyer, AIA, NCARB, architect,
Facilities managers for end-user and public spaces have long appreciated the benefits of carpeted floors. Sound attenuation and ergonomics, combined with the ease and low cost of cleaning make carpet an obvious choice for end-user applications.
In the ‘90s, electronics manufacturers installed 1000s of square feet of carpet tile in their PCB manufacturing areas, test departments, and final assembly as well as box build areas. Carpet tile installations were less expensive than hard surface floors because installing carpet tiles requires less subfloor repair and preparation.
Periodic vacuuming and yearly extraction cleaning cost much less than washing, waxing and buffing hard surface floors – providing a lower long-term cost of ownership.
Many of these installations remain in place today.
The one drawback to using carpet tile for tough applications: due to pile crush, after two to three years of use, carpet tiles exposed to chair casters and heavy traffic looked different from adjacent tiles.
Because carpet tile installations look like one large continuous floor, worn areas stuck out like a coffee stain on a white shirt.
In early 2000, Interface – inventor of carpet tile – introduced their i2 design platform, created to mimic the organic design of nature. i2 tiles vary in pattern and color within one style and colorway. Mergeable i2 designs hide wear, making replacement tiles almost indistinguishable from older tiles in the same installation. So your floor lasts longer, you need less attic stock, and selective tile replacement is easy.
In 2010, in conjunction with Interface, StaticWorx launched an ANSI/ESD S20.20-compliant version of i2 – called ShadowFX Static-dissipative (SD) carpet tile.