10 Reasons SD Carpet is better value than hard surface SD tiles

10 Reasons SD Carpet is better value than hard surface SD tiles

  • No need for spray, polish or wax to enhance or rejuvenate electrical performance

Static-dissipative tile (SDT) cannot get rid of static unless it is polished periodically with special static-dissipative polish or wax. Because performance relies on topical antistats, the surface must be rejuvenated through the life of the floor and the floor must be routinely tested to ensure compliance with ESD standards.

ShadowFX Static-dissipative (SD) carpet is intrinsically static-dissipative. This means you never need to apply waxes, polishes or sprays or use any chemicals at all to enhance or rejuvenate the electrical performance of the floor.

  • Easy 24/7 installation

ShadowFX ESD carpet tile (Appalachian Trail) installed over GroundBridge conductive underlayment
SDT hard surface flooring requires permanent adhesive. Installing a floor with permanent adhesive requires emptying the room, then waiting for the adhesive to dry before opening to traffic.

ShadowFX SD carpet tiles can be installed with releasable conductive adhesive or glue-free, using StaticWorx GroundBridge conductive underlayment and joining tiles with TacTile connectors, allowing for fast, easy installation—even in 24/7 occupied spaces—with no downtime.

SDT hard surface flooring requires permanent adhesive. Installing a floor with permanent adhesive requires emptying the room, then waiting for the adhesive to dry before opening to traffic. ShadowFX SD carpet tiles can be installed with releasable conductive adhesive or glue-free, using StaticWorx GroundBridge conductive underlayment and joining tiles with TacTile connectors, allowing for fast, easy installation—even in 24/7 occupied spaces—with no downtime.
ShadowFX ESD carpet tile (Appalachian Trail) installed over GroundBridge conductive underlayment
  • Minimal floor preparation

Hard surface flooring requires a perfectly smooth low-vapor concrete substrate. Prior to installation, the subfloor must be tested for vapor emissions, moisture must be mitigated, and the concrete must be prepped and resurfaced if necessary.

SD carpet tiles require minimal floor preparation. They can even be installed over old floors.

  • SD carpet tiles cost less for material and for the labor to install them

SDT hard surface flooring materials are more expensive than carpet tile. Because floor prep is much more involved, labor costs are higher. And installation takes longer, with more downtime.

The material investment for SD carpet is lower than SDT vinyl. And less labor with little to no downtime translates to lower installation costs.

  • SD carpet tile inhibits static generation on people wearing ordinary footwear

Hard surface SDT tiles are made with an insulative polymer that actually generates static. SDT vinyl tiles will not get rid of static unless everyone in the space wears special ESD footwear. 

Like brushes in a copying machine, carpet fibers sweep static from shoe soles as people walk. Conductive fibers draw charges downward, to an underlying ground plane and transport them safely and effectively to ground—whether people wear ESD-control footwear or regular street shoes.

  • SD Carpet is more ergonomic

Hard-surface SDT is noisier, harder on the back and feet, and less ergonomic than SD carpet tiles. 

ShadowFX SD carpet provides sound attenuation, anti-fatigue properties, and slip resistance for a quieter, more pleasant work environment.

  • SD carpet is not humidity dependent

SDT vinyl gains its static-control properties from wax, polish or topical anti-stats, which lose effectiveness at low humidity.

SD carpet tile meets all ESD standards regardless of humidity (even in dry spaces).

  • Employees prefer soft surfaces for server rooms, control rooms and engineering labs

SD Carpet is quieter than hard surface floors and, because it’s soft on the feet, more ergonomic than SDT.

Using the concept of biomimicry, ShadowFX carpet brings the natural world inside, promoting a sense of calmness and well-being in stressful environments.

  • ShadowFX SD carpet tiles are available in dozens of styles and colors

The manufacturing process of SDT (vinyl) limits styles and colors, allowing for fewer design options and less creative flexibility when designing new or renovating existing spaces.

StaticWorx ShadowFX carpet tile is available in over 50 colors—in patterns inspired by nature.

  • The true cost of ownership between SD carpet tiles and SDT is almost incomparable

To maintain its static-dissipative properties, SDT vinyl floors require costly maintenance procedures, which includes stripping and periodic application of 3 to 5 coats of special polish or wax.

ShadowFX SD carpet tiles are permanently antistatic—and require the identical low-cost care you’d do for any commercial-grade carpet tile.

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ShadowFX Static-dissipative (SC) Carpet Tile Collections

Looking for easy installation of Staticworx ESD Carpet Tile over your bare access floor panels?

ShadowFX SDC with TacTiles® is your solution.

    • Installation economy - no adhesive required
    • Guaranteed to meet all ESD standards for any application
    • ShadowFX carpet tiles with dissipative backing are grounded upon contact with metal panels
      Carpet tiles are easily lifted and replaced
 

With its simple, subtle texture and diversity of color options, Shadow FX SDC Solids is a popular choice for many styles of interior. It’s also ideal for mixing and matching with other Shadow FX SDC carpet tiles, to create accents, inserts, borders or checkerboard effects – a really useful, versatile tool for designers.

 

After two or three years of use, carpet tiles exposed to chair casters and heavy traffic used to be prone to pile crush, making them look different from adjacent tiles. The main factor contributing to this problem was the pattern designs used in typical ESD carpet tile. All of these systems were either a solid pattern with slightly mottled colors or linear patterns with directional lines. Because carpet tiles appear seamless, like one large continuous floor, worn areas would stick out like a coffee stain on a white shirt.

 

The solution: Learning from nature.

 

Based on biomimicry - the study and imitation of nature’s best ideas to solve human problems – Staticworx ShadowFX static-dissipative (SD) carpet tiles mimic the organic design of nature. Tiles vary in patterns and colors within one style and colorway - all but eliminating the ability to observe pile crush or other forms of wear between tiles.

 

Because there’s no need to worry about matching dye lots, you need less attic stock and selective replacement is more effective. Replacement tiles are almost indistinguishable from older - original - tiles in the same installation.

 

Non-directional Installation for Less Installation Waste

 

ShadowFX SDC Patterns and Cubic Collections offer the added benefit of non-directional installation, meaning that tiles can be laid in any order or orientation. With no set pattern to maintain and no need to align tiles in a certain direction, there is significantly less installation waste. In fact, the average ShadowFX non-directional installation produces only 1.5% waste versus an average of 14% for other carpet styles. That means more of your floorcovering investment is on your floor, not in a dumpster.

 

And the best part, ShadowFX carpet tiles can be installed without glue, as a floating floor over any hard surface.

 

 

Simplicity Meets Style

 

Treez, our latest ShadowFX carpet tile collection, marries timeless style with the simplicity in nature. Tufted, textured loop construction adds dimension, creating a look as natural and stately as the bark on a tree. As appealing and comfortable in an uptown financial services space or high-tech lobby as in a workhorse application such as a data center or manufacturing facility.

 

In sophisticated tones with threads of complementary colors in varying widths, our Parks Series carpet tile puts an earthy twist on classic linear design. A low-profile face uses less material for a tailored, upscale aesthetic.

Like the stately summits of Vermont, our Peaks series carpet tile combines natural beauty with zen-like tranquility. Elegant in pattern and texture, with colorways in both warm and cool tones, our Peaks collection gives you a floor with dimension, functionality, and character.

Humans instinctively crave a connection to nature. Time spent in holistic places like Vermont provides a sense of comfort and wellbeing while promoting physical and mental health.

 

Inspired by the natural world, our ShadowFX Vermont Fields and Stone Carpet Tile Collection brings nature into the workspace, evoking feelings of serenity and refuge. A fusion of organic design and neutral color palette makes this dynamic collection as ideal for urban as for country or rural environments.

ShadowFX SDC Chenille Warp Carpet is a tufted patterned level tip-sheared pile carpet tile, with SD backing. The pile material is made from recycled solution-dyed nylon. The fundamental aesthetic of Chenille is stripes which have been interpreted in a bold and textural way without relying on heavy face weight. Shadow FX Chenille Warp is available in colorways. The tiles can be installed in a variety of ways including quarter-turn, ashlar, brick fashion and parquet, with the potential to provide an unconventional appearance.

Linear precision, softened by texture and offset shapes.

 

As its name suggests, Furrows II has a resilient patterned loop pile carpet, reflecting the linear regularity of ploughed fields. Its textured, structured loop pile creates the three-dimensional impression of an aerial view of a cultivated landscape.

 

Designed for heavy contract performance, ShadowFX Furrows II maintains its distinctive appearance even in high-traffic areas. Pile yarn and backing contain pre-consumer recycled material, minimizing environmental impact.

 

Built to withstand heavy traffic and abuse and designed to address the most stringent static control requirements - making Vermont Slate ideal for any application from electronics manufacturing to labs to 24/7 critical environments.

StaticWorx Vermont Slate carpet-tile collection provides the durability and high performance you expect from StaticWorx floors in a design that transports you to the mountains of Vermont. Warm, monochromatic earth tones promote a peaceful environment, inspiring creativity and a sense of wellbeing and connectedness.

The rock-like etchings in our Vermont Slate carpet tiles flow seamlessly across the surface of the floor in a non-directional or monolithic installation. Merge-ability enables mixing dye lots and saves money by allowing you to add new or replace worn or damaged tiles without worrying about dye lot compatibility.

  • Mergeable design - eliminates worry about matching dye lots
  • No fade – solution-dyed yarn prevents fading
  • Non-directional install method – easy to install and replace
  • Durable – rated for high traffic
  • Superior static control performance – meets the most stringent ESD standards including ANSI/ESD S20.20 and IEC 61340-5-1:2016*
    • Lifetime warranty for static control.
  • Static dissipative – meets standards for electronics manufacturing, telecom and government spaces**

ShadowFX™ Planx offer a more expressive visual vocabulary.

Our 25cm x 1m Shadow FX ESD Planx bring new proportion and scale to carpet tile, giving you power to create fresh, exciting floor designs. The scale and directionality of Shadow FX ESD Planx creates floors that better reflect the geometry and flow of the surrounding space.

Planx or squares, our tiles all work together.

Use square tiles with contrasting Skinny Planks for large-scale tile patterns, provide wayfinding cues, or for work and activity zones. And this is just the beginning!

StaticWorx modular carpet tile and Planx work together in any combination, giving you a carpet tile design platform with unparalleled options.

A shape that’s better at hiding seams.

Want the benefits of carpet tile without the look of carpet tile? Use Shadow FX ESD Planx, same style and color, laid in an ashlar pattern. They’ll blend near seamlessly across the floor, giving you the benefits of modularity and the continuous look of broadloom.

A soft hard surface.

Love the look of wood plank flooring? Think luxury vinyl plank flooring is stunning? Patterns—like herringbone or ashlar—give ShadowFX Planx the visual appeal of other plank floors, with the patterning possibilities. You also get a floor covering that’s soft, quiet and much more economical than hard surfaces.

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StaticWorx high-performance static-control floors protect electronic components, explosives, and high-speed computers from damage caused by static electricity. ESD flooring is part of a system. Choices should always be based on objective, researched evidence. When you partner with us, we look at all possible items that may need to integrate with the floor, and, focusing on your goals and objectives, help you find the right floor for your application.

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StaticWorx high-performance static-control floors protect electronic components, explosives, and high-speed computers from damage caused by static electricity. ESD flooring is part of a system. Choices should always be based on objective, researched evidence. When you partner with us, we look at all possible items that may need to integrate with the floor, and, focusing on your goals and objectives, help you find the right floor for your application.

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