Installation of GroundLock Extreme interlocking ESD tile at Synaptic Medical

Ongoing installation of GroundLock Extreme interlocking ESD tile at a medical facility

FAQs: GroundLock Extreme Interlocking ESD Tiles

“Many thanks. We had a 3rd party contractor get the floor done and it looks great.”

Naser Adas, Senior VP of Operations,

Litrinium, Inc.

“The interlocking tiles were easy to install and look great!”

Nick DeRoller, Embedded Systems Hardware/Software Engineer,

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions

“We created 2 areas of approximately 16’ x 20’. It was easy to install and looks great."

Mike Nicholson, Senior Associate Engineer, Calibration Coordinator,

ALTEN Technology USA

Can GroundLock Extreme tiles be installed over carpet?

GroundLock is an ideal ESD floor for placement over old low-pile carpet. Installing over old carpet allows the user to create an ESD safe area in a leased space without permanently altering the building.

Can GroundLock tiles go over raised flooring?

Yes. GroundLock Extreme lay-flat tile is an excellent choice for raised flooring installations. It can be picked up using a suction cup.

Can I put GroundLock Extreme over my current subfloor?

Yes. While depending upon the condition/flatness of the old floor some corrections may be required, GroundLock can be installed over any subfloor, typically with no floor prep.

Can GroundLock interlocking tiles be moved?

Yes. One of the big advantages of GroundLock Extreme interlocking tile is that it is easily picked up and moved to a new location. Simply loosen or pry up an edge, lift the tile, and carry away.

Can GroundLock tile handle heavy weight like pallet jacks?

Yes. GroundLock was designed to withstand extremely heavy traffic and high weight loads. GroundLock will never cup, warp or distort from pallet jacks or fork lifts. 

Can you tell us some places where GroundLock has been installed?

Several OEM producers of modular buildings use GroundLock as a building standard. Other installations include: Advanced Motion Controls in California; L3 Harris – multiple locations; Randolph AFB; Jabil; Magna Electronics; Benchmark Space Systems; Miltec; Mini-Circuits; MIT LL; Sandia Labs; Amazon; BorgWarner; BAE; Macom; Ritron Wireless Solutions; and Crane Aerospace.

Background photo is of an almost completed installation of GroundLock Extreme interlocking ESD tiles. In the foreground at the bottom are two boxes. The top is a bright blue with the StaticWorx logo. The second is a dark blue-gray and includes the text in white: “Ritron Installs GroundLock ESD Interlocking Tiles in Show of Commitment to Excellence”
Play Video about Background photo is of an almost completed installation of GroundLock Extreme interlocking ESD tiles. In the foreground at the bottom are two boxes. The top is a bright blue with the StaticWorx logo. The second is a dark blue-gray and includes the text in white: “Ritron Installs GroundLock ESD Interlocking Tiles in Show of Commitment to Excellence”
Background photo is of an almost completed installation of GroundLock Extreme interlocking ESD tiles. In the foreground at the bottom are two boxes. The top is a bright blue with the StaticWorx logo. The second is a dark blue-gray and includes the text in white: “Ritron Installs GroundLock ESD Interlocking Tiles in Show of Commitment to Excellence”
Play Video about Background photo is of an almost completed installation of GroundLock Extreme interlocking ESD tiles. In the foreground at the bottom are two boxes. The top is a bright blue with the StaticWorx logo. The second is a dark blue-gray and includes the text in white: “Ritron Installs GroundLock ESD Interlocking Tiles in Show of Commitment to Excellence”

Do I need copper wire under all the tiles?

No. A copper strip is installed under a single tile – usually at the perimeter of the installation. The strip is attached to an AC outlet or other type of earth ground. Installations require one copper strip per 1000 sq.ft of flooring material.

Does GroundLock ever lose its ESD properties?

GroundLock is intrinsically conductive. Conductive elements are introduced in the manufacturing process, so GroundLock will never lose its conductivity. GroundLock Extreme interlocking and lay-flat tiles come with a lifetime warranty for conductivity/static control.

Does GroundLock interlocking ESD tile require glue?

GroundLock Extreme interlocking ESD tile does not require glue. Interlocking tiles have dovetailed edges that lock into place like puzzle pieces. Simply lay the tile and tap into place with a rubber mallet.

GroundLock Lay-flat tile is the same tile as our GroundLock Extreme with the dovetails removed. This version is made for placement over raised access floors for applications where the floor will be picked up and put back in place regularly.

Because GroundLock is made with a fiberglass inner layer, the square tiles sit flat but loose on top of the raised panels for easy movement when the end user needs to gain access to the plenum under the floor.

Background photograph is StaticWorx President Dave Long holding a GroundLock Extreme ESD interlocking tile. In the foreground at the bottom are two boxes. The top is a bright blue and includes the text “Static Shorts With StaticWorx: Right from the den” and the StaticWorx logo. The second is a dark blue-gray and includes the text in white: “GroundLock Interlocking ESD Tile: The Fix for Problem Floors”
Play Video about Background photograph is StaticWorx President Dave Long holding a GroundLock Extreme ESD interlocking tile. In the foreground at the bottom are two boxes. The top is a bright blue and includes the text “Static Shorts With StaticWorx: Right from the den” and the StaticWorx logo. The second is a dark blue-gray and includes the text in white: “GroundLock Interlocking ESD Tile: The Fix for Problem Floors”
Background photograph is StaticWorx President Dave Long holding a GroundLock Extreme ESD interlocking tile. In the foreground at the bottom are two boxes. The top is a bright blue and includes the text “Static Shorts With StaticWorx: Right from the den” and the StaticWorx logo. The second is a dark blue-gray and includes the text in white: “GroundLock Interlocking ESD Tile: The Fix for Problem Floors”
Play Video about Background photograph is StaticWorx President Dave Long holding a GroundLock Extreme ESD interlocking tile. In the foreground at the bottom are two boxes. The top is a bright blue and includes the text “Static Shorts With StaticWorx: Right from the den” and the StaticWorx logo. The second is a dark blue-gray and includes the text in white: “GroundLock Interlocking ESD Tile: The Fix for Problem Floors”

Example of a GroundLock Extreme Interlocking ESD Tile Installation

A great job by DFS Flooring. Their crew installed over 4000 square feet of StaticWorx GroundLock Extreme interlocking tiles in just over one day. Watch how the dovetail seams disappear. These tiles install fast. They sit perfectly flat. The seams are barely visible. No domes in the center and these ESD tiles handle extreme loads with ease. The best part about GroundLock Extreme is it is easy to work with; installers love it because it’s dimensionally stable. No worries about vapor because it doesn’t require conductive adhesive. Never needs wax!

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Does GroundLock require moisture testing?

Because it does not require adhesive, GroundLock Extreme interlocking and lay-flat tiles can be installed directly over subfloors without testing for moisture.

How do you clean it?

The surface of GroundLock is prepared with a proprietary laser process to prevent the penetration of soil and dirt. It never needs waxing for any reason. GroundLock requires only soap and water to clean.

How does it get installed?

GroundLock Extreme interlocking ESD tile has dovetail edges that lock into place like puzzle pieces. You simply lay the tile and tap into place.

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How is the durability? Does it hold up to fork trucks and other heavy equipment? Does it mar and scratch easily? Does it ever need wax?

GroundLock is manufactured with a non-porous sealed surface. Markings from traffic, cart wheels and pallet jacks will not embed into the surface.

GroundLock is an extremely durable material. It easily handles heavy load movement with pallet jacks and fork lifts. If you fast-forward 1 minute and 30 seconds, into the video you below, you can see our durability test. We are also happy to provide the results of independent ANSI/ESD S 20.20 test reports done by a third party for BAE in 2022.

Background photo shows a warehouse with an area of interlocking floor set up with someone moving pallets across it with a jack truck. In the foreground at the bottom are two boxes. The top is a bright blue with the StaticWorx logo. The second is a dark blue-gray and includes the text in white: “ESD Interlocking Tile - Durability Questions Answered”
Play Video about Background photo shows a warehouse with an area of interlocking floor set up with someone moving pallets across it with a jack truck. In the foreground at the bottom are two boxes. The top is a bright blue with the StaticWorx logo. The second is a dark blue-gray and includes the text in white: “ESD Interlocking Tile - Durability Questions Answered”
Background photo shows a warehouse with an area of interlocking floor set up with someone moving pallets across it with a jack truck. In the foreground at the bottom are two boxes. The top is a bright blue with the StaticWorx logo. The second is a dark blue-gray and includes the text in white: “ESD Interlocking Tile - Durability Questions Answered”
Play Video about Background photo shows a warehouse with an area of interlocking floor set up with someone moving pallets across it with a jack truck. In the foreground at the bottom are two boxes. The top is a bright blue with the StaticWorx logo. The second is a dark blue-gray and includes the text in white: “ESD Interlocking Tile - Durability Questions Answered”

How much attic stock do I need?

Most clients keep a very small amount of tile in the event that a tile is damaged from the nails in a pallet that has been dragged over the floor.

If we take the tiles apart, does the process of taking them apart ever damage them?

No, these tiles are meant to be redeployed as needed.  We work with military shelters who are doing this weekly.

In the wire harness area of our facility we have only one wall to connect to ground. Is that enough, even with some of the tile being 70 feet away?

Yes, we can supply you with highly conductive underlayment paper, called GroundBridge, to use in that space. You can run the GroundBridge under one row of tiles across the full length of the room. All you will need to do is attach the singular ground connection to any point in the GroundBridge underlayment.

Is it easy to replace a GroundLock tile?

Yes. To replace GroundLock Extreme interlocking ESD tiles, simply pry up one end of the damaged tile, lift up and out, then tap a new tile into its place.

Is there a good way to get the seams to disappear completely and also make sure the tiles are completely flat? We used a mallet to pound together the two tiles you gave us and they have some ridges. Over time do the tiles ever slowly become unattached?

One of the attributes of this floor is that it lays extremely flat even on subfloors that are not perfectly even. Below are some photos from a server room at Cox  Communications. Their building had a very uneven subfloor with moisture problems. As you can see from the photos, the GroundLock tiles are completely flat.

With regards to seams, you will see seams. Medium gray is our most popular color and we will tell you that the seams blend and are far less visible with that color. 

What is GroundLock Extreme's lead time?

GroundLock is always in stock unless the order requires a very large quantity.

What’s the difference between the dovetail and lay flat version?

The materials are the same. Both interlocking and layflat tiles are 6mm thick with a fiberglass center for strength and dimensional stability. The dovetail version has finger-type edges that fit together like puzzle pieces. So you simply lay the tile and tap into place. The lay-flat version has the dovetails removed. Like any vinyl tile, the square layflat version can be adhered to the subfloor and seam welded.

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“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.”

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