Installation, Cleaning and LEED Information
ShadowFX Carpet Tiles can be installed over most any existing floor, such as access floors (over bare metal panels or over conductive surfaces like high pressure laminate), ESD epoxy, ESD vinyl tile, bare concrete (with or without moisture issues), and painted and other non-conductive surfaces.
GroundBridge forms a uniform ground plane over any non-conductive floor. It’s a thin, lightweight material composed of conductive cellulose. Available in 12″ rolls, GroundBridge is rolled out over your existing floor in a stripe pattern with the strips spaced 36″ apart (48″ on center). Quick, no mess, and ESD safe.
Tactiles join together ShadowFX Carpet Tiles at their corners, to create a floating floor. Simply position and stick. Tactiles create a strong bond that locks carpet tiles together along a horizontal plane, but allow for a quick release vertically by pulling up on a single tile. Easily and quickly replace and reposition worn or damaged tiles.
Step 1: Prepare your subfloor.
Prepare your subfloor by cleaning it, removing or repairing any imperfections, and removing any waxes or polishes. If you have moisture issues with your subfloor, proceed to Step 2. Otherwise, skip this step and go to Step 3.
Step 2 (Optional): Prepare your subfloor.
Follow the installation directions and install MoistureGard over your subfloor
Step 3. (Optional): Install GroundBridge.
If you are installing ShadowFX Carpet Tile over a conductive subfloor such as bare metal access floor panels, ESD epoxy, or ESD vinyl tile, then you don’t need to install GroundBridge and can proceed to Step 5.
Available in 12″ width rolls, lay GroundBridge out in strips parallel with the room’s longest dimension. Strips should be spaced approximately 36″ apart (48″ on center) so that they will be positioned underneath every other seam, thereby making contact with every row of 24″ carpet tiles.
Step 4 (Optional): Finish installing GroundBridge by positioning strips along outside edges of floor.
One strip of GroundBridge should be added along one edge of the room that runs perpendicular to the strips installed in Step 3, that connects all of the strips. This strip will connect all of the ends of the strips at the room’s edge, making a unified ground plane above your subfloor.
Step 5: Ensure that your GroundBridge (or conductive subfloor) is properly grounded.
Your GroundBridge needs to be properly grounded by using strips of 24″ copper tape. Copper strips need to be installed at a frequency of 1 copper strip for every 1000 sq. ft. of floor space (generally one strip of copper tape per room). At least 2 inches of copper strip should contact a groundbridge strip (or your conductive subfloor). The copper tape has a self-adhesive backing to hold it in place.
Option 1: Install copper strip by attaching one end to a grounded electrical outlet.
Option 2: Install copper strip by attaching one end to a grounded metal structure such as an I-beam.
Step 6: Install ShadowFX Carpet Tiles using Tactiles
Position carpet tiles onto subfloor (and GroundBridge if used). Individual tiles can be removed easily by pulling upward in the middle of its edges (fig. 6a.).
Connect four tiles together using TacTiles by joining the four corners where they meet. (figs. 6b. and 6c.)
Two adjacent tiles at the room’s edge should be connected at their touching corners (in this instance, one TacTile to connect two corners).
Step 7: Test Completed Installation
Finished floor (fig. 7a.) should be tested for electrical resistance using an ohm meter. To be certified ESD-safe, nine or more readings should be made with electrodes placed 1 foot apart (fig. 7b.). Using an applied voltage of 100V, the finished floor should measure 1.0 x 10E6 – 1.0 x 10E8 ohms (fig. 7c.).
Looking for easy installation of Staticworx ESD Carpet Tile over your bare access floor panels?
ShadowFX SDC with TacTiles® is your solution.
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.
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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