FAQ: Do I need a specialist to install a static-control floor?

No. Any competent flooring contractor is capable of installing an ESD floor. The only difference between an ESD floor and standard flooring is the electrical properties of the flooring material and adhesive. Regular flooring has little to no conductivity, while ESD flooring is formulated to dissipate or conduct electricity.

Static-protective floors do require a conductive underlayment, such as conductive adhesive, metal access panels, or a copper grid. The conductive underlayment electrically unifies all tiles in a contiguous installation, and transports static to ground.

Once ESD flooring has been installed, it must be grounded to either an electrical outlet, a dedicated grounding rod, or the steel superstructure of the building. Basically, grounding the floor involves a mechanical connection between the floor and any of these three grounding options.

After installation, an ESD floor should be tested with an ohm meter to confirm that the floor provides the electrical resistance to meet the standard for the application and specifications provided by the manufacturer.

Flooring installer laying Ameriworx ESD vinyl.
Flooring installer laying Ameriworx ESD vinyl.
Flooring installer laying Ameriworx ESD vinyl.
Flooring installer laying Ameriworx ESD vinyl.

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What is ESD flooring?

ESD floors dissipate static safely, protecting electronics from accidental damage due to electrostatic discharge (ESD) events.

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What does ESD mean?

ESD stands for electrostatic discharge. Minute ESD events, too small for humans to perceive, can damage electronic components.

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How can you prevent ESD?

Preventing ESD requires a well-thought-out ESD prevention program. What is required will be dependent on the application and environment.

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Is wood antistatic?

No, wood is not antistatic. You can learn which materials are antistatic and which are not by looking at our Triboelectric chart.

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What are ESD guidelines?

Because different applications require different specifications for static control, ESD guidelines, or standards, vary across industries.

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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.