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.
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