FAQ: Can regular flooring become ESD flooring if it is installed with conductive adhesive?

No, regular flooring is not conductive and cannot be grounded. With ESD floors, conductive adhesive acts as a conductive ground plane, drawing static charges through the thickness of the ESD flooring material, across the conductive ground plane to an earth ground. Because regular floors are not conductive they cannot transport static charges. In other words, even with an underlying ground plane, static charges cannot move through a regular floor, so charges stay on its surface.


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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.