FAQ: Can I use regular tile with conductive adhesive?

No. Regular tile is insulative. Like the plastic insulation on electrical cords and AC plugs, regular flooring has no conductivity. Electricity cannot flow through an insulator because the resistance is too high.

Only flooring materials with a resistance measurement below 1 x 10E9 can be grounded. This means, static electricity cannot flow through regular flooring material to reach the conductive adhesive.

Conductive Adhesive

Conductive adhesive only works with ESD flooring materials. Regular, non-ESD flooring does not promote the flow of electricity, so static charges have no way of reaching the conductive adhesive.


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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.