ESD Flooring

If static electricity is an issue at your company or manufacturing facility, then electro-static dissipative (ESD) flooring may be the answer.

The human body can generate up to 30,000 volts in static electricity depending on the type of clothing we wear, the type of upholstery we sit on or floor coverings we walk on. The resulting discharge from the electron imbalance when we touch a grounding source is often felt as a static shock when touching another object.

ESD Flooring expertly installed by RNB Flooring in the Phoenix metro areaThis energy discharge is problematic when working with flammable gasses or sensitive electronic equipment, and the static charge needs to be dissipated via ESD floor coverings (or other ESD products) in a controlled manner in order to avoid damage to equipment or people.

Most types of vinyl flooring claim to be anti-static. This means that they do not contribute towards the build-up of static electricity in the human body. However, they do not drain any static charge already built up. High levels of static are generated in dry areas, and conditions are much worse inland away from the coast.

This means the static electricity is still there to leap onto your project and possibly arc and damage sensitive electronics or ignite flammable gases.

Electrostatic floors, on the other hand, facilitates the uniform flow of static electricity directly to a ground point. There are two types of ESD floors to consider and RNB Flooring can help you determine the best type for your situation.

  1. Electrostatic conductive (EC) floor coverings, on the other hand, contain carbon and discharge static electricity more quickly than standard vinyl flooring. EC flooring can be used in less controlled environments. In controlled environments they would be used in sensitive electrical and assembly areas as well as explosive manufacturing areas.
  2. Static dissipative (SD) floor coverings are chemically treated to discharge static electricity and must be used in a controlled environment with a relative humidity of above 40%. Typical areas of use would be operating theatres, computer areas and instrument control rooms.

Electrostatic conductive and dissipative floor coverings are usually laid on a cement subfloor. Concrete is a poor conductor of electricity, so ESD flooring needs to be laid using a conductive adhesive and grounded (earthed) in order to drain the discharge. Aluminum or copper tape is laid in the adhesive under the floor covering and taken to an earth point. Two earth points are used in case one fails. For larger areas one earth point is allowed for every 20 m2. Earth points are basically copper strips imbedded in the setting material and grounded to a pipe or electrical box. As a rule, electrostatic dissipative floor coverings are never sealed, as this would create a barrier between the floor covering and the human body and so prevent discharge. Conductive sealers are available if required.

RNB Flooring has extensive experience as an ESD flooring installer and can provide expert advice and estimates.

As a commercial flooring contractor we are able to make product recommendations, provide estimates to fit your budgets and manage all types of commercial flooring installation projects. Contact us for more information about electrostatic flooring installation services — our goal is to complete your project on time and within your budget.

To top it all off, all installed products come with manufacturer warranties which we will review with you as you make your flooring selection. Contact RNB Flooring for a consultation today.

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