How Do I Know if I'm getting a Quality ESD Tile?

ESD Tile Shrinkage, Pitting and Brittleness

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The Problem

How do I Know if I'm getting a QUALITY ESD Tile? It's easy - test it by folding the tile in two. If it snaps, consider another tile. Why? Excessive fillers and plasticizers will make tiles brittle and may compromise the electrical conductivity that is required for an ESD tile to dissipate a static charge. In Fact, MANY popular ESD tiles use insulative limestone as their major ingredient.

That's right, some up to 90% limestone! ESD Tiles that use excessive fillers generally require an ESD Floor finish and humidity to meet the latest standards. Tiles of this nature may perform at humidity levels >45% but don't plan on getting consistent readings when the humidity drops below 20%.

Poor tile composition may lead to a mere 5 year warranty on wear. They may easily break under heavy loads, and often shrink and pit over a period of time. Plus, ESD floor finish is difficult to maintain and will provide inconsistent electrical conductivity. Why? ESD floor finish is dependent on the ambient humidity in the air for its conductivity. So, if an ESD floor finish is REQUIRED it's BUYER BEWARE.

Unlike "construction grade" ESD tile ALL of Our Tile Selections have been preselected to handle the bend and break test and they contain conductive elements that extend throughout the entire thickness of the tiles. As such, they don't require ESD floor finish, will never snap or break, work at ANY level of humidity and have a LIFETIME warranty on the electrical conductivity that gives them superior static control properties.

They are micro edged for a near seamless appearance and handle compressive loads (like forklift, cart and chair caster traffic) that make many other tiles crack or shatter. Static control flooring is an integral part of a successful ESD program, take the time to evaluate your selection and know what you are getting.

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