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How Long Will My Static Control Floor Mat Last?

anti static floor mat

If you’re considering investing in a static control floor mat for your work environment, there’s one common question. How long will the mat last? Static control flooring essentially has two lives. The first is the lifespan of the ESD properties, while the second is the life of the physical flooring materials.

While neither consideration is more important than the other, there are certain considerations to take into account. In this article, we’re taking a look at a few different types of static control flooring and the properties that they offer.

 

Epoxy flooring

The tricky part of a static control floor mat, as well as other types of flooring, is that the physical property of the floor may have a long shelf life. However, the anti-static properties may have a limited life. After time, the floor will not control static electricity – even though it still appears to be in pretty good shape.

Epoxy floors are an excellent example of this. Typically, over a few fast years, the anti-static properties fade, leaving owners needing to replace or recoat their flooring.

 

Vinyl flooring

On the other hand, most vinyl floors provide a lifetime of ESD properties. ESD grounds your employees while keeping static output below 100 volts. Thus, ESD flooring provides the optimal environment for clean rooms, labs, server rooms, and other environments that can be compromised by static discharge. However, the ESD properties often outlast the life span of the flooring material.

 

 

When buying ESD flooring or a static control floor mat, it’s crucial to know the life of the materials as well as the static control properties they provide. For example, an anti-static floor mat will help to ground the electrical charge, preventing the ESD from building and discharging into the environment.

Here at SelecTech, our team of experts is always here to answer your questions. For more information on the life expectancy of a specific type of ESD flooring, give us a call at (508) 583-3200.