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5 Reasons to Put Vermont Slate on Your ESD Flooring Short List
for 24/7 Critical Environments

Slate on top of Camel's Hump

Inspiration for Vermont Slate Carpet Tile:

No Vermont property is complete without a mud room.

Extreme changes in weather—with over 100 inches of snow each winter followed by a spring thaw that turns Vermont's 8000 miles of unpaved roads into sludge—present challenges to the entry of any home or place of business. Which is why entry floors in Vermont are so often covered in slate. Tough, durable and attractive, slate stands up to ice, snow and mud, while offering the inviting appeal of a Vermont farmhouse—much like our Vermont Slate carpet tile.

Like all Staticworx® ShadowFX™ carpet tile collections, our sustainable, aesthetically pleasing Vermont Slate carpet tile also meets the most stringent ESD standards—with electrical resistance in the static-dissipative range required for end-user spaces, making it the ideal choice for 24/7 critical environments.

Here are five good reasons to put Vermont Slate on your shortlist for ESD flooring:

1Meets all ESD specs

Resistance Standards

First, Vermont Slate meets all electrical resistance standards for protecting electronic parts and systems from electrostatic discharge (ESD). Vermont Slate complies with the requirements of ANSI/ESD S20.20-2014, for use in electronics manufacturing and handling facilities. Slate also meets Motorola R56-2017, FAA STD 019f, ATIS 0600321.2015. For specifiers, this means you can choose the same carpet tile for an electronics assembly facility, a school computer lab, a data center or a 9-1-1 dispatch operation. Without ever worrying whether the floor will meet performance standards.

Charge Generation

Vermont Slate carpet tile also meets ESD standards for charge generation—or walking body voltage, the static carried on the human body when people walk on the floor. The biggest threat to electronic components, body voltage is distinct from conductivity. That is, some conductive floors still generate static charges. Static-dissipative Vermont Slate carpet tile also inhibits charge generation, protecting electronic equipment from damage by preventing static charges from building on people or objects.

Resistance Test and Body Walking Voltage Test
Resistance Test and Body Walking Voltage Test

2 Nature-inspired design mimics the look and feel of the outdoors

Vermont Slate has the clean look of a tone-on-tone almost monolithic design with the etched appearance of natural stone. No two stones (or carpet tiles) look alike—yet there is harmony. Available in both warm and cool, light and dark greys, Vermont slate brings the natural world into any space, creating a calm environment that encourages productivity and wellbeing.

3The best fibers are the building blocks of longevity


No mill produced value-engineered yarns here. Vermont Slate is produced exclusively with type 6,6 nylon premium fibers manufactured by Universal - a fiber-only manufacturer. With a fiber modification ratio of 1.7 to 1.9, Vermont Slate is highly cleanable, trample resistant, making it the ideal choice for heavy traffic 24/7 spaces.

Modification Ratio

MR is kind of like DNA. MR may be invisible, but as your carpet ages MR defines the way it handles its environment. Unfamiliar with the Modification Ratio metric?

Visit here to learn why MR belongs on every carpet tile specification: https://www.staticworx.com/esd-flooring/high-performance-fiber.php

4You'll never have to worry about matching die lots

Vermont Slate is made with mergeable yarns. So you can expand the space or replace tiles without worrying about matching new tiles with the old. Future die lots match previous die lots. And because Vermont slate can be installed either in a random non-directional or monolithic pattern, you control the impact of traffic on your floor. This translates to a great lifetime investment.

(We highly recommend random, non-directional for spaces with caster chairs.)

5Metric and US size options allow for one-to-one installation over raised access floor panels

Available in both metric and 24-inch tiles, our Vermont Slate carpet is built to be installed either as overlap panels or to sit perfectly—one-to-one—over Tate and Haworth access floors.

Photo of Slate over access panels