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Difference Between The Dissipative Floor And Conductive Floor-The Two Anti-Static Floors

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In the industry of the anti-static floor, there is a division in antistatic materials into two different types: the conductive floor and the dissipative floor. These two types of anti-static floors are used widely in various spaces where anti-static is needed. Many of the users are consulting about the difference between the two types of anti-static floorings. To understand the difference between conductive flooring tile and dissipative anti-static flooring tile, you need to know some relative definitions also:

What is the anti-state floor?

The word anti-static” refers to the flooring state in which the static electricity generation is suppressed while contacting and separating with other flooring materials. The anti-static flooring stops the ESD by grounding the charge from buildup and discharge into the environment. So, the installation of anti-static flooring is important for creating a safe environment for visitors and workers. This flooring can be electrostatically conductive and static dissipative flooring.

What is static conductive flooring?

Conductive flooring is a type of flooring material that has grounding resistance, a floor designed to prevent, dissipate, mitigate, conduct, or ground the furniture, body, carts, and equipment with extreme static electricity. The conductive flooring tiles are the tiles made up of carpet, vinyl, or synthetic rubber that is widely used to reduce the ESD, electrostatic discharge.

What is static dissipative flooring?

Another flooring type is static dissipative flooring tile. It has ground resistance between 1 x 105 ohm to 1 x 1012 ohm. This is also used for the electrostatic discharge mitigation, usually made up of carpet, vinyl composition, or synthetic rubber.

Conductive Floor vs. Dissipative Floor

Resistance performance:

The most obvious and most important difference between the two types of antistatic floorings. The conductivity flooring comes with smaller grounding resistance, the dissipative flooring has higher. The conductive flooring resistance is less than 1.0 x 106 ohms and on the other hand, the dissipative flooring volume resistance is from 1.0 x 106 to 1.0 x 109 ohms.


Generally, conductive flooring is used in large areas like workshops, factories, and big operating rooms. However, the dissipative flooring is used in spaces such as server rooms, data centers, computer rooms, command room, school, engine room, bank, and other surfaces.

Floor structure:

The most conductive floor is simply a straight-line floor panel, where the most dissipative floors are raised floors.

Floor function:

Generally, conductive flooring has antistatic functions, wear-resistance, and corrosion-resistance. Comparatively, dissipative flooring has the function of wear resistance, fire prevention, corrosion resistance, high-temperature resistance, wiring, anti-static, and other various flooring functions.

Method of installation:

Conductive flooring requires to treat with a straight floor and pasted on the surface. Moreover, the dissipative flooring system does not contain the raised flooring panels but need accessories for the access floor. These parts of dissipative need to be a square shape.

Construction requirements:

The most conductive floor is paved directly, requires high grounding and if necessary, self-leveling is needed to ensure ground smoothness. The dissipative floor is a raised floor that has a lower requirement on the ground. It is tidy and clean. Moreover, it has low flatness requirements and low water content.