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Colorex ESD Flooring FAQ's


What does ESD stand for and what does it mean?

ESD stands for Electro static discharge. It is the phenomenon that occurs when charged materials get rid of their charge in a rapid, spontaneous manner, e.g the "spark" that can happen when you walk across a room and touch a door handle.

Colorex ESD flooring

Can colorex be repaired if damaged?

Repairing Colorex

Yes! Colorex is 100% repairable without leaving any trace!
There is no need to strip off and replace tiles, even if damaged throughout the whole thickness.

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What's the difference between colorex EC, SD and R11 plus?

Colorex EC - High Performance
Function: Permanently conductive
Description: Permanently conductive floor, the connection between tiles through a conductive adhesive and connected to earth through a copper strip. Compliant to IEC 61340-4-5 with appropriate ESD shoes.
Application: ESD facilities, cleanrooms, pharmaceutical laborites, production sites and operating theatres.

Colorex SD - Performance
Functionality: Permanently static dissipative
Description: Permanently static dissipative floor, a connection between tiles through the conductive adhesive and connected to earth through a copper strip.
Application: New build laboratories clean rooms, pharmaceutical laboratories, production sites, data centres, server rooms and operating theatres.

Colorex EC Plus
Function: Permanently conductive
Description: Permanently conductive floor, the connection between tiles through dovetails and connected to earth with the copper strip. Compliant to IEC 61340-4-5 with appropriate ESD shoes.
Application: Renovation of ESD facilities, cleanrooms, pharmaceutical laboratories and production sites. Suitable when downtime, damp floors or poor subfloors are an issue.

Colorex R11 plus - Slip resistant ESD flooring
Application: Suitable for Industrial areas, garages, warehouses. Suitable when downtime, damp floors or poor subfloors are an issue Functionality Description Application area

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What is the slip rating of colorex?

Colorex EC/SD has an R9-P1 slip rating.
Colorex R11 plus has R11 slip rating.

Download our slip report here:

Colorex | Slip Report | AS4586
Colorex R11 plus | Slip report | AS 4586




How do I install colorex EC/SD tiles?

1. Colorex fully adhered directly to the floor
Colorex can be installed onto a solid subfloor. When conductive properties are required, this should be done by firstly using a conductive primer after which copper tape, connected to an earth point, and the conductive adhesive is applied.When conductivity is not required use a standard primer and adhesive such as 514 can be used

2. Colorex bonded to a raised access floor panel
Often Colorex is bonded to a raised access floor panel that can be used in cleanrooms or data centres. Due to the strength and unique properties of Colorex, it is suitable for use on all formats of raised access floor panels, including those designed to withstand the heavy point loading found in data centres. Since Colorex has extremely low emissions and a high density, it can be perforated for air flow systems that are often used in combination with raised access floors.

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Colorex ESD flooring

What adhesive do I use with colorex?

641 Eurostar Special EL

Very low VOC-emission conductive adhesive with a high initial grab for the installation of conductive carpet, conductive PVC floor covering in sheets and tiles and conductive rubber floor covering in sheets and tiles with a smooth back. Very low VOC-emission, emicode EC1, solvent-free, non-flammable, easy and safe to apply, multi-purpose application, high initial adhesion strength, favourable spreading capacity, roller-castor-chair resistant, electrical resistance < 3*105 Ohm (EN 13 415).

641 Eurostar Special EL

Do I need to weld colorex tiles?

Welding colorex

The welding of Colorex tiles is optional for ESD areas however, is a requirement for cleanrooms. The unique dimensional stability of Colorex ensures no shrinkage and therefore, a correctly installed weld will never open up

colorex weld esd

How do I cove colorex?

Coving colorex

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Can colorex withstand heavy loads such as fork lift trucks?

Yes! When Installed on solid floors, Colorex can withstand heavy loads such as fork lift trucks without being damaged

Colorex ESD flooring for fork lift trucks