Have your tiles passed the slip test?

by Darren
Ceramic Industries anti slip tiles Jnl 7 16

Ceramic Industries’ range of anti-slip tiles gives you safety without compromising on style.

Floor tiles provide a clean, stylish look, but like almost any surface, they can become slippery when wet. Now Ceramic Industries’ range of anti-slip tiles gives you safety without compromising on style.

When a smooth, glossy surface becomes wet, a film of liquid forms between the surface and the sole of your shoe. It’s easy to slip on this film, like a car braking in the rain. Rougher, more granular surfaces, by contrast, provide greater friction between tile and sole, making them much safer in wet conditions. Slip resistance is not only important in wet conditions, where caution should always be exercised. Smooth soled shoes like shoes with high heels, sandals and flip flops have a very low coefficient of friction and can be slippery, even in relatively dry situations. Often slip resistant tiles are chosen in commercial or industrial environments as even small spills or damp floors after cleaning can be dangerous when used wearing these types of shoes.

One of the internationally recognised standard for friction testing is the pendulum slip resistance test, where a weighted pendulum with a rubber ‘foot’ swings down onto the wetted surface. Friction between the pendulum and the wet tile causes the pendulum to lose momentum and this loss of momentum is measured as the distance the pendulum travels after contact with the tile. This measurement is then converted to an international standard slip rating. The popular rating used in Europe is the R Rating. On a scale of R9 to R11, the higher the number, the higher the slip resistance. Ceramic Industries publishes the R-rating for its tiles on specification sheets.

While tiles with higher slip resistance offer improved safety, it must be noted that certain conditions make any floor hazardous when combined with some shoe or foot surfaces. Care should always be taken under these conditions. Suitable tiles for the expected conditions should be selected but users must be warned to wear suitable shoes and reduce speed should abnormal conditions be encountered.

The next time you are specifying tiles for a project, consider where they’ll be placed and what sort of foot traffic they can expect. A sales consultant will be able to advise you on the right R-rating for the application and Ceramic Industries are sure to have a stylish tile to match your needs.

For more information, contact Ceramic Industries on Tel: +27 (16) 930 3600 or via www.ceramic.co.za.

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