Our range of external porcelain tiles have enhanced slip resistance which makes them suitable for a range of outdoor installations including patios, balconies, swimming pool surrounds and walkways. This does give the tiles a slightly rougher surface texture than a standard internal floor tile, however it helps prevent slips and falls even in wet areas. Most of our tiles have a slip resistance rating, which we have explained below to help you find the right tile for your project.
During the Inclined Ramp Test a tiled ramp is lubricated and gradually inclined to find the slipping angle of the tile. The subject wears shoes with a standardised rubber sole during the testing.
|R9||Low Friction||Suitable for dry internal domestic floors, e.g. kitchens, dining areas, hallways.|
|R10||Medium Friction||Suitable for internal domestic floors subject to occasional wetting, e.g. bathrooms.|
|R11||Increased Friction||Suitable for external areas e.g. patios and walkways, dressing rooms, public toilets.|
Some tiles have an additional rating, where the above test is conducted with bare feet - these tiles will have both an R rating and an A-C rating.
|A||Dry barefoot areas.|
|B||Pool surrounds & showers.|
|C||Wet ramps, walk through pools & jacuzzi floors.|
Some tiles have a 'Pendulum Test' number - these values can apply to wet, dry or contaminated surfaces, we have listed the equivalent R ratings below.
Please Note: No tile is slip proof - some commercial tiles have extremely high slip resistant ratings but slips can still occur. Contaminants on either the floor or soles of feet/shoes can cause hazards - these areas must be kept as clean and dry as possible. Hand rails may be necessary on slopes, ramps and steps. Grouted joints will add extra slip resistance. Testing is conducted by our suppliers and not all tiles currently have ratings, we are constantly updating our information - please get in touch if you need further advice.