Tile Slip Resistance Rating

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What is tile slip resistance rating, and why is it significant?

Any room can benefit from the completion and dramatic design element that tiles can add. There are so many alternatives available that it can be difficult to choose just a few favourites!

It’s difficult to know where to begin because there are so many different forms, colours, sizes, patterns, materials, and finishes.

The Slip Rating is among the most crucial factors to consider while selecting new tiles. They have been created to simplify the process of choosing tiles for your new kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, or even outdoor space.

What is a slip rating?

A tile’s surface is tested for slide resistance using a slip rating, which ultimately decides how safe the tile is. When selecting a safe alternative, you can use the particular ratings, which have been produced in accordance with Australian Standards, to guide your tile decision.

What use does a slip rating serve?

Making decisions about whether a tile is suited for the intended placement is made simpler by slip ratings. Given the importance of safety, it is crucial to choose tiles that will perform as required.

Best Practice: Do your homework and select a slip resistance that is suitable for your project. Keep in mind that the more you may have to work to maintain the tiles spotless, the higher the slip resistance will be. We provide advice on how to quickly and easily clean the tiles in your bathroom and shower. Seek support from us.

What are Australia's standards for slip resistance?

Keeping everyone safe is paramount when it comes to Australian Standards for slip resistance! For stair landings, stair nosings, and ramps, slip-rated flooring is required by the Australian Standards and Australian Building Code.
See our straightforward guide to the classifications of slip resistance used by the BCA, NCC, and Australian Standards below.

What slips rating tests should I be aware of?

In Australia, the Pendulum Test, Oil-Wet Ramp Test, and Barefoot Wet Ramp Test are the three most popular slip resistance tests.

Pendulum Test (P0-P5)

What is the purpose of the pendulum test? The degree of friction between a wet tile and a typical shoe can be measured using a “Pendulum Test,” with values ranging from P0 to P5. The higher the number, the lesser the chance of slipping.

The best tiles for indoor flooring are any with a P2 or P3 slip rating, while the best tiles for outdoor use are those with a P4 or P5 slip rating due to their minimal danger of slipping when wet. Pendulum tests are typically utilised in residential settings.

  • Category 0 Tiles are ONLY suitable for use on the wall as they cannot handle foot traffic and can be a natural slip hazard.
  • Category 1 Tiles are recommended for spaces with barefoot usage (such as an ensuite).
  • Category 2 Tiles are for high-traffic areas that see a lot of soft-soled shoes or bare feet (usually main bathrooms).
  • Category 3 Tiles are for everyday footwear (usually in kitchens, halls and corridors).
  • Category 4 Tiles are heavy-duty and see regular foot traffic that is more severe than category three and can be used in public and commercial spaces.
  • Category 5 Tiles are for heavy and constant pedestrian traffic.

Oil-Wet Ramp Test (R9-R13)

Laying tiles on a ramp while lubricating oil is applied to the tile’s surface is known as a “Oil-Wet Ramp Test.” To find the angle or point at which the tiles become unstable and ultimately dangerous, trained testers walk on the tiles while they are inclined. The degree of slip resistance is determined by the angle, and the higher the value, the smaller the chance of slipping.

Bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms usually use tiles with R9 or R10 ratings, whereas outdoor areas typically use tiles with R11 ratings and higher.

Barefoot Wet Ramp Test (A, B or C)

In order to assess the angle at which they become harmful, experts perform the Barefoot Wet Ramp Test by soaking their feet in water and then walking over tiles while being sprayed with water. The danger of a result slipping is greatest for an A, moderate for a B, and very low for a C.

How can I keep my slip-resistant tiles clean?

Tactile tiles are just as simple to keep clean on a daily basis as non-textured tiles. Lithofin FK Vitra-Clean is best used with lukewarm water and a moist towel. If you like, you may also manufacture your own tile-cleaning solution with hot water and a small number of methylated spirits.

Thus, take care of your tiles and they will take care of you.

Are slip-resistance and non-slip the same thing?

Yes, to put it plainly.

Terracotta, brick, and other materials that are naturally very slide resistant due to their nature and texture can be used as slip-resistant tiles. This also applies to any non-slip tile, as they are typically built of rough materials and have a “grippy” surface.

How to prevent slipping on tiles

Do you have tiles you wish were a little more slip-resistant but didn’t want to replace with new ones? The anti-slip tile coating is now available! Maybe a ray of hope.

You might now be asking whether anti-slip tile coating works. The answer is that it can increase the tile’s grip by 75% to 100%. This procedure lasts up to five years and is perfect for ceramic, porcelain, mosaic, and terrazzo tiles.

Check out How to Select the Perfect Tiles for your Area now that you’ve learned everything there is to know about tiles and slip ratings.

Are you having trouble getting enough Tiles? For more information, look through our FAQs or use our ask us to feature, which can help you choose the best tiles for your needs.

Our skilled and friendly staff can help you locate the best tile for your upcoming project. If you want to go further, why not schedule your FREE consultation with Tim, our interior expert and team leader?

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