While selecting ceramic or porcelain tiles, alongside with aesthetic value, one should always take i...
While selecting ceramic or porcelain tiles, alongside with aesthetic value, one should always take into consideration safety. In the areas, where ceramic coverings may potentially come in contact with water (for example, bathrooms, swimming-pool areas, outdoor spaces, as well as such heavy-traffic areas, as industrial shops, shopping malls, etc.) there is always a risk to slip on the wet or icy surface and fall. For the reasons of safety, the manufacturers recommend that these areas are tiled with special-purpose antislip materials. Nonslip tiles enhance the contact with ceramic surfaces, when someone walks shod or barefoot. The antislip effect is attained through the application of various cuts, rough spots, irregularities and relief patterns on the tile surface. It is a common practice to classify antislip tiles into several groups depending on the resistance angle and intended use. In the catalogues and technical characteristics of the manufacturers, the tile groups are marked as follows: R9 to R13 – for walking shod, and A, B, C – for walking barefoot.
3 to 10 degrees
Schools, operating rooms, etc.
10 to 19 degrees
Bathrooms, warehouses, garages, restaurant kitchens, etc.
20 to 27 degrees
Milk plants, refrigerating rooms, laundries, etc.
28 to 35 degrees
Meat-packing factories, industrial-purpose kitchens, sugar-works, etc.
above 35 degrees
Fish processing factories, butter diaries and oil mills, vegetable processing facilities, etc.
Above 12 degrees
Changing rooms, barefoot passages, operating rooms, etc.
Above 18 degrees
Shower rooms, swimming-pool areas, etc.
Above 24 degrees
Sloped swimming-pool areas, swimming-pool steps, etc.
Nowadays the manufacturers come up to the market with extensive range of nonslip tiles in the variety of styles, colors and sizes. Among the available textures are those imitating wood, stone and concrete. Therefore there is no need any more to compromise on aesthetic appearance of floor coverings for the sake of their excellent performance.