Slip Resistance Explained
Slip Ratings for tiles have been designed to make it easy when deciding if a tile is suitable for the bathroom, kitchen, an outdoor area, or even around a pool.
What is a Slip Rating?
A Slip Rating is a test of a tile surface and its Slip Resistance.
These ratings have been developed according to Australian Standards and help with the selection of tiles where safety is a priority.
For residential buildings, the Australian Building Code and Australian Standards only mandate slip-rated flooring for stair nosings, stair landings and ramps.
Slip ratings are mainly a concern when using a tile in a commercial application such as a shopping center, warehouse, industrial building, etc. In these situations, factors such as pedestrian stride and pace along with any contamination of the tile surface by water, oil, or foreign substances are common factors in falls.
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What is a Pendulum Test?
A Pendulum Test mimics a standard shoe sole striking a wet tile. The test measures the frictional resistance between a wet tile and a foot-shaped mass with a rubber slider that is mounted on a pendulum arm.
In this test the higher the number, the lower the risk of slipping.
A tile with a rating between P0-P3 is generally considered suitable for indoor flooring while a P4 or P5 has a lower slip risk and can be used outside or around a pool.
|Pendulum Classification||Skid Resistance Value [SRV]||Slip Risk|
|P0||Below 12||Very high|
|P5||Over 54||Very Low|
What is an Oil-Wet Ramp Test?
An Oil-Wet Ramp Test involves laying the tiles on a ramp and applying lubricating oil to the surface of them. Testers walk on the inclined tiles to determine the angle at which they become unsafe.
This angle is used to determine the degree of slip resistance.
|Slip Resistance Value||Corrected Mean Acceptance Angle (Degrees)||Slip Risk|
|R13||Over 35||Very low|
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