Anti-Slip Tiles: What are they and Why are they Necessary?

Have you been renovating your home and are scratching your head, wondering which type of tile to use for your outdoor entertainment area? Naturally you will be looking for tiles with both character and style, but also require a safe surface with extra grip underfoot, particularly around the pool area where things tend to get slippery. For this reason and others, you should definitely consider installing anti-slip tiles.

Slip resistant flooring works by creating positive traction that reduces the chances of slipping. This involves a unit of measurement, a metric called the coefficient of friction, which is the force required to hold two materials (such as floor and foot) together with the maximum strength to resist sliding. A coefficient of friction of 0.5 offers enough slip resistance for your day to day walking use but for activities that involve pushing and pulling objects or walking down-inclined surfaces, the coefficient will need to be higher than 0.5.

Anti-slip floor systems have long played an important role in safety measures in business settings such as warehouses and factories where common causes of injury is slipping on floors. As tiles and natural stone flooring becomes increasingly popular in residential interior design, there is a need to balance style and safety. Gone are the days when those grey floor tiles lining public swimming pools are the only anti slip option for your home space.

Anti-slip tiles are given a resistance rating and, depending on which room in your home or office you are flooring, this will determine which level of resistance rated tile is best suited. For example, bathrooms are mostly wet and humid which poses a high slipping risk- you’ll want an anti-slip tile in there- while the lounge area poses less risk of slipping and wouldn’t require a high slip resistance rated tile. Another popular area for anti-slip flooring is the outdoor entertainment area which can pose a hazard should it get wet- you don’t want a braai with friends ending on a slippery tile.

Now that you have decided where anti-slip tiles will work best in your home or office, it’s time to decide on the style of tile. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that there is a wide, and fashionable, range to choose from. Be it realistic wood effects to soothing marble effects- anti slip surfaces are available and ready to make your home look beautiful and trendy. Some other great benefits of anti slip flooring include; meeting safety standards, durability and able to withstand wear and tear, plus these types of flooring systems alleviate bacteria build-up.

Anti-slip flooring has become essential in many settings; factories, schools, recreation facilities, gyms, ramps, you name it. Now you can also apply trendy anti-slip flooring in your home; whether you want mosaic tile, granite or ceramic, you can ensure both style and safety in one. For more information on anti-slip tiling, give us a call and we’ll gladly assist.

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