Slip Resistance

We understand the importance of how a tile looks in your home, but its everyday performance is something we're also really passionate about. We have invested heavily in developing a range of slip resistant tiles, perfect for use in all areas of your home.

How we test slip resistant tiles

At Topps Tiles we now use Pendulum Test Values (PTV) to determine the slip resistance of our tiles. A Pendulum testing machine is used which measures the friction caused when a simulated sole material passes across the surface of the tile, giving it a Pendulum Test Value. The measurement determines how slip resistant the tile is. The higher the Pendulum Test Value the higher the level of slip resistance.

Customer safety is our top priority when we test for slip resistance, which is why we have chosen to use pendulum testing as our measurement method. There are many benefits to PTV testing:

All of our tiles are tested for slip resistance by our suppliers and then tested again, in house by a member of our Technical team, giving you peace of mind when selecting your slip resistant tile.

The pendulum test consists of a swinging arm with a rubber foot, which is then allowed to fall and make contact with the tile being tested. The test replicates a person's heel strike, the point at which most slips occur. There are two different rubbers used in testing, one replicates the sole of footwear, the other is a softer rubber designed to provide values relating to a bare foot. Water is used as a contaminant in order to measure the slip resistance of tiles in both wet and dry environments and the results are then recorded. The tests are carried out in accordance with BS7976-2:2002 and UK Slip Resistance Group guidelines.

How we categorise slip resistant tiles

During testing, the Pendulum machine will record results for each tile in wet and dry environments, simulating footwear and barefoot conditions. The higher the recorded value, higher the slip resistance. The following table represents the pendulum test values and how that translates to slip resistance.

PTVSlip resistance
0 - 24Low
25 - 35Moderate
36+High

We classify all of our tiles with a level of slip resistance, to make it easier for you to make an informed choice. All of our ratings are based on the test results in footwear. If you require a tile for a wet barefoot area, look out for our "Suitable for Wet Areas" icon, or speak to an in store specialist. Here is a table that outlines our recommended usage for each category:

Pendulum Test Values (PTV) Supporting Icon Suitable Areas *
0 - 24
Low
Slip Resistance
(in footwear)
• Kitchens
• Living areas
• Hallways
• Bathrooms (with use of a bath mat)
25 - 35
Moderate
Slip Resistance
(in footwear)
• Kitchens
• Living areas
• Hallways
• Bathrooms (with use of a bath mat)
36+
High
Slip Resistance
(in footwear)
• All internal domestic areas (except Wetrooms)
• Shopping centres
• Restaurants
• Hotel Foyers
25 - 35
36+

Moderate
Slip Resistance
(in footwear)

High
Slip Resistance
(in footwear)

Suitable for
Outdoor
• External floors
• For commercial projects a PTV +36 is required
36+ (barefoot)
Suitable for Wet Room
High Slip Resistance
(barefoot)
• All domestic areas internal
• Wetrooms
• Swimming pool surrounds
• Wet barefoot areas

Please be aware the PTV of a tile may be affected by the installation and maintenance processes due to the following factors:

It is important that tiles are cleaned and maintained correctly to ensure that slip resistant values are maintained over time.

Finding slip resistant tiles on our website

All of our slip resistant tiles can be found here. Alternatively, you can browse any product page and look for one of 4 icons.


Low
Slip Resistance
Products labelled with this icon have returned a rating of 0-24 in footwear test conditions, meaning they provide a low level of slip resistance. These tiles are suitable for Kitchens, Living Areas, Hallways, and Bathrooms (with use of a bath mat).

Moderate
Slip Resistance
Products labelled with this icon have returned a rating of 25-35 in footwear test conditions. Tiles labelled with this icon make these tiles suitable for Kitchens, Living Areas, Hallways, and Bathrooms (with use of a bath mat).

High
Slip Resistance
Products labelled with this icon have returned a rating of 36+ in footwear test conditions. Tiles labelled with this icon make these tiles suitable for all internal domestic areas (excluding wet rooms), Shopping centres, Restaurants, Hotel Foyers.

Suitable for
Wet Room
Tiles with this icon are suitable to be placed in a wet room as they have sufficiently low water absorption rates and offer slip resistant properties. These tiles have a Pendulum test value (PTV) of +36 in barefoot conditions. These tiles are suitable for all domestic internal areas, wet rooms, swimming pool surrounds and all wet barefoot areas.

Determining what level of slip resistance you require is down to where the tiles will be in your home and your own personal choice. Ask in store for further advice on what tiles are best in the different areas in your home.

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Other types of testing

Previously we denoted tiles with an 'R' value, which uses ramp testing to record slip resistance of a tile. There are 2 tests methods used for ramp testing, one (DIN 51097) where the operator is barefoot and the contaminant is soapy water, and the other (DIN 51130) where the operator wears rubber soled boots and the contaminant is engine oil. It works by inclining a ramp covered with the flooring of choice and inclined a degree at a time until someone walking on the ramps slips. Based on the angle of slip, the rating is given for the tile. These standards are extensively used across Europe. However, there are several disadvantages to ramp testing;

*Terms & Conditions apply

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