Slip resistance is the most important safety aspect of any flooring, especially for patio tiles that get damp and wet due to weather conditions. Effective slip resistance is especially important for the elderly and those with mobility or visual impairments.
The slip resistance of a tiled floor depends on many factors, including the roughness of the surface and whether it is wet, dry or regularly soiled by liquids or other contaminants. Slip resistance is also affected by the wear characteristics of the flooring and by cleaning and maintenance practices.
Slip-resistant flooring should always be used in areas where safety is paramount, especially on walkways and in areas that frequently get wet, such as patios or wet rooms.
At first glance, choosing floor tiles that are "non-slip" or "slip-resistant" seems like a simple matter. In practice, however, this question is anything but black and white, as non-slip means different things to different people. Here, one can fall back on existing standards, which have been verified by means of test procedures. A distinction is made between floor coverings for commercial areas: rating groups R9-R13 and barefoot wet areas: rating groups A-C. If floor coverings are already slippery when purchased or due to wear, they can be made non-slip with SWISSGriP coating.