Our Guide to Non Slip Floor Tiles for Bathrooms & Kitchens
Our selection of non-slip tiles is the ideal solution for a safe yet stylish environment for your home. Read on for the what, why and how to for installing the best non-slip floor tiles for your home...
When it comes to your home, there are areas such as hallways, kitchen and bathrooms which get a combination of high foot traffic and surface water contamination from splashes or dripping coats and dogs.
Hence, it’s important that each of these areas within your home is fit for purpose, to create a safe yet stylish environment for your family to live in. Our selection of non-slip floor tiles is the ideal solution to incorporate to these rooms to do just that.
Read on for the what, why and how to for installing the best non-slip floor tiles for your home.
What Are Non-Slip Tiles?
For obvious reasons, non-slip tiles are different to regular, smooth surface tiles due to their extra grip. This is achieved through a clever, matt glaze type, by texturing the surface of the tiles. These can be then combined to ensure that rooms, where users are prone to slipping, are made safer by reducing the potential for a slip to occur.
Like regular tiles, their durability and attractive appearance are not comprised. Plus, at Tile Giant our anti-slip tiles come in various patterns and finishes for all, perfect to suit any style and size of the home.
About Slip Ratings for Tiles
Most floor tiles used in homes and commercial settings are now assigned a slip rating to determine the quality of resistance to slipping, usually either an R rating, based on the ramp test method, or a PTV rating, which stands for Pendulum Test Value. Whilst both ratings refer to the suitability of tiles in different environments, the criteria for each does differ slightly.
R Ratings Explained
An R rating is achieved by a test subject, wearing a safety harness and specific footwear, walking on a prepared tiled surface which has been lubricated with oil. As the person walks, the angle of the surface is then increased until the person slips, as shown in this HSE video:
The test is repeated a number of times with different people until an average angle at which the slip occurs is established. It's this angle which dictates the tile's R rating, which relates to suitable areas of use as shown here:
Within your home, tiles with a low rating of R9 can be used in all areas where the floor is very rarely wet and any spillages are cleaned up quickly. For areas where water contamination is more likely or heavy, such as wet rooms and bathrooms, it is recommended that R10 or R11 tiles are used.
As seen in the table above, for commercial settings with potential public and employee safety in mind, there are recommended ratings based on the type of surface contamination that can occur and their impact on safety.
PTV Rating Explained
A PTV rating is determined using a pendulum mechanism designed to mimic that of a heel striking the floor to measure resistance against slipping. There are a number of slight variations of this test but each assesses the effect that friction of the "heel" has on the tile's surface and its effect on how high an angle the pendulum swings up to.
As with many other surfaces, some tiles may have a good resistance to slip when dry but can become treacherous when wet. With non-slip tiles, they may lose some of their resistance to slip when wet but will retain the majority of it and are a much safer option.
The apparatus required to carry out this test is significantly easier to transport to the site than the R rating test, so the pendulum slip test method is the HSE's preferred option to investigate slip accidents.
Many tiles are produced in Spain and the Spanish have developed a slight variation of the pendulum test to aid customers, linking the angle achieved to a class and suitable areas of use for each class.
Why Have Non-Slip Floor Tiles?
It’s extremely easy to splash water or drop a small spillage of food on the floor, creating an unnoticeable hazard within your home. Hallways and kitchens, especially if they have an external entrance, are commonly known to be prone to slips due to the large footfall they witness, though bathrooms are arguably the greatest culprit.
With the steam from showers or baths condensing on your tiles or children splashing about at bath time, you can be left with a wet and potentially slippery surface, something that other products like soap or shampoo can add to.
Before you know it, your bathroom floor can become a dangerous ice rink, destined for injuries. Even your best attempts to be careful when around your home can lead to accidents.
Thankfully that’s where non-slip floor tiles come into play. Their matt, slightly raised surface provides better grip, reducing the chance of slipping without feeling rough to touch.
They’re ideal for use in wet rooms, for houses with dogs or cats and for assisted living to provide an extra bit of security underfoot for those who need it more.
With so many anti-slip tiles to choose from, there’s no reason why you should avoid them. For some styling inspiration, learn how to dress these stunning yet practical floor tiles, below.
How To Style Non-Slip Floor Tiles
It’s important not to be put off by the idea that they’ll have an overly obvious texture, many misconceptions with non-slip tiles is they’re deemed to feel rough like sandpaper, however, that’s not the case and their raised surface can vary, covering many requirements.
Additionally, with today's non-contact inkjet decoration machinery used in the production process, they can have beautiful patterns, with realistic stone or wood effects.
In fact, for many homeowners, this clever matt textured tile, offers a stunning contrast to plain painted walls or glossy glazed wall tiles, no matter the colour.
1. Dotti Slip Resistant Tiles - Slip Rating R10
One of our most popular ranges is our Dotti Slip Resistant Tiles. Offering functionality, durability and style, these unglazed, porcelain tiles are the perfect addition to any bathroom or kitchen, private or commercial property, combining slip resistance with great durability.
Available in multiple shades of grey, ranging from light, medium and dark, 20x20cm or 30x30cm, with a flat R10 tile or, for more demanding areas, there are R11 Coround and R12 Diamond textures.
We’ve styled this Dotti Light Grey tile with a statement, mustard yellow that’s becoming increasingly popular within interior trends.
For practicality when redecorating, we’ve kept the basis of your kitchen a beige haven by combining our creamy Metro wall tiles with this textured Dotti tile and instead, have incorporated colour through the decor, blinds and dining furniture.
You can browse the above range of Dotti non-slip tiles at your leisure, here.
For our range of Dotti floor tiles, we also offer various sit-on corners and skirting boards in the same style as the tile. This is ideal for creating a corner skirting that matches the colour and style of the tile, ditching the generic, white skirting boards that are commonly used within a room.
You can browse some of the most popular Dotti skirting boards, here.
2. Gradino Slip Resistant Tiles - Slip Rating R10
Another beautiful selection of slip resistant tiles is our Gradino tiles. This porcelain tile is extremely hard wearing and is best suited to bathrooms, wet rooms and areas where underfloor heating is installed.
They can also be used for outdoor purposes to surround swimming pools or commercial use in spa facilities, making them highly versatile.
With all-black bathrooms merging onto the interior scene, we’re using our beloved Gradino Black non-slip floor tile to create an affordable yet super chic bathroom.
By incorporating this non-slip tile with another smaller sized black wall tile, you can save money on painting, shower pods or a bath by transforming the room into one big and beautiful wet room.
Contrast the dark, luxurious style with bright white towels, vanity wash basin and reflective silvered accessories. You can even add an element of colour through plants, the perfect addition to a darker bathroom to bring it to life without contrasting the stylish, chic theme.
Why Tile Giant?
We offer extremely competitive pricing on our entire range of tiles and likewise, these textured, non-slip floor tiles are both competitive for retail and trade. Our stock is widely available in our 100+ showrooms which are open to browse at your leisure.
Alternatively, if you’d prefer to shop our non-slip floor tiles online, we can supply you with samples delivered for free.
Not only that but Tile Giant also offer a buyback service on any unused tiles, meaning you get value for money.