Slip-resistant flooring is arguably one of the most misunderstood areas of specification when it comes to slip resistance. In fact, due to the safety-first agenda of clients worried about litigation, slip resistant flooring can often be over-specified due to misunderstandings between what is sustainable and non-sustainable.
The composition of resilient flooring products will play a vital role in whether a surface has sustainable slip resistance or not. The surface roughness and depth of aggregate through the wear layer are key considerations, as well as the particle type used in its manufacture.
It’s important to understand that not every resilient floor covering installation requires sustainable slip resistance. If you look around most schools, hospitals, care homes and retail premises – from washrooms to communal areas to corridors – a blanket specification approach (usually R10) tends to be adopted. This, however, isn’t always the best method.
Three ways to avoid mis-specification
In three simple steps, specifiers of slip-resistant flooring can get it right every time. Firstly, perform the all-important on-site risk assessment taking in all the relevant application areas.
Start by separating the high and low traffic areas from the wet and dry environments that reflect the post-installation scenario. Next, you should evaluate the project’s lifecycle needs and the impact of cleaning and maintenance over that period. These are just as much cost calculations as longevity measures.
Finally, refer to the manufacturer’s documentation and seek clarification that it has a complete range of slip-resistant flooring coverings that satisfies the needs of your design functionally (including slip performance).
You’re always safe with Tarkett
Today, specifiers have the benefit of selecting surfaces that are both functionally and environmentally sound. You may want to consider how the product has been manufactured with consideration to how it was handled from material source to installation.
Tarkett helps architects fit out companies and clients to do good together by using materials and manufacturing methods that are sustainable, both functionally and environmentally.
Tarkett’s range of safety flooring – Safetred – has been developed with zero compromise. The product range effortlessly blends high performance in use with complete design freedom in specification, thanks to a broad range of colours and durable surface finishes.
As one of the leading UK manufacturers of slip resistance floor coverings, Tarkett has been helping specifiers to improve safety for decades. The Safetred collection has a long track record of reducing slips and falls in a wide range of sectors, including healthcare, aged care, education, workplace, hospitality, retail and housing. That’s why architects, contractors and end-users feel confident in choosing Tarkett safety flooring for a range of applications from corridors to canteens, and wet rooms to classrooms.
The Safetred range of surfaces is manufactured in the UK and supplied to the highest standard with technical support offered from design to installation and end-of-life.
Discover more about Safetred here: https://professionals.tarkett.co.uk/en_GB/node/safety-flooring-doesn-t-need-to-be-boring-7395
If you are looking for support to aid your risk assessment, design specification or simply seeking installation advice, please contact our technical and sales teams:
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