Welcome to our comprehensive tile rating guide. Whether you are renovating your kitchen, bathroom or designing a space this guide will help you select the perfect tiles.

In this blog we will explore what slip rating is and the different types of slip ratings.

What is Slip Rating?

Slip Rating (R) is a ranking given to floor tiles to show their slip resistance.

It stands for Ramp Test and it’s designed to reduce the risk of slipping and falling in areas prone to moisture, such as:

  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Swimming pool decks
  • Outdoor areas

Different types of tile slip ratings

  1. Pendulum Test

The Pendulum Test evaluates slipperiness whether wearing shoes or not. It assigns a Pendulum Test Value (PTV) rating to a tile, categorizing it into one of 3 categories:

  • 0-24 rating has a high slip potential.
  • 25-35 rating has a moderate slip potential.
  • 36 + rating has a low slip potential.
  1. Ramp Test

Ramp Test is utilized to assess slipperiness while wearing shoes. Ratings in the Ramp Test range from R9 to R13.

R9 – Domestic internal use.

*If utilized in a bathroom, it’s recommended to use a mat for drying feet.

R10 – Living areas, kitchens, hallways.

*If utilized in a bathroom, it’s recommended to use a mat for drying feet.

R11 – Domestic use, office entrances, lavatories and commercial areas.

R12 – Larger commercial areas, external patios.

R13 – Around swimming pools, areas that may be constant wetness, slopes, commercial areas.

3. Barefoot Ramp Test

The Barefoot Ramp Test is employed to evaluate slipperiness when not wearing shoes. Tiles are classified as A, B & C.

A – is suitable for a barefoot, hallways and changing rooms.

B – is suitable for showers and pool surrounds.

C – is suitable for steps leading into swimming pools.

Within domestic properties, slip ratings serve as a helpful guide, as there are no specific requirements for particular rooms. They offer valuable insight into safety and practicality of tile choices, assisting homeowners in making informed decisions tailored to their unique needs.

Check our tiles and get inspired!

If you would like to discuss any current or future projects you can contact us by calling +44 (0)1273 121921 & email: hove@naturalangle.co.uk or visit our showroom and meet with our designer team.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *