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The Benefits of Slip-Resistant Flooring

by Ryan Lees

R10 slip-resistance is ideal for home design safety without compromising on style.

Just to explain, the 'R' stands for 'ramp test' and ‘10’ is the slip-resistance value. The 'R' value shows the degree of slip resistance the panel has on the DIN 51130 ramp test. These values span a scale from R9 (minimum standard) to R13 (the highest slip resistance), which is useful in improving the safety of your surroundings.

These grade levels aid you in improving the safety of your surroundings, as well as reducing the false perception of slipperiness from reflective or overly smooth surfaces. R10 slip-resistant flooring enables the use of sleek, shiny flooring without the safety hazards, so occupiers can move across their floors with confidence.

Offers a number of options

R10 surfaces can range from luxury Malmo vinyl flooring to commercial grade Aquastep laminate floors. Vinyl will usually be glazed matt, although there may also be a small number of unglazed flooring in this category.

You might be glad to know that Faus’ Swiss Origin and Swiss Grand make the grade. Aquastep waterproof laminates are also slip-resistant. This is because they offer a 100% water-resistant core which stops moisture absorption.

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Slip-Resistant surfaces are multi-functional

R10 surfaces are most suited to domestic uses as they are best used on areas that are not intended to be walked on when wet. Slip-resistance laminate flooring can be used in kitchens, living areas and hallways.

Cost-effective for architecture

While specialist R11-R13 slip-resistance is used mainly in hospitals for functionality, R10 slip-resistant flooring can be more fashionable and saves on expense. Investment can then be distributed to other luxury surfaces such as decorative worktops and wall panelling.