Porcelain Tiles – What Is An R Rating?

Porcelain Are you renovating or building a new home? Are you looking to find a suitable tile product for your outdoor area?  Ceramic, porcelain or natural stone? Want a product that is hard wearing and is low maintenance? Do you need a slip resistant finish or are you tiling a covered area? Once you have identified all of your needs then you can start your research to find the ideal product that fits the requirements for your home.

There are many products available on the market so where do you start. Let’s look at porcelain tiles and explain the different surface finishes available. Porcelain tiles have different slip resistance ratings depending on their surfaces.  These values are rated between 9 and 13, and are indicated by an R rating.

Porcelain tiles with an R9 rating is suitable for internal areas and is resistant to normal wear and tear traffic and is generally easy to clean. An R10 rating is stronger however in most cases it has a slightly rougher surface and can be used externally under covered areas. R11 products are suitable for exterior applications even in commercial buildings and can be used on ramps. An R11 product is anti-slip and is also frost resistant and has a rough surface, which is harder to clean. However it is classified as high friction therefore it is extremely hard wearing. In some commercial projects R12 is required as it is suitable to be used on slopes of up to 35% and is classified as very high friction.

In a residential suitation R10 and R11 products can be used depending on the individual requirements. If the area to be tiled is undercover then normally an R10 tile will be suitable. If the area is not covered and there are many steps or around a wet swimming pool area, then an R11 product is recommended which is anti-slip.

There are four slip test methods within the Australian Standards AS NZS 4586 Slip resistance classification of pedestrian surface materials.  These comprise:

•Wet pendulum slip test
•Dry floor friction slip test
•Wet barefoot slip test
•Oil wet ramp slip test

After the products have been tested then they are given an R rating. It is important that the correct product is used to ensure that your design complies with relevant building codes and legislation.

If you are building a new home then you must ensure that the product you choose complies with the Building Code of Australia.

Once you have identified your technical requirement then the fun begins!! You can create your own alfresco living area with the endless array of porcelains available on the market. Visit our online store to view the best selection of high quality porcelain tiles at the lowest prices in Sydney.

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