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Important Facts About Slip Resistance in Porcelain Outdoor Tiles

Porcelain outdoor tiles are one of the most popular hardscaping materials on the market because of their remarkable durability and functional benefits. Without sacrificing any aesthetic appeal, they boast numerous functional advantages over natural stone and other landscaping materials. One of the biggest benefits of porcelain outdoor tiles is their slip resistance. Whether used for pool deck tiles or exposed to heavy rainfall, porcelain pavers will remain less slippery than other comparable materials, making your paver deck safer for guests and family members. But before you run out to buy your pavers, here’s what you should know about the slip resistance of porcelain outdoor tiles.

How is slip resistance tested?

Porcelain paver manufacturers can’t simply claim that their porcelain outdoor tiles are slip-resistant; they need to have quantifiable proof that what they’re saying is true. All porcelain paver manufacturers will subject their pavers to external tests which will provide an exact idea of their level of slip resistance. One test is a pendulum test, which mimics the way a heel would make contact with the floor. The Ceramic Tile Institute of America recommends a minimum pendulum test value of 36 for all level floors. Tile Tech’s porcelain pavers far exceeded this recommended result in every test performed.

How does surface texture factor into slip resistance?

The smoother a surface is, the more likely it is to become slippery when wet. That’s why porcelain pavers tend to be made with a relatively rough or textured surface versus the smooth, ceramic-like finish of other paving tiles. Each porcelain paver series will vary slightly in its surface texture and, therefore, its slip resistance, but these differences are relatively minor. If you’re seeking the number-one most slip-resistant porcelain paver possible, your manufacturer will tell you which product in their catalog best fits your needs.

What are the pros of porcelain pavers for wet areas?

Porcelain pavers have numerous benefits in addition to their slip resistance. They are also fire resistant and resistant to freeze-thaw cracking, so they can withstand even the harshest weather and storms. They also stay cooler to the touch than natural stone, making them perfect for pool deck applications or other areas where bare feet, pets, or children may be common. 

Their extreme durability also makes them beloved by installers and property owners; they are load-bearing and boast superior wear resistance, so it’s extremely difficult to crack, chip, or otherwise break porcelain outdoor tiles. In the case that one is damaged, however, Tile Tech’s adjustable deck supports make it easy to remove and replace only the tiles that are damaged.

Which pavers are best for pool deck pavers?

All of Tile Tech’s porcelain pavers are suitable for pool deck applications. Which series you choose will depend largely on the aesthetic style you’re aiming for and your home’s unique functional needs. Travertine porcelain pavers are one of the most common styles chosen for pool deck pavers because they have the light, bright, and elegant appearance of real travertine stone but with all of the practical benefits of porcelain outdoor tiles. 

Whether you’re renovating your rooftop deck, pool deck, or commercial plaza, Tile Tech’s porcelain outdoor tiles will suit any project. To learn more about Tile Tech’s full range of products and services, including slip-resistant porcelain pavers, give us a call at (888) 380-5575 or fill out our online contact form. We’re always happy to provide you with a free product sample, catalog, or quote for your next project.