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June 03, 2021

All you need to know about Outdoor or Anti-Slip tiles

When people talk about indoor and outdoor tiles, or non-slip, antislip, or grip tiles, the key feature that they are referring to is that the surface finish on the tile has a slip-resistant texture and makes it safer for areas that are prone to being wet and where people will be walking.

Today, most floor tiles are made from porcelain so the actual material of the tile is suitable to be used indoors or outdoors.

 

From a building code and slip resistance perspective, the only thing that you need to know is that for any public access ways that are uncovered (e.g. the entrance to your home), you do require them to be finished in a material that passes the NZ slip standards for wet environments. This might be a concrete finish or outdoor tile.

 

For the rest of your outdoor or wet spaces in your home, it is completely up to you what surface finish of tiles you want to use. There is no building code requirement apart from public access ways to your home.

 

You will notice that outdoor or antislip tiles can feel quite different from range to range. Some tiles have more of a textured or hammered finish to them while others feel more like sharkskin or sandpaper. That relates to the different manufacturing technologies and processes used to make the tiles and the antislip finish.

 

It’s useful to be aware that the level of slip resistance varies greatly from range to range and can even vary from colour to colour. There is a pass / fail mark for NZ slip resistance, but it is a scale and some tiles will have far greater slip resistance than others.

 

One important thing to be aware of is that the antislip finish on a tile, whilst it provides slip resistance, is also much harder clean, and may not feel nice to touch or lie down on around the pool as an example. So, consider your lifestyle and needs when selecting tiles, and ask for the specific slip resistance results. For those of us with young children that don’t understand the phrase ‘No running around the pool’, choosing a tile with excellent slip resistance properties would probably be really important.

 

Some people ask if they need to use an antislip tile in their bathroom. Again this comes down to your personal preference because they will be harder to clean. When you consider how you use your bathroom, remember we don’t really run in a bathroom, even young children, and we usually step out of a shower onto a bath mat, so usually any finish to your tiles is suitable for a bathroom.

 

The last thing to be aware of regarding outdoor tiles is that some installations require a raised deck-jack system, and in this case you will need a thick 20mm tile specifically designed for this application. Normal porcelain floor tiles will be between 10-12mm thick. This is perfect for installing onto a concrete slab outdoors, but if you need to use a raised deck-jack system so that your waterproofing membrane is accessible, then your tiles need to be able to withstand the weight pressure from people walking at different points on the tiles, otherwise they will be susceptible to cracks and breakage. The 20mm thick outdoor tiles have been designed specifically for this application, and we have both options available under our outdoor tile collection.

 

 

"From a building code and slip resistance perspective, the only thing that you need to know is that for any public access ways that are uncovered (e.g. the entrance to your home), you do require them to be finished in a material that passes the NZ slip standards for wet environments. This might be a concrete finish or outdoor tile."