Since 29th September 2006, when the Spanish Technical Building Code, (CTE in Spanish), established the requirement that “Buildings shall be planned, built, maintained and used so as they comply with basic safety requirements”, a series of requirements in terms of transit safety for paving used in indoor and outdoor areas for public use must be fulfilled, which aims to reduce the danger of accidents in public spaces, particularly those exposed to damp and waterlogged conditions.
Since its outset, Alcalagres has wished to explain and clarify the different national and international regulations that are commonly used in terms of “slipperiness” and its products are subjected to different regulations and tests at the most prestigious national and international laboratories.
These tests produce different results in accordance with the series, finish and size of the tile that is being tested; the fact that a material fails to reach the maximum value within the test does not mean that it is not valid as paving in areas of public transit. Each regulation will indicate for what uses a paving is or is not optimum, in accordance with the final values in the test and the classification scale obtained. For example, a tile gives us a value of Rd 37 Class 2, the CTE classification table indicates that this tile is not optimum for use in outdoor swimming pools but, on the other hand, it is suitable for use in damp interiors, like covered swimming pools, bathrooms, kitchens, etc., provided that the slope of the floor is less than 6%.
For the purposes of clarity and transparency which have characterized Alcalagres since it was founded, the models of Integral Porcelain Tile that have obtained the maximum classification in the different tests in terms of slipperiness are detailed below.