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Old 02-03-2005, 09:09 PM   #1
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anti slip ceramic tile

I recently installed ceramic tile in my two bathrooms and a laundry room. This install was in my house (new construction). I have not grouted yet. The coefficient of friction is 0.5. Do you believe this is safe enough or do I need to install an anti-slip product. I have a 16 month old baby girl and I am worried about her falling. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-03-2005, 09:20 PM   #2
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Personally I don't think you need an anti-slip product but that would be up to you. They are applied later anyway so go ahead and grout.
Oh and kids are going to fall, you can't stop it. Got 3 of my own that have went through it and still fall once in awhile.
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Old 02-03-2005, 10:32 PM   #3
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Rugs help as traction. Some sealers claim anti slip properties. I have 3
children as well, kids will be kids.
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Old 02-04-2005, 10:05 AM   #5
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Antislip is a personal decision and a personal choice!!!
If you feel it's too slippery for your situation,than it probobly is.

So, if i tell you,no you dont need it and your child slips and falls hurting him/herself what happens next??

If i say yes you should use an antislip and it screws up the look of your finished product then what??

Like I said , this is a personal decision.I would reccomend that you test any product you are contemplating on a spare tile or in an obscure area to avoid unpleasant results.
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Old 02-04-2005, 01:33 PM   #7
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Old 02-04-2005, 08:48 PM   #8
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Hey tileguytodd I don't know if it is to slick or not. I have not moved in the house yet. It is a new construction. I am not going to hold you personally responsible if my child falls. All I want to know is 0.5 coefficient of friction in your experience a slippery tile or not. Does the coefficient of friction even matter.
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I would not consider this COF level an antislip tile if that helps your decision to pursue alternatives.
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Old 02-04-2005, 11:00 PM   #10
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ADA considers a COF of .6 to be adequate for level surfaces.
The reality is there is no consensus industrywide due to too many variables. Wet vs dry, static vs dynamic, strightline motion vs pivoting motion etc. etc.

The flip side is how easy is it to clean? Generally the higher the COF the harder it is to clean.

You ever see those highly polished marble floors in the fancy buildings? You think those are slippery? How many people are walking across those floors daily?

You will be fine with .5.
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Welcome aboard, Knox. Please give us a first name.

COF is one area of the industry in which there is no consensus as to what is good and what is not. A lot of the problem has to do with trying to integrate the various international standards into something everyone can accept. No agreement whatever.

ADA is only one source, but I notice quite a few tile salespeople have picked up on the .6 as a base number.

From my own experience, any tile can be slippery when it gets wet or when the soles of shoes are wet.
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Old 02-05-2005, 09:40 AM   #12
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My first name is Gary. I would like to thank everyone who has replied to my question.
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There is a great anti slip called Grip On from Grip On International.
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