The indoor and outdoor tiles differ from each other not only for their resistance (outdoor tiles have great resistance to bad weather), but also and above all for the surface, which must be rougher to avoid slips, especially when using shoes of sole or heel. When we talk about non-slip tiles, however, we are not just talking about rougher surfaces or more rough floors, but also very resistant tiles, designed to preserve all their properties despite the alternation of time and weather. The main characteristic of non-slip tiles is that they always have a surface with a degree of coarseness well defined by law and international standards (levels range from 1 to 11 due to increasing roughness).
Non-slip tiles: the most used materials
The anti-slip tiles are not distinguished from the normal ones only for the rough surface, but also and above all for the materials from which they are made. The most commonly used are certainly stone tiles, which, in addition to being naturally non-slip, are also very resistant to atmospheric agents. The anti-slip tiles in stone find many applications, both in gardens and in less green areas such as balconies or terraces. The non-slip porcelain stoneware is much more elegant and highly refined, having different textures and colors to be used in the most varied contexts. Concrete tiles are also in great demand and used. Unlike stoneware tiles, they are also very simple to install and therefore do not necessarily require the hands of an expert.
The colors and materials of the anti-slip tiles
The choice of non-slip tiles must be made both on the basis of the material and the color. When you intend to tile a garden or a terrace, even the choice of color is fundamental: a terrace or a balcony may include colors that recall the room from which access is provided, while, for a garden, colors are preferred which are inspired by , for example, at the walls of the house. The choice of colors is fundamental both for small spaces and for large rooms: in the first ones more neutral shades are preferred, while for large rooms it is possible to choose stronger colors. The materials, on the other hand, must be chosen above all according to the prevailing weather conditions, depending on whether the tiles are often subject to frost or rain or to strong sunshine.
Non-slip tile cleaning
Despite the safety and practicality, the anti-slip tiles have a small flaw, ie their cleaning is a little more complex than the smooth ones. Their roughness, in fact, absorbs the dirt more and more so that a wipe of detergent may not be enough, but a slightly more energetic cleaning and, often, more coats than snot becomes necessary. The complexity of cleaning, in fact, is caused by the greater ease with which dirt and soil enter the rough surfaces. While on the smooth tiles, in fact, dirt slips away with a simple pass of water and detergent, in rough ones, as already said, more energetic and repeated movements are necessary, also depending on the material from which the tiles are made and, above all , based on their degree of roughness.