TCNA proposes new anti-slip tile classes

September 2021

Tile Council of North America (TCNA) has announced the development of a five-category “product use classification system,” which is anticipated for inclusion in ANSI A326.3 American National Standard Test Method for Measuring Dynamic Coefficient of Friction of Hard Surface Flooring Materials.

The five categories, developed by the ANSI Accredited Standards Committee A108, will allow manufacturers to directly communicate appropriate areas of use based on the slip resistance characteristics of their products.

This addition to the ANSI A326.3 standard will require manufacturers to classify hard surface flooring into these product use categories:

  • Interior, Dry
  • Interior, Wet
  • Interior, Wet Plus
  • Exterior
  • Oils/Greases

“Use of the classification system will provide architects, specifiers, and interior designers the information they want to choose hard surface flooring products appropriate for their intended areas of use.  As a result, improved flooring specifications are anticipated, potentially leading to fewer slip incidents,” said TCNA Executive Director Eric Astrachan.

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