Tile Sample Testing

Pendulum Testing on Tile Samples

We have a purpose built laboratory where we conduct floor pendulum slip tests on tile samples to determine their Pendulum Test Value (PTV).

For a small fee we can conduct a pendulum slip test to tile samples sent to us. Tests will be conducted on the tile ‘AS FOUND’ providing results indicating the slip resistance rating for the tile. These results provide architects and tile companies with the knowledge the tile they are specifying is fit for purpose.

The Pendulum Slip Test (BS EN 16165: 2021) tests the tile in three directions (0, 45, 90 degrees). The average of these results provides the tiles PTV. The scale used to determine the slip resistance category for the tile is below.

25 and Below High Potential for Slip
26 to 35 Moderate Potential for Slip
36+ Low Potential for Slip

Anti-Slip Treatment Testing

As part of the fee, if the tile does not reach 36+ PTV, placing it in the ‘Low potential for Slip Category’ we can apply our anti-slip treatment to half the tile aiming to raise the PTV to 36+. Applying the treatment to half the tile can demonstrates the effectiveness of the treatment and in addition shows any aesthetic changes. Although minimal on most tiles, any polished appearance on a tile will be removed and a matt finish will be achieved. Our anti-slip treatment is a bespoke product tailored for each tile.

Sample testing can be conducted to BS EN 16165: 2021 or BS-EN 14231 – all tests include comprehensive results. We aim to conduct the tile testing and issue results within 72 hours. (Payment is required before results are issued).

Contact us to book in a sample test.

Please note: All our slip tests are undertaken using a calibrated skid tester (test in accordance with BS EN 16165: 2021 and ‘The UKSRG (UK Slip Resistance Group)’ (issue 6, 2024) The HSE has adopted this as its standard test method for assessing floor slipperiness in both dry and water contaminated conditions.  All staff are fully trained in the use of the pendulums and all pendulums are calibrated in line with BS EN 1097-2020 BS EN 13036:part 4 2011, BS EN16165 & ASTM E303-93. Certificates of calibration will be provided on request.


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