Slip resistance is achieved by surface profile or surface texture, or a combination of both. Barefoot slip resistance benefits from both factors in combination, as the soles of feet can vary significantly in their thickness and rigidity from one individual to the next.
For the most critical applications such as pool edges, stairs, steps, raised starting platforms and hob surrounds Metz provide our unique combination of ribbed profile and texture to maximize slip resistance.
Metz recommend Barefoot C slip resistant surfaces for swimming pool and concourse applications, which is higher than the B recommendation in the slip resistance handbooks. We are aware of a number of centres who advise that they are unhappy with the performance of their B rated tiles.
Swimming pools and aquatic centres frequently have excited children wanting to run which will quickly find out any areas where slip resistance is insufficient. Selection by a wet barefoot rating in isolation does not take into account other factors that affect slip resistance, most especially the affects of wear. It is entirely possible for a tile that achieves a wet barefoot B test result when new, to perform poorly on other tests and in-situ.