What Are Tile Anti Slip Ratings?

By George

12th May 2020

4 mins read

DIY & Technical

You may have noticed that many of our offerings boast Anti Slip Ratings, but what exactly are they?

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A stunning renovation is never truly complete without fresh flooring, likely in the form of elegant new floor tiles.

If you’re anything like us at VP HQ, you’ll have already browsed countless designs, shapes, and colours in order to find the perfect fit for your space.

However, most of us put little thought into how much stability these tiles provide underfoot.

A crucial aspect to think about when choosing a tile, options with good slip resistance can help improve the safety of a space.

We’ve put together this brief guide to give you tips on what these ratings are, as well as help in deciding which level of anti slip you’ll need for your room.

Anti Slip Ratings Explained

If you’ve already spent some time perusing our range of tiles you’ll have probably noticed anti slip ratings in the product details section.

These ‘R’ ratings are given to tiles to grade just how much resistance they provide against slipping.

You’ll find tiles that range from an R9 anti slip rating, which offers a low level of slip resistance for use around the home, right through to R13 which provides the highest degree of resistance for professionals applications.

These ratings can be used to help to give you a good indication of whether or not a certain tile is suitable for your specific job.

The Different Levels of Tile Anti Slip Rating

• R9 Anti Slip Rating - Tiles with an R9 anti slip rating will provide minor resistance to slips, making them best suited for use in dry internal spaces such as dining rooms. If intending to use R9 tiles in bathrooms, it is crucial that you use a bath matt to help with stability when getting in and out of the shower. R9 tiles are likely to have a slightly matt finish.

• R10 Anti Slip Rating - Options that possess R10 anti slip ratings will provide minor to moderate resistance to slipping, making them ideal for use in hallways, kitchens, and other living spaces including bathrooms. Tiles with R10 ratings are likely to have glazed matt finishes and, though they are slightly more effective than R9 tiles, we still advise the use of a bath mat or towel if you do choose to implement them in bathroom spaces.

• R11 Anti Slip Rating - Providing moderate resistance to slips, tiles with R11 anti slip ratings can be deemed safe for use in almost any interior space. This includes kitchens, bathrooms, and even dedicated wetrooms. You may even find them in industrial and public settings.

• R12 Anti Slip Rating - R12 is the minimum recommended slip rating for tiles that are to be used in business, industrial and public settings, or any instance in which tiles are needed for a sloped surface.

• R13 Anti Slip Rating - An R13 anti slip rating indicates that the chosen tile possesses high resistance to slips. Suitable for use in a plethora of applications, you’ll find these extra-grippy R13 tiles in places that experience extensive use, such as gym showers and the borders of swimming pools.

Found our brief guide to tile anti slip ratings helpful? Ready to pick the perfect tile for you? Check out our entire range, here.



George is one of our interior experts. He loves to write about the latest bathroom trends and he's a dab hand with bathroom DIY too.

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