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IMPORTANT PRODUCT LEGAL INFORMATION
All tile is subject to variations in technical specifications, including coefficient
of friction, as represented in this catalog due to inherent variables in the raw
materials and production process. Test results on a particular product may
vary slightly from tile to tile, and from test to test. Test results disclosed in this
catalog are not guarantees of minimum or maximum thresholds of
performance. Tile containing abrasives create a "rough" surface. While this
condition enhances slip resistance, it creates cleaning challenges because
dirt and other contaminants become lodged in the surface. Extra attention
is necessary to assure contaminants are removed promptly. Natural stone
products, such as marble and granite, are inherently subject to variations in
shading, markings and coefficient of friction. Purchasers must inspect and
accept shipments with the full knowledge and understanding that any claims
concerning the acceptability of the product must be presented to American
Olean and resolved prior to installation. Unless specifically stated otherwise,
tile recommended by American Olean for floor or wall applications refers to
interior applications only. American Olean does not recommend its products
for use on ceilings or roofs. Check local building codes prior to specification or
installation to verify that the specified technical characteristics comply with
all required parameters. Color samples as shown may not be an exact product
match. American Olean explicitly disclaims any liability arising out of product
selections that rely solely upon the color samples reprinted in product
literature. Contact your American Olean representative for actual product
samples prior to selection. Use of the product constitutes acceptance.
LEGAL NOTICE: WARNING
Warning: Tile and installation products contain chemicals known to the state
of California to cause cancer, birth defects, reproductive harm, respiratory
harm or other health problems. For more product-specific information on
chemical content, obtain an MSDS at americanolean.com/msds or
contact American Olean at 800.933.TILE.
American Olean Corporation provides a limited warranty on its products.
The terms of this warranty may be found at americanolean.com/warranty.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER PRIOR TO INSTALLATION
1. Absent an exception below indicating otherwise, ceramic and porcelain
tiles should not be used in floor applications where there is a consistent
surface presence of water, oil, or grease. This includes outdoor areas.
2. Proper Maintenance is critical. Improper maintenance and improper
maintenance products can result in a build-up on the surface of the tile
causing the tile to be slippery.
See maintenance recommendations.
3. Test Methods - there are many different test methods related to slip
resistance. The tile industry uses ANSI A137.1 Section 9.6, also called
the AcuTest. This method measures the dynamic coefficient of friction
(DCOF). American Olean recommends that customers have tile
independently tested to determine if the American Olean product meets
the requirements of the customer's preferred test method (if other than
the AcuTest) prior to product selection. Be sure to test
competitors' products under any preferred alternative method for
comparison purposes. American Olean does not warrant that any of its
products will meet any testing parameter other than that measured by
ANSI A137.1 Section 9.6.
4. ANSI A137.1 requires that tiles suitable for interior level spaces expected
to be walked upon when wet have a wet DCOF 0.42.
5. No floor tile is "slip proof."
Exterior areas require extra attention to minimize slippery
conditions including proper drainage, systematic clean up of wet or
contaminated conditions, and regular inspection of tiled floor surface to
assure immediate correction of wet or contaminated conditions.
6. Slippery conditions can be reduced by limiting foot traffic in
contaminated conditions, use of appropriate footwear, prompt removal of
contaminants, effective drainage, and proper maintenance. Installations
and end use conditions can vary. The end user must evaluate the tile to
be used with their specific end use conditions, maintenance program(s),
and footwear selection to determine compatibility.
7. Tile sizes are a factor for slip resistance in wet areas. Smaller sizes allow
for more drainage through an increased number of grout joints and easier
sloping. Planar variations on larger formats could result in a higher
probability of standing water and increase the risk for hydroplaning.
8. Polished and semi polished surfaces create a very smooth surface.
American Olean does not recommend polished surfaces in any areas
subject to water, oil, or grease exposures.
9. American Olean recommends the following guidelines that shall be
utilized along with a regular maintenance program:
F A C T O R S T O C O N S I D E R
Slip Hazard Classification
Example Area (includes, but is not limited to)
BOT3000 AcuTest (Wet)
Dry & Level
Public areas that are normally
, level, and contaminant free. Some examples are (but not
limited to): hotel lobbies, apartments, public buildings, shopping centers (excluding food areas),
hospitals, super markets, elevator lobbies, interior hallways, cafeterias, retail stores, theatre lobbies
and other dry health service areas.
Wet & Level
Level public areas that are likely to be walked on when
. Some examples are (but not limited
to): Entry foyers of hotels, offices and other public buildings, supermarkets (entry areas, food
preparation, produce, or any area where water may occasionally be present ), shopping center food
courts, and toilet facilities (without showers), and production areas not involving oil or fats.
In addition to this ANSI category American Olean suggests using the following criteria:
Pool Decking & other
wet areas with minimal
Pedestrian areas that could be exposed to water (excluding ice), but are otherwise reasonably
maintained, where footwear is typically used. Some examples are (but not limited to):
walkways, gazebos, or patio areas.
Service or recreation areas involving constant water where light or no footwear is used. Some
examples are (but not limited to): public showers, steam rooms, swimming pool decks, and
Service or production areas involving oils, greases, and/or fats. Some examples are (but not
limited to): automotive fluids, catering areas, areas involving deep-fry and grill equipment,
other food preparation areas involving grease or oil. BOH (Back of the house) quick service
or family style restaurants or delicatessens. Any area where combined grease and water
accumulation may be present.
American Olean recommends quarry and treaded paver products for this application.
Ramps & Inclines
Inclined areas or ADA compliant ramps. Some examples are (but not limited to): Stairs and
stair treads/nosings, wheelchair ramps, workshop bays (where no oil is present), sidewalks, and
driveways where pedestrian traffic is normally present.
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