Porcelain Tiles - too slippery for shower?

Elizmari Schoeman-ThorneMarch 12, 2013
We just bought our first home, and lucky for us - there aren't any tiles. We have chosen a nano treated porcelain tile to put right through the house. But now we don't know whether it will be to slippery to use in our "wet room" showers on the floor. Can anyone please give me advice about whether it's to slippery or will it work?
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Yarbro Home Improvement LLC
Larger then a 2" x 2" for the shows floor, yes, its a hazard. You can tie it together like this...
    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 7:52AM
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The finish on the tiles will dictate the slippage factor. Try something with a more coarse face for increasing traction.
    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 7:54AM
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Norm Walters Construction Inc.
You also can't use anything larger than a 4" x 4" on the shower floor as you can't get the slope to the drain without creating major lippage, unless you are using a linear drain. Are you building the shower?
    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 7:56AM
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Hi elizmaris,

The critical factor as to whether or not your floor tile will have good traction in the shower is actually its COF rating. (Coefficient of Friction) Look for this on the tile spec sheet or side of the box. Generally speaking, any tile with a COF rating of over 0.6 is considered to have very good traction. (A web search on tile Coefficient of Friction will give you lots more information)

Aesthetically speaking, if you're looking to have the same tile in the shower as the main bathroom floor, the simplest solution is to custom-cut the larger tiles to a smaller footprint, (assuming the same tile isn't available in a smaller format). The smaller the tile, the more grout lines, and the better traction you'll get. We've done this several times with great results.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 11:53AM
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Pyramid Design Group Architects
You can use a non glazed (matte finish) small tile, and all should be fine.
    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 11:55AM
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Norm Walters Construction Inc.
I agree with Steve's comments above, one more step necessary when cutting larger tiles into smaller ones is to smooth the edges with an abrasive stone so they don't become razors. If someone else is doing this for you expect an additional charge.
    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 12:16PM
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