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Tiling: the selection criteria for a well-being establishment

Easy to maintain, hygienic and very resistant, tiling goes through the ages, adapting to all trends and all styles of decoration. It is a coating of choice for both private homes and professional spaces. There is a huge range of designs, patterns, textures and colors that elegantly complement any decor. But how do you find the perfect tile model for establishments in the wellness sector?

Opt for non-slip tiles in wellness establishments

The choice of tiles for a professional space is not made solely based on aesthetic criteria. Indeed, for wellness establishments such as nautical centers, thermal centers and thalassotherapy areas, the tiling to be used must respect non-slip standards. These standards essentially aim to guide consumers towards tiles adapted to their needs in order to limit the risk of falls and slips.

There are mainly two standards, namely the German standard DIN 51097 and the German standard DIN 51130, taken up by the European standard CEN/TS 16165. These standards may seem quite complex, but they are essential to finding the perfect tiles for your establishment. If you are looking for non-slip tiles for your wellness establishment, you can, for example, contact a tiling company in Montpellier which will offer you models that meet these standards. This company has Qualibat 6252 – 6312 and 6313 qualifications guaranteeing its seriousness and professionalism. It can also install tiles that are aesthetic, secure, waterproof and durable.

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German standard DIN 51 130

The DIN 51130 standard is one of the most used in Europe to assess the resistance of tiles to “slippery” when wearing shoes. It was developed to test the risk of falling in various environments (domestic, commercial, public, etc.). After the tests, the tiles are classified (from R9 to R13) according to their ability to limit slipping at different angles of inclination:

  • R9 (normal adhesion),
  • R10 (medium grip),
  • R11 (high adhesion),
  • R12 (strong adhesion),
  • R13 (very high resistance).

For thalassotherapy centers and other wellness spaces where the tiles are often very humid, R13 tiles are the most recommended.

German standard DIN 51 097

The DIN 51097 standard is similar to DIN 51130 with the difference that it assesses resistance to “slippery” when barefoot. The classification here is from A to C:

  • A for medium grip,
  • B for high adhesion,
  • C for very high adhesion.

Wellness centers: which material to choose for the tiling?

Tile offerings have varied so much today that many options are available for decorating and furnishing wellness establishments. Whether floor or walls, you can therefore choose a tile in:

  • natural stone,
  • stoneware,
  • cement,
  • earthenware,
  • terracotta,
  • molten glass.

The particularity of these materials is that in addition to their resistance, they have an original charm. They are also easy to install, to maintain and display great resistance to humidity, heat and scratches.

What color and pattern of tiles should you choose?

The possibilities are limitless. To find the right colors, just keep in mind that dark colors reduce the feeling of space. Light colors give more volume to rooms by increasing the brightness.

So, for tiling small areas, choose light shades. Almond green, off-white, and light blue are some of the most common options in thalassotherapy and treatment centers. For example, you can associate white wall tiles and a floor covering made with gray monochrome tiles.