Installing safe and effective floor graphics has never been so important. Often acting as visual barriers, floor graphics are an easy and essential way to inform, remind and guide the public safely around spaces. Whether used on wet outdoor pavements, public shopping centres or internal office spaces, floor graphics are allowing us to remain safe and distanced when moving in and around public areas. As we move forward into 2021, it seems floor graphics are here to stay, so ensure you make the right decision and invest in the right product for your application.
Types of Floor graphics:
One part Systems
These floor graphics are ‘one’ part systems, meaning they don’t require any lamination and offer a more speedy production time than conventional ‘two’ part systems.
One Part Systems are also typically designed to adhere to smooth, hard floors, such as concrete, laminate flooring, lino and tiling. Some are also suitable for low pile carpets tiles. The films are a great cost-effective solution and are typically used for short-term advertising and signage in shops, offices, airports and convention centres.
Our One Part Systems all come with an official slip rating, so ensure you choose the correct rating for the environment and conditions your graphics will be used in. Continue reading or scroll down to Slip ratings - What do they mean, to find out what each rating represents.
Two-part Systems - Internal & External
These floor graphics can be used both internally and externally, depending on the type of graphic you choose. As these floor graphics are ‘two’ part systems, they’re used in conjunction with a recommended textured laminate, and cannot be used alone. This enables you to choose a base film with the right adhesive system that meets your needs, ranging from removable, permanent, high tack and even high tack with a clean removable formulation.
Our Two-Part Systems also provide longer durability than One-Part Systems. Providing a lamination to the printed base film gives added protection to the graphic, allowing them to be used in areas with higher footfall and over a longer period of time. Our two-part external graphics are designed overcome much more challenging surfaces, conditions, environments, volume of footfall and even traffic.
Our Two-Part Systems also come with an official slip rating, so ensure you choose the correct rating for the environment and conditions your graphics will be used in. By using a Two-Part System, you also have the flexibility to choose the lamination with your required slip rating. This is particularly important if you’re applying your graphic to a surface likely to get wet.
Our external Two-Part Systems also have a thicker laminate than the internal, providing a deeper embossed surface and in turn offering superior protection to moisture and abrasion. These floor graphics are ideal for use in playgrounds, car parking spaces and high street pavements.
Slip ratings - What do they mean?
Now you understand the difference between One and Two-Part Systems, it’s important to understand what slip rating you require, before deciding on your floor graphic.
The R in each rating stands for ‘ramp’ and represents how resistant an angled surface is. In simple terms, the lower the number of the slip rating, the less resistant the surface is.
R9 - This slip rating is one of the lowest ratings and is suitable for all dry areas. Often found in shops, work spaces, galleries, museums, exhibitions, and other public venues where the surfaces will remain dry.
R10 - This slip rating is suitable for areas that are kept mostly dry. Often found in shops, work spaces, galleries, museums, exhibitions, reception areas, and other public venues where the surfaces will remain mostly dry.
R11 - This slip rating is one of the higher ratings, used for areas that can occasionally become wet. This rating is usually used for public surfaces such as shopping centres, undercover public walkways, shop entrances, reception areas, and hotel foyers.
R12 - This slip rating is the highest rating we have available, suitable for commercially wet areas such as open public walkways, car parks, swimming pool and communal shower surroundings.
For more detailed information on our brands and the R slip ratings, why not check out our simple guide: Your guide to Floor Graphics. This guide includes key information and tips for a successful installation and to ensure you get the best performance from your floor graphics. This includes guidance on: pre-installation, graphic installation, printing and artwork, maintenance and removal.
So before deciding on your chosen floor graphic, ensure you’ve considered its surface application, its surroundings and what slip rating you will require, to ensure a safe and successful graphic.
For more information or advice on which floor graphic is suitable for you, contact our sales team on 0115 982 9770 or email email@example.com.