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Access Tile Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile: A Brief Guide

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Access Tile Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile: A Brief Guide

If you're on the hunt for an affordable and totally legit solution to spruce up those tactile warning surfaces in your fancy interior projects, then you got to check out the Access Tile® Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile. Trust us; this thing is a game-changer! It's the only fire-resistant tactile tile in town that meets all the requirements of the Ontario Building Code and other Canadian codes. In this nifty guide, we're going to break it down for you—what it is, how it works, and why it's the bee's knees for your next big project. So, buckle up, and let's dive right in!


What is Access Tile® Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile?


Access Tile® Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile is a product that provides tactile walking surface indicators (TWSI) with truncated domes for interior applications in high-rise buildings and is mandatory in buildings higher than 7 floors. TWSI is designed to alert people with visual impairments of potential hazards or changes in direction on the floor surface. Truncated domes are raised bumps that can be felt through footwear or detected by a cane.


Access Tile® Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile is made of a proprietary composite material called FIRESENTRY-X™, which has a low flame spread and smoke development rating. This means that the product can withstand high temperatures and prevent fire from spreading in case of an emergency. The product also has high slip resistance, durability, and strength, making it suitable for various environments and traffic conditions.

Access Tile® FR is fully compliant with all Canadian Accessibility Codes and meets the standards set by the Ontario Building Code (OBC) 2012 Table, ensuring that your premises are easily accessible to everyone.


How does Access Tile® Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile work?


Access Tile® Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile can be easily installed on any existing concrete surface using adhesive, anchors, and stainless-steel pins. The product comes in six different sizes and three standard colors (federal yellow, dark grey, and onyx black) and can be cut to fit any shape or radius. The product also features beveled edges that make a smooth transition between the tile and the floor surface.


The product works by providing a contrast in texture, color, and sound between the tile and the surrounding floor surface. This contrast helps people with visual impairments identify the tile's location and direction and the hazard it indicates. For example, the tile can be used to mark the edge of a stairwell, a vestibule to an exit stair or lobby, or a corridor. The tile also helps people without visual impairments to notice the hazard and avoid accidents.


Why choose Access Tile® Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile?


There are many reasons to choose Access Tile® Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile for your interior projects, such as:


  • It is compliant with Canadian accessibility codes and meets the fire safety standards of the Ontario Building Code.
  • It is cost-effective and easy to install, maintain, and replace.
  • It is durable and resistant to wear and tear, weather conditions, chemicals, and salt spray.
  • It is available in various sizes and colors to suit your design preferences and needs.
  • A 5-year manufacturer’s warranty backs it.


Installation guide


  • Place the tile on the designated location and trace the perimeter with a thin permanent marker.
  • Set the tile aside and, using a 4” diamond cup grinder, prepare the concrete within the marked location and in correspondence with the location requiring adhesive as indicated in the backside of the tile.
  • Clear away the dust with a leaf blower, then clean the back of the tile and the concrete with a rag soaked in acetone.
  • Apply Tactile Bond and Seal adhesive to the back of the tile (as indicated on the tile). The first bead should be applied thin, ½” from the perimeter edge, and a second thicker bead applied 1” inside of the first.
  • Set the tile true and square to the concrete and press down firmly.
  • While stepping down on either side of the preformed hole, drill down 3” into the concrete using a hammer drill and the recommended diameter drill bit. Drill through the tile without the hammer option until the tile has been penetrated, then with the hammer option, drill into the concrete.
  • While still applying pressure, remove the dust and any adhesive that surfaces and carefully set the supplied color-matched Axius® Fasteners with a plastic-tipped hammer. Repeat steps 6 & 7 while working across the tile from one end until all pre-formed fastener locations are completed.
  • Clean the perimeter of the tile and the immediately surrounding concrete with acetone making sure to remove any adhesive that has escaped from beneath the tile. Apply and smooth sealant around the perimeter of the tile.
  • Tape all perimeter edges.
  • Apply Tactile Bond and Seal around the tile perimeter using care to work sealant into any void between the tile and concrete interface.
  • Tool perimeter sealant with a round plastic applicator or spatula to create a cove.
  • Remove tape immediately after tooling perimeter sealant.
  • DO NOT allow floor traffic until the perimeter sealant has cured sufficiently to avoid tracking.


Tiles can be cut to custom sizes or to make a radius using a continuous-rim diamond blade in a circular saw or mini-grinder. The use of a straightedge to guide the cut is advisable where appropriate.




If you are interested in learning more about Access Tile® Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile, please visit our solutions section or contact us today. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and help you find the best tactile solution for your project.