Warning Tactile vs Guidance Tactile: What’s the Difference
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With fire safety being a major concern in public spaces and buildings, it is crucial for architects, contractors, business managers, and building owners to invest in solutions that enhance accessibility while meeting stringent fire code regulations. This is where Access Tile® Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile comes into the picture.
In this comprehensive guide, we will explore how these innovative tiles allow you to achieve both fire resistance and accessibility in one go!
Access Tile® Surface Applied Fire Resistant Tactile are detectable warning tiles specifically engineered for indoor applications in high-rise buildings over 7 floors. These tiles contain truncated domes that serve as Tactile Walking Surface Indicators (TWSI) to alert people with visual impairments about potential hazards or changes in direction.
These tiles are unique because they are made from FIRESENTRY-XTM - a proprietary composite material offering maximum flame spread resistance and minimal smoke development. This grants the tiles exceptional fire-retardant properties while retaining critical accessibility functions.
Access Tile® Fire Resistant tiles meet the rigorous flame spread and smoke development standards set by the ULC-S102.2 test method. This makes them fully compliant with the fire safety requirements of the Ontario Building Code (OBC).
These special composite tiles contain proprietary intumescent technology that makes them highly fire-resistant. When exposed to high heat and flames, the FIRESENTRY-XTM layer forms a thick foam char layer that acts as a barrier.
This thermal barrier significantly slows down the spread of fire and smoke, allowing more time for evacuation. The materials also have low smoke emissions, enhancing visibility during fires.
Additionally, the composite construction makes the tiles durable and strong enough to withstand high foot traffic. The truncated dome texture provides an essential tactile warning about potential hazards or level changes through contrasting texture.
One of the great benefits of Access Tile® tiles is their ease of installation. They can be easily installed over any existing floor through a straightforward process:
Access Tile® FR tiles present the ideal fire-rated tactile solution for various indoor settings, including:
Anywhere requiring accessibility features in a fire-rated space over 7 floors can benefit from these tiles. Their life-saving fire protection and accessibility make Access Tile® FR tiles a smart investment.
When selecting tactile tiles, it is crucial that they meet various accessibility and fire standards. Key regulations include:
By meeting these codes, Access Tile® Fire Resistant tiles check all boxes for compliant tactile flooring.
They are made from FIRESENTRY-XTM, a proprietary composite with intumescent technology that provides flame spread resistance and low smoke development.
Access Tile® FR tiles are specially mandated in high-rise buildings over 7 floors to meet Ontario Fire Code requirements.
Yes, the truncated dome pattern gives an essential tactile warning about potential hazards for people with vision loss.
These tiles come in multiple standard and custom sizes ranging from 12”x12” up to 24”x60” to suit layout needs.
Access Tile® provides a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty on the Fire Resistant tactile, ensuring peace of mind.
As Canada’s premier accessibility solutions provider, Tactile Solutions Canada offers a wide range of compliant products from trusted brands like Access Tile® for your projects.
Our team of experts provides guidance on selecting optimal tactile tiles tailored to your unique specifications, ensuring seamless adherence to Canadian regulations.
Be both accessibility-ready and fire-safety-insured by contacting Tactile Solutions Canada today!