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Elan Porcelain Tactile Indicators: Overview & Installation Guide

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Elan Porcelain Tactile Indicators: Overview & Installation Guide

In the bustling world we live in, accessibility and safety are paramount. Whether it's navigating through public spaces or shopping centers, individuals with visual impairments require tactile indicators to enhance their mobility and ensure their well-being. 


Among the many options available in the market, Elan Porcelain Tactile Indicators have emerged as reliable solutions for contractors and business owners alike. With its durable construction, versatility, and aesthetic appeal, Elan Porcelain Tactile Indicators offer a seamless blend of functionality and style. In this blog post, we’ll cover all you need to know about Elan Porcelain Tactile Indicators. Read out to know!


An Overview of Elan Tile Porcelain Tactile Indicators


Elan Tile stands out as the top porcelain tactile indicator chosen by experts in the field of designing and constructing premium commercial, institutional  spaces. With its exceptional composition of top-quality materials, ElanTM Tile surpasses the rigorous EN 14411 standard, earning the esteemed designation of "Porcelain Stoneware" and ensuring its suitability for indoor uses. The Elan Tile line represents the latest generation of excellence from Kinesik, a company that specializes in providing solutions for accessibility and safety in the built environment.


Types of Elan Tile Porcelain Tactile Indicators


Elan Tile Porcelain Wayfinding Bar Tile: 


Elan Tile Porcelain Tactile Indicator Wayfinding Bars are specifically designed for style and engineered for excellent performance. These wayfinding bars use the highest-quality raw materials, enabling them to meet the standards of Porcelain Stoneware and are appropriate for use in indoor applications. 


Elan Tile Wayfinding Bars offer durable and versatile walking surfaces with directional indicators. These indicators are crucial for the effective and safe navigation of visually impaired individuals within their surroundings. By following the path created by the Porcelain Wayfinding Bars, pedestrians can confidently and correctly reach their desired destinations.


Elan Tile Porcelain Wayfinding Bars prioritize safety, convenience, and compliance with relevant codes and regulations.




  • Certified porcelain stoneware for maximum durability and surface hardness
  • Not affected by water, strains, or chemicals
  • R11 finish meets most demanding slip resistance requirements for construction projects in high traffic areas
  • 5-year manufacturer’s warranty


Elan Tile Porcelain Attention Domes Tile: 


Elan Tile's Porcelain Tactile Indicator Attention Domes are designed using the finest quality raw materials, enabling the product to meet the standards of Porcelain Stoneware. These tactile indicators are suitable for use interior applications.


Elan Tile serves as a warning to pedestrians about potentially hazardous conditions ahead, such as the end of a curb or an edge drop-off. They are designed to enhance accessibility and ensure the safety of all individuals. Elan Tile Porcelain Attention Domes are fully compliant with the Canadian Accessibility code.



  • Not affected by chemicals or stains
  • Excellent resistance to thermal shock & deep abrasions
  • Easy installation for interior environments
  • 5-year manufacturer’s warranty

Benefits of Elan Tile Porcelain Tactile Indicators


  • Durability: Elan Porcelain Tactile Indicators are created with high-quality porcelain material, making them resistant to wear, weather, and heavy foot traffic. This ensures long-lasting performance, reducing the need for frequent replacements and maintenance.
  • Slip Resistance: The textured surface of Elan Porcelain Tactile Indicators enhances slip resistance, minimizing the risk of accidents and providing a secure walking experience for visually impaired individuals.
  • Aesthetics: Elan Porcelain Tactile Indicators are available in various colors and designs, allowing contractors and business owners to choose options that seamlessly blend with their existing architectural aesthetics. This ensures that accessibility features do not compromise the overall visual appeal of the space.


Installation Instruction Elan Tile Porcelain Tactile Indicators


  •  Porcelain TWSI must be laid side by side, with a maximum space of 10mm between each tile. Avoid butt joining the tiles, as normal substrate movement can lead to failure.


  • Porcelain TWSI must not be laid into wet concrete. This installation method does not allow for a space between the tiles and surrounding surfaces. The lack of space can cause problems due to the expansion and contraction of the substrate. It is advised to seal all joints using a compressible sealant or an appropriate grouting material.


  • In most cases, a 12mm recess is necessary when installing tiles on concrete or bitumen surfaces. This can be achieved by using a template at the concrete/bitumen pouring stage. Alternatively, the existing concrete/bitumen substrate can be saw cut to provide a suitable recess. This is achieved by saw-cutting the substrate, making sure to leave enough space between each tile and around the perimeter of external tiles. The substrate is then removed to a depth of approximately 50mm, and the resulting void is filled with concrete or a suitable screeding compound. This provides a solid base for the tiles. Tiles are then laid into this recess using a suitable adhesive. 


  • Porcelain TWSI must be installed using an approved adhesive that is suitable for the sub-floor. The adhesive must be mixed and applied in strict accordance with the adhesive manufacturer’s recommended instructions. The adhesive must be spread using a 10mm square notched trowel, and the tiles must be placed into the wet film of adhesive.


  • In order to ensure a successful installation, it is crucial to follow the correct procedures for adhesive application and ensure proper transference between the tile and substrate. When installing Porcelain TWSI tiles, it is extremely important to spread the adhesive in a way that achieves 100% coverage on the back of the tile. Additionally, the tiles should be gently pressed into the substrate to facilitate adhesive transfer. To ensure a strong and durable installation, it is important to avoid grid sticking or adhering only to the corners of the tiles. Instead, apply force carefully after laying the tiles. This will help eliminate air gaps and ensure proper transfer of the adhesive onto the back of the tile. By doing so, you will achieve a maximum bond with the sub-floor. Additionally, it is crucial to make sure that the adhesive is spread right to the edge of each tile for optimal results.


  • It is recommended to avoid foot traffic on the floor, ideally for 48 hours or at least 24 hours after installation, to allow the adhesive to cure properly.


  • When using cementitious adhesive, it is crucial to mix the correct proportions of sand, lime, cement, and water. This ensures proper adhesion of the adhesive.


  • Any excess adhesive should be promptly removed from the surface before it starts to cure. You can use a clean damp cloth with water to wipe away the excess adhesive. 


  • If the adhesive has already cured on the surface, avoid aggressive rubbing. Instead, use a damp cloth and try to peel the adhesive away from the surface.


Bottom Line


If you have any specific questions about Elan Tile Porcelain Tactile Indicatorsor need assistance in choosing the right tactile solution for your project, you can visit or contact us anytime.