Transit Design Tips: 5 Musts for Tile in Airports
Remember that hilarious classic commercial with the gorilla violently tossing a suitcase around? We were all concerned for the luggage, but did you know that even without a gorilla, exposed metal on luggage handles, when dropped, exerts so much force per square inch it is just like taking a hammer to the floor?
With increased airport renovations planned globally, architects are turning their attention to state-of-the-art materials that will stand the luggage test and more. Creating beautiful floors that can endure the demands of airports requires thoughtful specification.
Here’s why: Dropped, rolled and dragged luggage is just the beginning. Arrival and departure halls take massive abuse with foot traffic from millions of travelers, multiple food service areas with their inherent spills and heavy static and dynamic loads from small passenger vehicles.
The answer is porcelain tile, but not just any. At a minimum, make sure the tile you select for an airport meets current standards for:
- Slip resistance
- Abrasion resistance
- Impact resistance
- Breaking Strength
- Bond Adhesion (This is super-critical as vibrations from heavy traffic can cause tiles to lose adhesion and pop up. Also airport terminals typically have a lot of movement in the substrates - a major cause for failures.)
For additional peace of mind, look into Mosa’s porcelains. The floor tile collections exceed most industry standard tests, and are precisely rectified to help speed installation and minimize grout joints.
Perhaps it’s not advisable to land a plane on porcelain tile, but short of that, it is a remarkably resilient, enduring, maintenance-friendly and beautiful finish for airport design.