Which Tactile Should I Choose?
Tactiles or Tactile Indicators, are applied to ground surfaces to warn the visually impaired of changes in their environment. For instance, kerbs, road crossings and path risings. For this reason all tactiles are GST exempt. In this day of increased mobile technology, they also warn pedestrian device users of the same things, preventing trip hazards and potential collisions with vehicles. Installing the correct tactiles depends largely on the surface and the appearance you want. This guide will help to categorise the different varieties for you.
Peel and Stick
Using these high grade UV stabilised polyurethane tiles is the most convenient way of applying tactiles. As their name suggests, peel the backing from the 300mm x 300mm tile and the aggressive resin adhesive is ready to stick to the surface. Installation is a breeze! These tiles are the solution for floors where the surface is smooth and clean. It is recommended that you apply a surface primer when installing peel and stick tactiles to timber, asphalt, trowled concrete and other porous surfaces. These tactiles are available in a variety of colours in hazard tiles (dots) and in directional tiles (bars).
Suitable for indoors and outdoors
Manufactured to AS/NZS 1428.4.1:2009
Single stud tactiles come in a variety of materials and finishes so that you can choose the right one for your particular job. Whether it be Polyurethane, Stainless Steel, Carborundum Filled or Polyurethane filled, there is one to suit your surface. Single stud tactiles are ideal for use in smaller or angled areas, or where the surface is undulating presenting a curve that has to be accounted for. These tactiles have a shaft and are installed using a drill bit, using the pressure fit system to keep them in place. No glue required! A template is also available to make the job even easier by guiding you to keep the tactiles evenly spaced at the regulation distance apart, and in clearly defined lines. If you want something slightly easier, use the bladed shaft tactile. These are joined studs in neat rows of 12. They are installed with a concrete saw by cutting a groove in the surface and sliding the tactile blade base in for a tight fit. Whatever your individual requirement, there is a single stud tactile to suit.
Suitable for commercial applications
Easy to replace single tactiles
Super strong products ready to withstand even the heaviest of traffic areas. Whether you want the upmarket look of silver plates made from 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel or the Reinforced Fibreglass available in a variety of colours, this range of tactiles are extremely hard wearing and UV stabilised. Supplied with plugs and screws, installation is quick and simple. The fibreglass tactiles are available in two sizes 300mm x 300mm and 300mm x 600mm and it is recommended that an adhesive such as “Sikaflex” or a polyurethane based joint sealant for use on cement, brick, epoxy, polyester, metal and timber surfaces is also used during installation. Available in hazard tiles (dots) and directional tiles (bars) and designed with a high slip rating, these are perfect for both indoor and outdoor applications. The Stainless Steel range certainly adds an architectural look to your job and an upmarket finish. Chosen for their longevity and good looks, they match in well with bollards and stainless steel handrails which may be in the vicinity.
Quick and easy installation
Suitable for new builds and existing sites