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Thanks to our materials expertise, industry know-how and world-class testing facilities, at Lucideon we are able to offer a range of testing services to those involved in the tile industry:
- Specifiers (architects, designers, etc.)
We are a Notified Body for type testing of tiles and tile adhesives for CE marking against the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).
Testing of Floor and Wall Tiles
For product conformity, quality control, safety, performance and legislative reasons, we offer testing of ceramic floor and wall tiles to a wide range of UK, European and International Standards in our UKAS accredited testing laboratory (No. 0013).
Tiles are categorised through their manufacturing process (extruded or pressed), application (floor or wall), water absorption level, and finish (glazed or unglazed). Once categorised specific tests are applicable from the following list described in ISO 10545:
- Dimensions and surface quality
- Water absorption
- Modulus of rupture/breaking strength
- Impact resistance
- Deep abrasion
- Surface abrasion
- Thermal expansion
- Thermal shock resistance
- Moisture expansion
- Crazing resistance
- Frost resistance
- Chemical resistance
- Stain resistance
- Metal release for lead and cadmium.
Additionally, Lucideon conduct slip resistance testing by pendulum according to BS 7976 as well as ramp tests according to DIN 51130 and 51097. See Slip Resistance Testing for further information.
Testing of Tile Adhesives and Grouts
We provide testing of tile adhesives and grouts to UK and European Standards, in particular the EN 12004 and EN 13888 quality standards.
Tests for adhesives include:
- Open time
- Wetting capability
- Tensile strength
- Shear test
- Transverse deformation
- Strength following freeze-thaw
- Strength following heat ageing.
Tests for grouts include:
- Abrasion resistance
- Compressive strength
- Flexural strength
- Water absorption.
Lucideon is a Notified Body (NB 1289) under the Construction Products Regulation (EU) 305/2011 for the assessment and verification of construction products. Lucideon maintains impartial procedures for all work performed as a Notified Body to safeguard its independence.