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Rolling Load Testing of Flooring Performance

When predicting the performance of a laid floor's surface and/or system under simulated rolling loads to ASTM C627, a rolling load floor testing based on the Robinson-Type Floor Testing machine is commonly used. The test was initially designed for tiles; however the Robinson Floor Test can also be applied to most hard-surface flooring including; wood, marble, stone, slate, laminate, vinyl, and rubber.

Using our Robinson-Type Floor Testing machine, we are able to conduct both on-site and laboratory testing. Outcomes of this testing include:

  • The durability assessment of newly laid flooring surfaces, which ensures they meet the required level
  • Highlighting installation of material manufacturing faults
  • Determining whether problematic flooring surfaces are meeting the required performance levels.

Rolling load floor testing benefits include:

  • Being the only standardized method of flooring surface and flooring system performance, thus generating reliable data and results
  • The ability to differentiate your products performance from un-tested competitors’ products
  • Endorsed product specification modifications, which potentially leads to retrospective financial savings if specification adjustments are subsequently unsuitable.

The testing is comprised of a three-wheeled rig which rotates at a predetermined speed, duration, loading and wheel type. We offer 14 different test schedules which are outlined below.

Cycle Wheel Type Weight (kg) Duration (h) Revolutions Per Cycle
1 soft rubber 45 1 900
2 soft rubber 91 1 900
3 soft rubber 136 1 900
4 soft rubber 136 1 900
5 hard rubber 45 1 900
6 hard rubber 91 1 900
7 hard rubber 136 1 900
8 hard rubber 136 1 900
9 steel 23 ½ 450
10 steel 45 ½ 450
11 steel 68 ½ 450
12 steel 91 ½ 450
13 steel 114 ½ 450
14 steel 136 ½ 450

As cycles are completed without the occurrence of failure, the tested flooring surface and/or system gets classified into one of five different service levels. These are classified as:

  • Completion of 1 to 3 cycles: ‘Residential’ – e.g. kitchens, bathrooms and hallways
  • Completion of 1 to 6 cycles: ‘Light Commercial’ – e.g. office space, reception areas, kitchens and bathrooms
  • Completion of 1 to 10 cycles: ‘Moderate Commercial’ – e.g. restaurants and schools
  • Completion of 1 to 12 cycles: ‘Heavy Commercial’ – e.g. shopping centres, supermarkets, airports, hospitals, commercial kitchens and car showrooms
  • Completion of 1 to 14 cycles: ‘Extra Heavy Commercial’ – e.g. factories.

Additional complementary on-site services can also be provided; slip resistance, balustrade testing, as well as core and strength testing.

For further information, please contact Lisa Cobden, Technical Consultant: or +44 (0)1782 764313.

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