Building codes increasingly require products to satisfy the performance requirements for the intended life of a building. Consumer protection laws also expect products to have adequate life cycle performance.
Industry best practice now suggests that selecting tiles based on test results obtained from factory fresh samples is a high-risk assessment process. This is because no consideration is given to wear, contamination, proprietary surface coatings or subsequent cleaning that influence the behaviour of the pedestrian surface.
Consequently, Accelerated Wear Testing should be taken into account when testing the product's life cycle.