Altro safety flooring

Altro safety flooring

So what sets Altro safety flooring apart from the rest? Since we invented it over 60 years ago, we've carried on developing unique production methods and industry leading techniques to make sure that we don't just meet the highest safety standards, we make them.

Why Altro safety flooring?

Our products are unique

  • We were the first manufacturer to offer invisible slip, giving a modern, high design, non-sparkle look without compromising on sustained slip resistance
  • Sustainability is at the heart of our product development – we're the only manufacturer to offer a 100% recyclable and reusable post-consumer safety floor
  • We invented Altro Easyclean Maxis PUR for ease of cleaning without compromising on sustained slip resistance
  • We spend many years developing our products in the lab and in the field to ensure performance – for example Altro Aquarius was in development for seven years before launch
  • Varieties of aggregate (including silicon carbide, quartz and aluminium oxide) are embedded in sheet vinyl to prevent slips and falls
  • We keep samples of each production roll for the life of the warranty
  • Safety flooring is available in homogenous and heterogeneous options, with specialist ranges available for greasy commercial kitchens and combined shoe and barefoot use in wet and dry

We never stop improving

  • We've recently invested over £5 million in new technologies to keep providing ground-breaking new product solutions
  • We hold ongoing in-house training for our manufacturing operatives to promote quality of manufacture
  • We run training schools to promote the highest standards of craftsmanship among industry installers
  • Carrying out our own Volatile Organic Compounds VOC testing to monitor our product development means we can be sure our products keep contributing to improved indoor air quality
  • We're championing the cause for enhanced visibility of sustained slip resistance claims by manufacturers
  • As active members of the UK Slip Resistance Group, we're closely involved in developing slip resistance test methods

We test rigorously

  • Our flooring provides sustained slip resistance for the lifetime of the product. Altro's unique, patented construction of flexible, high grade vinyl with slip-resistant grains throughout the wear layer of the safety flooring, forms a durable surface that's slip-resistant for life
  • We've invested in international tests to ensure the rigorous performance of our safety flooring is over and above the minimum required test standards
  • We have ≥36 TRRL test results for every Altro safety flooring
  • During manufacture, our flooring is quality tested every 400 linear metres to ensure its ≥36 slip resistance
  • During their installed lifetime, we test various flooring installations on site to ensure slip resistance performance
  • Our flooring meets strict fire and smoke regulations

Manufacturing techniques

Altro safety flooring in productionHow do we make Altro safety flooring?

The traditional method

Traditional Altro safety flooring includes silicon carbide and often a coloured quartz too, and is characterised by its sparkly appearance. This method of production is still popular with many manufacturers.

The new generation method

New generation Altro safety flooring is also known as 'invisible slip', and uses aluminium oxide instead of silicon carbide. Aluminium oxide is hard-wearing and transparent, and provides the same level of performance with non-sparkly, aesthetic benefits. The particular grade of aluminium oxide that we use features a patented specialised treatment to improve performance. This method involves structuring the product to minimise dirt retention.

Two technologies, one slip-resistant outcome

Whichever method we use, they both have one thing in common: the slip-resistant particles are found throughout the entire wear layer, providing sustained slip resistance for the lifetime of the product.

Types: 2.5mm (durability and resilience), versatile 2mm, designer, specialist

Special types of Altro Flooring

Heavy duty solutions

Altro Classic 25,

Our 2.5mm safety flooring provides outstanding durability and sustained slip resistance, and are the ideal choice for extreme heavy duty areas where extra protection is needed. Their excellent resistance to mechanical or physical damage makes them firm favourites in demanding environments like education, industry and healthcare.

This heavy duty range offers contemporary, industrial or decorative design options. Easy to maintain and clean, they provide lasting appearance retention and are backed by lengthy 15 year product warranties and 20 year life expectancies. And where ease of maintenance and aesthetics are key, 

Versatile solutions

Altro Walkway, Altro XpressLay

Providing sustained slip resistance, excellent durability and ease of installation, these low maintenance safety floors are easy to clean and perfect for busy, public areas. Plus, they offer a great choice of colour, and chipped and non-chipped varieties for design flexibility.

Apart from traditionally adhered ranges, we also offer a truly sustainable, recyclable and reusable, adhesive-free option: Altro XpressLay. It's suitable for lots of different applications and is ideal for use where original substrates may need protecting or where sustainable criteria must be met. Altro XpressLay is also the only safety floor that's 100% recyclable or reusable post consumer.

Inspirational solutions

Altro Wood Safety

This safety floor is designed for areas where aesthetics, sustainable slip resistance and durability are all equally important. It can reproduce the natural warmth of nature, and the non-sparkle finish makes it perfectly suited for dementia and care homes. They're also ideal for public areas like receptions, corridors, shops, cafes, wards and day rooms, where appearances are especially important.

Special application solutions

We've also developed flooring solutions for demanding environments with particular requirements.

For kitchens / catering - Altro Stronghold 30

The wet and greasy conditions of kitchens prone to frequent spillages are catered for by a 3mm safety floor which boasts Altro's highest rating for slip resistance.

For industrial applications - Altro Atlas 40

A 4mm option gives enhanced resistance to chemicals, indentation and mechanical damage, making it ideal for use in locations like areas with light engineering and chemical processing.

For barefoot or barefoot/shod -  Altro Aquarius

For shower cubicles and other potentially wet areas where people could be barefoot or wearing any type of shoe, Altro's revolutionary Altro Aquarius is the ideal solution. It can be used in wet and dry locations including bathrooms, shower and changing areas, healthcare, leisure and social housing.