SATRA conducts a wide range of floorcoverings testing and evaluation, including physical, light reflective, UV, flammability, chemicals and VOC, and slip resistance testing, to ensure products are safe to use and fit for purpose and meet appropriate industry specifications. A comprehensive floorcoverings testing and performance evaluation service is available for all types of flooring in both the domestic and commercial sectors. We can test to UK, European and international standards. SATRA is a Notified Body for EN 14041 and can assist in CE marking requirements under the EU Construction Products Regulation (305/2011).
SATRA also undertakes research in the flooring sector with developments such as the biomechanical wear tester and life cycle analysis.
The SATRA STM 528 Pedatron provides accelerated wear simulation under realistic conditions and can be used as an effective means of assessing the wear characteristics of floorcoverings. It is applicable to many flooring surfaces and also flooring hardware such as stairnosings.
SATRA can test carpet and matting for a variety of applications including carpet intended for on-stair use, in both domestic and contract installations. Such carpet is subject to some of the most severe wear conditions of any carpet application because the forces imposed by a person going up and down stairs are quite different from those imposed by the same person when walking on a flat surface. Specific testing at SATRA includes Vetterman Drum, Hexapod, Lisson Tretrad abrasion, castor chair test and static electricity testing.
Floor safety management is obligatory in health and safety regulations and an integral part of sound overall business practice. It is important to understand the performance of a floor surface in terms of slip resistance and the pendulum test is an important measurement in this respect.
SATRA can determine the wear resistance of surfaces against abrasion and ranking different wear layer types within one type of product.
Under the Construction Products Regulation, manufacturers must test floorcoverings for ‘reaction to fire’.