FAQ Surface treatment

At which point during a project should you plan the anti-slip treatment?

As soon as possible, even before you choose the material. Some materials with higher anti-slip properties can change the appearance of the stone considerably. We therefore recommend sampling a variety of materials before installation to ensure you obtain the desired results.

It is customary for the floor to be treated after it has been laid. This can lead to unpleasant surprises and conflicts between the customer and the layer. In the past, we also treated floors with acid and are therefore well aware of the pitfalls of this process. Performed on-site, this technique neither guarantees the desired result nor frees parties of liability in the event of accidents. And this means the parties are taking an unnecessary risk by investing in the project. Even to laypeople, the changes and corrosion are visible to the naked eye. Imagine the frustration for a contractor when a customer brings up these alterations. It’s even more annoying when some parts of the floor are less slip-resistant than others.

When is the right time to think about anti-slip surfaces?

As early as possible. Meaning in the early stages of planning. Then you can save costs, because you can already plan the delivery date for the finished flooring. In contrast, the worst time is once slippery material has already been installed. Then there are only two alternatives: either I tear out the flooring again to install a newly finished one. Or I work on the flooring directly on site, which usually causes more costs and delivers an unstable result. Then that would not be a certified surface finish.

How cumbersome is the maintenance of floors after treatment with the micro-blasting method?

In particular, companies specialized in laying have the advantage with us of being able to get finished and waterproofed surfaces delivered to them. So, there is no finishing work at the construction site to make the floor water and oil-proof. For regular floor maintenance, we have a care product for the special needs. As with other aspects of natural stone, there should be no experiments with wrong cleaning and care products! Those who follow the care instructions will have an easy-to-maintain, presentable floor. Even in highly frequented areas of the store.

Which rating groups does the haid-tec® procedure reach?

The haid-tec® process as a mechanical process to achieve a defined slip resistance reaches the slip resistance classes R9, R10, R11 for the commercial sector and classes A, B, C for barefoot areas.

What special properties do the surfaces treated by haid-tec® have?

Increased slip resistance for polished as well as matt floor and stair coverings, in particular made of mineral materials such as granite, marble, artificial stones, porcelain stoneware, ceramics. The aesthetic appearance is largely retained.

What dimensions can be processed at the factory?

The systems are designed for slabs up to 2.40 × 3.10 meters in size.

Which current references can be referred to?

Within a few years, haid-tec was able to establish itself across the industry and acquire innovation leadership.

A small selection:

  • In the industrial sector, several thousand square meters of steps and flooring made of granite and porcelain stoneware were processed for the market-leading construction machine manufacturer Liebherr;
  • in the retail sector, several tens of thousands of square meters of stoneware for the Müller drugstore chain; and machined several hundred thousand square meters of porcelain stoneware covering for a market-leading retail company.
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