Bhavin Ghelani
  • Tactile Indicators
  • June 8, 2019

Lot of accidents and misadventure like fall due to minimal friction or vehicles skit during rainy season happen because of slippery surface. Tactile tiles are ergonomically designed to increase the surface abrasion and friction, resulting in mitigating accidents on the road. In countries like the US and Canada, truncated domes plate and truncated domes tile are going mainstream to ensure road safety.

But it might be tough for an amateur service provider to effortlessly install the TGSI plate. Eminent TactilesTM tiles help visually impaired individuals when they are walking on the road or even in shopping malls. Likewise, stainless steel tactile surface indicators are also used in the escalator and lift area for maintaining safety standards.

Where should the detectable surface tactile tiles be installed?

Generally, the detectable surface tactile tiles are available in two formats and they are well suited for installation at two places:

i  In hazard prone areas; and

ii Area for directional guidance.

These detectable warning tactile tiles serve multiple purpose, but they must be installed properly as per the guidelines by the PWDs. You can call professionals to set up the stainless-steel tactile tiles, but if you want to try out a DIY, here are a few notable things to watch out for;

Top 5 Guides to Ensure Safe & Effective Installation of TGSI Tile

– Strict Monitoring and Guidance During the Design and Installation Process

Proper monitoring at the installation phase will ensure smooth construction of the place where you want to set-up the truncated dome tiles. The experts need to maintain a specific distance from the hazardous region where they plan to install the detectable warning surface indicators. Professionals also closely analyse the region where the stainless-steel tactile indictors must be installed. A thorough planning and consultation with the experts ensure smoother and effective installation of stainless-steel plates.

– Better Placement or Exact Measurement Between Two Installations

Placement of tactile tile must be precise to help visually impaired individuals. In case, if you are installing the stainless-steel tactile plates, ensure that they are installed of 300mm X 300mm . Assuring that the placement is closely measured and monitored will avert uneventful situation. The area for placement of the detectable warning plates must be 600mm minimum. In different countries, there are different limits to comply. In Australia, 600 mm is the minimum limit to meet. One can find out the measurement compliances in their native country issued by the PWDs and make the place accessible accordingly.

For easy installation, Eminent TactilesTM Plates are supplied with 4 pre-drilled and countersunk holes, which makes it easier for Eminent TactilesTM Plates to fix them in place. Stainless Steel Tactile Tiles are available in 300x300mm sections which satisfy almost all installation requirements, with 36 studs per plate or 4 strips per plate as required.

Material: Stainless Steel 316 Marine Grade
Thickness of base plate: 2mm
Width: 300mm
Length: 300mm

Better placement of the TGSI plates prevent any unforeseen accidents. As the individuals especially the visually impaired people walking on the plates will get to know about any accidental hazards that might eventually happen.

– Making the place accessible with Eminent TactilesTM Tiles

The layout of the installation matters to ensure safety and security standards. While placing the truncated domes, directional strips or tactile plates, make sure that they are high raised to a limit. It should not be exceeding at any point beyond the normal flooring level. If the tactile ground surface indicators are placed even a little higher, hazardous accidents for the visually impaired might happen and even for the normal people while walking on a disoriented stainless-steel tactile indicators surface.

– Consideration of Luminance Contrast Balance While Installation.

In the absence of proper luminance contrast ratio, the placement of detectable warning plates might be hard for identification even for healthy individuals. So, you can certainly understand the challenge for the visually impaired. Thus, maintaining a proper luminance contrast ratio is essential for identification on the roadways. As per Australian standards, the luminance should be 45% which means, in comparison to the surrounding floor, the tactile tile must be 45% visible from a far distance. Top tactile paving suppliers have multiple coloured featured plates that one can use as per the flooring designs.

– External Conditions Play a Key Role

Weather conditions will have significant impact on the performance of the tactile tile. Therefore, to ensure resistance against wet weather conditions, the tactile plates must have the required rough surface for better grip.

While planning the installation, make sure that you are using high grade material. The installation must also be made by the professionals. Professionals understand the intricacies like the UV exposure, foot traffic, and other extreme weather conditions. After closely analysing everything, they give the best installation on various flooring.


The trend of TGSI Plates are quite prevalent in the western countries but in Asia, only few countries have used it as a mainstream medium for safeguarding the safety and security of people. Most commonly it is being used at airports, malls and metro stations. But still there is lack in its installation at the busy roads and bus stops. Their use can ensure safety standards for the visually impaired.

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Bhavin Ghelani
June 8,2019