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Slip-Resistance on Floors: How Important is it?

Slip-resistance is an important factor when it comes to any type of flooring or paving surface. It measures just how safe a surface is especially when it is wet. You wouldn’t want anyone slipping or falling on your floor or pavement just because you didn’t consider a non-skid surface. Most home and business owners nowadays are more conscious of this factor. The increase in demand for slip-resistant materials caused the increase in the number of options available today. Materials are measured for their non-skid abilities through various methods, such as:

  • Wet Pendulum
  • Wet Pendulum and Dry Floor Friction
  • Dry Floor Friction
  • Wet/Barefoot Ramp
  • Oil-Wet Ramp

Top Options for Slip-Resistant Materials

Stone and pavers are popular paving materials because they have a rough texture to be slip-resistant. They are, however, quite on the expensive side. If you are looking for something more affordable, decorative concrete offers various solutions, such as:
  • Stamped Concrete – If you are installing a new slab, stamping patterns on top of the newly poured slab can help add a decorative texture that is highly resistant to slips and falls. You get to choose from several patterns, some even mimicking the look of real stone, brick, pavers, tile, and more. It can also be stained to make it more appealing and, if you chose a pattern that replicates a high-end material, to make it more realistic. For concrete resurfacing jobs, a stamped concrete overlay is used.
  • Spray Knockdown Finish – This involves a spray texture coating that is sprayed on top of a slab to create a popcorn-like surface that is more subtle than stucco drywall. The splattered material is knocked down with a trowel to make the texture friendlier on bare feet. This is a popular choice for concrete resurfacing jobs on pool decks, driveways, patios, and other outdoor surfaces.
If you are working on indoor surfaces, adding a very fine aggregate to the sealer can make increase grip and traction on the floor.

Safety is Worth the Effort

Slip-resistance is very important because it could be the factor that will determine safety from danger. Accidents caused by slippery surfaces can be very serious. Property owners should invest in slip-resistant surfaces to prevent accidents. The mere fact that people are able to walk safely on floors and pavements is enough to give you, the owner, enough peace of mind.

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