Slip Resistant Coatings

Written by Tadashi Moody
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Are you a facility manager in a hospital or warehouse? Are you in charge of making sure your workplace is OSHA compliant? Are you a homeowner who wants to reduce the chance of accidents for your children? If you answered yes to any of these questions, or if for any reason you are concerned with slips and falls, then you might consider slip resistant coatings for your floor. Slip resistant coatings are easily applied, economical ways of enhancing the friction of your walking surfaces.

Epoxy, polyurethane, or rubber resin coatings can improve the slip resistance of your walking surface, while at the same time sealing and protecting the surface from wear and tear. With epoxy coatings, natural or synthetic granular substances can be broadcast onto the surface between coats of epoxy, creating a textured surface that has lots of grip. Surfaces can be customized to be high or low profile, depending on the thickness of the epoxy application and the size of the abrasive substance added.

Understanding the Coefficient of Friction for Slip Resistant Coatings

ANSI and occupational safety and health standards measure a floor's anti-slip qualities using a metric called the coefficient of friction. A walking surface with a coefficient of friction of less than 0.5 is generally considered unsafe. High traffic work surfaces should have a coefficient of about 0.6 while ramps and other hazardous surfaces might be as high as 0.8. Installing a slip resistant coating to your floor can bring your workplace floors up to these standards.

If you are interested in preserving the look of your flooring material, there are effective solutions for you as well. For concrete or other natural unsealed mineral floors, you can apply an invisible treatment that effectively etches the surface, creating a reverse treat that actually increases the coefficient of friction when the surface is wet. Slip resistant base coats and finishes are available for wood floors, tile surfaces, marble and other surfaces where preservation of appearance is an important consideration.

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