You’ve seen those “Slippery When Wet” signs a thousand times in coffee shops, restaurants and hospitals. But why do so many of these public places install epoxy flooring…which can be more slippery than say, carpet or tile? That’s because epoxy coatings are easy to clean (and therefore, hygienic), far more durable, and chemical, stain, abrasion and moisture resistant. Carpeting or tile in these establishments is certainly not the best choice.
Flooring of Choice
Well the same logic holds true for interior residential spaces like kitchens and basements (and outdoor areas like garages, patios and driveways). Because epoxy coatings offer a long list of benefits, it’s simply the flooring of choice in these locales.
But how do you keep your epoxy-coated space safe? You can’t carry around a “Slippery When Wet” sign!
Thankfully, the solution is simple. Professional installers incorporate a slip-resistant aggregate into the final color and/or clear coat of the epoxy flooring. We like to call these slip-resistant aggregates “anti-skid” or “anti-slip”. The aggregates provide a roughness to the flooring and therefore minimize the potential for slippage.
More importantly, professional installers can adjust the type of anti-skid used in your floor coating to reflect your level of concern for slipping. There are multiple anti-skid options, from the least aggressive (and least visible) polypropylene and glass spheres, to the more “aggressive” (and more visible) quartz and aluminum oxide.
Polypropylene and Glass Spheres
Polypropylene and glass spheres provide “adequate” slip resistance. They are most often used in areas with low to medium foot-traffic, indoor installations, or areas where an easily “cleanable” surface is needed (because the more aggressive anti-skid types are rougher, they’re harder to clean). Examples of spaces that would benefit from these anti-skid types include kitchens, basements, garages, patios and driveways.
Quartz and Aluminum Oxide
Quartz and aluminum oxide on the other hand, are far more “aggressive”. They are typically used on substrates traveled by the elderly, handicapped or children. They may also be used in areas where there is a high potential for spills of grease, oil, food and the like. Quartz and aluminum oxide may be quite visible and are certainly more difficult to clean. However, these anti-skid types are offered in a variety of colors and therefore can be “masked” by experienced installers.
If you decide to have an epoxy floor coating installed in your home, think safety first. Ensure your contractor offers multiple options for anti-skid, and choose the anti-skid type that best reflects your needs. And as always, to ensure a safe and durable epoxy coating, hire a professional to do the installation!
For a free estimate, visit us at https://www.garagefloorcoating.com/ or call us at 877-324-COAT (2628).
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