When discussing areas with potentially hazardous surfaces, people frequently think of their bathroom, bath and shower. Despite this, it is not hard to comprehend. Admittedly, the bathroom plus the shower seem to be the rooms in the house that become wet the most, which causes the floor to be slippery or hazardous.
You should be aware, on the other hand, that the majority of the interior and exterior hard floors of your home are susceptible to becoming wet. It seems water that is pouring from your shower or the faucet isn’t the only source of moisture that may be introduced to a surface. In addition to this, it may be brought on by liquid that drips from wet clothing, beverages that are spilled on the flooring, rain that falls on tiled surfaces outside the home or stores, and older public locations that when they were applied did not require a slip rating but as time has passed they now do plus allot of other scenarios.
It is possible for hard floors that do not contain the appropriate slip resistant texture or finish can become dangerously slippery once they get wet. It could be tiles found in front of your favorite store, in your neighborhood café, or even on the stairs leading to your apartment. What are the consequences of being wet and dangerous? Indeed, there is potential for harm as well as mishaps and legal cases for liability.
The good news is that there are products available to assist you in avoiding the risks and mishaps that may otherwise befall you, notable ones that help you not slip on the surface. Such products with slip resistance are available in a wide variety of forms, including paint, matting, chemically etching, and Remedial Membranes clear slip resistant coating, among others.
Rugs with a typically rubbery finish are what are referred to as slip-resistant carpets, which is exactly what the name implies. These are often available in a variety of hues. Even though it seems like a fantastic plan, these coverings do not generally cover vast surface sizes, which means that you will require numerous carpets in order to encompass the entirety of your floor. Additionally, they can become a trip hazard as it increases the profile of the floor as well as lessening the fashionable attractiveness of your property as the range is limited.
To generate an irregular surface that would be resistant to slipping and falling, a chemical process called “chemical etching” gets applied to the surface. This causes some of the protective coating to be dissolved away. Chemical etch is essentially corroding the surface to be more slip resistant as this is actually damaging the tiles but for a purpose, only certain selected tiles could go through this process with the outcome being somewhat unpredictable.
Slip Resistant Coatings
Slip-resistant coatings are now available. This item includes a single color over the tiles. While slip-resistant paints might be used to coat whole floors this is only recommended if one coloured finish is desired.
Being aware that such single-color coatings will hide the style of the tiles, a scenario you typically would not want to occur if you have paid for those tiles to be laid.
Finally, there are slip-resistant transparent coatings. The distinction between coloured paints and transparent coatings is that slip-resistant coatings can be applied to your tiles while avoiding covering up the tiles’ designs. The clear or translucent appearance is great if you do not wish to change the design of your home or surface. When applied to tiles, concrete, timber flooring or really any surface that needs to be made slip resistant, such coatings are often used as the finish does not change the look of the surface. These coatings are widely used and are able to encompass a vast area.
Slip resistant coatings are usually required because forethought was not done at the building planning stage where slip resistant tiles or textured concrete could have been installed. So despite learning the several typical slip-resistant solutions, you must not rush into picking which of the possibilities to choose. Instead, determine if your floor or area genuinely needs more slip-resistance materials and then choose the right one for you.
Does Weather Cause The Surfaces In Your Home To Become Slippery?
You are aware that adding water to your tiles might lead them to become slippery and hazardous, but you also need to be aware that different types of materials have differing degrees of slipperiness.
The six most frequently slipped on materials are; polished concrete, granite, porcelain, marble, ceramics, and terrazzo. Grading these six dependent on how slick they become yields the ranking below; however, while slip-resistant tiles existing with man made tiles, the list doesn’t include these tiles:
- Polished concrete
Porcelain along with ceramic tiles with a gloss or satin finish are naturally slippery even while they aren’t wet, they ought to only be utilized inside and generally as wall tiles.
In spite of this, because porcelain tiles are non porous and hard wearing it tends to be the most widely used tile today. Being non porous it is unable to soak up the water that is present on the surface, which means if you spill something on the floor it will not be reduced by the tile absorption and will remain there until it is removed by cleaning if it’s noticed or slipped on if not.
Putting aside the materials of the floor, we must consider the finish that was employed to polish the floor. Shopping centers grind the terrazzo tiles back and then apply thick sealers making the surface easy to clean but if the event spillage occurs these surfaces become very slippery.
After assessing the surface and determining that the risk requires the application of a slip resistant product you need to determine which product to employ.
How To Use Remedial Membranes To Get That Slip Resistant Finish
When deciding which slip-resistant materials to employ, we definitely prefer clear slip-resistant coatings since they would not alter the original appearance. The coating may be implemented on both tiny and large areas of the surface. Luckily, the Slip-Resistant Coating we offer provides the same level of performance. Our slip-resistant materials, in contrast, are simple to use and apply, and anyone can do it DIY or hire professional installers to make everything work out.
To achieve this coating you combine CWM part 1 and 2 and add in the Aggregate that’s right for your desired outcome. However, you must be accurate in your measurements since the quantity of aggregate that you blend together will affect the coating’s improved slipping resistance.
Raising the quantity of the aggregate B shall make the slip resistance more evident to the eye, although this might be a desirable objective for legal considerations. It may also make cleaning the surface more difficult.
For more information, the Remedial Membranes Slip Resistant Coating has three distinct slip-resistant ratings:
- P5 – High to Very High
- P4 – Medium
- P3 – Standard
If easy to clean whilst being slip resistant is what you are seeking then the P3 grade offers the appropriate level. It simply takes 10 mL of the Standard Aggregate A, or a half of a teaspoon, to combine well with the slip-resistant membrane. Due to its clarity along with its transparency, our standard grade may be used in all locations and retains the beauty of the surface.
Furthermore, the P4 delivers higher slide resistance, making the surface extra difficult to clean. It takes twice the amount of Standard Aggregate A that P3 takes, which would be 20 mL or otherwise 1 teaspoon. Given the increasing quantity of aggregate, this surface would become foggy rather than clear. As a result, we suggest using the medium upon light through medium-colored tiling.
Finally, the P5 is designed for floors that need a high level of slip resistance. It substitutes Aggregate B for Aggregate A or a combination of, necessitating 20 mL or rather a teaspoon of this substance. It may be used on any area of tiling of various colors.
What Can I Use A Clear Slip-Resistant Coating For?
These three separate grades are employed for various rooms and places due to the variance of slip resistance effectiveness.
P3’s regular power makes it ideal for usage in the home. Your kitchen, washroom, stairs, plus balcony, or patio are all good examples. It may also be used in the corridors leading to such spaces.
Commercial usage, on the other hand, varies from P3 to P5, based on the regulatory standards for such standard slip grades. As a result, installing transparent slip-resistant coatings in places such as the restrooms or other wet sections of any public institution may establish thorough research and protect the owner of the property from liability in the event of a mishap or slippage.
Other elements that should be addressed by a P3 slip-resistance grade in a business property include:
- Areas Dedicated To Customer Service And Dining (In The Case Of Restaurants And Other Eating Establishments)
- Access To The Shopping Districts
- Shopping Areas Marketing Fresh Fruits And Vegetables
- A Section Of Something Like A Shopping District That Is Wet
- Rooms For Changing (At Both Public & Private Swimming Pools, As Well As At Sports Halls)
- Common areas in multi residential environments
Moving ahead, the P4 slip-resistance grade may be used in homes in which the elderly need higher slide resistance for the surfaces, particularly in wet areas, to help avoid falls. However, because of the liquid coating levels themselves, we suggest utilizing this grade rather than P3 in popular areas.
If you own a pool in your personal properties, we recommend that you use P4 over the area around your pool.
Resort owners often employ P4 professionally in the same location, located near the pool.
Finally, P5 slip-resistance grades are widely employed in the commercial sector. Furthermore, food business owners often use P5 on surfaces. Simply put, it permits cooks to move openly without being afraid of slipping, even while they are carrying equipment that might damage them worse if they slide.
Clear Anti-Slip Coating Products
The various levels of slip resistance are also available as standalone goods, which may be purchased as P3, P4, or P5.
These items may be purchased in one of two distinct order configurations: The little kit is 4 Litre, while the big kit is 10 Litre.
Our 4Litre little Slip-Resistant Kit includes 4L CWM Part 1 and 500ml CWM Part 2 as well as aggregate, which may be A and maybe B according to the grade you pick. It is possible to coat 24m2 with our 4 Litre Kit.
Our big Slip-Resistant Kit includes a 10 Litre kit in addition to a package of aggregate for further traction and safety. It encompasses a substantial territory, to be more precise 60m2
Our items have a variety of applications and may be utilized in a variety of settings like the entrance and the staircase.
To purchase any of our goods, you only have to place an order for one of the Remedial Membranes Clear Slip Resistant Coating solutions and pick the grade that best suits your needs. We will deliver the item to your house together with an installation manual that you may use for assistance with the undertaking you have in mind.