In many homes, businesses, and facilities, there are smooth and slippery areas like wood stairs, floors, and decking where it is naturally easier to slip and fall. These can be due to a number of factors, like wet weather conditions or the smoothness and shape of the surface.
Many times these slip-and-fall incidents do not involve water or other liquid on the surface – it can be debris, dirt, or clutter that can reduce the friction enough to cause slips. To make these surfaces safe to access and navigate, many property owners choose to install anti-slip paint and finishes.
Anti-slip coatings are designed to increase the grip on the surface to prevent accidents that can happen when people (especially the elderly in your home) are walking on slippery floors.
The coating works by creating a textured surface thereby improving its traction and slip resistance when applied directly onto existing floors, stairs, or decking surfaces.
It is important to note that not all anti-slip paints are created equal and should be chosen based on the flooring material, environment, and purpose. Different surfaces (like wood, tiles, concrete, and stone) can react differently when it comes to anti-slip coatings so make sure you find the best one for your needs.
Anti-Slip Paints for Wood Stairs
For wood surfaces, a unique blend of anti-slip paint and finish is recommended to ensure the highest level of slip resistance. This type of coating can be applied in two ways – either by using aerosol spray form or brushing/rolling it on. Both applications have their pros and cons but both will improve traction and slip-resistance for wood stairs and decks.
Another benefit of using anti-slip paint is that it protects the wood from wear and tear due to daily use. You can choose a finish or color of paint depending on your preference, making sure it matches your home decor.
Urethane-based non-skid paint, such as the Slip Doctors Floor Grip, is an excellent product for hardwood stairs and floors inside and outside. It works well on wooden stairs, decking areas, cork, laminate, vinyl, tile, and more to maintain traction while providing a clear, non-skid coating. The paint takes around 12 to 24 hours to dry and is perfect for bare feet or paws.
If you choose a non-skid paint other than SlipDoctors, find the product best suited to the particular material of which the floor or stairs are made. Strive for a paint that is strong, long-lasting, and crafted from high-quality ingredients for maximum benefits.
Types of Non-Skid Coatings for Other Surfaces
From wood to stone and beyond, various surfaces require specific non-slip paint solutions. However, certain brands or products are better suited for particular floors and stairs.
It is important to have a thorough understanding of the different types of anti-slip paints available, as well as the best options and key factors to consider when making a purchase. Conducting a little research prior to selection is also a recommended practice, as there are additional factors to bear in mind when selecting the finest options on the market.
1- Non-Slip Epoxy Paint
It’s an oil-based product that gives materials like aluminum, concrete, fiberglass, steel, stone, tiles, and wood an anti-slip coating. This paint is great for bare feet and creates a surface that’s durable, long-lasting and provides plenty of traction. Here are some benefits of this non-slip epoxy paint:
- It’s affordable and can be used on different surfaces
- It lasts long, easy to apply, and gives a good grip even when wet
- It’s resistant to chemicals, comes in various colors, and has a finish that’s friendly to bare feet.
2- Urethane Non-Skid Paint
This type offers a deep texture and a more robust non-skid finish that can be used in commercial structures, sports courts, and homes.
From loading ramps to walkways, concrete floors of warehouses, machine-operating areas, and factories, this is a popular paint choice for facilities and manufacturing centers. The benefits of this type of coating are as follows…
- Used on multiple types of surfaces
- Easy to apply and aggressively non-skid
- Withstand the elements and available in several colors
How to Apply?
No matter what non-slip sealers or coatings you choose, following these simple steps, you can create a much safer environment and greatly reduce the risk of accidents.
- First, make sure to thoroughly clean the surface to remove dirt, debris, and grease. You can use a pressure washer or a stiff brush along with detergent to scrub away any stubborn stains.
- Next, rinse the surface well and allow it to completely dry. It’s important to have a clean and dry surface to ensure proper adhesion of the non-slip coating.
- Apply a non-slip solution with a brush, roller, or sprayer. Ensure you coat the entire surface evenly and allow enough time to dry the surface before using it.
Choosing the Best Anti-Slip Floor and Stair Finishes
When it comes to choosing the perfect anti-slip solution for those slippery wooden stairs, there are a few key factors to keep in mind.
First and foremost, figure out what’s causing the slipperiness in the first place – is it moisture, wear and tear, or maybe even the type of wood used? Understanding the root cause will help you find the most effective solution.
Secondly, you should also consider the installation process, and how durable and long-lasting the product is, especially when faced with foot traffic and unpredictable weather conditions. We all want something that’s easy to put in place and, most importantly, secure and stylish. After all, safety doesn’t have to compromise aesthetics.
The third consideration is how much time the paint takes to dry. You do not want to cover your kitchen floor with non-skid paint only for the product to take days or longer before you can walk on the surface.
When it comes to buying slip-resistant finishes or even tiles, also keep in mind that there are ratings between R9 to R13, with 13 being the maximum rating given for any anti-slip product and 9 being lower. This means that the higher the rating, the better grip you will have on surfaces like hardwood floors, stairs, and decks.
If you are unsure, contact a professional to find the right type of non-skid paint for your needs, not only in terms of the good surface but also the application and drying time.
A Few Other Alternatives to Make Your Wood Floors Less Slippery
For any reason, if you do not want to use anti-slip coatings and sealants there are many other treatment options you can explore for making your slippery surfaces safe.
- Use rubber-backed rugs and mats on the wood floors for additional traction and to reduce slips.
- Place non-slip adhesive strips or treads at the base of stairs or in areas prone to moisture and water leakage.
- Install handrails along staircases and banisters, preferably with a textured finish for better grip.
- Place a rubber mat or padding near wet areas like showers, bathtubs, and sinks to reduce slips and falls.
- Anti-slip panels and stair nosings are also available in the market for those looking to add an extra layer of traction.
The Bottom Line
An untreated floor and staircases with less traction can be dangerous to you and those who live or work inside the home or business premises.
Depending on the surface or material your floor is made of, you can select from a variety of non-slip solutions available to reduce slips and falls. Applying anti-slip paint is a great way to create a safe environment that is both durable and stylish.
Remember to choose the right type of paint as per your need, clean and prepare the surface prior to application, and carefully follow instructions for proper installation.
Jack Luis is a semi-retired painter who loved painting his clients’ ideas on their walls.
He had worked as a painter for over a decade serving customers in areas such as Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Beaufort, and Georgetown, SC (South Carolina). Today in his free time, he likes to read and write about the newer techniques implemented in his profession. You may read more about him here or get in touch with him here.