Upgrading Your Wood Or Tiled Flooring With Brand New Non Slip Surfaces
Over time, new floors become slippery, due to degradation from foot traffic. Once you have slippery flooring, you should consider removing old floors and installing new ones. Or, you could refinish them and make them look new again.
Refinishing and Resurfacing Tile
The resurfacing is done through using techniques and transforming your old floors without ripping everything out. The advantages are that it is cheaper, easier and less disruptive.
This is different to refinishing. You may be replacing a tile which is cracked or in very poor condition. It can be as easy as coating it with a non slip floor treatment sealer. With refinishing there is no replacing of anything floor related.
Wood Flooring Refinishing and Resurfacing
Being versatile means that wood is able to recapture its beauty through resurfacing. This is usually done with sanding. You can rent a sander from many hardware stores. Add in fillers for cracks and dents and when you’re finished sanding, lay down a couple of durable lacquer/sealer coats. If you have any problems, consult a professional.
Resurfacing tile is very similar to wood. Begin by replacing or fixing up all the cracked/loose tiles, then re-grout and clean between the tiles and – if able – use a bonding agent along with a lasting resurfacing system. When all that’s finished, add an agent for curing.
Health & Safety
Anyone walking on slippery flooring could easily become injured by falling from which they can sustain injuries like broken bones, dislocated joints or fractures. If that happens, you may be liable for medical and hospital bills and legal suits. This will not only hurt your pocketbook, but also your relationships.
OSHA says that 15% of accidental deaths are from slips and falls. They’re just behind auto accidents for US accidental deaths. Because of this, governments around the world have enacted regulations dealing with this.
In Australia, for example, their building code (BCA) explains the minimum in standards needed for surfaces in residential buildings, factories and offices. The CSIRO has published a handbook (HB198) which offers insights and other considerations when putting down new flooring. Some of these are:
- Contrast and brightness of light
- The age of the people and how fast they usually walk
- Grades and slopes
- Oil/Water contaminants
- What type of footwear users will be wearing
- Whether there will be handrails or not
- The dimensions and geometry of the stairs
- Maintenance, residues, wear and cleaning
When looking for flooring or tiles, you will want to find one that has a wet static coefficient that is .6 or even higher. BCA method AS 4586-2013 is recognized in Australia as the only standard. The risk of falls and slips will be reduced significantly when using this flooring.
Recently, construction companies have started using something new to help prevent accidents – Sustainable Slip Resistance (SSR). The creator of the coating claims that it will be able to lower the incidence of slipping and falling and all of the headaches that go along with it. More and more hardware stores are beginning to stock floor products – such as ceramic tiles – coated with SSR.
Sprucing up your old wood or tile can be a very good idea. But caution needs to taken and you may want to consider either an anti slip floor coating or a non slip floor treatments to reduce the chance of a visitor slipping and falling.