4 ways to renew your floors and keep them safe

Over time, floor surfaces can look tired, dated and become downright dangerous, simply changing the flooring can have a drastic impact on the appearance of a room, as well as reducing maintenance costs and improving safety for building occupants.

Below are 4 effective ways to make sure floors stay safe and how to bring your old floors back to life:

1. Coatings

Anti-slip floor coatings, or paints, are particularly well suited to large areas and are applied on conventional flooring, such as concrete, wood and metal. They provide substantial traction and are often used in industrial, factory and warehouse workplaces, where work boots are worn and there is forklift or pallet-truck traffic. Coatings, which can be used on interior and exterior surfaces, create a visible, textured surface and may be clear or coloured.

There are numerous anti slip coatings, and many are intended for specific end uses so it is important to consider the below factors:

  • The environment: Is there a risk of chemical exposure, abrasion, UV radiation?
  • Type of surface: metal, concrete, wood, plastic, etc.
  • The intended end use: Will it need to withstand mechanical loads and heavy impacts, or is it for foot traffic? Is it in a setting where health and cleanliness is a concern?”

2. Slip Tests

Another way to keep your floors safe is to schedule and carry out regular slip tests this will assist you in the monitoring and maintaining floors on a regular basis.

3. Use nonslip tapes

Nonslip tapes have abrasive particles bonded to one side, making the surface very coarse, similar to that of sandpaper. They are suited for smaller areas like staircases, ramps and footing surfaces of vehicles but they can also be used on decks and floors. These types of tapes come in various sizes and levels of coarseness depending on the specific applications for which they are intended. Surfaces applied with these tapes can have better traction and can help prevent falls. The adhesion of the tapes should be checked regularly to ensure that they are effective as this is only recommended as a temporary solution.

4. Install rubber mats

Rubber mats make an excellent temporary solution for slip hazards. They can be easily removed when a more suitable solution is available. Rubber mats vary in surface design: some are plain smooth while others have textured or raised surface designs. The surface patterns allow better grip and traction when wet, making them a great option for bathrooms, basements and children’s play areas