6 Ways To Make Your Epoxy Garage Floor Less Slippery

Resinous floor coatings, such as polyurea and epoxy, are non-porous. This means that they create smooth surfaces that can pose a threat when they get wet, and become slippery.

However, there are different solutions for how you can make your epoxy garage floor less slippery. Some of the things that you can do, or add to the coating are included below.

How To Make Your Epoxy Garage Floor Less Slippery

1. Shark Grip

This is an easy-to-use means of providing slip resistance and fine texturing and reducing gloss at the same time. You can add it to almost any paint or coating. It easily stirs into most stains, and oil-based and latex paints.

The lack of sharp edges allows for easier cleaning and the less abrasive texture makes it comfortable to walk on with your bare feet.

When used on a thicker final coat, Shark Grip is not effective, because the small beads will sink below the surface.

2. Aluminum Oxide Additive

This additive is used mainly in an industrial setting, where maximum grip is required, or where there are extremely slippery conditions.

Aluminum oxide is an additive to water-based urethane finishes. Its application has definite benefits, with some disadvantages. In some instances, the softer polyurethane is more appropriate than the glassy, hard surface offered by aluminum oxide urethane.

Since Aluminum Oxide is coarse, it is not friendly to bare feet and the skin. Its coarse nature makes it hard to clean because it catches mop strings and a lot of dirt.

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3. Silica Sand

Sand is added on top of a final floor coating to create a bumpy surface that’s less slippery. Since sand is visible with a clear coat, you need to have a colored top floor coat to make it more attractive.

Mopping problems, forming small cracks after some time, and breaking down after being trampled on, are some drawbacks of silica sand. The sharp points of silica are brittle, therefore, they can break off, especially under heavy traffic.

4. SparkleTuff™

This anti-slip coating is applied on top of slippery epoxy floors. SparkleTuff™ is easy to apply because it does not require any primers or treatments. The anti-slip coating contains the right quantity of aluminum oxide (alumina) to offer abrasive properties.

SparkleTuff™ Anti-Slip is safe and easy to apply (just one coat needed!) and is also fairly easy to clean. This super-tough anti-slip floor coating has outstanding wear and chemical resistance. It also has added resistance to acids and alkalis and can be used for underwater applications. It has excellent weathering and dirt pickup resistance and strong anti-corrosive characteristics.

SparkleTuff™ Anti-Slip is a transparent, durable high-gloss floor coating that is HIGHLY SLIP-RESISTANT wet or dry. It is very resistant to liquids (including chemicals) and stains. It can be used indoors or outdoors and on any ADA accessible surface. Working time is 1.25 hours after mixing a batch of the two components. One gallon will cover 400-500 square feet. Drying time is 6-8 hours for light foot traffic. It contains no VOCs or solvents.

5. Single coat epoxy with anti-slip grit added

The easy solution is a garage floor paint or an epoxy garage floor coating with anti-slip grit added. The anti-skid additive is applied to the mix of the final coat in order to create a surface which is soft enough to walk on in your bare feet but gritty enough to prevent slip accidents in slippery conditions.

There are other quick remedies you can use, if you are not planning on making huge changes to your floor. These include:

6. Using Containment Mats

These are recommended for those people who live in snowy climates. These mats collect a lot of water, road salts, and snow. They help absorb the water, which would otherwise create a mess and facilitate slipperiness.

You can line them up next to your car to offer a non-slip surface to walk on. As these mats get wet, you can hang them to quicken their drying process. This is a temporary quick fix option which requires at least two sets: you need a spare set to use while the wet mats are drying.

7. Indoor/Outdoor Carpet Runners

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One of the major benefits of using these carpets is that they are available in different lengths, widths, and shapes. All these options help you choose the carpets which will make your garage flooring look attractive, while still making it less slippery.

They are mainly stain resistant, easy to clean, and are available in a wide range of colors to choose from. Alternately, you can use synthetic rubbers and PVC vinyl, if your floor has a lot of water and snow.

Conclusion

There are both quick remedied, and permanent solutions to make your garage floor less slippery. However, your choice may be determined by your financial situation and the floor conditions – if you expect your floor to be slippery quite frequently, we recommend going for more permanent solutions.

For a more permanent solution to a slippery garage floor, you need to consider garage flooring options that will create a non-slip surface. Single coat epoxy with anti-slip grit added will eliminate the need for non-slip mats and carpet runners.

If you cannot solve the problem permanently, it is advisable to use the quick remedies first as they are inexpensive and widely available. When possible, you should start planning a more permanent solution. Remember to give Best Coast Epoxy a call for installation questions! Better safe than sorry, folks!