You must be wondering, are epoxy floors slippery? Are epoxy floors slippery when wet? Well, the answer is yes. Epoxy floors tend to get slippery when wet. But don’t worry, it can be solved pretty easily. If yes, then how to make epoxy floor not slippery? What are the slippery garage floor solutions? How to fix a slippery garage floor is a question that people ask often.
One of the most common concerns with epoxy flooring, or any other garage coating, is how slippery it may be when wet, and what can be done in terms of anti-slip additives to produce a non-skid surface. Is it really essential in the first place? Manufacturers advocate a broad range of additives, from sand to aluminum oxide, or a tiny polymer-based grit like Shark Grip, which might be perplexing.
Resinous floor coatings, such as polyurea and epoxy, are non-porous. This means they make smooth surfaces, almost as smooth as glass that might be dangerous if they are wet and then they become slippery. Everybody wants slip-resistant epoxy flooring in their house, business, or garage. There are, however, a variety of options for making your epoxy garage floor less slippery.
Slippery Garage Floor Solutions
1. Shark Grip
Shark Grip is an easy-to-use means of providing slip resistance and fine texturing and reducing gloss at the same time. It is an anti slip additive for epoxy paint. 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.
3. Silica Sand
Sand is added on top of a final floor coating to create a bumpy surface that’s less slippery. This helps in delivering a slip-resistant epoxy flooring to your garage. 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.
This anti-slip floor 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 floor coating contains the right quantity of aluminum oxide (alumina) to offer abrasive properties. SparkleTuff™ Anti-Slip floor coating 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 anti-slip 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. It can be used as a non slip garage floor coating.
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5. Single coat epoxy with anti-slip grit added
The easy solution to get a non-slippery garage is to add non-slip garage floor paint or an epoxy garage floor coating with anti-slip grit. The anti-skid additive is applied to the mix of the final coat in order to create a surface that is soft enough to walk on with your bare feet but gritty enough to prevent slip accidents in slippery conditions. So, applying an anti-skid additive to the mix of the final coat helps in creating a slip-resistant surface. There are other quick remedies you can use if you are not planning on making huge changes to your floor.
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 that requires at least two sets: you need a spare set to use while the wet mats are drying.
7. Indoor/Outdoor Carpet Runners
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 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.
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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.
An anti-slip floor allows for a safer garage environment as well as a more functional garage throughout the winter and rainy seasons. So, whether you have a single-vehicle garage or a multi-car garage, utilize this advice and solutions to make the safest garage floor for your needs.
Remember to give Best Coast Epoxy a call for installation questions! Better safe than sorry, folks!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Epoxy floors non-slippery?
When wet, any high-gloss surface, even epoxy floors, will be slick. This may not be an issue in a garage or workshop where water is unlikely to be present on a frequent basis.
What makes a floor to be slippery?
When smooth surfaces become wet, they become slippery. Leaking equipment (e.g. freezers, pipes), mopping, spilled drinks, and weather (snow/rain) brought in from outside cause our surfaces to become moist. A small amount of moisture is all it takes to change a dry surface into a dangerously slippery surface.
How to make the Epoxy garage floor less slippery?
We can use various solutions to make epoxy garage floor less slippery:
· Shark Grip
· Aluminum Oxide
· Additive Silica Sand
· Sparkle Tuff™
· Single coat epoxy with anti-slip grit added
· Using Containment Mats
· Indoor/Outdoor Carpet Runners