Option 1: Slip-resistant footwear
Slip-resistant shoes have rubber soles and tread patterns that are especially important in wet or greasy areas and for workers over 55. It’s recommended to provide or advise the use of professional, slip-resistant footwear for all employees working in the facility. It’s also a best practice to advise site visitors in advance to wear shoes with good traction to ensure their safety.
Option 2: Add texture to your flooring surface
Smooth floor finishes are slick, especially when wet or greasy.
Adding texture to a resinous floor coating, on the other hand, improves traction to reduce the risk of slips, trips, and falls. Plus, textured floors protect all people walking on your floors, not just employees wearing professional, slip-resistant footwear.
Textured flooring is especially vital in facilities with:
- Regular use of water, chemicals, lubricants, grease, oils and powders.
- High levels of foot traffic, including regular site visitors wearing normal footwear.
- Frequent tracking of snow and other slippery substances into the facility.
Texture comes from aggregates
Textured coatings do not come pre-mixed; they are custom-created by introducing an aggregate into a resinous coating as part of the application process. For high quality, long-lasting results, the process requires a thorough understanding of aggregate options, floor coating options, the amount of aggregate needed for adequate coverage, mil thickness, dry/cure times, and other factors.
For industrial facilities, the two most common and durable aggregates are sand and aluminum oxide, which will be our focus, though our flooring engineer is happy to discuss other aggregate options, such as glass beads or synthetic aggregates.
The purpose of the Texture Kit is to help you compare and assess these two popular aggregates, see various build levels, and become familiar with Painters USA as a highly qualified contractor for textured floor coatings and other concrete flooring services.