Slip and fall accidents are relatively common and can occur in various settings, including workplaces, public areas, and homes. This issue, which includes tripping incidents, is one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries and life-threatening circumstances.
Although slips and falls are significant safety concerns, everyone can take measures to prevent incidents from happening. Installing epoxy flooring is one of the fastest and most affordable ways to create a more supportive environment.
How Do Epoxy Floors Prevent Slips and Falls?
Epoxy floors can help prevent slips and falls by delivering a non-slip surface – having the ability to have a certified slip rating of up to P5, suiting virtually any environment.
Epoxy is a thermosetting polymer that creates a durable, seamless, and non-porous floor coating. When applied correctly, these coatings can create a high-gloss, smooth surface resistant to moisture, chemicals, and stains.
Epoxy floors help prevent slips and falls because they are typically coated with a non-slip additive, that creates a rough texture on the surface. This texture provides excellent traction, even when the floor is wet, oily, or greasy.
Additionally, because epoxy floors are seamless and non-porous, they don’t have cracks, crevices, or grout lines that can collect dirt and moisture and make the floor slippery.
How Long Does It Take to Install an Epoxy Floor?
The installation time for an epoxy floor can vary depending on several factors, including the size of the area, the substrate’s condition, and the design’s complexity. On average, the installation process for an epoxy floor can take anywhere from two to five days.
Here is an overview of what to expect if you want to install an epoxy floor to safeguard against slip and fall accidents.
- Preparation. This step involves cleaning the substrate to remove dirt, debris, or contaminants. Any cracks or imperfections in the substrate will also need to be repaired.
- Preping. We begin by preparing the surface by grinding and applying a primer coat to the substrate to ensure proper adhesion of the epoxy coating.
- Application. The epoxy coating is applied in multiple layers, with each layer allowed to dry before the next one gets installed.
- Design Elements. These will be applied during this step if the floor is being customized with decorative elements like flakes or patterns. When anti-slip products need to be added to the material, they would be included at this stage of the installation process.
- Topcoat. A final layer is applied to the epoxy to provide added protection and durability for the flooring, helping it to have durability and support for its environment.
After the installation is complete, the epoxy coating will need to cure for at least 24 hours before it can be walked on, and up to seven days before heavy equipment or vehicles can be moved onto the surface.
In return, you’ll have an asset that brings your property into compliance with anti-slip regulations while supporting safety and productivity. Professional installers can create the slip rating you need to continue doing business.
How Do Floors Get Slippery?
Floors can get slippery for several reasons in homes, businesses, and industrial settings. Moisture is the most common reason, causing slips and falls because of reduced traction.
Any spills of oily or greasy substances, such as cooking oil or grease, can make the floor extremely slippery.
Flooring that is worn out or damaged can create an uneven surface that can be slippery, especially if it has cracks, crevices or grout lines.
Dust and debris accumulation is another factor in creating a slippery floor. When these items collect in cracks or crevices, standard mopping and cleaning practices might not remove them.
Epoxy flooring resolves these concerns by adding an anti-slip quality to the environment while making cleaning and care chores easier to accomplish.
Should I Have Epoxy Flooring?
Do you want to avoid dealing with a worn-out or unsafe floor in your home or workplace? If so, it’s time to consider installing an epoxy floor. An experienced epoxy floor installer can provide you with a durable, non-slip, and attractive flooring solution that will last for years to come.
You can enjoy the benefits of a surface that is resistant to heavy traffic, stains, and abrasions. Your property also receives a safer and more attractive space that can enhance its overall appearance.
If you need to upgrade your flooring, now is the time to act! Contact our team today to get started on your new installation project. In return, you’ll receive a custom solution that fits your unique needs while exceeding expectations.