Winter is naturally the time of year when your home experiences the most abuse from things like ice, rain and snow. If you have a home or business that has concrete or epoxy coated floors, you probably find that during the colder months, this flooring can become a bit of a hazard. In this post, you’ll find out exactly why this happens and what you can do to make your environment a little safer.

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Why Does Your Garage Floor Become So Slippery In Winter?

This is due to the fact that resinous garage floor coatings such as epoxy, polyurethane and polyurea are non-porous, an if the proper texture has not been incorporated into the finish, the surface created is very smooth, almost like glass. While this type of surface looks great and is fine for dry conditions, it can become as slippery as an ice skating rink if the surface makes contact with water, mud, oils, or snow. One of the ways to combat this hazard is to incorporate a non slip additive into your epoxy floor coating.

What Is Safe-Grip?

Essentially, safe-grip is an additive to a coating that creates a non-slip texture on your smooth concrete surface, almost like a very fine sandpaper. After treating your floor with safe-grip, your concrete will be far less slippery when wet, and therefore much safer to walk on. If you live in a climate that experiences a significant amount of ice, water and snow in the wintertime, safe-grip is an absolute must have for your concrete floors. It’s your first line of defense against injuries caused by falling on a slippery surface.

Why is Safe-Grip A Smart Choice for Home and Businesses?

Simply put, a non slip coating on your floor will help keep you and your loved ones safe. Slip and fall accidents can cause pretty serious injuries, like head trauma and broken bones. In fact, injuries caused by bad falls account for almost 20% of medical emergency room visits in America every year.   Nobody wants people to get hurt, so whether you’re running a business or hanging out at home, preventing anyone from slipping and falling should be your number one priority. Safety precautions like safe-grip are particularly important for business owners. If someone sustains injuries on your establishment’s property, it’s not just an unfortunate accident. You could might be held responsible for their medical bills, or worse- run the risk of experiencing a lawsuit. This will use up valuable time and resources and is just an overall unpleasant experience to be involved in. By using safe-grip on your concrete floors, you make your environment safer for everyone and protect yourself from injury and financial losses.

Thanks for reading. For more information about epoxy coatings, adding grip to any concrete surface or any one of our other services give us a call or contact us via email.

Mark Bach

Mark Bach is co-owner of Bach Custom Coatings, a residential and commercial epoxy flooring coatings contractor in Portland, Oregon. Garage and basement floors can be treated with acid staining, and finished coatings providing a tough, durable protection of surface wear and tear.