Slip resistance is a major consideration when trying to select the proper floor system for your facility. (We refer to slip resistance as the floor texture.) There is a give-and-take scenario when selecting the amount of slip resistance needed. The more slip resistant your epoxy floor system is the harder it is to clean, but again, your floor is not slippery. As you lower the slip resistance, your floor becomes easier and easier to clean.
There are three ways to control slip resistance in an epoxy floor system:
- Adding aggregate to the epoxy material,
- The topcoats natural finish,
- And the topcoat coverage rate.
Generally, aggregates include oxide or silica sand which have different sizes and shapes, topcoat finish would be the natural floor finish without adding aggregate, and material coverage rate is the square foot per gallon achieved during application.
The main standard of slip resistance in our industry is that of the NFSI’s B101.0 standard. This calls for surfaces to have a wet Static Coefficient of Friction value of 0.6 or greater to be considered ‘High-Traction.' High-traction surfaces have been proven to reduce slip-and-fall claims by 50%-90%.
If you are interested in learning more about floor safety or just the slip resistances of different floors, the most valuable resource to you may be the National Floor Safety Institute.
Hoover & Wells offers 5 different types of floor finish textures: smooth, orange peel, light, medium, and heavy. A smooth finish has zero added aggregates and is achieved by using a material that will lay down flat (self-level) after it is applied. An orange peel finish is gained by using a material that is thick enough it won’t lay down flat when applied, leaving a texture like an orange peel. The light, medium, and heavy textures are achieved by either mixing aggregate into the topcoat before application or broadcasting aggregate into the material while it is still wet.
It is very important to request samples and agree upon a desired floor texture before performing an epoxy floor system. Contact our team at Hoover & Wells for more information or samples!
An epoxy floor’s wear and tear will vary depending on its location and uses for the space. We recommend completing this maintenance program as frequently as your situation requires since your floor can actually get more slippery over time.
And if you are looking into a new floor, we can help you pick which system will be best for you!