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Do You Need A Non-Skid Additive For Your Epoxy Floor?

If you're planning a new project involving an epoxy floor coating, one crucial consideration is whether you need a non-skid additive. To make the right decision, you must analyze various factors specific to your project. Let's delve into the essential aspects we discuss with clients to determine if a non-skid additive is necessary for their epoxy floor coating.

CLIMATE AND CONDITIONS The first factor to contemplate is whether your concrete floor is indoors or outdoors. If it's indoors but occasionally exposed to the outdoors through a large bay door or rollup, you must consider the risks. Exterior concrete, or concrete subject to exterior exposure, can become slippery in icy or wet conditions due to precipitation. The location of your project matters significantly. If you're working in a snow-hardened climate up north and part of your concrete floor is outside, it's crucial to assess if a non-skid additive should be incorporated into the epoxy floor coating. Always think about the year-round use of the area after the project is completed.

SPILLS AND ACCIDENTS Even indoor projects are not exempt from the potential of slippery surfaces caused by routine spills. For example, an average auto mechanic shop often deals with motor oil and other liquids on the floor. An excessively smooth concrete floor can lead to accidents in such environments. Additionally, consider how equipment will be utilized on the floor surface. Will there be any vulnerability to shifting or falling? These factors contribute to the decision of whether a non-skid additive is necessary.

TROUBLE WALKING In high-traffic indoor concrete areas where numerous people move through the building, a non-skid additive can be beneficial. This is especially relevant when considering footwear. Many women wear shoes like stiletto high heels, and even shoes with better traction can still slip on a very smooth floor. While warning signs like "piso mojado" can be used, a non-skid additive serves as a proactive safety measure.

FINAL THOUGHTS

At JP Epoxy Flooring San Diego, we understand the importance of making informed decisions for your epoxy floor coating project. Our two-part epoxies are top-of-the-line products that ensure safe and practical concrete projects. By considering factors such as climate, spills, accidents, and pedestrian traffic, you can confidently choose whether to incorporate a non-skid additive.


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