When choosing a slip resistant flooring system, there are many factors to consider. Before recommending a system to your client, consider the following:
Environmental Conditions: In industrial settings, such as manufacturing plants or distribution centers a more aggressive aggregate may be required. Typically, in these types of environments the facility manager is more concerned with durability and safety, and less concerned with a decorative appearance. Industrial settings are often exposed to harsh conditions and a floor that has higher slip and wear resistance is desired. Chemical resistance may also be a need in these environments, in this case a novolac epoxy system with a sand broadcast may be a good choice.
For residential applications, a very aggressive texture may not be required. In this environment, an aluminum oxide powder in a thin mil urethane topcoat may suffice for the homeowner. As with any situation, it is imperative that you get a clear understanding of the client's needs before choosing a slip resistant flooring system to install.
NPI offers a variety of different aggregates for use in slip resistant flooring systems. Our aggregate guide provides useful information to help you choose the right aggregate for your project.
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Aesthetic Appeal: When a client demands a more decorative, slip resistant surface you may want to consider offering a decorative quartz solution. Decorative quartz sands are available in a variety of colors and blends, allowing your client a variety of options. Decorative quartz systems are common in restaurants, retail areas, schools, hospitals, commercial areas, or anywhere a decorative, durable, and slip resistant floor is required.
Maintenance & Cleaning: It is important to note that more aggressive aggregates may require a more extensive cleaning process. In floor systems that utilize a rough, aggressive texture, simply mopping the floor may not work. These systems may require a pressure washing cleaning method. Be sure to communicate these considerations to your client.
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