Anti slip decking

Are you looking for a simple way to avoid slippery decking in wet conditions? If so, the Polydeck team has plenty of options on how you can prevent your decking from becoming a hazard in wet weather!

It’s important to note that some methods have more longevity than others, with products such as the GRIPFAST BoardWalk being a much more long term solution, as opposed to anti slip paints and oils, which require more upkeep.

Why is my decking slippery?

GRIPFAST boardwalk
GRIPFAST boardwalk, a non-slip alternative to timber decking

Slippery decking is typically caused by a fungus growing on the surface over time due to being wet for extended periods, the combination of fungus and wet weather makes decking slippery. Therefore, it’s important to keep your decking clean by regularly pressure washing and scrubbing the surface to reduce slipperiness. However, cleaning decking can be a time consuming job and does not always guarantee to reduce the risk of slips and falls.

Why is slippery decking dangerous?

Slippery decking is hazardous to the public, especially if it’s located in a busy thoroughfare that is open to the elements. Not only can it cause people serious harm if they were to slip or fall, but it is also a lawsuit waiting to happen for business establishments with decking that is prone to becoming slippery.

 

How to stop slippery decking

There are various methods available when it comes to slip-proofing your decking. Polydeck has a number of suggestions to prevent this such as anti-slip paint, boards and non slip panels or, you can opt for a complete non-slip decking solution.

Nonetheless, here’s a complete breakdown of all the different ways to stop and prevent slippery decking, suitable for an array of budgets:

1. The ultimate non-slip timber decking replacement – GRIPFAST BoardWalk

Gripfast Boardwalk
Gripfast Boardwalk is available in 3 colours, guaranteed to last 20 years

Products like Polydeck’s GRIPFAST BoardWalk are a great option to rot-proof wood decking. It consists of high-quality glass reinforced polyester and is extremely durable (GRP). From this, we are able to create decking that looks like true timber, but has all of the non-slip qualities of a more firm and durable surface.

The lightweight planks are an ideal replacement for original timber decking and are suitable for both residential and commercial areas such as bridges, walkways, recreational areas, gardens and more. There are three different colour variations available for this product including aged oak, pale birch and walnut – providing plenty of style options to suit your individual requirements.

As well as all of this, GRIPFAST BoardWalk decking can be made to measure and adjustments can be made upon request at the time of installation to ensure it suits the surrounding environment.

Made specifically for bridges, GRIPFAST BoardWalk load-bearing panels and planks are highly resistant to large amounts of weight (up to 5kN per SqM) making them ideal for bridges with heavy usage. 

2. Anti-slip panels – easy peasy solution

Anti slip panels

With GRIPFAST anti-slip panels, your flooring is guaranteed to be slip-resistant for up to 30 years.

Designed specifically to meet your requirements, GRIPFAST anti-slip panels are created to work with any surface, with quick and easy installation over pre-existing decking or flooring structures of all different materials such as concrete, timber, grating and steel.

3. Anti slip paint

Another way to reduce hazardous slippery decking, is to apply some form of anti-slip decking paint. The abrasive surface that it creates, reduces slipperiness by increasing friction when people are walking. Although it can be effective, anti-slip decking paint requires regular applications and maintenance to remain effective and it has be applied under the correct conditions to work properly.

4. Anti slip strips

Anti slip stripsAnti-slip strips are a great approach to keep your deck from becoming slippery, when sticking to a tight budget. Simply place them on top of pre-existing wooden decking to increase friction and reduce the likelihood of slips or falls.

In addition to this, non-slip tape is another quick and cheap way of keeping your decking slip-free. Found at most hardware stores, this tape is abrasive and weather-resistant, making it a perfect temporary solution for slippery decking that is easy to apply and inexpensive.

Non-slip decking strips are a little more labour-intensive than tape, needing to be screwed on top of the pre-existing decking, but have a lot more longevity than tape. The issue with both of these methods is that you need to have a clear day for application and the decking needs to be bone dry beforehand. They’re also not as long lasting as some other methods, as previously mentioned.

5. Non-slip decking oil

Probably the easiest and most effective temporary DIY slippery decking solution is to apply anti-slip decking oil. Although these oils can be pricey, especially if you have a lot of decking to cover, they tend to last longer and do a better job than anti-slip decking paint or varnish.

An additional upside is that these oils typically consist of natural ingredients, meaning that they can be applied as often as you like, avoiding the risk of damaging the decking with nasty chemicals that degrade the timber.

Regular cleaning extends decking life

Perhaps the most obvious solution to slippery decking is to simply maintain it and ensure it is clean. This consists of removing any algae or moss that is causing the slipperiness. Try to avoid using tough tools when cleaning the decking as this may damage the wood and expose weak points. Instead, use a hard-bristled brush or a plastic scraper to remove the excess muck.

Once your decking is clean, maintaining it is just as important as initially cleaning it. Wet leaves are a great source of food for algae and fungus, so be sure to clear them from your decking, along with other debris.

How does anti-slip decking work?

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GRIPFAST anti-slip decking works by creating aesthetically appealing decking boards that are abrasive and rot-resistant, meaning they increase friction to stop people from slipping, as well as being highly durable and long-lasting.

Here at Polydeck, our GRIPFAST flooring range is designed and manufactured with high-standard GRP substrate, ensuring a good-looking anti-slip decking and flooring surfaces that are rot-resistant, durable and come with a 30-year guarantee.

The GRIPFAST non-slip decking range is made to measure, coming in varying dimensions, shapes, colours, patterns, aggregate grades and thickness, giving you an authentic look that suits your preferences and requirements. Our non-slip flooring and decking is ranked as having ‘Low Slip Potential’ by the UK slip resistance group, meaning that the risk of slipping or falling is minimised significantly.

Allow Polydeck to Solve your Slippery Decking

If you’re still pondering over the best solution for your slippery decking, or for any further information, please give our team a call on 01934863678 to discuss your requirements.

Alternatively, drop us a message online.

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