Are you looking for an easy and simple way to stop your decking from becoming slippery when wet? If the answer is yes, read on to find out why decking gets slippery as well as solutions to prevent slippery decking.
Why is my decking slippery?
Slippery decking is typically caused by a fungus growing on the surface over time due to being wet for extended periods, this is what usually makes decking slippery more so than just the water alone. That’s why it’s important to keep your decking clean by regularly pressure washing and scrubbing the surface to reduce slipperiness. However, cleaning decking can be hard graft and does not always guarantee to reduce risk of slips.
Why is slippery decking dangerous?
For obvious reasons, slippery decking is a hazard 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 different methods of slip-proofing your decking. As suggested, you can either use anti-slip paint, anti-slip boards and panels or opt for a complete non-slip decking solution. Here’s a complete breakdown of all the various ways to stop and preventing slippery decking.
1. The ultimate non-slip timber decking replacement – GRIPFAST BoardWalk
Products like Polydeck’s GRIPFAST BoardWalk are perfect alternatives to normal timber decking that is prone to rot and highly durable, made of high-quality glass reinforced polyester (GRP). This allows us 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 perfect for both residential and commercial areas such as bridges, walkways, recreational areas, gardens and many more. They are available in three different colours including aged Oak, pale Birch and Walnut, giving you plenty of style options based on your 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 help it better suit the space.
Made specifically for bridges, GRIPFAST BoardWalk load-bearing panels and planks are highly resistant to large amounts of weight (up to 5kN per SqM) for bridges that get heavy usage. Just like the rest of the GRIPFAST range, the load-bearing panels and planks come in a variety of different designs and dimensions, ensuring that your bridge will be both stylish safe and fit for purpose.
2. Anti-slip panels – easy peasy solution
Designed bespoke to 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.
Coming in a range of different patterns and effects to suit any environment, GRIPFAST anti-slip panels are simple to install, with the ability to be bonded and mechanically fixed to any pre-existing substrate that is both level and structurally sound. This provides your flooring with a guaranteed slip-resistant surface for up to 30 years.
Speak to one of our friendly advisors on 01934863678 to help you decide on what kind of anti-slip panels are perfect for your building, or email us and a member of the team will get back to you.
3. Anti slip paint
Another way to reduce decking slipperiness is to apply some form of anti-slip decking paint. The abrasive surface that it gives 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 to be the right conditions to be applied properly.
4. Anti slip strips
Anti-slip strips are yet another effective way of reducing decking slipperiness. Simply place them on top of pre-existing wooden decking to increase friction and reduce the likelihood of slips or falls. Easy peasy!
One of the most effective and future-proof ways of making decking less slippery, anti-slip strips are affordable and easy to install. Although they are generally visible on the decking, they are by far one of the best solutions for slippery decking. Check out our anti-slip decking strips and cleats right here at Polydeck.
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 permanent as some other methods.
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.
The upside is that these oils are generally comprised of natural materials meaning that it can be applied as often as you like without the risk of damaging the decking with nasty chemicals that degrade the timber.
6. Anti slip tape
Another quick and cheap way of keeping your decking slip-free is non-slip decking tape. 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.
How does anti-slip decking work?
By far the most effective way of reducing slips and falls on decking whilst also maintaining high-quality aesthetics with little maintenance is to opt for a complete anti-slip decking solution, replacing your original decking with a glass-reinforced polyester (GRP) substrate.
GRIPFAST anti-slip decking works by creating aesthetically appealing looking 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.
Give us a call on 01934863678 to speak to one of our friendly team and discuss your non-slip decking requirements today.
What are the best short term slippery decking solutions?
For some people and businesses, anti-slip flooring and decking may not be an option. You may be waiting for some form of planning permission or to have the funds ready, or maybe you just need a quick fix while you consider your anti-slip decking options.
If you’re in any of these categories then read on to find out some quick, cheap and easy ways to increase the anti-slip properties of your slippery decking.
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 cleaned to a satisfactory level, maintaining it is just as important as cleaning it in the first place. Clear away wet leaves often as they are a great source of food for algae and fungus. Remove snow before it freezes over as this can cause further damage to the surface of the decking. Regular cleaning and maintenance should make your decking less slippery and also lengthen its lifespan.
More costly temporary fixes for slippery decking are available such as decking paint and oil which we have already covered above.
Which anti-slip decking solution is best for you?
When deciding which slippery decking solution is best for you or your business it is important to consider your individual requirements, restrictions and budget. After all, what may be an ideal solution for a family with garden decking might not be appropriate for a hotel with al fresco decking for guests to dine on. . .
Business anti-slip decking – avoid legal action from accidents
If you’re a business with premises that contain lots of decking surfaces that are prone to becoming slippery then it is paramount that you find the best solution in order to prevent injury and potential lawsuits.
The cost of installing full anti-slip decking replacement may far outweigh the legal costs of a lawsuit, at the end of which you’ll probably be made to slip-proof your decking anyway. Not only will it make your staff and visitors safer, but it will also save you a bunch of money in potential legal battles.
Residential anti-slip decking
On the other hand, if you’re an individual who is considering upgrading their home decking and reducing the slipperiness then you should consider your personal requirements. Doing this helps you better determine what is going to be the most practical and cost-effective solution for you.
Is the decking used often? Are there a lot of family and friends that use the decking? Is the decking out in the elements? Is it walked on daily? These are all things you need to consider when planning your anti-slip decking at home.
Ask Polydeck to help solve your slippery decking
So, there you have it, we’ve talked about what causes slippery decking, the hazards that slippery decking presents and possible solutions (both simple and extensive).
We hope that there is plenty of information here for you to make the best decision, but if you’re still wondering what to do or have any questions, please give our team a call on 01934863678 to discuss your requirements and options and answer any questions you may have.
Alternatively, drop us a message online.
Contact Polydeck today for the right solution for your next project! Polydeck’s very own GRIPFAST range of anti-slip products are manufactured to the highest possible standards, using quality materials from our trusted UK suppliers.
So, if you would like to discover how Polydeck can assist you in finding the perfect anti-slip solution, give us a call today on 01934 863678. Alternatively, you can request for our team to contact you at a more suitable time by completing our quick and simple online enquiry form.