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Are you looking for a simple way to maintain your decking in wet and slippy conditions? If so, the Polydeck team have plenty of options on how you can prevent your decking from becoming a hazard in wet weather!
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, 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 have a number of suggestions to prevent this such as anti-slip paint, anti-slip boards and panels or, you can opt for a complete non-slip decking solution. Here’s a complete breakdown of all the different ways to stop and prevent slippery decking.
1. The ultimate non-slip timber decking replacement – GRIPFAST BoardWalk
Products like Polydeck’s GRIPFAST BoardWalk are a great alternative to rot-prone wood decking. It’s comprised 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. 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
With GRIPFAST anti-slip panels, your flooring is guaranteed to be slip-resistant surface 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.
GRIPFAST anti-slip panels are easy to install and available in a multitude of patterns and effects to suit any setting. They may be glued and mechanically secured to any level and structurally sound pre-existing substrate.
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 strips are another great approach to keep your deck from becoming slippery. Simply place them on top of pre-existing wooden decking to increase friction and reduce the likelihood of slips or falls. Easy peasy!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
How does anti-slip decking work?
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.
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 solutions are likely to outweigh the legal costs of a lawsuit. Not only will anti-slip decking solutions make your staff and visitors safer, but it will also save you a bunch of money when it comes to any potential legal battles.
Residential anti-slip decking
When considering upgrading your home decking and looking for anti-slip decking solutions, 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.