Do Epoxy Floors Become Slippery?

Epoxy floors are designed to prevent slipping and slipping, especially epoxy mortar and epoxy flake floors. That said, if the epoxy is coated with oil or water, the surface of the floors becomes slippery. This could lead to falls and possible injuries. Any high-gloss surface is slippery when wet, including epoxy floors.

This may not matter in a basement or workshop, if water is not likely to be on the ground regularly. However, in areas with frequent rain or snow, the accumulation of water on the floor can create a slip hazard. The main reason why epoxy floors become slippery is their non-porous nature. While porous floors allow liquids to flow through them more easily, non-porous floors tend to retain liquids on their surfaces.

Resinous garage floor coverings such as epoxy, polyuria and polyurethane are non-porous, so the surface tends to be extremely smooth. This type of surface works well when dry, but when water, mud, oils or other liquid media are poured onto the surface, it can become slippery and pose a threat. Fortunately, there are anti-slip additives that can be added to epoxy floors to make them completely non-slip. These additives create a non-slip surface for the epoxy floor coating and improve the texture of the floor while reducing gloss.

Common anti-slip additives include silica sand, pumice stone, colored quartz or polymer sand. Aluminum oxide additive is also an extremely strong and durable anti-slip option for epoxy floors. Epoxy mortar floors are made with quartz or graded sand mixed with pure epoxy and are one of the best types of non-slip epoxy flooring. Polyurethane concrete coatings can also be applied over a 2-part epoxy coating for extra protection against slipping.

To ensure that your epoxy floor is safe and slip-resistant, it is important to use anti-slip additives when installing it and to make sure that any water spills or mopping with a damp mop is followed by thorough drying of the floor surface. With careful use of the floors following these measures, your garage should be a safe place to be.