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A slippery garage floor is a hazard that no homeowner should overlook. Not only can it be dangerous for you and your family members, but a slippery garage floor can also lead to accidents and potential damage to your vehicle and belongings. In the following blog post, we're going to take a look at a number of different solutions to make your garage floor less slippery, while also discussing the benefits of interlocking floor tiles, which are a great alternative to epoxy and other slip-prone flooring solutions. Let’s take a look!
The main problem with slippery garage floors is that they pose a significant safety risk for you and your family: accidental slips and falls can result in severe injuries, and in some cases, even long-term disabilities. Garage floors are notoriously hard, and hitting your head off one due to a fall could even be life-threatening.
Plus, you’re already at an increased risk of a slip or fall in a garage, as the wheels of your vehicle will wet the floor when you park (not to mention the wires, ladders, and tools lying around that also pose a health risk.)
This risk increases if you have little ones around the house; kids love running around and playing, and can easily end up falling and seriously injuring themselves if your garage floor is a slip hazard.
So, how can you make a garage floor less slippery? While we’d always recommend opting for ergonomic, non-slip flooring (we’ll get onto that further on in the article) there are some ways you can improve slip resistance on existing flooring. Here’s what you can do:
One way to make your garage floor less slippery is by applying an anti-slip coating. These coatings are specially formulated to increase traction on the surface, reducing the chances of slips and falls. They’re also available in various types, such as paint-on coatings, roll-on coatings, or spray-on coatings, and can be applied to most garage floor surfaces.
Another effective solution for a slippery garage floor is to invest in non-slip mats or rugs, which you can then place on the garage floor’s surface. These can provide additional grip, especially in high-traffic areas or spots prone to wetness, such as near the garage entrance or close to a workbench. Non-slip mats and rugs come in different sizes and materials to suit your specific needs and preferences, but you can always cut them down to size if you want to cover the entirety of your floor.
Regularly cleaning and maintaining your garage floor can also help reduce its slipperiness. By removing debris, dirt, and spills promptly, you can minimize the potential for accidents. Make sure to use appropriate cleaning agents and techniques for your garage floor type to maintain its integrity and improve its slip resistance.
In our view, the best solution for a slippery garage floor is to cover it with something better, and in this case, it’d have to be Swisstrax interlocking flooring tiles. Swisstrax tiles offer numerous benefits to homeowners, making them the best choice for those seeking a safe and functional garage flooring solution. Here are just some of the perks you can enjoy with Swisstrax flooring:
Swisstrax tiles have a textured surface that creates friction, providing better grip and traction for both pedestrians and vehicles. This reduces the chances of slipping, even when the tiles are wet or damp.The interlocking design of Swisstrax tiles also creates a stable and secure flooring surface, so individual tiles aren’t going to shift or become dislodged during use.
The interlocking design of these tiles makes installation simple and quick, with no need for professional help. You can simply follow a tutorial online and have a new garage floor up and running in the space of just an afternoon - it’s really that easy.
Swisstrax tiles are made from high-quality polypropylene, which will ensure that they last for years without showing signs of wear and tear. They’re also extremely sturdy, with a rolling weight capacity of 70,000 lbs - perfect for large vehicles and heavy tools.
Unlike epoxy flooring, which can become slippery when wet and requires regular upkeep, Swisstrax tiles are easy to clean and maintain, and can be kept tidy with the occasional run of a leaf blower. Many Swisstrax tiles also come with built-in drainage channels that allow liquids, such as water, oil, or other spills to flow through and away from the walking surface. This prevents the accumulation of slippery substances on the tile surface and minimizes the risk of falls.
We discussed Swisstrax’s customisation options over on our best garage floor tiles of 2023 list, but it’s worth repeating nonetheless: Swisstrax tiles come in various colors and patterns, which means that you can create a unique and personalized garage floor design that matches your personal garage decor.
Ultimately, rather than invest money in non-durable coatings, or spend every weekend mopping up your garage during rainy seasons, we’d recommend simply opting for a long-term alternative solution. With their combination of enhanced traction, durability, and ease of installation, Swisstrax interlocking floor tiles provide the best solution for slippery garage floors.