A commonly asked question our customers want to know is “are terrazzo floor slippery?” Terrazzo is a slip-resistant floor finish that is often associated with being slippery due to the type of sealer used during the installation process or refinishing. All sealers used on an epoxy terrazzo floor should be UL listed for “Slip Resistance” and required to produce a static coefficient of friction (SCOF) applicable to code.
To avoid a terrazzo floor from becoming slippery, it is advised to avoid using all-purpose cleaners and wax when maintaining the surface.
Terrazzo is made of marble, glass, and shell chips that are ground and polished for a smooth floor finish. Lower grit levels will provide a more slip-resistant floor whereas higher grit levels will produce a higher sheen, which is associated with slipperiness. The natural properties of terrazzo are non-slip; however, when having a contractor apply a sealer, have them select the appropriate sealer to use.
In situations where terrazzo becomes wet (water tracked into a lobby from a rainstorm, after cleaning terrazzo, etc), contractors should use a water-based sealer noted “antislip when wet” in the manufacturer’s instructions.
TERRAZZCO EZPour Epoxy 158 designs terrazzo floors ideal for high traffic areas.
Restaurants and dining facilities are often experiencing accidents from oil and grease spills; however, an anti-slip sealer paired with TERRAZZCO EZPour Epoxy 158 is easy to clean and will maintain slip resistance for many years. Water is another common source of floor accidents but with our anti-slip epoxy resin, our epoxy terrazzo system benefits entrance lobbies, restrooms, and other high traffic spots.
The anti-slip component is beneficial for children and the elderly that require a surface that is easy to walk on. Children’s hospitals, retirement communities, and schools can keep their building occupants safe daily by installing the right kind of floor for their projects.
Even in places where people are in a rush, accidents do happen. Places like airports, transportation centers, and even your workplace can prevent future accidents by investing in a slip-resistant terrazzo floor.
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