SlipShield® Slip Resistant Coating is a slip-resistant, extended life-cycle coating that is applied to interior and exterior ceramic tile, polished stone, polished concrete, coated flooring, and metal decking to attain acceptable slip resistance in both dry and wet environments. SlipShield® is easily cleaned and very durable. SlipShield® is available in both clear and solid colors in gloss and semi-gloss finishes. SlipShield® Clear provides a weatherable, ultra-violet resistant surface that allows the structure and beauty of tile, polished stone and polished concrete to show through while an acceptable Coefficient of Friction can be attained for slip resistance. To meet the slip resistance standards of DCOF .42 for environments where water, splash, and spill, steep ramps or stairs may exist, a specialized aggregate is used with SlipShield® to further increase slip resistance. The addition of our unique aggregate in SlipShield® provides improved slip resistance with minimal aesthetic impact on tile, polished stone, polished concrete, coated flooring, and metal decking. We recommend SlipShield® aggregate be used to attain a DCOF of .42 meeting ANSI A137.1.
Application plays an important role in optimizing the Coefficient of Friction with SlipShield®.
Flooring installation professionals are best equipped to install SlipShield®. It is recommended that a mock-up or test area should be installed to determine the suitability of SlipShield® for the flooring project. An end of project audit should also be performed to confirm that the results expected from the mock-up are achieved.
SlipShield® is a low odor system and can be applied in occupied space. SlipShield® is recommended for substrates that have been protected against moisture transmission from beneath, including the soil, and registers less than 4 lbs. per 1,000 square feet in 24 hours per ASTM F 1869. SlipShield® should not be applied on exterior walkways and decks that have not been engineered to protect against moisture transmission.
SlipShield® is an extended life cycle weatherable coating system that creates a consistent polymeric structure throughout the film. This polymeric structure provides slip resistance as long as the film remains on the surface of the substrate, whether new or worn.
SlipShield® Aggregate further optimizes the dynamic coefficient of friction on hard floors by adding a translucent SlipShield® Aggregate which is a 300-micron micronized polymer bead to the SlipShield® coating to provide additional slip resistance. The SlipShield® Aggregate’s spherical-shaped particles allow for easy cleaning of the surface. It also provides a smoother feel underfoot, when used on surfaces where bare feet are present. The use of SlipShield® Aggregate is beneficial in meeting and exceeding the .42 Wet Dynamic Coefficient of Friction requirement of ANSI A137.1.
The purpose of this test is to ensure and approve the suitability of SlipShield® for its intended use including measuring the Coefficient of Friction (COF) of the surface before and after applying SlipShield® to the mock-up to verify and approve the adequacy of the product for the specific situation.
What surface preparation is required to get adhesion of a slip-resistant coating to tile?
The tile must be cleaned thoroughly and have no oil, dirt, silicone or wax on the surface, then the SlipShield® coating system can be applied.
What surface preparation is required to get adhesion of an anti-slip coating to polished stone?
The polished stone must be cleaned thoroughly and have no oil, dirt, silicone or wax on the surface, then the SlipShield® coating system can be applied.
Do you have to acid etch the surface of tile prior to applying an anti-slip coating?
Acid etching is not recommended nor required with SlipShield® due to its unique chemistry which results in good adhesion to most inorganic substrates such as ceramic tile, marble, and porcelain tile.
Do you have to acid etch the surface of polished stone prior to applying a slip-resistant coating?
Acid etching is not recommended nor required with SlipShield® due to its unique chemistry which results in good adhesion to most inorganic substrates such as stable polished stone used for flooring.
How long will the slip resistance of the coating last?
SlipShield® is an extended life-cycle coating providing slip resistance on floor substrates in both high traffic and low traffic applications. SlipShield® will continue to provide slip resistance as long as the coating film remains on the substrate. In high traffic areas, SlipShield® can be easily reapplied to the floor to ensure slip resistance continues. Some high traffic floor owners, such as resort owners and universities recoat the floors with SlipShield® every three to four years, however, in areas of lower traffic, SlipShield® will remain on the surface and slip resistant for years.
How do you clean the floor where a slip-resistant coating system has been used?
Most slip resistant coating systems with aggregate are difficult to clean, but SlipShield’s® unique chemistry allows SlipShield® with aggregate to be easily cleaned with a mild solution of biodegradable soap and water and a fresh water rinse.
Will a slip-resistant coating stop all slips and falls?
SlipShield® and SlipShield® aggregate are designed to increase the coefficient of friction which helps to reduce slips and falls, however slips and falls can be caused by a loss of balance, a trip or other dynamics that impact walking, running or standing on a surface.
Why is it suggested to audit the slip-resistance of a floor?
Auditing flooring for static or dynamic coefficient of friction is an industry standard used to benchmark the coefficient of friction of the floor. If the floor is audited prior to coating and it is found to be compliant with industry standards, then coating the floor with a anti-slip coating will do little to improve the coefficient of friction. Should the audited floor demonstrate a coefficient of friction that is below industry standards in slip resistance, then the floor is a candidate for slip resistant coatings to improve the coefficient of friction. After the floor is coated with SlipShield®, auditing the floor is helpful to establish a benchmark and note the achievement of a coefficient of friction that meets industry standards.
Is one test of coefficient of friction better than another?
Over the past three decades, several test systems have been adopted, used and abandoned. Through research and development, the most widely accepted test systems used today are from the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) published ANSI/NFSI B101.1 Test Method for Measuring Wet Static Coefficient of Friction of Common Hard-Surface Floor Materials and the ANSI/NFSI B101.3 Test Method for Measuring Wet Dynamic Coefficient of Friction of Common Hard-Surface Floor Materials Including Action and Limit Thresholds for the Suitable Assessment of the Measured Values.
What auditing system for slip-resistance is most widely accepted?
For surfaces that are dry, National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) published ANSI/NFSI B101.1 Test Method for Measuring Wet Static Coefficient of Friction of Common Hard-Surface Floor Materials. For areas that are wet or subject to wet conditions, The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) published ANSI/NFSI B101.3 Test Method for Measuring Wet Dynamic Coefficient of Friction of Common Hard-Surface Floor Materials Including Action and Limit Thresholds for the Suitable Assessment of the Measured Values is the accepted standard.
Do insurance companies require slip-resistant floors to be audited for slip resistance?
Some commercial and institutional insurance companies require regular auditing of coefficient of friction of floors to ensure the floors have an adequate coefficient of friction for the given environment, in order to reduce the risk of slips and falls on flooring surfaces.
Why is aggregate recommended to be part of the coating system in wet areas?
Aggregates dispersed into the coating system of slip resistant coatings, including SlipShield®, help increase the coefficient of friction on floors that are wet or subject to splash and spill of water.
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