Stair-related accidents in the United States cause an average of 1.07 million injuries each year.* Many of these injuries take place on badly maintained staircases, especially when the treads are subjected to heavy foot traffic in a commercial, retail, or industrial setting. But the good news is that there are ways to make steps and stairs in the workplace much safer.
The surface of the stair treads plays a huge part in stair safety. Carpet, tile, and vinyl are often the material of choice, but with heavy foot traffic, these materials quickly show signs of wear and tear—or worse, they start to chip, crack, or lift, causing potential trip hazards.
Minimize the risk of slips and falls
When designing a building or researching replacement floors for a facility, the stairs likely aren’t a main area of consideration. However, stairs in any setting can be a trip or fall hazard and facility managers need to ensure that everyone who uses the stairs feels confident and safe in doing so.
Everlast® Epoxy is designed with a textured, coarse finish that delivers a slip-resistant surface to improve stair safety. So, whether you are looking for material options as you design staircases that carry high pedestrian traffic or simply need to replace heavily worn steps that have become smooth and slippery, consider Everlast® Epoxy.
The secret to our non-slip surface is in the ribbed composition of our flooring. Manufactured using small marble chips and high-quality resins, the textured yet nonabrasive surface adds grip to stair treads, even in wet conditions.
External staircases and fire escapes
In many facilities, stairs are also used as an outside escape route and need to be well maintained and protected against the elements to keep people safe in the event of an emergency evacuation.
Even in wet or icy conditions, the slip-resistant surface of Everlast® Epoxy floors will help to protect against accidents when used on vital and potentially life-saving escape routes.
When preparing flooring for external staircases or for surfaces that will experience frequent wet or icy conditions, our floors benefit from an additional non-slip component, which is mixed into the final glaze coat to provide a safer, sandpaper-like finish.
Sanitary and hygienic staircase flooring
Everlast® Epoxy flooring also has a seamless finish, leaving no place for germs or debris to hide.
Many staircase coverings have joints or seams that can attract bacteria and dirt, which cause damage to the substrate and stair treads. Repairing damage caused by microorganisms can be costly—and can make the stairs unusable or unsafe if not repaired or replaced.
Our flooring also contains an EPA-registered antimicrobial component, integrated into each rich resinous layer to further protect your stair treads from damage caused by microbes for safer, seamless, more hygienic walkways.
Do safe stairs have to be boring?
Not at all! Although we know that many staircases in a commercial or industrial setting are designed to be functional rather than attractive, our floors offer the best of both worlds.
Far from looking plain or boring, our range of over 50 flooring shades offers the widest array of choices so you can match your corporate colors or branding. We encourage the use of colors in industrial settings to highlight the areas around staircases for safety reasons—check out our popular “Safety Yellow” to see how= we can really make your steps and stairs stand out.
In offices or retail environments, the seamless nature of our flooring means that the corridors, walkways, and lobbies leading to and from the stairs will flow continuously for a professional, unbroken flooring surface.
Epoxy flooring for steps and stairs
Deciding on a suitable flooring solution that meets stairway safety requirements, particularly in high-traffic facilities, can be challenging. But this is exactly where tough and durable Everlast® Epoxy flooring comes in to solve your steps and stairs issue.
Contact our flooring experts for advice and a bespoke no-obligation quote on your next project, or request our free report on “Why Floors Fail” to discover if your floors, walkways, and staircases are at risk.