Epoxy Resin Non-Skid Flooring Additive?
One of the most significant concerns about epoxy resin flooring for a garage, or for that matter any other flooring surface, is how slippery it can be when wet and what can be done regarding an additive to create an anti-slip surface.
Since resinous garage floor coatings such as epoxy, polyurethane, and polyurea are non-porous, the surface created can be a very smooth, glass-like finish. While this type of surface is ideal when dry - both aesthetically and functionally, it can become slippery with the introduction of mud, water, snow, or oils from your car.
Here are 3 things to consider when deciding whether or not to use a non-skid additive to your epoxy garage flooring:
One of the things to consider is the climate in which you live when deciding whether you need a non-slip additive for your epoxy garage floor coating, or not. If you live in an area with a cold climate and inclement weather, snow melt (and rain fall) will make floors wet and slippery. If this is the case, then an anti-slip floor is worth considering. If you live in a dryer climate, then an anti-skid additive may not be worth considering.
2. Floor Use:
Another thing you need to consider is how you plan on using the floor. If you are using it for projects that involve fluid spills such as anti-freeze, oils, or other chemicals that can create a slip & fall hazard. An anti-slip additive would help in this situation.
3. Floor Coating Type:
The kind of surface that you install on your floor will be a factor as well. If you select a floor with some mixed media elements to it, such as quartz, or paint chips, this can create some traction and grip on the floor, due to its slightly irregular texture. If you don't use items such as these, the floor will be very smooth and conducive to becoming slippery when wet. An anti-skid epoxy resin additive would be recommended in this case.