How to Fix Slippery Steps

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Just last week I slipped at the top of a stone staircase, landing squarely on my backside several steps down. No long term harm done but it could have been very different. And the weather was just wet - not icy. 

If your home or business has slippery steps outside you'll already know how dangerous they can be. And as a business, having that potential liability can be a huge concern. So what is the best solution? Here's a guide as to what to put on your outside steps to make them safer.

Wooden Steps
A combined approach using Stair Nosings and Decking Strips will allow the wood to breath while providing a superb, slip-resistant surface. Gluing the strips down before adding screws is crucial when working with wood as the glue will prevent water from pooling underneath the strips allowing the wood to rot.  

Stone Steps
Stone steps, especially on older buildings are likely to have curved edges. Stair nosing may be hard to fit and will alter the look of the steps radically. Given that drilling into the surface is likely to be difficult, a single Decking Strip as close to the edge of the step as possible will look smart and will be the easiest to install.

Slippery metal steps

Metal Steps
Chequer plate steps are notoriously slippery. Although rarely used for public access, everyone that does use them should be kept as safe as possible. Not chosen for their aesthetic quality, changing the appearance of a metal step is less likely to be an issue so we'd usually recommend using a full Stair Tread Cover on every step. Not only will they provide the best non-slip treatment but they'll hide any rusty fixings and reduce the noise level. Ensure you use plenty of glue to prevent water collecting underneath and causing rust.

Concrete or Brick Steps
Here, the choice is yours. If the surface is starting to show wear and tear then a complete Stair Tread Cover will smarten them up. If it's just the edge that is chipped or worn, Stair Edging offers a more economical solution.

While the main point of an anti-slip product is safety, the colour options also allow you the opportunity to improve the appearance of steps and to assist visitors with impaired vision by adding contrast. 

Any badly damaged, rotten or rusty steps should be completely replaced but, if they are structurally sound, for those in good basic condition the QuartzGrip ranges offer easy, effective solutions.

If you'd like to discuss your slippery steps with one of our experts, call 0800 6123 515 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.