Pool deck ideas to stop slip and fall
Slippery swimming pool decks can indeed be a liability. Pool decks by their very nature have an inherent nature for slip and fall accidents because they are often slippery when wet. We have pool deck ideas to stop slip and fall no matter what type of stone surface
We have two different products for swimming pool decks to make them safe. Read below about both and then you can make a good decision.
See what one happy customer had to say .......(he used our etching products)
"We recently built a pool in our backyard with a travertine deck around it. While the Travertine looked amazing,our children often slipped or fell down when walking across the deck with wet feet. We asked our pool builder for recommendations to resolve this issue without any luck. My wife and I were left to resolve this traction issue ourselves. We contacted several local pool supply companies and none of them had a recommendation. I also looked on the Internet for possible solutions. I kept coming across your company's website, but it took me several visits before I decided to make the purchase. Boy, was I glad that I did. Not only did I receive fantastic service; we received our order in a matter of 2-3 days. Since we just had the decking installed, I was nervous about applying the traction material on it. I had some scrap pieces of the travertine tiling left over, so I used them to determine the correct amount of time to leave the solution on the tile. Afterwards, my wife and I were able to apply the solution to the rest of our deck in a few hours. The travertine still looks as good as it did before we applied the solution and the traction is so much better. Last weekend, we had some friends over and they commented on how much better it was to walk across the deck with wet feet.
Greg, Houston, Texas
Greg used Slip Resistant Solutions etching products on his travertine tile. He could do this because there had been no sealer put on the surface.
If you have a topical sealer on your swimming pool deck then you will need a special coating that can go over the surface of the existing sealer in order to make it slip resistant. We recommend that you use a non skid coating that we offer. Here is a photo of a pool with the non slip coating on it.
This is Solid Step Cote #3 in Gloss. It has a very rich appearance but provides a safe walking surface.
Any wet surface has the potential for a slip and fall accident if the coefficient of friction is not above the standard as identified by the Americans with Disabilities Act of a 0.60. Pool decks by their nature are in a wet environment constantly. It can be that they are outside where it is raining or water may be splashed out of the pool.
Wet pool decks are a special hazard because they are very slick when they are wet. If the deck has not been properly designed to take into account the increased coefficient of friction that is required to make them safe, then they can become an extremely hazardous area.
Swimming pool decks can come in many types of surfaces. We have some pool deck ideas to overcome the risk of accident on mineral surfaces. There are concrete surfaces, natural stone, river gravel, tiles and many other hard surfaces. In our experience of more than twenty years of treating pool decks to make them safe, we have come to the conclusion that a pool deck needs to have a coefficient of friction of higher than the standard of 0.60. Any time that we have treated pools we have tried to make sure that the minimum coefficient of friction is at least 0.75. If the surface will allow us to push the coefficient of friction to 0.8 or even 0.85 then that is just that much better.
The unique quality of the wet pool deck requires the additional coefficient of friction. Slick Pool Decks will always be a problem because they will always get wet.
Another thing to consider in swimming pool safety is the fact that no matter what the coefficient of friction is.... THE RULES OF SAFETY NEED TO APPLY. Caution should always be used when walking on a pool deck and running should never be allowed, but if one walks in the proper manner with the coefficient of friction recommended above, the pool should be safe.
In addition to treating slippery pool decks, other areas that may need to be treated would include all areas that adjoin the pool deck. This could be walkways, lobbies into a building, a porch or a deck, or a bathroom. Even though these areas may not be wet, the person who has been in the pool will have wet feet and they will be walking into these areas. Therefore these areas will be slippery just like the pool deck. It is our recommendation to always treat any area that is adjacent to a pool where a person could be walking with wet feet.
We have had excellent results in treating stone and tile pool decks and treating areas around the pool deck to make them safe.
There are three major things to consider when treating a pool deck:
- Can a coefficient of friction be achieved that would be sufficient to make the surface safe. (In other words can we obtain a coefficient of friction of at least 0.60 or better a 0.75.)
- How long it will last to keep the pool safe. (Our tests show that our etching treatment will last in excess of 15 years with proper maintenance.) The coatings last for several years with proper maintenance.
- The pool deck must be maintained. It is imperative that nothing be allowed to accumulate on the surface of the pool deck. (This could be cleaning products, mildew, or any other contaminate that would coat the surface, thus making the coefficient of friction not that of the surface but that of the contaminate that is on top of the surface.)
Pressure spraying the deck to remove any contaminates will help to retain the slip resistant nature of the surface. Pressure washing will not decrease the slip resistance once the floor has been treated.
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