In a previous post we covered a lot of points with regards anti slip stair treads and nosings, including bull nosings. A point we covered stated in part:
Anti slip stair nosings and treads are designed to make the stair step edge more pronounced, more visible, protect against wear for this high traffic area, and of course, more importantly, prevent injury from slips, trips, and falls. We also like to tell our customers that this can also extend the life of many treads which may be worn or damaged.
One of the points we need to highlight is that our Gripmaster exterior antislip stair treads and nosings can be used to extend the life of stair treads. (See above quote.)
The accent of that article was steel stairs, open grid type ones and similar platforms, But, what about other types stairs? Well, let’s look at concrete stairs. As mentioned in that article, studies have noted that workplace accidents on stairs are more prevalent than one would think. And, safety authorities especially point out to the need to include abrasive surface or stair tread to minimise the risk of stairway related incidents.
Yes, you can extend the life of a concrete stair, especially one with frayed treads by installing our Gripmaster exterior antislip stair nosings. Note that it is important the the substrate and the stair is structurally sound. After all, there’s no point in covering something that is supposed to provide the user protection if that section, or worse, the step crumbles under you.
The big advantage, of course, is the savings in lost of productivity with the need to shutdown an entire stair case. The upgrade/reparis can be done with little downtime. And, the savings in the cost of the reconstruction of steps or an entire stair case is nothing to sneeze at.
Surface preparation is key. All loose, friable material should be removed and the tread section should be clean. As the stair nosing will be installed on a hard surface (concrete), the installer should secure anti slip stair treads by using a flexible adhesive, we suggest Sikaflex 291 or a Sabrebond adhesive, both equally impressive adhesives. They are specially ideal for wet area use. Using adhesive to install the treads also floats the stair nosing and creates a foundation that won’t leave any lasting twist or stress on the stairnosing.
For use on wet areas, or where frequent washing of the stair occurs, the correct use of adhesives will result in a water tight install keeping out any moisture from finding its way underneath between the parent stair tread and the external anti slip stair nosing.
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