Ceramic tiles have been utilised for construction, flooring and art for thousands of years. Some of the earliest references to ceramic tiles go back to the 4th century BC in the Middle East and found their way to Europe via the Roman empire.
This robust, versatile and artistic building material has stood the test of time and is still a leading material used for flooring around the globe to this day. Although technologies, production, firing and finishing methods have developed over thousands of years, the product itself has remained relatively the same.
Whether your residential or commercial property has a classic or contemporary decor, ceramic tiles are versatile in that they can be left to show their natural rustic beauty, or be painted and glazed with striking colours, gloss finishes and ornate artistic designs.
Advantages of ceramic floor tiles
Using ceramic tiles for your commercial or residential flooring offers many benefits, including ecological sustainability. Ceramic is most commonly made from various natural clays dug straight out of the earth. It is then fired at a high temperature until it becomes hard and durable.
Some of the other benefits that ceramic tiles offer include:
- Water resistance
- Hardwearing and scratch-resistant
- Easy to maintain
- Naturally cooling
- Environmentally friendly and sustainable
- Recyclable and more
Ceramic tiles are also easy to replace if one does happen to crack, and have the potential to add value to your property.
For all their positives, however, ceramic tiles can present a significant slip-hazard when dirty or wet, and they have caused their fair share of minor and sometimes severe injury over the years.
This hazard has prompted ingenious inventors around the world to develop non-slip solutions that do not compromise the aesthetic of the ceramic tiles designs and finishes.
Read on to learn more about non-slip treatments for tiles, and how the team here at Slip Doctors Sydney remain at the forefront of anti-slip treatment technology.
The science of slipping
Slipping occurs when there is an intense decrease in the coefficient of static friction between a moving person and the supporting surface on which they are walking or standing.
People often have mild slips that do not result in a fall and forget about it not long after. When a more intense slip occurs, it usually happens faster than a person’s nervous system can respond, resulting in a very swift and violent descent.
Ceramic tiles are strong and sturdy, but often do not provide a high friction surface, making them incredibly slippery when wet, or when incompatible footwear makes contact. Anti-slip treatments can be applied to ceramic tiles to increase the surface’s general friction without negatively affecting the tiles finish and grouting colour.
Most people have slipped over at least once or twice in our lives, and even if we are lucky enough not to suffer any physical injury, there is usually some hurt pride or bruised ego.
Slipping over is not something to be laughed off. Preventable slips and falls result in thousands of severe injuries every year; some even resulting in death.
Some of the most common injuries caused by falls on slippery floors include:
- Head injuries
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts and bruises
- Fractures and dislocations
People aged 65 and over account for approximately 95% of all fatal falls; the highest mortality rate in those aged 85-years and over. These accidents occurred both at home and in professional care facilities. In the workplace, the figures are also a cause for concern.
In Australia between the years 2003 to 2015, falls caused the death of 386 workers. 23% led to serious claims worth millions, negatively affecting those injured, their families, and financially devastating some businesses.
Between 2002 and 2005, the estimated annual costs for these unnecessary deaths was $250 million, and a further $1.28 billion for hospital admissions, excluding indirect costs. These are concerning statistics, especially in the knowledge that many of these falls could have been avoided.
The team here at Slip Doctors Sydney take these figures seriously and we do our bit to help prevent these unfortunate and sometimes fatal incidents from occurring through our commitment to remaining at the cutting edge of anti-slip treatments and applications.
The best anti-slip treatment for ceramic floors
With these statistics in mind, it is relieving to know that there is a solution to slippery ceramic floor tiles. There is a range of leading clear-coat products that can increase the coefficients of static friction on your flooring.
These solutions can be customised to any ceramic tile flooring in both residential and commercial properties.
Examples of property owners that could benefit from ceramic floor anti-slip treatments include:
- Residential property owners
- Apartments and hotels
- Restaurants, cafes and eateries
- Bars, pubs and clubs
- Entertainment and event venues
- Retail shops and shopping centres
- Hospitals and medical facilities
- Pools and sporting facilities
- Disability and aged care facilities
These solutions can be applied to general access areas or increase safety in wet areas like kitchens, bathrooms and pools.
Traditional anti-slip solutions could be time-consuming and expensive, with strong chemical smells and requiring extensive drying time. The industry-leading anti-slip solutions we use here at Slip Doctors Sydney are ready for use immediately and come with quality guarantees for product quality, effectiveness and service.
Some of the benefits of having your tiles treated by the team here at Slip Doctors Sydney include:
- 2-year guarantee with an expected lifetime of around five years or more between applications.
- The floor is ready to use immediately after treatment.
- Does not affect the aesthetic of your tiles
- Effective in all wet areas
- Ease of cleaning
- Complies with all Australian OH&S standards
Ready to know more?
Our anti-slip solutions are non-slip treatments, not coatings, ensuring reliable and effective grip for the application’s lifespan. By utilising our professional services for your non-slip treatments, you will also receive our customer services and quality of work guarantees.
Our expert anti-slip treatments professionals also offer non-slip solutions for all other floor types, including:
- Natural stone
- Concrete and more
We are available 24-hours a day and can provide a no-obligation free quote and onsite demo. If you are looking for the best anti-slip treatment, Sydney and greater NSW, call the friendly staff here at Slip Doctors Sydney today to arrange a consultation.