The Ultimate Guide to Slip-Resistant Flooring

The Ultimate Guide to Slip-Resistant Flooring

The Ultimate Guide to Slip-Resistant Flooring

At A Step Above Flooring, we love winter. Cheerful holidays, time spent with family, roaring fires, and snowy wonderlands—the winter season is unlike any other time of year.  

However, with the cold weather comes snow, sleet, and ice. When ice and snow stick to our shoes, they melt into water in the warmth of our homes. This can lead to a higher risk of slips and falls. 

Slip-resistant floors are important for specific rooms around our homes, like entryways, kitchens, or bathrooms, where water is often present. And water on our floors isn’t prevalent only in the winter either. 

Showers, sinks, and even summer rainstorms can cause water to drip onto our floors, increasing the likelihood of slips or falls. One of the best ways to prevent this is by installing slip-resistant flooring. 

There are many options for slip-resistant flooring, including a wide variety of styles and materials. Because of that, you can easily find slip-resistant flooring without disrupting the style or charm of your home. 

In this post, we will look at a few different slip-resistant flooring options for you to choose from. These flooring types will not only help prevent slips and falls, but they can also be aesthetically pleasing changes for your home too. Keep reading to learn more! 

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Slip-Resistant Flooring for Residential Spaces 


Slipping and sliding across your kitchen or bathroom floors is not just a nuisance; it is dangerous. In rooms that see their fair share of water, we advise that homeowners install slip-resistant flooring to prevent unnecessary accidents. 

There are a wide range of slip-resistant flooring options available. We have outlined three of our top choices below.  


Vinyl Flooring for Slip Resistance 


Vinyl flooring is a popular choice for rooms like kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways because it offers stylish appeal and is not a slippery surface. Vinyl tiles or planks mimic the look of real wood at a fraction of the cost, and they are easy to clean. This is especially relevant for kitchens, as they often see food and other non-water spills. Vinyl is also comfortable underfoot and can stand up to heavy foot traffic. 

You have two options for vinyl flooring: traditional vinyl and luxury vinyl. Both are made from PVC, but luxury vinyl tiles are typically thicker and more rigid. They also typically have more protective top layers, meaning they are less likely to incur water damage.  

We recommend luxury vinyl flooring for slip-resistant purposes. For more specific information on which vinyl floors are best for low-slip solutions, stop by the A Step Above Flooring showroom.  

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Slip-Resistant Ceramic or Porcelain Tile 


We typically think of ceramic and porcelain tiles as slippery surfaces. However, there are specific slip-resistant tiles certified by the ADA that are perfect for preventing slips in your home. Keep a lookout for these slip-resistant tile materials when looking for new floors for your home. 

Porcelain and ceramic tile surfaces are easy to clean and maintain and are great for homes that want to boost their style and elegance, making them a popular choice for slip resistance. However, tile surfaces are cold and hard to touch, so while they may not be ideal for underfoot comfort (they would not be right for your living room), many of our customers adore them as kitchen and bathroom floors because they are easy to clean and stain resistant. Because of their hardness, they are also an exceptionally durable material. 

Porcelain and ceramic tiles that meet the ADA’s standards of a non-slip surface are perfect for your kitchen, bathroom, entryway, or any room that regularly sees spills. Ask the friendly team at A Step Above Flooring for more information. 


Carpet Flooring for Slip Resistance 


While you have probably never seen a carpeted kitchen, carpets are one of the best types of flooring for reducing the chances of slipping. Because they have a multi-dimensional, textured surface and a high coefficient of friction, carpeted flooring absorbs water and prevents accidents. 

While carpet is only right for certain rooms of your home, it is an option many of our customers consider. If you are of a certain age, you might even recall that there was a time when carpeted bathrooms were all the rage. 

Why? Because the carpet is warm and comfortable underfoot and, yes, it can keep you from falling when getting out of the bath. 

Of course, it will also need to be cleaned more thoroughly than other flooring options because carpeting does absorb water. However, frequent carpet cleanings are a small price to pay for a slip-resistant floor that is also comfortable underfoot. Ask the pros at A Step Above Flooring for more information about carpet for slip-resistant flooring. 

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Slip-Resistant Flooring from A Step Above Floors 


Winter may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also the season of water puddles throughout the home. These micro puddles cause more trouble than just wet socks. Many people slip and fall from small, invisible puddles of water every year. 

Not only that, but rooms like kitchens and bathrooms that see regular water spills can also see regular slips and falls. One of the best solutions to this problem is to install slip-resistant flooring in rooms that often see water spills. 

Kitchens, bathrooms, entryways, and a wide range of other rooms all benefit from slip-resistant flooring, and the experienced flooring professionals at A Step Above Flooring are here to help you find the option that is perfect for you. 

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