When you’re choosing a slip-resistant glass floor, there’s a lot to think about. Alongside all the practical considerations around UK building standards and slip-resistant ratings, you also need to contemplate your preferred finish. There are several different methods for improving the slip-resistance of a glass floor and each has a unique impact on the appearance of the material.
A slip-resistant glass floor can cover an impressive and large expanse or simply a small and more decorative area. Installing a single glass panel is relatively easy to do but a larger feature will require structural support. This can typically be provided by stainless steel or glass beams.
Tips For Choosing A Slip-Resistant Glass Floor
Depending on where your slip-resistant glass floor is being installed and how many people are likely to walk over it, the level of slip resistance you require will vary. That’s why we recommend taking a look at the rating of the slip-resistant glass floor you’re interested in. Some manufacturers will use their own type of rating but the UK government’s Health and Safety Executive favours the pendulum test value (PTV) with testing carried out in both wet and dry conditions.
On this scale, the higher the PTV the higher the slip-resistance. It is out firm professional opinion that a glass floor with a rating below 36 is actively dangerous, and we’d encourage you to look much further up the scale. This applies in both wet and dry conditions, internal and external.
As the name suggests, this type of glass is created by sandblasting a clear panel, either all over or in a predetermined pattern. The effect of sandblasting glass is to create a much rougher surface which generates friction when someone then walks across. Fortunately, the glass remains translucent so the light levels of the spaces above and below aren’t compromised but you do gain a greater degree of privacy.
Thanks to the cutting-edge technology we use at Glass & Stainless, this is an incredibly accurate process in which the depth of glass affected can be varied. The deeper the sandblast, the more slip-resistant and less transparent the glass.
Ceramic frit is applied through a heated screen printing process. If you’d prefer a repeating design in which some of the glass is left completely transparent, the ceramic ink is carefully applied to the glass by evenly spreading it through a fine mesh. Alternatively, you can cover the entire surface of the glass floor with a solid roller coated layer of ink. The larger the area of glass covered by the ink, the more slip-resistant it will be.
Once the ink has been applied, a high level of heat is applied in order to fuse the ink directly into the glass floor.
Adding A Spot Of Colour
As with all bespoke glass, a slip-resistant glass floor can be transformed into an eye-catching architectural feature through the addition of a gorgeous colour tint. You could go as bold and bright as a nightclub dance floor or keep it more subtle.
If you want your slip-resistant glass floor to be as perfectly clear as possible, request a glass that reduced iron levels. It is the iron within glass that gives it that distinctive greenish tinge, so by reducing its presence you get a clearer glass.
Glass & Stainless are more than happy to provide you with expert advice when choosing a slip-resistant glass floor. Get in touch today to see how we can help.