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Best solution for slippery decking

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by DavidJatt, Feb 13, 2018.

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  1. DavidJatt

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    Hi all,

    A year ago, we had some decking installed which at first was great. Now a year on we're finding that when it rains (which is all of the time) it is lethal underfoot! I started looking at decking mats but these are thick, rubber mats with holes in and are a bit industrial for my liking. As an alternative I found some grit sheets and tape here (https://www.firstmats.co.uk/collections/floor-grip-and-safety) which I thought might be a bit more discreet but I wondered if anyone else had troubles with slippery decking and how you got around it. Is the grit tape suitable for wood or is there something better I can use?
     
  2. robj20

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    You could go with some paint/adhesive with some sand mixed in.
     
  3. DavidJatt

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    Yeah I was thinking that too but was worried I'd mess it up lol
     
  4. jpaul

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    slipperiness we had was down to slime/organic stuff on the decking , and it needed a good scrub with some disinfectant/anti-bacterial
     
  5. Abyss

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    Well maintained decking shouldn't be slippery, give it a proper clean and it should resolve it. I used to wash it with antibacterial solution a couple of times per year and give it a good scrub.

    I also found that installing the decking with the grooves pointing down and the flat side up was better from a slip resistance point of view, greater surface area in contact with the foot and water shouldn't be an issue as long as it's been installed properly.
     
  6. Lopéz

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    Decking is only slippery if it's covered in algae or similar. And then it gets VERY slippery.
     
  7. a1ex2001

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    Patio problem solved!
     
  8. Usel

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  9. jpaul

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    had not appreciated that is the way they are meant to be ... so ours were wrong - stupid builders
    multiple sources with info like
     
  10. kinobestew123

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    I don't get why the decking manufacturers don't put the grooves on both sides if they know that people prefer the grooved look.
     
  11. jpaul

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    ..... the link explains why. ...
     
  12. Mercenary Keyboard Warrior

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    The answer is twofold.
    1) it needs to be clean, as said algae etc make it slippy when wet
    2) it needs to be treated so it doesn't absorb water, this means it dries faster when it gets wet, and helps to prevent slippy stuff growing

    The biggest factor in it getting slippy is location. The more direct sunlight the less will grow on them

    patios can be just as slippy. I have some slabs at the back of my house that are like ice when wet. Same issue, almost zero sun from Nov-March. They need a good scrub down in the summer just the same as the decking needs some loving.
     
  13. crinkleshoes

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  14. Abyss

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    Because the grooves collect water/algae which makes the timber rot quicker and the algae build up can make it more slippery.
     
  15. Kaka

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    Maintenance and location of the decking is the biggest factors here.

    I have groove side up and it's never been slippery aside from when it's frozen over. It is south facing though and I do jet wash it and top up with decking oil maybe every 12-18 months.
     
  16. kinobestew123

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    Fair enough, but people still seem to prefer the look of grooved boards regardless of whether it's more slippy/rotting. Hence why a huge proportion of decks that I see have groove side up.
     
  17. Nikumba

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    On my deck we have Cuprinol Anti Slip Decking and it works a treat, even in pouring rain over the winter the deck is not slippery.
     
  18. Lopéz

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  19. Rroff

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    I don't want to know what you were googling for to find that.
     
  20. HoneyBadger

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    We have a 35m square decking area in the garden. Had it years, every summer we jetwash it, including a special decking attachment and it seems fine all year round.