As homeowners, we often prioritize the aesthetics of our living spaces, but how often do we consider the safety of our spaces such as in high-traffic areas like garage and basement stairs? These often overlooked elements of our home can become a potential hazard, especially when steps are slippery or lack proper traction. If you’re searching for a solution that not only addresses safety concerns but also adds a touch of customization to your steps, then look no further. In this blog post, we’ll explore how you can enhance safety in your home by focusing on garage and basement steps, and we’ll introduce you to HandiTreads’ innovative solution – Grit Treads and Grit Tapes.
Understanding the Risks: Garage and Basement Steps
Garage and basement steps are notorious for being overlooked when it comes to safety measures. These areas typically experience heavy foot traffic, and their surfaces can become slippery due to moisture, spills, leaks, or the natural wear and tear of the materials. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to notice these risks only after a near-miss or, even worse, an unfortunate accident.
We don’t need to tell you the dangers of a household slip-and-fall. While such a threat may seem more pertinent to grandma or grandpa, do not be fooled. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls account for over 8 million emergency room visits per year, and half of accidental deaths in the home are caused by falls. That includes members of the population from every age group. So, knowing this, why wait? Why not take action now? Perhaps you don’t where to start.
Well, that’s where we come in. HandiTreads offers a range of proven non-slip treads and tapes, providing a low-profile non-slip surface that is ideal for high-traffic indoor structures such as garage and basement stairs.
HandiTreads Commercial Grade Non-Slip Grit Treads
Our Commercial Grade Stop-the-Slip Non-Slip Grit Treads are the epitome of safety and convenience. Measuring 6″ x 24″, these treads feature a silicon carbide grit top that provides a high-traction surface, making them ideal for various applications, including wood shops, garages, basement steps, running boards, stairs, ladders, and more.
Furthermore, the application could not be easier. Our aggressive adhesive system ensures a secure bond to a variety of surfaces, making them a versatile solution for indoor applications. All you need to do is peel off the adhesive lining and place them down. It’s as simple as that.
These non-slip treads come in four per package and are available in black, black with a glow-in-the-dark strip, black with a reflective strip, and luminescent options which adds another layer of safety by letting you channel a bat and see in the dark. It’s no mystery why keying in more of your senses can help prevent a dangerous slip, and even without the fall, the act of simply missing a step at nighttime can cause enough of a fright to stave off sleep until your heart rate calms.
Maximum Safety: Grit Treads
Our Grit Treads are not only NFSI certified for “High Traction” but also meet Prop 65 and ADA standards, assuring you of their quality and safety standards. Moreover, they can be easily cut to meet custom size needs, providing a tailored solution for every unique staircase.
Versatile Applications of Grit Treads
Add these traction-enhancing treads to any indoor slippery surfaces to create a safe area with high slip resistance. Their superior resistance to chemicals and fluids makes them an ideal solution when trying to create added traction on wet or oily surfaces.
However, please note that while Grit Treads can be used outdoors, they are best utilized indoors where inclement weather is not a factor. For personalized guidance, refer to the Stop-the-Slip Configurator to find the optimum solution for your unique situation.
Grit Tapes: Enhancing Safety with Versatility
In addition to Grit Treads, HandiTreads offers Commercial Grade Stop-the-Slip Non-Slip Grit Tapes that share the same commitment to safety and durability. This high-traction tape, available in black or luminescent options, is perfect for wood shops, garages, basement steps, running boards, stairs, ladders, and more.
The silicon carbide grit top ensures a non-slip surface, and the aggressive adhesive system allows it to adhere to various surfaces securely. The luminescent option charges in approximately 30 minutes (LED, fluorescent, or natural sunlight) and can glow for over 3 hours, providing added visibility in low-light conditions.
Choose from two roll sizes for the black tape – 2″ x 30′ or 4″ x 30′, and for the luminescent option, a 2″ x 15″ roll. This safety tape is NFSI certified for “High Traction” and meets Prop 65 and ADA standards. Like the Grit Treads, the Grit Tapes can be cut to size for custom workspaces, allowing you to tailor the solution to your specific needs.
Indoor and Outdoor Solutions
The durability and resistance to chemicals and fluids make Grit Tapes an ideal solution for both indoor and many outdoor applications.
Whether you’re looking to enhance traction on slippery surfaces or create a safe area in your workplace or home, HandiTreads Grit Tapes are a reliable and versatile choice.
Installing Grit Treads and Tapes on Garage Steps
As earlier mentioned, installing Grit Treads and Tapes is a breeze, and can be broken down into 4 simple steps.
Step 1: Clean the Surface
Before applying the Grit Treads or Tapes, ensure that the steps are clean and free from dust, debris, or any substances that might hinder the adhesive’s effectiveness. Rubbing alcohol is a safe bet after a quick sweep to ensure peak performance.
Step 2: Measure and Cut
Measure each step individually and cut the Grit Treads or Tape to fit. HandiTreads Grit Treads and Tapes are easy to cut with scissors, allowing you to tailor the treads to your specific needs.
Step 3: Peel and Stick
Peel off the protective backing to expose the adhesive surface of the Grit Treads and Tapes, then carefully place them on each step. Press firmly to ensure a secure bond.
Step 4: Enjoy Enhanced Safety
Once installed, you can immediately enjoy the benefits of enhanced traction on your garage steps. The non-slip assurance provided by HandiTreads Grit Treads and Tapes is a simple yet effective way to make your home safer for everyone.