There are many options when it comes to wood flooring. Wood flooring consists of hardwoods and softwoods, available in a variety of colours and finishes. Ash, Oak and Bamboo wood are just of few of the popular types of wood floors used. While wood floors are one of the most popular flooring options they tend to be very slippery when wet. It is also important to note that many finishes and stains commonly used on wood flooring decrease the surface traction making the floor more slippery.

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Engineered Hardwood

engineer hardwood

Engineered hardwood floors consist of High Density Fibreboard (“HDF”), hardwood and a top layer of hardwood veneer. It is designed to be more durable than natural hardwood floors especially for withstanding heat and moisture. The smooth surface can be slippery, especially when wet.

Bamboo Wood Surfaces

bamboo wood floor

Bamboo is a popular flooring material due to its natural beauty, durability, and is similar in appearance to hardwood flooring. It is a very hard surface that is resistant to moisture and stains, which makes it a low-maintenance flooring option. The smooth surface can be slippery, especially when wet.

Cork Flooring

cork flooring

Cork is a popular flooring option for environmentally conscious consumers. Cork is a natural flooring made from the by-product of the cork oak tree. Option carved from the cork oak tree. Kitchens, bathrooms, and family rooms are just a few places where cork flooring is used frequently. Cork is an affordable and easy to install flooring surface. Cork is softer than hardwood and bamboo flooring which makes it very comfortable to walk on. Cork is also a durable flooring option that can handle high traffic. Cork is a good heat and sound insulator which reduces noise generated from walking and can even reduce home heating costs during winter months.

Solid Hardwood

solid hardwood

One of the most desired flooring options is hardwood flooring. Some of the most popular hardwood floor types are Maple, Brazilian Cherry, and American Cherry. Hardwood is a luxurious flooring option that can increase the value of your home. There are a wide variety of hardwood floor styles and finishes available on the market. Maple and Brazilian Cherry wood are popular for their durability and scratch resistance. This makes these popular choices for high traffic areas. Hardwood is really an appropriate flooring choice for almost any residential room. It is very important to note that the smooth surface and finish of hardwood flooring makes it very slippery. There is very little traction on these floors which makes falling on hardwood floors a serious safety concern.

Wood Decks

wood deck

Wood decks have become increasing popular through the years. A deck is an uncovered open porch extending from a building. The most obvious places where decks are found for residential areas would be around the pool. Decks are great places for families to lounge in warm weather lounging by the pool or dining by the grill. The most obvious concern when discussing the safety of a deck is the weather. Any outdoor surface has to deal with the elements provided by Mother Nature. In addition to combating the elements a pool deck is going to get wet from its proximity to the pool. Wood decks are very slippery when wet and it is important to treat them to increase the traction and reduce slips and falls. Injuries around pools are common so be sure to reduce the risk for these injuries as much as possible by treating your decks with an anti slip solution.