Protecting against slips & falls
One of the biggest concerns people have about structural glass floors is the risk of injury from slipping over on one. Fortunately, slip-resistant glass has been developed to prevent that from happening. At Glass & Stainless, we would certainly recommend that you choose anti-slip glass for external use. In wet conditions, untreated glass can be a serious risk. For internal structural glass floors, we leave it to the client’s discretion.
When it comes to choosing your slip-resistant glass, there are a number of options out there, with some offering additional levels of privacy. For example, a sandblasted finish leaves the surface translucent, meaning that only blurred shapes are visible through it. High levels of light are still able to pass through though! This is an incredibly popular choice as it protects the privacy of those above and below from prying eyes. If you would like a section of the glass to remain totally transparent, we’d recommend that you choose a repeating pattern design, such as a dot matrix.
For a totally transparent finish, we would recommend using a ceramic fritted pattern. Ceramic frit is painted on to the glass in the design of your choice before being subject to incredibly high temperatures which then bakes it into the glass surface. At this point it is bound structurally, meaning that it is certainly hard wearing. The more of the glass that is covered by the pattern, the more slip-resistant it will become.
If it is the join between the glass and the rest of the floor that you’re concerned about, don’t worry! All our structural glass floors are installed perfectly flush to the floor and so don’t constitute a trip hazard.