A staircase is commonly constructed in many homes. However, some homeowners still do not implement anti slip materials on stairs. Known as staircase treads, anti-slip materials for staircase treads help to protect building occupants and building owners alike-the former from injuries, and the latter from injury claims. Anti-slip staircase treads are designed to minimize the risks of falling while climbing up or down stairs. They do this by adding additional traction to the stair tread surface, thus minimizing the chance of slipping, especially while moving quickly or when stairs are wet. Many different varieties of anti-slip stair treads are available in a range of materials and styles. Durable textured adhesive tape may also be employed to serve the same function.
Vinyl, rubber, and metal anti-slip staircase treads are all very durable and effective. They are generally designed to completely cover an existing stair and have a textured surface that will firmly grip the sole of a shoe. The exact mechanism used to enhance traction varies from model to model. Some employ rough textured surfaces; others use rows of ridges that will bite gently but firmly into the sole of a shoe or boot. Fiberglass treads rely on the natural abrasive quality of fiberglass to provide traction.