There is one area of your home which is primed for slip and fall accidents and I bet you do not even know which location it is. Every one has heard about the problems of slipping in the bath tub. And even the kitchen is known as a place for potential slips if water or other liquids are spilled on the floor, but there is another area which can be just as dangerous. I am writing about preventing slips in your garage.
The vast majority of garages are constructed with concrete floors. In fact, now a days if you have a garage with anything other than dirt or gravel it is going to most likely be constructed of concrete. This is a great material for this application because it cures hard and is very tough. But it also can be very slick. The worst combination on a concrete floor is oil and water spread out together. This is actually very common. First your car my drip a little oil, or maybe you spilled some during the last oil change, and then you drive in with rain water or snow melt dripping off your car. The water sits on top of the oil because the old saying, “oil and water do not mix,” is absolutely correct. When you have water on top of oil stains it is like stepping on ice.
The best way to make your garage safer is to use some sort of mechanism to give yourself better footing. For this you can either use an anti-slip mat or an anti-slip paint actually rolled onto the floor. Both of them have their advantages and disadvantages.
It makes sense to use a mat if you are only renting or if you plan to move soon. There is no reason you can not just roll up the mat and take it with you to your next location. The down side is you can actually trip on the edge of the mat and they make if very hard to use a creeper under the car.
Anti-slip paint, on the other hand, is considered permanent. Once it is rolled out you can not just pull it up and take it with you. This sort of paint actually comes in two parts. First the paint material is rolled out on the floor using a nap roller. Next, a gritty material is spread on top before it dries. This can be either a sand like material or paint flecks which add more color to the floor. Both of these work well for adding footing.
The only real down side to a floor paint is the amount of time it takes to clean the floor, apply the material, and wait for it to dry. But once it is down, it will offer a non-slip surface for a long time.