As word gets out about the qualities of vinyl flooring, more and more workplaces and public spaces are turning to vinyl stair treads to help keep their employees or guests safe.
There’s no doubt that slip resistant stair treads of some kind are invaluable in any public space, whether they be vinyl stair treads or some other kind of material. Staircases both indoors and outdoors remain among the highest risk areas for a workplace accident. Many people think that a railing alone is enough to help ensure safety, but railings are only part of the solution. Many times people will run up and down stairwells without using the hand rail, whether they are late to a meeting or just running for fun. In public areas this is especially true of children, who often can’t easily reach the hand rails. And in offices, people often have their hands full as they carry something to a meeting that’s up or down one level from their desk. Even when using the railing it’s quite possible to slip or stumble, and vinyl stair treads help prevent that.
So stair treads are clearly a matter of safety whether they are required by law or not, which explains why so many business owners and employers make the decision to voluntarily install them. But what is so great about vinyl that makes vinyl stair treads increasingly the leading choice these days?
Vinyl flooring has been gaining popularity across the board. Compared to most traditional flooring materials like wood, tile, carpet, and linoleum it is incredibly durable and stain-resistant. Whereas wood warps and carpeting stains, vinyl is nearly impervious to wear and tear. At the same time it is cost effective, has a warm texture, is attractive to look at, and is very environmentally friendly. It’s no surprise that vinyl is becoming the flooring of choice in so many spaces.
But where vinyl flooring really shines is in high-traffic areas, and this is why vinyl stair treads make such an excellent choice. Staircases are by definition among the highest traffic areas in most spaces: since there are only one or two staircases connecting any set of floors, all foot traffic funnels into them. Plus, because of their shape stairs are more at risk to banging up and scratching than level floors.
Having a super durable materials like vinyl there makes a great deal of sense. It doesn’t need to be waxed or buffed and it holds up against an extreme level of abuse.
If you are considering adding or replacing the stair treads in your building, give some serious thought to vinyl stair treads. They will outlast most other products and the price is definitely hard to beat.