Faced with the safety problem of slippery steps and slick landing on an outdoor stairway at their facility, the facilities engineer at UPS was looking for solutions that would provide long lasting slip resistant stair steps and a platform landing. This stairway was the only way to access the driver dispatch office from the truck terminal parking lot. During rainy weather, the stairs became even more hazardous when the oily surface became wet.
Outdoor stairs require tedious maintenance and can be very expensive. There are a variety of different traditional materials to choose from including wood, metal, and concrete to use in stair application.
Hotels, apartment complexes, and various commercial properties struggle with the nature of these materials. Wood rots and splits. Metal becomes slippery and corrodes. Concrete cracks and crumbles. Plus, metal and concrete are heavier materials making delivery and installation an expensive, long process.