Treating your travertine with non-slip coating

Treating your travertine with non-slip coating

do you have travertine lining your pool deck? have you noticed that no matter how much you try it always seems slippery? This may be because of improper deck maintenance. Of all the different types of tile. Travertine has one of the lowest levels of traction out there. Traction is essentially how much a surface clings to another, ‘grabs’ it so to speak. Think of a piece of sandpaper, when it rubs against something it grinds it down, this is because it has very high traction. Where as a material like Travertine doesn’t want to hold on at all. Here at Walkway Management Group of Arizona want to try to give you some tips and tricks to avoid a slip and fall on your travertine today.


Friction and traction go together like style on a lounge singer. You simply can’t have one without the other. Lets take an example of a figure skater on ice. This is a low friction environment. When the blade of their skate touches the ice the amount of downward force is much greater than the traction stopping them, this force propels them foreword. In other words there is a low ‘slip coefficient of friction’ (CoF) or the amount of force it takes to move an object foreword. The travertine around your pool operates almost exactly the same. Say a person is running by your pool and steps down on wet travertine. The amount of force will send them forwards, however they probably don’t have the balance of a professional skater and will likely fall.

What you can do

now that we understand friction better lets try and fight it

  • slow down –

    Everyone knows it’s dangerous to run near the pool, but it’s usually ignored during play. Stop. If we remember the fact that travertine has a very low CoF the safest thing you can possibly do is exercise caution. If you were to fall while running the amount of force generated is enough to at best leave a bad bruise, and at worst? Grave injury. So enforce that anyone near the pool exercise caution movement when entering and exiting the water.

  • Water Management –

    Another action in reducing friction is managing the water around your pool. You’re going to have splash back when swimming as you will displace water simply by being in the pool. So while playing be sure to take a moment, every thirty minutes or so, and squeegee off the deck of your pool. Even on treated tile, water can lower your CoF to dangerous levels, so don’t be afraid to take a moment to prevent yourself from getting injured.

  • Testing and etching –

    The simplest slip prevention tip is a good treatment plan. Get your pool tribometer tested, this can find the exact CoF of your deck. From there you can determine the proper treatment. Traction enhancing products such as ‘Boost’ agents will considerably raise your CoF. Be sure to clean your deck only as instructed. Household cleaners may strip the agents from your deck.

How we can help

WMGAZ makes traction our business. With our licensed ‘BOT3000E’ tribometer we will find the exact slip coefficient of friction of your deck, and treat it with the proper ‘Boost’ agents. All it takes is a quick clean, etch, and buffer, and we can extend the lifespan of your deck upwards of seven years. Taking friction seriously is the first step in defending yourself from slip and fall accidents. Call us for a consultation today at 480-454-8644.