Hardwood floors too slippery?

rainlanJune 8, 2012

I'm trying to make a list of the things I'll like for building a house in the next few years.

We have hardwood floors now, love the look, but it's really slippery even if not polished. Am I the only one who thinks it's dangerous to have them, esp with young kids or older people living with us? (We remove shoes and walk barefooted in the house btw, may be a factor)

I hate the carpeted look. Is there an alternative?

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I'll be watching this thread for other people's thoughts, because I totally agree. My inlaws' house is a skating rink and shoes are absolutely forbidden.

I actually really want pre-finished hardwood (not engineered "wood") rather than site-finished hardwood. When we toured model homes this summer I noticed that the pre-finished hardwood wasn't any more slippery than a ceramic tile even though it had a nice finish to it.

(Depending on your region, one alternative would be those ceramic tiles that look like hardwood, or just a beautiful ceramic tile, but that would be way too cold for our northern climate.)

    Bookmark   June 8, 2012 at 6:45PM
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I don't find our hardwood floors to be more slippery than other hard surfaces, though, maybe if this is a concern for you then you should look at hand scrapped hardwood?

    Bookmark   June 8, 2012 at 8:33PM
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Because we did not want our site finished hardwood floors to be slippery, we had them finished with Bona Traffic Anti-slip. You cannot slide across the floors with socks on - it had been tried.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2012 at 8:56PM
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We have not found our hardwood to be slippery.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2012 at 11:08PM
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No problems with slipping here.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2012 at 9:04AM
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No slipping in our last 3 houses with site finished hardwood floors throughout house. Sometimes using the wrong cleaning product can leave the floors slippery.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2012 at 1:00PM
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I think the matte polyurethane is less slippery than the shiny one. I don't slip on our floors, but our last big dog found them slippery so we used a ton of the rubber-backed cheap indoor/outdoor carpet for him. Fortunately he only hung out in half the house (the cat owned the other half, they didn't get along).

But, in this house we have the matte finish on the floors and they are a lot less slippery. You might want to try those out and see if that works better for you.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2012 at 2:32PM
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No slipping problems with my hand-scraped hardwood. We walk around barefoot though. I could see it being a problem in socks (but then all smooth hard surfaces are slippery in socks).

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 2:26PM
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Same as EngineerChic - the the humans in our household have never had a slipping problem, but the young husky with furry feet can sometimes hit this skids when careening through the house to answer the door and our old girl tends to have a problem with getting up and getting her feet under her. We have strategically placed mats for her too.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 2:43PM
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@chiefneil, our ceramic floors are not slippery in socks. :) I think they are JUST textured enough.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 9:04PM
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We used to have wood (standard oak) in the foyer. In the winter it became really slippery when your shoes were wet. I replaced it with textured tile and we never had a problem. I suspect hand scraped wood would do about the same but we haven't tried it.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2012 at 8:49AM
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I had a flood in my home not too long ago so I will be replacing my Brazilian Cherry Floors and now I am thinking I need a floor less slippery since my little dogs are having problems walking on the floor. I will be following this thread to see other options.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 12:46PM
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Growing up I remember losing my footing on our site-finished wood stairs and landing on my butt a few times, but I never had trouble apart from that.

Pets can definitely slip and slide on wood.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 1:01PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

We went with luxury plank vinyl flooring instead of hardwood for durability and maintenance reasons and we are very happy with the results.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 6:24PM
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Annie, what brand/line did you use? We are likely going to do our kitchen, dining, entry and hall in wood-print vinyl tile. I just got a section under my chair at work, excited to see how it holds up!

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 9:33PM
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AnnieDeighnaugh, I would also like to know what brand you went with. Was it glued down directly to the floor and what subfloor was it glued to? I wonder if I did decide to go with hardwood floors again, if hand-scraped would be less slippery? I have three little dogs and two of them are having problems walking on my floor. The smallest one has no problems and is not afraid of the floor but the other two keep slipping and need to walk right next to something to feel safer in case they slip.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 10:12PM
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The only time I have found them slippery is when some yahoo uses furniture polish on a dust mop.

They can be like ice then.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 12:20PM
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