How to make your existing decking non-slip

The Importance of Non-slip Decking

If you have existing decking in place and that isn’t purpose-built non-slip decking and you are considering making it safer then there are a few solutions available that can prevent you from forking out for new decking boards.

Although non-slip decking is the most reliable way to avoid slippery decking, other methods can sometimes be almost as effective. In this blog post we’ll explore some of these methods and discuss why you don’t need to resort to covering your beautiful decking in chicken wire.

What makes decking slippery?

Traditional decking that does not have anti-slip or non-slip inserts is a lot more vulnerable to the various factors that make decking slippery and unsafe. Although there may be other causes such as spilt oils and similar substances, the main reason for your decking being slippery are:

  • Rainfall – Standing water after it rains is probably the most common reason why your decking may be slippery. This is less of a problem in the summer months but due to the amount of rainfall we get here in the UK, it tends to be a concern almost year-around.
  • Debris Build-up – As your decking is constantly exposed to the elements, different types of debris can make the surface of your decking slippery. In addition to pesky leaves, algae, moss and mildew build-up can significantly reduce the safety of your decking boards.
  • Cold Weather – It should be no surprise that frost, snow and ice are a major slip hazard for your decking boards, but they can make even the safest decking slippery so it’s important to be weary of decking boards in really cold temperatures.

For more information, please read our guide on what makes decking slippery and how to avoid it.

Tips for making your decking non-slip

In order to make it easier for you to find the right solution to your slippery deck, we’ve outlined some useful tips and tricks that can make your existing decking safer.


Retrofit Non-slip Decking Inserts

Retrofit inserts like our SafeStrip 25 non-slip inserts are most effective way to make your existing decking non-slip and a lot safer. As an aggregate insert that can be retrofitted into your current decking boards, these inserts are a simple yet reliable method to make any deck less slippery.

With a 5 year performance warranty, you can depend on our inserts to make your deck safer year round and even extend the service life of your decking boards.

Unlike tape and similar, less effective methods, our inserts are designed to screwed in with screw holes every 300mm along the length of the insert.

Find out more about choosing the right non-slip decking inserts with our helpful guide on choosing the right aggregate for your non-slip decking


Regular Cleaning and Maintenance

If you’re not looking for a permanent solution to making your decking non-slip such as non-slip decking boards or retrofit decking inserts,  then regular cleaning and maintenance is the next best option.

Making sure your decking is regularly swept and kept clear of leaves can make a huge difference, especially in Autumn. It’s equally as important to mindful of algae and moss build-up which a thorough clean can help to address.

Pressure washers can be helpful for a deep, long overdue clean but you need to careful that you don’t damage the decking boards in the process. We recommend pressure washing your deck at least once per year to prevent algae and moss build-up.

Please read our tips on cleaning and maintaining decking and our guide on how to clean your deck for information on how you can avoid slippery decking through proper care of your decking boards.


Consider upgrading to Non-slip Decking

Now that we’ve outlined some of the more affordable ways to make your decking non-slip, it’s important to emphasise that the only complete non-slip decking solution is decking boards that have been designed and purpose-built to provide you with reliable safety.

If your decking is reaching the end of its service life and is due for an upgrade soon then the best thing to do is invest in a safe solution that will last. Our non-slip decking comes with a unique 15 year warranty that our decking boards come with PTV (Pendulum Test Value) slip rating of at least 85 and won’t fall under a PTV of 55 which means that you can rely on Gripsure products to create a safe, long-term solution for your outdoor space.

Browse our extensive range of non-slip decking to find out more about the variety of available decking options that can help you make slippery decking a thing of the past.

Non-slip Decking Solutions from Gripsure

With almost 20 years of supplying reliable non-slip decking solutions, you can trust our decking boards to provide you with the safest solution for any application. Our retrofit inserts are a reliable way for you to make your existing decking non-slip, but the best long-term solution will always purpose-built non-slip decking boards.

Get in touch if you are considering upgrading your decking to non-slip or you are interested in our retrofit nonslip inserts.

Gripsure sponsors St Austell RFC

We’re pleased to share our sponsorship of St Austell’s RFC.

It was great to see the team in action at last week’s game between St Austell and Exmouth. The team looked great in their shirts, and we were delighted to support the local rugby at this level. The team was promoted last season into their highest-ever league, Regional 1 South West, and is currently in 8th position in the table.

Here’s to a season filled with triumphs!

Gripsure’s decking donation to Acorns Children’s Hospice

We are delighted to see Gripsure decking at Acorns Children's Hospice in Birmingham!

Last year, the branch manager at Stirchley Travis Perkins, where Gripsure products are stocked, was contacted about the Hospice‘s project to improve their memorial garden. Our team gladly donated non-slip decking boards to the project, and wish all the best to the wonderful Hospice staff!

Thank you to Lee Pace, Branch Manager at the time, for facilitating the donation.

Choosing Natural Decking Materials: Timber Vs Bamboo

In the UK, the trend of enhancing outdoor spaces through decking projects is on the rise. The debate between traditional timber and contemporary bamboo is relevant as ever. This analysis will guide you in choosing between hardwood, softwood, and bamboo. We will show you a strong focus on the differences and nuances between these materials.

In 2005, Mike and Ross founded Gripsure to tackle wet weather challenges in Cornwall. They introduced non-slip decking boards, and today, Gripsure is a leading European brand. Unsure of the right provider for your decking? Choose Gripsure today as a safe and durable choice. Contact us now for expert advice on your project.


Hardwood Timber vs Bamboo

The Charm and Resilience of Hardwood Timber

Hardwood timber has a long history in garden design. People value it because it is strong and visually appealing. Varieties like oak, teak, and iroko dominate the market, each offering unique qualities.

  • Durability: Hardwoods resist damage and wear due to their dense structure. This makes them ideal for high-traffic areas.
  • Design: Hardwoods have diverse grain patterns and hues that enhance designs. They work well with both traditional and contemporary styles.
  • Maintenance Requirements: Regular maintenance, including sealing and staining, is essential for longevity.
  • Cost Implications: Hardwoods are often more expensive, reflecting their durability and aesthetic value.

Bamboo: The Eco-Friendly Contender

Bamboo’s popularity as a decking material is due to its sustainability. It is also chosen for its modern appeal:

  • Sustainability: Bamboo is a fast-growing grass, making it a sustainable resource. It offers an eco-friendly option instead of slow-growing hardwoods.
  • Strength and Durability: Advancements in bamboo processing have made it as strong as hardwoods. This makes it suitable for decking due to its durability.
  • Maintenance Ease: Bamboo decking requires less intensive upkeep, often just regular cleaning.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Bamboo’s longevity and low maintenance make it cost-effective over time. Though the initial costs can be high, the benefits outweigh them.

Softwood Timber vs Bamboo

Softwood Timber: The Price-Friendly Option

Softwood timber, like pine and spruce, is affordable for decking in the UK.

  • Affordability: Softwoods are generally cheaper than hardwoods, making them accessible for various budgets.
  • Treatment and Maintenance: To enhance durability, softwoods need treatment against rot and pests.
  • Lifespan and Performance: Treated softwoods have a decent lifespan but don’t last as long as hardwoods and bamboo.
  • Aesthetic Versatility: Softwoods have aesthetic versatility with a range of finishes. They can be painted or stained to suit design preferences.

Bamboo: Uniformity and Eco-Friendly Appeal

Bamboo’s uniform structure contrasts with the natural variability of softwoods.

  • Quality Consistency: Bamboo provides a uniform quality, reducing the occurrence of weak spots.
  • Environmental Benefits: Bamboo is still eco-friendly, with minimal pollution and high renewal.
  • Modern Aesthetics: Its sleek, contemporary look is well-suited for modern garden designs.
  • Resilience: Bamboo is more resilient against moisture and temperature changes than softwoods.

In-Depth Considerations for Your Decking Project

Understanding Your Surroundings

When picking materials for your deck, think about the weather in your area. Bamboo does well in various climates. It’s good at handling moisture and temperature changes, so it doesn’t need much upkeep.

However, regular wood might need extra care in tough weather. This includes treatments to stop it from bending or rotting. If you choose a material that suits your local weather, your deck will last longer and look better. It’ll also handle local weather problems better, with less work needed to maintain it.

Costs Now and in the Future

It’s important to balance the initial cost of your decking with its long-term value. Softwood decks might be cheaper to start with, but they can cost more to maintain as time goes on.

Bamboo might cost more at first, but it’s a better value over time. Its strength and low upkeep mean you’ll spend less in the long run. Think about both the costs right now and in the future to make a smart, budget-friendly choice.

Matching Your Style

Your deck should look good with your house and garden. Hardwood is classically beautiful – perfect for traditional styles. Softwood is flexible in looks and can be easily changed with paint or stain. Bamboo has a modern, clean appearance and is great for up-to-date outdoor areas.

Think about how each option fits with the style of your home. You want your outdoor space to be unified and appealing.

Eco-Friendly Choices

Choosing sustainable materials is very important. Bamboo grows fast and can be replaced easily, so it’s kind to the environment. It’s better for the planet than hardwoods, which grow slowly, and softwoods.

Picking bamboo for your decking helps the environment. It fits with green living and lowers your environmental impact.

Setting Up and Looking After Your Deck

Think about how easy it is to install and maintain your deck. Bamboo decking is simple to put in place and doesn’t need much care. This is because it naturally fights off bugs and moisture, so you don’t have to treat it often.

On the other hand, wooden decks need more effort to set up and keep in good condition. Choosing bamboo can save you time and work in both putting it in and looking after it long-term.


Selecting the perfect decking material requires considering aesthetics, functionality, sustainability, and budget. Timber appeals to various preferences and needs, offering traditional charm and reliability. Bamboo stands out for its environmental credentials. It also has a modern appeal and resilience. When considering your needs and preferences, weigh these factors first. This way, you can choose a material that enhances your outdoor space and aligns with your values and lifestyle.

Incorporate Gripsure into your project today and experience the difference for yourself. Our non-slip decking solutions provide top safety and durability. Contact us today to get started!


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A Guide to Fire-Rated Decking and Cladding Materials

Whether you’re planning a residential deck, a commercial terrace, or incorporating cladding into your architectural design, understanding the principles and options of fire-rated materials is crucial for ensuring the longevity, safety, and compliance of your project.

In the following guide, we delve into the fundamentals of fire-rated materials, exploring the various types of decking and cladding options available on the market. By the end of this, we aim to empower you with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions based on your specific project requirements.

Fire Rated Decking Materials

Understanding Fire Ratings

Fire-rated decking and fire-rated cladding materials play a pivotal role in mitigating the risk of fire incidents in outdoor spaces. To make informed decisions about materials suitable for specific applications, it’s essential to understand the Euroclass system — a European standard that categorises the fire performance of construction products, including decking materials.

  • Euroclass A1 and A2: These classifications represent the highest level of fire resistance. Materials falling under A1 and A2 have minimal to no contribution to fire and no production of flaming droplets or particles. They are suitable for areas with stringent fire safety requirements.
  • Euroclass B, C, D, E, and F: Materials in these categories exhibit varying degrees of fire performance, with B being the most fire-resistant within this group, and F indicating materials with little or no performance. The classification helps users select materials based on their specific fire safety needs.

Common Fire-Resistant Decking Materials

Pressure-Treated Wood:

  • Traditional decking material, such as pressure-treated wood, can be rendered fire-resistant through chemical treatments. These treatments penetrate the wood, creating a barrier against ignition. Understanding the treatment process and the longevity of fire resistance is essential for effective use.

Composite Decking:

  • Comprised of a blend of wood fibres and recycled plastics, composite decking offers a fire-resistant alternative to traditional wood. The materials are inherently less combustible, making them a popular choice for those seeking a balance between aesthetics and safety.

Aluminium Decking:

  • Aluminium decking is known for its durability and resistance to fire. Its non-combustible nature makes it an attractive option for areas where fire safety is a primary concern. Additionally, aluminium decks are resistant to moisture, reducing the risk of mould or decay.

Fire-Rated Non-Combustible Fibre Cement Decking:

  • Fibre cement decking materials are non-combustible and offer excellent fire resistance. These materials are composed of cement, sand, and cellulose fibres, providing a durable and fire-safe option for decking applications. This hardwearing and low-maintenance profile is Euroclass A2 fire-rated. Check out our SHERA Fire Rated Decking range for a top-quality option.

Bamboo Deck Boards:

  • Bamboo, a rapidly renewable resource, is gaining popularity as a decking material. A sustainable substitute for tropical hardwoods and composite products, this option excels in environmental sustainability, strength, stability, and longevity. It proudly holds a Euroclass B fire rating without requiring additional external treatment, making it a top performer in both durability and eco-friendliness. At Gripsure, we are proud to be the UK’s exclusive distributor of MOSO® Bamboo Decking – a safe and stylish solution for eco-projects.

Fire-Resistant Coatings:

  • Some decking materials can be coated with fire-resistant substances to enhance their ability to withstand flames. These coatings act as an additional layer of protection, contributing to the overall fire performance of the decking.

Fire Rated Cladding Materials

Composite Cladding:

  • Similar to composite decking, composite cladding offers fire-resistant properties. It consists of a mix of materials that contribute to its ability to withstand flames and heat, providing an aesthetically pleasing and safe option for exterior walls.

Bamboo Strips:

  • Compressed and thermally modified bamboo strips offer a unique and fire-resistant option for cladding. Subjected to high temperatures (around 200°C), these bamboo strips gain enhanced fire resistance while maintaining their natural beauty, providing both sustainability and safety.

High-Pressure Laminate (HPL) Cladding:

  • HPL cladding is made by layering resin-impregnated sheets onto a core material. It is known for its versatility, durability, and fire-resistant properties. HPL cladding is often used in both residential and commercial buildings for its aesthetic appeal and performance.

Metal Cladding:

  • Metal cladding, particularly using materials such as aluminium or steel, is inherently non-combustible. Metal cladding systems are known for their durability, resistance to fire, and low maintenance requirements. They are often used in high-rise buildings and other structures where fire safety is a critical consideration.

Brick Cladding:

  • Traditional brick cladding is inherently fire-resistant due to the nature of the material. Bricks do not burn, and their use in cladding provides a robust barrier against fire spread. Brick cladding is not only fire-resistant but also offers a classic and timeless aesthetic.

Stone Cladding:

  • Similar to brick, stone cladding provides excellent fire resistance. Natural stone materials are non-combustible and can be used for both functional and decorative purposes. Stone cladding is often chosen for its durability and ability to withstand external elements.

How to Choose the Right Fire-Rated Materials for Your Project

Choosing the right fire-rated materials for your project is critical for ensuring safety and compliance with building regulations. Start by assessing the local fire safety codes and regulations applicable to your region. Consider the specific requirements of your project, such as the type of structure, its intended use, and the environmental conditions it will face.

Next, you’ll want to evaluate the fire ratings of materials based on recognised standards such as Euroclass classifications or local equivalents. Understand the material’s composition, whether it’s pressure-treated wood, composite decking, or cladding made of fibre cement or metal. Look for certifications from reputable testing agencies, ensuring that the chosen materials meet or exceed fire safety standards.

You’ll also want to consider the aesthetic and functional aspects of the materials, keeping in mind your design preferences and project goals. Seek materials that strike a balance between fire resistance, durability, and visual appeal.

Finally, engage with knowledgeable suppliers and consult with professionals in the field to make informed decisions tailored to your project’s unique requirements.

Here at Gripsure, we have almost 20 years of experience helping our customers create beautiful and safe spaces using decking and cladding materials. We’re committed to continuously improving how we operate and are always seeking to achieve the highest environmental, ethical and safety standards. If you’re looking for guidance on fire-rated decking and cladding materials for your next building project, feel free to drop our team a message – we’d love to help!