How to Choose a Product for Your Aluminum Tread

A SLIPNOT aluminum tread can be made of plate, grating, expanded metal or perforated plate. To determine which product is most suitable for your project, see below:

  1. Determine if you have excess liquids that need to drain?
    • If you answered yes to this question you should consider expanded metal, perforated metal or grating.
      • Grating will allow for the most drainage and will hold the most weight.
      • Expanded metal is most commonly used to retrofit over unsafe grating.
      • Perforated plate is available in different hole sizes and patterns to meet the project requirements.
  2. Find out if you need a solid even surface?
    • If you answered yes to this question plate would be the best solution for your aluminum tread.
    • SLIPNOT plate provides an even high traction surface for an aluminum tread.
  3. Decide if there will be high heel or wheel chair traffic?
    • If you answered yes to this there are two options for your application, plate or grating. SLIPNOT
      offers ADA compliant grating with close spacing for these types of applications.
  4. Determine if you should retrofit over the existing stairs or build new?
    • Most commonly; perforated plate, expanded metal and plate are used to retrofit over unsafe surfaces. However, grating has also been used for this purpose in the past.
    • For new construction, all of the substrates are available, however, most commonly we see plate and grating used for these applications due to the high strength to weight ratio.

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