When comparing non-slip metal plate and diamond plate there are a few factors to consider: slip resistant surface area is one of them. Non-slip metal plate starts off as a smooth surface to which a slip resistant coating, like SlipNOT®, is applied. This ensures the most direct foot to surface area which means the most non-slip coverage and traction, even in the harshest of conditions. Diamond plate provides a somewhat slip resistant surface, but does not meet the same non-slip standards due to the raised diamond pattern. The raised pattern does not provide as much non-slip surface area as slip resistant metal plate because feet only come into contact with the raised part of the diamonds as opposed to a flat non-slip surface.
Unlike metal plate, slip resistant diamond plate can be prone to wearing and chipping after years of use. Because of the flat walking surface, non-slip metal plate provides an even coverage, thus ensuring a skid resistant and durable walking surface in commercial, industrial and community environments. Metal plate coated with SlipNOT® contains a coefficient of friction of at least 0.85, which far surpasses the requirements of OSHA and ASTM at 0.50. Like diamond plate, slip resistant metal plate is offered in stainless steel, aluminum and steel substrates.
In my opinion, if you’re an employer looking for a safe and reliable metal flooring application, I would choose non-slip metal plate flooring. You will save a lot of money in the long run due to the fact SlipNOT® has lasted for decades in some facilities and you will be preventing potential worker compensation claims. In addition, SlipNOT® provides your employees with the confidence to work in a safe and non slip work environment. Keep workers and pedestrians on their feet; choose non-slip metal plate for your next flooring application.