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A slip-free sealer for the changing face of the USA

The right sealer can help maintain your stone's slip resistance.

Among the many demographic changes faced by the USA, one of the most significant is the gradually ageing population. According to the Housing America's Older Adults report released in September 2014 by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, by 2030, the US population aged 50 or over will rise to a whopping 132 million. 

By the same year, the number of Americans aged between 65 and 74 will shoot up to 38.6 million. In other words, one-fifth of all Americans will be 65 or over. That's a lot of gray hairs!

This has significant implications for homeowners. While the report suggests home assistance may become more important for them, leading to cut backs on other expenses, also crucial to think about is how to improve safety around the home and prevent accidents from happening. After all, the elderly are particularly prone to falls, as well as being especially likely to seriously injure themselves from them.

Keeping yourself safe at home

There are a variety of ways to make the home a safe, hazard-free space, including: 

  • Improving lighting
  • Keeping living areas free of hazards
  • Installing handrails
  • Keeping electrical cords out of the way in areas with lots of foot traffic

Along with all this, using the right sealer on your stone can also play a part. If you've got a slate tile floor, for instance, you'll want to do all you can to make sure it's safe to walk on, as a tumble on a hard stone surface can end up being rather dangerous.

At the same time, you also need to ensure surface protection for your stone, which may not gel with this goal. Some sealers are known to reduce the slip resistance of stone. 

Choosing one that won't do so is therefore imperative. Consider STAIN-PROOF Original™. It's designed to maintain the slip resistance of the surface it's applied to, and has been used for large-scale architectural projects like the Fenerbahce Soccer Stadium in Turkey and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Building in Ohio – so it ought to be more than effective for your home, too.

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