How do you help prevent slips in a wet and humid greenhouse that’s visited by thousands of people each year?
At the Glasshouse Nurseries, the UK’s second most visited paid entry garden, the original rubber flooring was so slippery they were forced to cancel the guided tours. They needed a new matting solution that would remain slip resistant in wet conditions – and cope with large amounts of foot and wheel traffic.
The Royal Horticultural Society’s Glasshouse Nurseries in Wisley, UK, is a vast garden comprising of a glasshouse with three climatic zones, a learning space and a growing lab. It’s also the second most visited paid entry garden in the United Kingdom. The RHS had become concerned that the original rubber matting had become slippery due to the heat, humidity and large volumes of water needed for nurturing the tropical plants. They needed new slip resistant matting that would cope in a challenging environment, plus withstand high levels of pedestrian and wheeled traffic.
- Withstands wet and humid environments
- Provides grip underfoot for both pedestrians and service trolleys
- Quickly drains and dissipates water
- Resistant to algae and mould
- Available in one long continuous roll
We worked closely with Nick Morgan, the nursery’s manager, to test the effectiveness of different mats when placed in a humid environment. After several trials, Vynagrip was installed along the walkways, as well as the points of entry. The matting’s open grid means it can quickly drain large volumes of water, while the deep-etched surfaces delivers slip resistance even when soaking wet.
Made from non-porous PVC, Vynagrip is impermeable to mould, algae, oils and other chemicals, making it ideal for wet and humid environments like the Glasshouse Nursery. The two-layer construction provides comfortable cushioning, and the addition of a gently angled ramp welded to the edges of the mat facilitates the passage of carts and wheeled equipment.
At a glance
Royal Horticultural Society
Slip resistant walkway matting that can withstand wet and humid conditions, and is impermeable to mould and algae.
Our number one defence against slippery environments, Vynagrip is a heavy-duty mat designed to withstand all kinds of workplace liquids.
Flexible formats: Choose from modules with ramped PVC edging or rolls in standard widths and 10m (33') lengths
Simple installation: Easy to cut on site; contours to uneven surfaces
Easy to maintain: No special cleaning tools needed; easy to clean with a high pressure hose
Diamond cut pattern
Certified slip resistant (DIN 51130: R11, ASTM 1677: 1.0/0.9)
Two layer open-grid construction
Excellent drainage (DIN 51130: V10)
Made from non-porous PVC
Chemical, oil and acid resistant
Proven anti-fatigue properties
Comes in 10m (33') rolls or ramped modules
Contours to uneven surfaces