The History of GripStrip

The History of GripStrip

Imagine you’ve found your partner for life.  You get married and hope to have a couple of kids.  You secretly think about what you’d name those kids, should they arrive down the road.  The first step in settling down is to buy a house; so you do.  As a result you discover a business opportunity that will change your lives.  Wait.  THIS was not part of the plan.

This is our story.  And we wouldn’t have it any other way. 

On move-in day, we excitedly walked around basking in our first house.  Excitedly planning what we’d do in the summer and coming up with garden ideas.  We had a basement access with wooden stairs down to the door.  The tread that had been put on the month before, had already come up due to the cold weather. We decided we would fix it immediately and that week searched for something to put down on our stairs.  There wasn’t anything viable on the market.  We saw roof tread or chicken wire.  But nothing that was simple and durable. That’s when the lightbulb went off and GripStrip was born.


Steve and Kari-Ann on their wedding day.

After designing and purchasing a mold and knocking on a lot of doors, we started selling! 10 years later, we have two kids and a business that is growing. We, proudly, provide a product that helps prevent slips and falls.  It’s also affordable and easy for anyone to put down themselves. Who would have thought that because we wanted to do something as easy as making our wooden stairs safe, a whole business would bloom! 

Is it easy working with your partner and rarely spending time apart?  Definitely not.  Do we sometimes have disagreements and then immediately have to speak to a vendor.  Sure do.  Are we perfect in finding the balance between being a couple and work partners?  Not every day. But we’re really good together.  And we’re so proud of what we’ve accomplished. 

So in this month of Valentine’s and love and in the year of our 10th wedding anniversary, we raise a glass to us and to you for letting us share our journey with you. 


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Customer Reviews

  • "Around here, moss grows overnight. It makes everything very slippery. My condo association recently installed Gripstrips on our wooden walkways that get slippery in the winter. They have reduced the number of people falling to ZERO this winter! We place them two feet apart, and it's enough to stop a skid before it becomes a fall. They are the best product ever. (I've used chickenwire stapled down (painful), and composition roof tiles (ugly). GripStrips are attractive and they work!! GREAT PRODUCT!!"

    Janey Bennett
  • "After discovering this product at a consumer tradeshow, I contacted GRIPSTRIP on behalf of a number of Strata Corporations that I manage. These buildings have now used GRIPSTRIPs on exterior wooden stair systems to reduce the likelihood of slip and falls and the product has proven to be very effective. On my personal strata in Whistler, BC, we have used this product on all of our exterior stair systems and the product has proven to work very well with both rain and snow and has been quite durable in spite of constant shoveling of snow from these stairs.

    Ross Ruddick, Strata Manager, CrossRoads Management