Concrete makes a practical and smart material for surfaces all over your property, from your patio to your driveway. In certain climates, however, concrete surfaces may become slippery, especially in wet climates during winter seasons. Reduce the risk of a slip or fall on your concrete surfaces year-round, with a few simple and tactical suggestions.
Some ways to construct concrete surfaces that are slip-free and safe are:
Get some grit.
Talk with your concrete contractor about adding an aggregate to your concrete surfaces to provide a bit of tread and traction for those using the space. Concrete is composed of aggregate matter, so talk to a contractor like Oesterling's Concrete Co Inc about using larger gauge stone to create a textured surface. This will provide added safety when the surface is wet or potentially slippery.
Try some paint.
You can paint your concrete surfaces with a product that contains sand, gravel, or other aggregate to create a textured surface and reduce the risk of a fall. This is a likely approach for those that already have concrete spaces on their property, and that are looking for more traction. Talk with home improvement retailers about the best paint products for concrete surfaces.
Stick something on.
Look for adhesive sandpaper that can be applied to your concrete, much like you would put on the risers of a set of stairs, to reduce the surface from becoming slippery under specific conditions. This may need to be cut to fit, or you can create a pattern or path on your space with these easy-to-use appliques.
Add some salt.
Have your concrete contractor add a bit of rock salt to the concrete surfaces before the concrete cures and firms up. This rock salt will eventually dissolve, leaving you with a subtle texture which will provide grip for feet crossing over the space, and traction for vehicles that might use the surface.
Seal with some sand.
Another way to make concrete surfaces less slippery is with silica sand. After you seal your new or existing concrete surface, cover with a layer of silica sand. This creates a slip-free surface that is easy and inexpensive to achieve.
Concrete is an excellent choice to bring a smooth, level space to the yard, as well as a resilient and appealing surface for the garage and driveway. Take care to add some sort of traction or tread to your concrete surfaces with some of these suggestions. These tips may make the high-traffic areas of your home a bit safer.