Stamped concrete offers endless design possibilities, mimicking materials like brick, tile, stone, and wood. However, a common concern is whether stamped concrete becomes slippery, especially in regions like Northern Colorado, prone to heavy rain. In this subtropical environment, winter rains are frequent, occasionally bringing severe downpours. Here’s how to prevent slippery stamped concrete.
1. Choose the Right Pattern
The texture and size of stamped concrete impact its slip resistance. Lower, flatter textures provide less slip resistance than higher textures. Timing is crucial; stamp the concrete at the right moment after pouring to achieve your desired texture.
2. Select the Appropriate Sealer
Sealers can either create a glossy film or offer a more natural stone appearance. Glossy film-forming sealers create a smoother surface, while penetrating sealers mimic natural stone. Understanding the differences is important. If you opt for a film-forming sealer, be prepared to use additives (explained below).
3. Add the Correct Additives
Some prefer the glossy finish of film-forming sealers, which can make the surface slippery. To address this, consider adding a slip-resistant substance to your stamped concrete.
- For residential and light commercial use, synthetic materials like polypropylene or “Shark Grip” are suitable.
- In high-traffic commercial areas or steep slopes, hard mineral materials like silica or aluminum oxide work better.
- Smaller aggregates can make cleaning difficult. Larger particles, evenly spaced, offer better traction and are easier to clean. A skilled contractor will find the right balance between particle size and distribution.
4. Apply Sealer Properly
Proper application of sealer is key to avoiding a slippery surface. Thin layers of sealer should be applied to prevent slipperiness. Thick layers can make the surface slippery and lead to a white film on the concrete.
How Cesar’s Concrete Can Help
In Northern Colorado, Cesar’s Concrete can reseal stamped concrete lacking adequate traction. We ensure that stamped patios, pool decks, or driveways are slip-resistant by employing texture and expert sealing techniques. If you need assistance in selecting the right surface for your home, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team will assess your project and discuss the best options, providing you with a quote.
Enjoy both safety and style with stamped concrete surfaces that are beautiful and slip-resistant.
This post was written by a professional at Cesar’s Concrete. Cesar’s Concrete was created after our owner saw the need for a new breed of concrete contractor in the industry – one who operates with strong moral principles and knows the ins and outs of the business; ensuring customers a beautiful, lasting project. We specialize in all types of concrete repair and installation, including Residential Concrete Patio in Greely, CO, driveways, sidewalks, walkways, and much more!