How to keep stamped concrete from being slippery
Stamped concrete which has been sealed tends to be slippery especially if it’s brand new. Outdoor or indoor floor concrete projects are relatively simple and concrete settles quickly and can be stamped for the pattern or style you want. This concrete however has several additives and also an unpolished look which people try to avoid. Hence for a more polished look and to protect the cement, sealing is a great option. It prevents the concrete to fade due to UV rays or in case of severe thunderstorms. Most people in such cases resort to sealing their floor but wet sealer and even as it dries is slippery and hence not safe for walking especially for adults and children.
I will now go over a few basic things which can be done to prevent the floor from being slippery after the application of sealer or just use materials for coatings which are not slippery.
Now I will advice you of some other tips and options you can go for if you want a slip-free flooring experience.
Sun shouldn’t be out:
When you are planning to put non-slip sealer or coatings on the concrete surface, you have to make sure to pick a day which is not sunny. This way you will have more time before it dries and you can consistently apply it with a brush or a broom. You will be able to spread it more evenly and also apply more than one coating if needed before everything dries out.
This is another latest technique which is done with acrylic coatings or simple coatings. You can spray the coating on top of the concrete and then spray a coating of these nano beads on top of it. What this will do is give a slight texture on top of the sealed concrete or simple concrete which will give us the much needed friction.
Coatings on Sealer:
In the case where you want to layer a sealer with non-slip agent on top of a sealed concrete, that will create problems. If you layer a sealer on top of another sealer, it will flake and chip and will ultimately fail as it will be difficult to discern where the sealer ends and the concrete begins. You then have to figure out how to strip and get rid of it. In such a case a coating is applied on top of the sealer and then nano-sized beads or non slip agents are splayed on top for more durability in terms of longevity and friction.
Can acrylic coatings be applied on stamped or brush finished concrete?
You may think that because of the low density of the coating it cannot be applied to stamped concrete but that’s not quite right. It can be applied over both smooth and stamped and broom finished concrete and it also protects the color added in the concrete.
Why do people not prefer 100 mesh for pool areas and steps?
100 mesh is a size too small which stays suspended in the sealer and hence offers less non-slip factor than the 40 and 60 mesh. Pools are areas where you need a good grip on the floor as there is already the water element present which can cause people to slip more often than in any other place. Hence 40 and 60 mesh are better as they settle in the sealer and offer more friction.
Do acrylic coatings have any more benefits?
Acrylic coatings are better because they are textured. They are highly safe and offer a non-slip surface. On top of this because of the heavy duty resin present in them, they offer superior adhesion to the concrete surface as well as a consistent color and a brighter, fresher look.
Is coating needs to be done more than once for it to stick?
You may need to put the coating with a sprayer more than once. First time you can spread it with a brush, then spray it again and brush over it again. This is when it’s really going to lock it in and make sure the coating sticks.
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