Using Textured Paint on Porch and Deck Floors
Outdoor surfaces such as decks, porches, and outdoor stairs take a beating from weather. Rain, wind, extreme heat, and cold can all do damage to both concrete and wood surfaces that are outside. Because of this, it is beneficial to paint and seal these surfaces to help protect them. But, when painted surfaces get wet, they become very dangerous to walk on and pose a very high slip-and-fall risk.
One way to combat this problem is by using no-slip paint on outdoor surfaces to help keep them, and you, safe.
What is No-Slip or Textured Paint?
No-slip or textured paint is simply high quality, outdoor paint that has sand or another rough material mixed into it. This causes the paint to be textured or coarse, and when applied to a wood or concrete surface, helps to create traction and prevent slipping. This type of paint is most often used in boats and on steps around bodies of water to help keep workers and visitors from slipping and falling. No-slip paint is available at most hardware and home improvement stores but can also be created at home.
Creating Textured Paint at Home
While no-slip paint can be purchased pre-mixed, it is also possible to create this coating at home. Begin by painting the deck or patio with one coat of the chosen paint. Then, mix two cups of the remaining paint with ¾ cups of sand – you may have to make more of this mixture depending on the size of the area you are painting. Once the sand and paint are thoroughly combined, paint a second coat on the area using the textured paint. Allow the second coat to dry and then you will have a slip-proof surface.
Proper Applications for No-Slip Paint
While textured paint could be used pretty much anywhere for aesthetic purposes, there are a few general areas where it can be used for practical, safety purposes. Decks and patios that are exposed to weather is a great place to start along with any stairs that tend to get wet or become slippery with different kinds of precipitation. Additionally, consider using textured paint around the exterior of a pool deck or patio – this will help to keep children and adults safe when they enjoy warm weather outdoors.
Textured or no-slip paint is a great way to not only protect outdoor surfaces but also protect your family and guests to your home from a slip-and-fall accident. With a relatively simple concept, this type of paint can either be purchased pre-mixed or made at home and is easily applied to most surfaces. When thinking of places to apply the paint, make sure to consider all high-traffic areas that become wet and slippery when it rains or snows – decks, patios and pool decks are a great place to start.
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