Can a smooth concrete finish be roughed up?


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Old 12-26-07, 02:23 PM
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Can a smooth concrete finish be roughed up?

I probably have a very novice concrete question after almost breaking my ankle for the 500th time - is there a way to roughen up my very smooth concrete patio so that water does not turn it into a slipping hazard. If it is possible, I'd like to do with without adding anything like a rubber coating or those adhesive traction strips. Thanks for any input.
 
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Old 12-26-07, 05:59 PM
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You might look into concrete etching, usually done with a diluted solution of muriatic acid, or a similar product. With acids, the amount of etching can be controlled by the dilution of the solution along with the time elapsed before rinsing and neutralizing.

Acids are very dangerous, however, so it might be best to leave this to a professional.
 
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Old 12-27-07, 04:55 AM
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Acid etching is effective, but it will also increase the weathering of the slab. If you live in a freeze/thaw area and the slab is exposed, it will end up destroying it.
 
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Old 12-27-07, 06:46 AM
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Thanks for the tip about acid etching. I'm actually in Austin Texas and thus not dealing with much freezing.
 
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What do you mean?! I had 24 degrees the last 2 days!

(just kidding, it will be fine)
 
 

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