surface for porch floor


Old 05-24-04, 06:29 PM
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surface for porch floor

i have a large porch floor, under a roof, on the front of my house. it is of ugly cement and so i painted it - bad mistake - as it peels off every winter.

i need to finish the floor with something more exciting. however, it has been my experience that most of the materials used become exceedingly slippery when wet; i.e. blue slate, brick, tiles, wood. at our advanced age, if we or our contemporaries fall, it could be disastrous.

there is this new pressed cement used on driveways which i am wondering if it would be adequate. has anyone had any experience with this type of finish?

i live around the toronto area in ontario, canada so frost upheaval is also an issue.

does anyone have any ideas or suggestions as to what would be a recommended surface to use on this porch?

thanks in advance

Old 05-26-04, 05:28 AM
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Painting concrete requires that your first etch the slab, then apply a concrete paint. If you don't do both, it peels, as you found out. and sometimes, even if you do both, it still peels.

There is a process called Perma Crete that would be a permanent solution. Search the web and see if there is an installing contractor in your area.

Next suggestion would be to contact several concrete contractors and have them suggest solutions.

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