How to Apply Non-Slip Concrete Finish to Concrete Steps

What You'll Need
Bull float
Plastic sheeting
Concrete broom
Concrete sealant
Concrete overlay
Polyethylene sealant additive
Mechanical mixer

A non slip concrete finish on concrete steps is essential to prevent slips and falls from happening on your stairs. This is essential since any concrete surface becomes slippery when it is wet or icy. Colored and sealed concrete are more susceptible to the condition. Hence you have to make sure that your concrete steps will not make anyone to fall from them, which can result in broken bones and other serious injuries. Applying it is best done on the finishing process, immediately after the cement has been poured. But although it is preferable, you can increase traction even on old concrete steps. This can be done by layering the surface with additives to prevent it from getting slippery.

Step 1-Preparing the Concrete

Pour the concrete steps and strike off the surface using the screed. Drag it across to ensure a level surface and use the bull float for smoothing and for pulling the moisture to the top of the step. Wait until all the water in the concrete are gone.

Step2-Making a Non Slip Concrete Texture

Run the concrete broom along the surface of the concrete steps to create a non slip concrete texture. Pull the broom across each step lengthwise to increase traction.

Step 3-Curing the Concrete

Cure your concrete steps by laying a plastic sheet on top of each step. This will prevent the concrete from drying out too fast. To keep the plastic sheets from being blown away by the wind, place some bricks along the edges, ensuring that they do not damage the still soft concrete underneath. Remove the plastic sheets only after the number of days that were specified by the manufacturer for a proper cure.

Step 4-Non slip Concrete Surface for Old Concrete Steps

Get the bucket and mix a concrete overlay for your existing concrete steps. Pour a thin layer over each of the concrete steps. Ensure that they are level by using the screed and bull float. Wait for all the water to evaporate then run the broom along the length of each step to provide traction.

Step 5-Preparing the Non Slip Concrete Sealer

Once the concrete has cured sufficiently, apply a sealant with a non stick additive. Ground polyethylene to powder and add it to the sealant. This will provide the grit to your concrete steps. The plastic grit is transparent and is light enough to hang suspended in the sealer. Because of this, the grit will be present on the entire layer you applied even when the sealer begins to wear off. For uniform result throughout the mixture, use a mechanical mixer using a pound of grit for every five gallons of concrete sealer.

Step 6-Applying the Sealer

Apply the sealer with polyethylene grit on the surface of each concrete step using a roller. This will ensure a more consistent layer throughout. Allow the drying time for the sealer to be complete before using the concrete steps. You can refer to the manufacturer’s direction for the appropriate drying time.