You’ve probably heard about how great stamped concrete is for your home or business. Stamped concrete can add a beautiful new look to your patio, driveway or other areas that you want to refurbish. However, there are some things that you should know about this type of surface before choosing it as your next project. The main concern people have with stamped concrete is whether or not it will be slippery when wet. If you do not take the proper precautions when installing your new slab, then yes; this surface may become very slippery when wet! There are several ways to ensure that your new stamped concrete does not become slippery. In this article, we will discuss those ways so that you can make an informed decision before starting any projects involving this type of material:
Correctly Calculate the Slope
The slope of the concrete patio is an important factor in determining how slippery it will be. The ratio between the rise and run (also referred to as “grade”) should be between 1/8 and 1/4 inches per foot, depending on what type of material you are using. For example, if you were installing asphalt pavers over a flat surface like concrete or asphalt, a grade of 1/4 inch per foot would be ideal because there’s less chance for water to pool on top of them when it rains. On the other hand, if you’re building a small deck with wood planks that are only an inch wide each (like those found on many balconies), then having too steep of a grade could cause them to warp over time due to moisture buildup underneath them once again causing slippery conditions around your home!
Install a Drainage System
The best way to prevent water from pooling on your concrete is to install a drainage system. A good drainage system will allow water to escape through holes in the surface, preventing it from settling at the bottom of your slab or pooling in joints between stones.
If you are considering stamped concrete services and want to use stamped concrete as part of your patio or driveway, make sure you put down gravel before laying down your stamping material–this will help with drainage and keep excess moisture from collecting underfoot.
Add a Slip Resistant Sealer
If you want to prevent your concrete from becoming slippery, the best thing to do is apply a slip resistant sealer after it is poured. This will ensure that the surface has a non-slip surface and helps prevent accidents from occurring on top of it.
You should always apply this sealer with either a roller or sprayer so that it covers every inch of your concrete with an even coat. You’ll want to make sure not too much gets used since this could cause cracking later on down the road if there isn’t enough strength in between layers when pouring overtop of each other (which would cause water seeping through cracks).
It’s also worth noting here that any time we’re talking about applying anything like this directly onto surfaces where freezing temperatures might occur within 24 hours after application (or even sooner), then those applications should NOT include any type of sealer whatsoever!
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Add Rigid Edging Stones
Another way to prevent water from pooling is to use rigid edging stones. These are very small and can be placed around the perimeter of your concrete slab, forming a barrier that prevents water from getting into its base. They also help guide water away from the slab so it doesn’t puddle up underneath your home.
Ridge stones are another good choice for keeping your stamped concrete safe from slippery conditions. They’re especially helpful if you live in an area with heavy rainfalls or snowfall because they direct all rainfall away from coming into contact with the surface of your driveway or walkway–and therefore keep it dryer longer!
Using a Rough Concrete Texture
A rough concrete texture can also help prevent stamped concrete from becoming slippery. A rough texture is created when the surface of your driveway or walkway has small indentations in it, creating a textured appearance that gives traction to shoes as they walk across it. It also helps with drainage by forming small channels between the indentations that allow water to flow away from your home rather than pooling up on top of the surface.
Calculate the slope correctly. The best way to do this is by using a laser level or water level to make sure that the top of your patio is level from side-to-side, as well as front-to-back. This ensures that water will not collect in one area of your patio and cause it to become slippery when it freezes over in winter months. If there are any areas where water may collect (such as along edges), place some type of rigid edging stones around these areas so they don’t become slippery during cold weather conditions.
Install an appropriate drainage system. You can install an underground drainage pipe system beneath stamped concrete patios by digging trenches deep enough so they won’t be visible once they’ve been filled back up again with gravel or crushed stone after being laid flat against each other along their entire lengths. Or you can simply use large rocks instead if space allows–just make sure these aren’t too big since we’re talking about preventing slipping accidents here!
The key to preventing slippery stamped concrete is by correctly calculating the slope, installing a drainage system, using a rough textured finish, and adding a slip resistant sealer.