We have a common California style balcony in front of
our condo building, with a coat of epoxy that was put on
by the contractor last year.
finish is very slippery. Is there anything we can apply
on top of the epoxy coating that will make the finish
Some contractors use a sand-like additive to make epoxy
finishes less slippery.
I considered, and then later decided against, using a
two-part epoxy paint on the floor of my garage, the
experts recommended that the additive be used.
that case, it was something called Shark Grip, a grit
consisting of small micronized polymer beads that are
soft to the feet and skin.
becomes translucent when added to a coating and will
create very small bumps for grip when it is mixed into
the final top coat of your floor.
your balcony, Iím surprised that the contractor didnít
add the gritty coating. But, given the bumpy appearance
of the finish when the grit is added, it might have
given the person who hired him pause.
and shiny might look much nicer, but in this case it can
also be more dangerous.
are products on the market that can make the surface of
your balcony less slippery without having a contractor
come in to do it over.
is called Skid Safe ó itís a water-based sealer and
finish that is used on all sorts of potentially slippery
never used it, and Iím sure there are a number of
other products available on the Internet. Make sure you
check out each product before you buy, read the
directions carefully, and follow all the safety
precautions listed on the label.
also is an antislip tape that Iíve used on the newly
painted floor of a porch.
made the strips I used. The company makes antislip
materials for many other house and shop uses, too.
bought a roll at the hardware store, cut strips to fit,
and put them on the stairs and floor leading up to our
weathered very well. They were on the porch for many
years and kept their grip, even in snow and rain.