How To Cover A Porch With A Nonslip Surface

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How To Cover A Porch With A Nonslip Surface

12 February 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Even if you've stained or painted your wood porch, when it gets covered in snow or rain it can become slippery and hazardous. In order to prevent a serious injury to yourself or someone else, you should take steps to limit the chance that anyone will slip and fall on your porch. One way to do this is to apply a paint that has a gritty texture added to it. While you can purchase specially made paints that have a texture already added to them, there's no reason to go to this additional expense and trouble when you can add a texture to any kind of exterior paint just by mixing in sand. Paint that has sand mixed into it will give your porch a high-friction surface, providing traction and reducing the chance of injury.

What You Will Need

  • Water Hose
  • Mildew Remover
  • Paint Tray
  • Roller Brush
  • Paintbrush
  • Mixing Stick
  • Exterior Wood Primer
  • Exterior Porch Paint
  • Clean Sand

Step 1. Use a water hose to rinse off the surface of the porch. You want to remove any dirt or debris so it won't interfere with applying the paint. Wait a full 24 hours before proceeding so that the porch can fully dry. If there are any mold or mildew stains on the porch, clean them off using mildew remover.

Step 2. Pour a little exterior wood primer in a painter's tray. Dip a paint roller in the tray and spread the primer across the porch floor. It's best to start at one end of the porch and work your way to the other. Let the primer dry for at least two hours.

Note: Don't paint on a rainy day or when you expect rain in the next 24 hours.

Step 3. Open a gallon can of exterior porch paint (using the color of your choice) and empty the can into a 5 gallon plastic bucket. Add a pound of clean sand to the bucket. Use a mixing stick to stir the sand into the paint until it is well mixed.

Step 4. Pour a little of your textured paint in a paint tray. Dip the roller brush into the paint and apply it to the porch floor, working your way from one end to the other again. Let this paint dry for an hour.

Step 5. Use the roller brush to apply a second coat over the first one. Cordon off the porch and don't allow anyone to walk on it for at least 24 hours.

If you are interested in decking out your porch further, contact Lexington Tent & Awning to get a porch enclosure installed.