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Are Concrete Floors Slippery?

Concrete floors are usually very smooth and very much unblemished, and any surface like that can become quite slippery when they are wet.

This is one of the reason why most industrial locations that use concrete flooring insist upon the floors remaining as dry as possible, because even with a non-slip additive to prevent slipperiness, wet concrete floors can still be a hazard to anyone who is not paying attention.

If you have concrete floors in your home, and the floor is in an area where the floor is prone to getting wet, you need to make perfectly sure that the floor remains dry, as you could slip easily on these floors.concrete floors ottawa maintenance cleaning

Special high-gloss sealants can be used to make the floors more slippery, and they also protect from water damage, so how can you remedy this?

You may come across a special non-slip additive, which is specifically designed to prevent people from having accidents on wet concrete. Putting this additive into your floors will make it so that, if a bit of water gets on the floor and the floor is still wet after being mopped up, the floor won’t be as slippery.

Now, because there is polished and unpolished concrete, you may wonder if polished is slipperier than unpolished concrete? Well, truth be told, they are about the same, although polished concrete actually tends to have more traction than polished marble or waxed linoleum, so that can really help in choosing your flooring of choice (in the consideration of surfaces that are as non-slippery as possible).

One major consideration about slippery concrete floors you should make is whether or not there will be children running on and around this floor. If there will be children, then your best bet is to go to every length to ensure water and other liquids do not get on this surface and make it slippery, as children often fall just as hard as adults, if not more so, due to them often running around without consideration for the texture and surface of concrete.

So, in closing, make sure you make safety your priority when you are dealing with slippery concrete and ask one of our concrete professionals about our slip proof concrete solutions. 


How to Deal with Concrete Cracks

Unfortunately, cracks in concrete are generally unavoidable; they’ll happen sooner or later, but there are ways you can take a form of control over how, when, and where these cracks would occur.

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Placed in concrete to try to help with cracking are expansion joints. Expansion joints, when expansion or contraction of a slab of concrete occurs, the joints prevent the slab from rubbing up against another slab or a wall or something similar, as that “rubbing” usually is what produces cracks (in fact, a seismologist would be the only person who would be ecstatic to see the concrete floors in their home cracking).

The reason why seismologists are mentioned here is that cracks in the ground from earthquakes occur much the same way the cracks in concrete floors occur; when two slabs grate against each other and put an immense amount of strain on the other, causing the cracks.

However, cracks in concrete will never not occur; these expansion joints simply exude control over where the crack will occur, and the joints can be placed within the concrete prior to the concrete setting with a prediction that the cracks will occur in a place that is non-threatening to the surrounding structure.

There are two types of cracks in concrete; aesthetic and structural. Aesthetic cracks are simple cracks that are small and not very deep at all, and they merely mar the beauty of the surrounding home. Structural cracks run very deep, right down to the base of the building itself; these cracks can be a danger to the structure, but they will not stop (no matter what is done), until the concrete has found an equal balance between the ground and the concrete itself. If you are deemed to have structural cracks, there is little that can be done to stop them (you can fill them in and such, but they would only be temporary, as another crack would soon form).

Currently, the best repair method is using resin, and injecting the resin into all parts of the crack, as resin actually reinforces the floor and makes the area where the crack was stronger than the remaining floor space. If you would like an expert to come and help you determine what can be done with your concrete cracks, please contact us today.