I have a recently constructed deck with a ramp. I used a clear sealer
on the entire deck, and the ramp is now very slippery. From the posts
I've read, it seems I have two options: (1) broadcast some sand on wet
sealer, let it dry, and then put on another coat of sealer, or (2)
apply non-slip adhesive strips. With the sand approach, I'm wondering
how it will hold up, how will it look, and how well will it work - and
when it is time to re-seal, I assume I'll need to put down more sand -
will this sand-on-sand accumulation cause problems? With the adhesive
strip solution, I'm concerned about them not adhering. I've seen many
discussions concerning solutions for painted decks, but none for decks
sealed with a clear sealer. Does anyone out there have a solution
which worked for them? Thanks.
I was going to say that! You beat me to it. It would look nice too. Only
problem is it could be a place for water to sit. Maybe drill a 1/4" weep
hole every couple of foot in the flute groove to ensure no water
accumulates. Really it would depend on where you live and your climate.
Many parts of the country that water would be gone in hours. Others it
would sit for days.
It really depends on why you want a ramp, and your latitude. The
grooves are an excellent idea, and I've had good results with the 3M
adhesive grip strips, but if you intend to push a wheelchair up that
ramp, and your climate is as snowy and icy as ours gets (Chicago),
you're going to want cleats on that ramp. 1x2's slightly shorter than
the wheel width of the chair wouldn't be excessive.
Here's a link to a boating article that may help:
I've had good results with the non skid compound on my porch.
Supposedly, it outlasts sand, which is usually pretty soft. Years ago
they used ground nutshells (walnuts, if I recall correctly), but I doubt
you can get that anymore. I don't like the tape or glue-on strips,
because I'm not convinced they will last in an exterior application.
They sell this stuff at HD or Lowe's that's like paint (in any color) with
sand/texture built in. Spread that on. Works great. I used it on a
wheelchair ramp I built for my mother-in-law's house. Gives decent
traction. Some cleats may be good as well for icy/snowy weather.
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