What are nonslip finishes for concrete garage floors?

Updated: 2013-07-21T00:51:56Z

By Debby Allmon

Special to The Star

What kind of finish or sealer can I apply to a concrete floor in a garage that is nonslip?

Typically, concrete garage floor applications include paint, epoxy or stain. With paint or epoxy, a nonskid additive can be applied to provide a nonslip finish.

Hardware stores carry these products for the “do it yourselfer,” or there is a local company called SealMasters ( SealKC.com) if you would like professional help.

However, upon further investigation, I found another option that may be more what you are looking for: a sealer used commercially on warehouse floors. Foundation Armor ( FoundationArmor.com) provides a concrete sealer that is a penatrant sealer (reducing porosity and absorption of water and chemicals in the concrete) and leaves behind a nonslip surface. A concrete wax can be applied with a polisher to provide protection of the surface as well.

I am not sure if you are looking for function (sealing and concrete protection) or looks (color or finish), and that may determine which product you should use.

Debby Allmon is vice president at Schloegel Design Remodel, a remodeling contractor in Kansas City.

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