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Slip-Resistant Concrete: The Sandscape Method

Market Station concrete plaza with stained bands.

SO, YOU’RE LOOKING FOR THE BEST WAY TO MAKE CONCRETE SLIP-RESISTANT.

Which method should you choose and why? We’re going to dive into the method we suggest for most projects to get our clients the look and function they want every time.

1. WHAT IS SLIP-RESISTANT CONCRETE, AND WHY DO YOU NEED IT FOR YOUR PROJECT?

Slip-resistant concrete is often used in areas where people may be walking, such as sidewalks, entryways, plazas, pool decks, and amenity areas. Without slip-resistant concrete, these areas can become very dangerous, especially when wet causing slips and falls. This attribute can be achieved using any type of textured finish.

Broom finish on uncolored concrete at plaza
Promenade Shops at Centerra

2. TYPES OF SLIP-RESISTANT CONCRETE

There are many different methods to achieve slip-resistant concrete. Some of these include Sandscape finish, broom finish, swirl finish, salt finish, acid-etched, and sandblasted. Most of these methods involve using a broom or other tool to mechanically create texture on the surface of the concrete but which is the best choice?

Photo of concrete pool deck at the Flatiron Marketplace Apartments.
Flatiron Marketplace Apartments

3. THE SANDSCAPE METHOD

Sandscape is a slip-resistant finish that is achieved by using custom retarders on its surface to expose the sand aggregates, creating texture. This method is long-lasting, consistent, and comfortable to walk on while barefoot.

Unlike Sandscape, the other methods like broom finish wear down over time and lose their slip resistance. Continuing, swirl finish and deep broom finish are known for being painful to walk on while barefoot. Finally, salt finish, acid-etched, and sandblasted concrete all have the potential for a very uneven “splotchy” finish, leaving some areas with more or less texture. 

FAQS ABOUT SANDSCAPE SLIP-RESISTANT CONCRETE

Q: DOES SANDSCAPE WEAR DOWN OVER TIME?

A: The great thing about Sandscape is that it is already the final “worn down” stage of broom finish concrete. After concrete ages, the top “skin” of the concrete wears off and the sand aggregates begin to peek through. This means that Sandscape that is installed well will last a lifetime.

Q: CAN YOU COLOR SANDSCAPE?

A: Sandscape can be colored, stained, and dyed just like any other concrete, and has the natural sand color peeking through to give it a more natural appearance.

Q: WHAT IS THE COST OF SANDSCAPE COMPARED TO THE OTHER FINISHES?

A: Although standard Sandscape costs about 35% more than standard broom finish, it is in the same price range as the other slip-resistant finishes. Sandscape is a great investment, because of its long lifespan.

Sandscape finish at entrance of justice center Decorative Sawcuts on Flatwork - Colorado Hardscapes
Aurora Justice Center

IF ANYTHING, KNOW THIS…

There are many ways to achieve slip-resistant concrete, but there is only one finish that checks all the boxes. Sandscape is the most slip-resistant, consistent, and walkable finish that should last you a lifetime.

If you want to read more about Sandscape, click here. If you want to learn more about our services, or visit our Design Center to see some Sandscape in real life, click here or call us at (303) 750 8200! We would be happy to answer any of your questions.