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Avoid Nasty Slips on Your Cedar Deck

cedar deckFall has hit the Pacific Northwest, and with it comes the rain. If you are like most people in the area, a little rain isn’t going to prevent you from enjoying a few more last-minute barbeques or outdoor parties on your deck. Unfortunately, cedar decks and rain can be an injury just waiting to happen.

Here are a few ways you can make your deck slip-resistant so you can get out there and enjoy it before it gets too cold:

1. Slip-Resistant Deck Coating
This is probably the most common way of making your deck slip-resistant. Coatings come in all sorts of varieties, so check with a professional before purchasing to make sure you are getting a high-quality product. If you live in an area that experiences a lot of moisture – like the Pacific Northwest – get a slip-resistant coating that inhibits the growth of mold and mildew. Also, make sure your deck is clean and dry before coating.

2. Slip-Resistant Deck Shoes
This may seem like treating the symptom instead of the problem, but using slip-resistant deck shoes is an easy, low-cost alternative to treating your entire deck with a slip-resistant coating. Good deck shoes usually feature low cuts and flat soles.

3. Slip-Resistant Concrete Treatment
This is another version of the deck coating. Slip-resistant concrete treatment is a clear finish that has a rough, sandy quality to it. It helps eliminate slips and falls, but because it is rather coarse it can also be rough on bare feet. If your deck isn’t used for swimming or sunbathing, concrete treatment may be a good choice. If your deck sees a lot of skin in the summer, concrete treatment may not be the best bet.

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