Have you ever slipped on painted concrete? It’s become an easy way for contractors and others to mark the ground. Whether they’re leading you in a particular direction, making your pay attention or something else, painted concrete is a cheap and easy way to get your attention as you’re going about your day. But is painted concrete safe? Let’s find out.
Is Painted Concrete Safe for Pedestrians and Drivers?
Painted concrete, when done hastily, can be unsafe to those walking on it. Depending on the type of shows you’re wearing, it’s easy to slip on it. Those slips can cause injury and make your life difficult. In many cases, painting concrete is lazy on the part of contractors and developers looking to cut corners and get markings down on the ground quickly.
However, if concrete is painted properly, then sealed, it can be safe to walk on. The sealant not only keeps the paint from degrading, it also makes it easy to walk on no matter the shoe. The issue with sealing concrete over paint is that it takes more time. Sealant can often delay a project, which is why many contractors or developers opt to avoid using it wherever possible. Unfortunately, for the time being, painting concrete is here to stay as it’s usually the best option available at that moment.
If you’re concerned about walking on painting concrete, you can take slow, steady steps over it to avoid slipping. Make sure to left your feet completely off the ground for each step, something many of us fail to do when we’re rushing to and fro. Make sure to invest in slip-resistant shoes if you’re walking on painted concrete often and find slipping an issue. Every time you slip, make sure you report the incident to whoever owns the property. With enough complaints, they may invest in a better marking system than painted concrete.
Concrete can be decorated in more ways than you think. Whether you use paint or stamps, concrete can be more creative than just a grey slab on the ground or at use for a project. Painted concrete, however, when cheaply done, can be a safety hazard for anybody walking on it during slick conditions, such as rain or snow. Let’s look at why people paint concrete cheaply and what the alternatives are to getting the same look.
Why Painted Concrete is a Hazard
You’ve seen the type of painted concrete we’re talking about. It’s literally painted on. People will buy paint from a hardware store, then paint over the top of the concrete like they would a wall. It eventually dries and that’s that, until the first rain or snow that comes along. When concrete is painted like we’re describing, it becomes incredibly slick and even the most slip-resistant shoe or boot can’t compete.
Above ground transit centers, like those located in Denver, Colorado, for example, are notorious for using this cheap method to highlight different areas of a platform. RTD, the Regional Transportation District, uses painted concrete to highlight the safety lines for its light rail platforms, along with where each door will correspond to a stopped light rail. For some, this can be incredibly unsafe as people slip when stepping on it frequently.
Concrete painted in this fashion chips and is easily rubbed off over time. If you’re looking for a painted look for your concrete, or just color in general, use colored concrete. Colors can be mixed into concrete to give it the look you want without resorting to physically painting over concrete for the same style.
If you’re considering painting concrete without much thought, we recommend against it. Spend the time, and money, on researching the different ways you can get the same color and style for your project that will remain safe for anyone who comes across it. You can get the same color you want without resorting to painting on a color that won’t look good, won’t seal properly and will make your concrete project unsafe for those walking on it.