Anti-slip or no-slip tape is a liner that is designed to be used in industrial applications to create traction on slippery surfaces such as concrete. It can come in a large variety of all shapes and sizes, colours and textures, and you can apply them virtually anywhere. No-lip tape usually isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing way to create a safe walkway or stairway but it is very durable making it one of the most common choices for staircases in public areas, homes or schools.
If you want to make installation a breeze, start by buying tape that is already cut to fit the size of your concrete stairs.
If you have polished concrete featured in your home or on your site, then you might be worried about its safety. Slippery flooring can occur with almost any type of flooring, but many individuals worry about concrete specifically. This is where anti-slip tape can come in handy.
Concrete outside can become slippery when wet, and you will want to add some traction to it to prevent any accidents. Not only can anti-slip tape help create traction, but it can also help people notice these types of areas and take extra care when treading over them.
Today, we’ll help you with installing no-slip strips to your concrete stairs. It’s important that you read this guide before you begin the installation so you can make sure that you have installed them properly and avoid any problems down the line, or be forced to reapply them.
Like we mentioned above, anti-slip tape can come in many different shapes and sizes. You can choose the colour that best matches the interior or exterior of your home or business and you can have them cut to fit your needs. Even custom colours can be an option when you order it. You can even get reflective types or ones that glow in the dark. Some tapes come in a flexible variety and can be installed on surfaces that are uneven and they can also be safely secured around corners while still having a strong hold onto the surface.
Prepare for Installation
Before you install the anti-slip tapes, you need to make sure that your concrete is clean and dry. You can clean it with an industrial level cleaner that will remove any debris from the surface, as well as any soap or wax, and rinse the surface well.
You should also use a degreaser to make sure there is no leftover residue that can interfere with the tape’s sticky side.
The surface you apply the tape to should be smooth, and the temperature also needs to be warmer than 65 degrees Fahrenheit, although 70 degrees is better.
Priming Your Concrete
Concrete found outdoors is not as naturally smooth as it should be for the proper application and adherence of the tape. This is why priming your concrete is an important step that you shouldn’t skip. Priming the concrete will create a surface that is smooth, and this smoothness will then double the adhesion abilities of the tape. Primer will take about 4 to 5 minutes to dry, after that you may apply the tape. If you’ve followed the instructions so far for cleaning and priming, then your tape should apply without any issues. Most of the time, failure occurs because the temperature is not optimal or the fact that you did not use a primer first.
Anti-slip strip tape is easy to prepare, you can either buy it in the size that you need or you can cut it to fit yourself. When you are ready to apply it, peel off the backing making sure not to touch the adhesive, then press it into place firmly. Start by pressing the centre and then moving out towards the edges and corners. This ensures that there are no trapped air bubbles underneath the tape. You can also employ the use of a rubber roller for a smooth application if you have one.
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