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Concrete floors are one of the most affordable flooring options available to consumers. However, they are dangerous when wet. Concrete that is polished or color hardened is more likely to cause accidents, as the texture of the material changes when extra treatment is added. 

If you are looking to avoid a potential lawsuit whilst still maintaining a professional appearance, continue reading. We will explain why concrete is so slippery and the top three ways to make your concrete floor slip-resistant. 

Why Is Concrete Floor Slippery?

When two surfaces come into contact with one another, a force known as friction occurs. Through a scientific lens, friction slightly or fully prevents these two objects from continuing to move when they touch. The more friction there is, the less likely the two objects are to move.

Physics defines the strength of friction between two surfaces as the ‘coefficient of friction.’ By increasing the coefficient of friction, you increase the power of the force itself, thus leading to surfaces that are non-slip when they come into contact with shoes or feet.

To raise the coefficient of friction, you must add texture to the surface of the concrete. Irregular surfaces with dents and dimples provide more friction than sleek surfaces. 

Therefore, though polished concrete floors, for example, may look professional, they can be detrimental if you’re looking for the best non-slip option. When installing concrete flooring, you must consider both beauty and functionality. To increase the coefficient, you have three options. 

Options to Make Your Concrete Floor Non-Slip

The three best concrete flooring options to increase the friction coefficient are:

  1. Add Texture to the Concrete
  2. Use an Anti-Slip Seal
  3. Apply Slip-Resistant Strips

Add Texture to the Concrete

There are a variety of texturing options to apply to concrete floors during installation, though they may not look as professional as option two. 

  • Rock Salt: Sprinkle rock salt over slightly-wet concrete and smooth it over with a concrete trowel. When the surface has dried, dump water over it to wash the salt out. It will leave behind small and mostly uniform dimples. 
  • Seeded Aggregate: After the concrete has begun drying, you can place decorative stones as desired throughout the surface. They will dry as a part of the concrete, leaving behind an attractive non-slip surface. 
  • Brooming: When the concrete has somewhat dried, you can take a concrete broom and scratch texture into the surface. When the concrete dries, your desired design will stay in place. 

Use an Anti-Slip Seal

If you already have a concrete floor, or you want a floor with a polished and professional appearance, this is the better option. Though you can always apply a non-slip additive to the surface, using epoxy or polyaspartic coatings is recommendable. 

The polyaspartic and epoxy materials are floor coatings that function similarly with notable differences such as price and lifetime. Both coatings offer slip resistance, waterproofing, and a professional, high-gloss appearance. They can even renew the appearance of old floors. 

Epoxy is more affordable than polyaspartic coating. However, it can yellow over time with prolonged exposure to UV and takes longer to install. Polyaspartic is more expensive but is ultra-durable against impact, heat, and even mild acids. 

The benefit of using anti-slip seals boils down to enhanced floor appearance and added benefits such as easy cleaning and 100% protection of the floor. Your normal floor can also show through, so if you love the appearance of your stained concrete floor, you can keep it. 

Apply Slip-Resistant Strips

This is likely the least attractive of the three options, but it is highly useful in high traffic or risky areas. Mats are highly useful doorways, stairs, garages, etc. where a fall is likely to occur. You can easily paste these strips on top of concrete to create a non-slip surface.  

You should only apply slip-resistant area rugs where you are either not concerned about the appearance or where a fall is most likely to happen. These rugs can look bulky and out-of-place, particularly in professional settings like offices or restaurants. 

Looking for Slip-Resistant Floor Coating Installation in Weld County, CO?

The best way to create slip-resistant concrete floors is by applying a non-slip coating from materials such as epoxy or polyaspartic. If you’re looking for high-quality coating services in Greeley, CO, Contek Floors can help. We offer a 10-year residential warranty.

Our policy is to offer honest and fair pricing as soon as we give you your first free quote. So, for residential, commercial, and/or industrial coatings, call us at (970) 632-0648 today.

What are concrete coatings?

Our epoxy floor coatings are a concrete resurfacing option that is installed over existing concrete floors for both interior and exterior concrete. All of our coatings are installed by hand (we do not use any stamps), thus giving our clients a true, one-of-a-kind floor. We install a wide range of flooring systems such as: 100% solid epoxy, concrete stain, acrylic cement, and rubber based products.

Clients have the ability to customize any coating with our various color options and design techniques. Concrete Coatings are used not only in residential, but industrial and recreational settings as well. ConTek Coating uses only the highest quality, industrial products on the market to ensure every customer is getting the best value.

How Much Do Your Concrete Floor Coatings Cost?

Each project is customized to your particular concrete flooring needs. Every job we do is different, because we offer different types of coatings and finishes.  We will work with you to develop a free estimate keeping your budget in mind. 

How Durable Are Your Epoxy Concrete Coating Systems??

We use only industrial products on all of our epoxy floor projects. They are designed to give clients the most value and longevity over any other coating material on the market. Just to give you an idea of how strong our products are, we installed an epoxy flake floor in the garage of a Fire Station in 2008 to protect the firehouse’s garage from dirt, debris, salt, and the extreme work environment. Due to our expertise and industrial coatings, we have yet to receive a repair call. Those same products are used in all of our residential projects.

How long does a typical epoxy flooring project take to complete?

A typical residential project takes approximately 3 – 5 days to complete depending on several variables. Variables include, but are not limited to: size of job, repairs and/or preparation requirements, weather, additional design details, customer requests, etc.

What if I already have an existing concrete coating?

We must grind off any existing coating and repair materials before we can install any of our concrete coatings. This ensures the integrity and longevity of our flooring systems.

How Long Do I Need To Stay Off My Concrete Floor Coating After It Is Installed?

If using 100% solids epoxy, your floor will be cured and walkable in about 12-18 hours. You can return to full heavy traffic after about 24 - 72 hours. Wait for at least 24 hours before moving light weight furniture on your brand new concrete coating flooring. Before moving anything heavy (car, equipment and furniture).

How do you prepare concrete for resurfacing?

We start every project by first preparing the concrete for our products. It is imperative that we have a fresh concrete surface before installing our concrete coatings on your project – this will allow our products to have only the BEST mechanical bond.

We spend approximately 66% of the project prepping your floor which may either be by diamond grinding or shot grinding the concrete (depending on the location of the project) and in some cases we do both! Some contractors will come in and just acid wash or not even prep your floor – we get calls all the time about botched installs with customers asking if we can save their project; we must start fresh every time.

Will I Need To Reseal My Concrete Floor Coating?

If you follow our maintenance and cleaning guidelines, you should not have to worry about resealing the concrete floor coating. We offer a professional grade cleaner that will easily remove stains or tire marks, but will also preserve the life of your concrete coating topcoat.

What If My Concrete Floor Has Cracks, Chips And Is Old?

No worries, we are experts in repairing existing problem areas of concrete. In some cases we have been found to be a cheaper alternative over tearing out and replacing existing slabs of concrete. Once we have saved your concrete we then install our decorative designs to hide the flaws and repairs.

How Do I Care For My Concrete Floor Coating?

You can clean our concrete coatings with typical sweeping or mopping. 

Will Oil Stain My Concrete Floor Coating?

Epoxy floor coatings are extremely resistant to most hazards, including cleaners, gas, oil, transmission fluid, and even most industrial chemicals. Our epoxy concrete coatings system is both oil and moisture resistant.

Who Invented Polyurea Coatings?

Andy Phelan, director of business development and training at Rhino Linings Corporation, explains, “Polyurea was invented in the early 1980s when a less moisture-sensitive form of polyurethane was desired. By replacing the hydroxyl group in the urethane with an amine group, a product we now call polyurea was formed.

What Are Polyurea Concrete Coatings?

Polyurea is useful for concrete floors, as it quickly and strongly bonds to concrete while providing a smooth, virtually impermeable surface that protects the floor from impact, water damage, chemicals, heat, and sunlight.

What Types Of Environments Can Epoxy Floor Coatings Be Used?

Epoxy flooring coatings can be used in a variety of environments.  The durability, slip resistant finish is fantastic for any industrial setting, storefronts or garages.

How Are Epoxy Floor Coatings Applied?

We have perfected a six step process for applying Epoxy Floor Coatings that involves prepping the floor, prime floor with epoxy primer, fill all cracks, holes with epoxy grout, then apply epoxy paint. 

Can I Apply Epoxy Floor Coatings In Cold Temperatures?

You can!  Epoxy can be used at cold temperatures but must be handled and applied with techniques adapted to cold temperatures.

Do I Need To Hire A Professional To Install Epoxy Floor Coating?

Installing Epoxy Floor Coating correctly is critical to the appearance and durability of your flooring.  Hiring a professional is the best way to ensure that your flooring will look amazing and last a lifetime! 

Does My Concrete Floor Coating Come With A Warranty?

We provide a 10 year warranty on your concrete floor coatings against peeling, delamination and wear for as long as you own your home.

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Here are the Different Services We Offer!


High-Performance Coating


Industrial Floor Coating


USDA Approved Coatings


Polished Concrete


ESD Coatings


Diamond Grinding


Line Striping


Corrosion Resistant Coatings


Waterproof Deck Coatings


Non-Slip Safety Coatings


Moisture Vapor Barriers


Impact Resistant Coatings


Crack Bridging & Joint Fill


Mastic & Glue Removal




Surface Prep


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"Austin applied a polyaspartic epoxy solid-color coating to our garage. The work -- which included grinding off the old coating and the application of three coats of polyaspartic (primer coat + 2) -- was done meticulously. The new coating looks great and the sand added to the primer coat has eliminated the slippery nature of the old coating. Austin was exceptional to deal with from start to finish. He communicated by phone, e-mail & text...always in a timely and totally professional manner. I highly recommend this company."

Robert M.
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"Finally built a shop and I had the concrete floor coated by Con-tek Floors. No regrets, awesome job! I am a very detailed person and Austin did a great job. You can tell he takes great pride in his work. Great customer service. I highly recommend Con-tek Floors!"

Craig B.
Verified Client

"We hired Austin to level our basement floors before we installed vinyl flooring. He was on time, a pleasure to work with, clean, reasonable and our basement floors look amazing. We recommend and we would use his services again. After the floors were completed he was kind enough to drop off a thank you and some delicious coffee for us try. Thank you Austin!"

Katrina Y.
Verified Client

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