What can I put on outside wooden steps to safeguard them against rain?

Reply Tue 20 Jul, 2021 06:35 pm
Hi. I have wooden steps that lead up to the back porch of my home. When it rains these steps become very slippery. That can a nuisance, especially if I am coming home from grocery shopping after it rains; I have to get my pushcart and groceries up the steps.

I prefer to go out shopping when it's NOT raining.

What safe, non-corrosive thing can I put on the wooden steps leading up to my back porch to safeguard them against the rain?

Please help. Thank you.
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2021 06:33 am
There is paint that gives a grainy surface.

Or there are strips of adhesive tape that can help with the slippery surface.

Go to your local big box hardware and see what available.

An awning would help, too.

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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2021 06:43 am
Try this google search.

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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2021 07:21 am
You can buy exterior traction strips for that purpose. There are ones that come in an adhesive roll like this or you can get more rugged ones that you screw to the stair tread.

Are the steps made of pressure-treated wood?
Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2021 10:02 am
Hi. I don't know.
Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2021 10:12 am
Quite often slipperiness is caused by algae or mould.

An effective short term solution is cheap runny bleach.

It does the trick, but it doesn’t last very long, you have to keep doing it.

More permanent solutions have been suggested by others on this thread.

You should take their advice.
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2021 12:30 pm
I only ask because covering the wood with deck paint or traction strips will make it difficult to see if the wooden treads are rotting underneath.
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Reply Mon 26 Jul, 2021 02:25 am
You can add non-slippery deck treads to your wooden steps. It's a quick way of fixing your problem.
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