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12-03-2005, 08:32 PM
I need HELP!
This is the first winter I have my tile driveway. My contractor recommended and installed smooth porcelain, but the only problem is when it gets cold, moisture condenses and makes it very slippery. Is there anything I can spray on the tile to make moisture not stick to it in cold weather? I hope so, so that I can finally get up the driveway and park my car in the garage without slipping back down into street traffic.
12-03-2005, 08:40 PM
your contractor didn't forsee the moisture problem?
I don't think you can spray anything on it to "keep off the moisture". Maybe you'll have to resurface the tile with a "sanded resurfacing spray" of some type? Just not sure how that will hold up on the tile itself.
You have any pictures of the driveway? I'd LOVE to see it!
Tool Guy - Kg
12-03-2005, 08:44 PM
Hope someone else can help you. :)
12-03-2005, 08:45 PM
That's gotta be a disaster..porcelain on a driveway?There are various products,one like Shawn mentioned, and some acidic based etchers,but i myself have never used them,and can't comment, maybe somebody that has used some can elaborate.
12-03-2005, 08:49 PM
I don't want to paint it because I love the way it looks. Trying to figure out how to load a pic of my driveway.
12-03-2005, 08:51 PM
can you just plan on sanding it every time it rains/snows?
12-03-2005, 08:54 PM
I'm a man of common sense . . . that would be rediculous.
12-03-2005, 09:02 PM
Here is the pic
Sorry it is so small, had to shrink it to 50K for this forum.
12-03-2005, 09:15 PM
Does it at least drain well, but slowly?I guess the joints are full also..not allowing the water to drain off into them quickly.
12-03-2005, 09:29 PM
The water drains to the street quite well so standing water is not a problem at all . . . just moisture condensation that does not build up enough to drain away. I would like something like Rain-X, but would not make it more slippery than it already is. Any ideas?
12-03-2005, 09:32 PM
I gotta refer you to my first post..that's all i got,sorry. :bow:
12-03-2005, 11:11 PM
Uncle Wanny - for your pic
try to resize it so that it is 450x600 or there abouts. That should keep it under the 50K size just fine. (and make it MUCH bigger)
tony the tiler
12-03-2005, 11:51 PM
you can get an additive for paint to make it less slippery and it works well. you might add it to some clear product of some sort and paint it on. course i have no idea how that would actually work or how long it might last....
maybe a big fan would dry the condensation, or heat lights?
looks like a very attractive driveway though.
12-04-2005, 06:51 AM
That link for http://www.nonslipfloorproducts.com/ is quite amusing. New and novel ways to sell acid I guess. They do need to get someone to heavily proof read their web pages though.
I do like the part about
How long does it take to treat a tile floor with Johnny Grip?
Johnny Grip treats a floor by creating little holes which act as suction cups there for the better quality of the tile and the harder the tile is the longer it will take to treat quarry tile being the hardest and wall tile being the softest .
Like we all want tiny holes in our nice new tile (well, we don't want to slip either). They recommend this for commercial kitchens but I'd hate to think it does for microbial growth (lots of little traps for food).
12-04-2005, 11:54 AM
Send me the picture and I'll resize it for you. I would like to see your installation.
I think you're hooped. You could cut channels for your tires and lay in something with more grip. Roughened ceramic or polished concrete even would be better than smooth porcelain.
Too late but on the coast here some people have put in heated driveways to keep them dry.
12-04-2005, 12:24 PM
Wait... What if we come at this from another direction? Car and Driver just did a test of High performance tires in real world conditions (read wet) http://www.caranddriver.com/article.asp?section_id=4&article_id=10252&page_number=1
Also more info at Tire Rack: http://www.tirerack.com/index.jsp
12-04-2005, 12:42 PM
If you want a good snow and ice tire, you might as well get the best. I have the Nokian RSI's on my car. www.nokiantires.com. Best in the world. The majority of rally car drivers use them.
12-04-2005, 02:32 PM
:rofl: Hey blackberry - would could come at this ANOTHER direction . . .
12-04-2005, 05:26 PM
Selling the house would work for sure. Lets keep that one on the back burner. How about a big electro-magnet on the back wall of the garage? There would have to be some kind of sensor to cut off the power before the bumper hit the wall.....
12-05-2005, 09:53 AM
I have a tiled entrance. It must be 30 years old and it's in perfect condition; without a crack or a chip. However, when it rains it's like walking on ice. I was thinking about retiling with something rougher, but if there is some way to treat it, I could put that off for a while since it's quite a large area and I'm about as lazy as they come. Or should I just continue to make my elderly parents enter the house through the garage in the winter (just kidding, they're actually tougher than I am)?
12-05-2005, 03:30 PM
One last suggestion: Use a diamond blade in a skill saw to lightly score the surface of the tiles. Set up a guide with a 2x4 and don't cut too deep.
I think the acid products would roughen the surface, but all would likely greatly reduce the lifespan of the tile, especially if there was a freeze-thaw cycle.
12-05-2005, 03:57 PM
Where do you live? I can't believe no one foresaw that problem. :shake:
Rip it out before a visitor enters your garage the hard way and sues you.
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