Making Your Deck Stairs Non-Slip

  • 4-6 hours
  • Beginner
  • 25-200
What You'll Need
Paint brush
Painters sand texture
Polyurethane deck sealer
Non slip tread

Deck stairs can become slick in inclement weather. Even in dry conditions, wooden deck stairs can be slippery. There are a few things you can do to eliminate the possibility of injury on slick stairs.

Step 1 - Rough Up the Surface

One option to help create non-slip surfaces for wood stairs is to add a texture to them. This can be easily be done by mixing a few cups of fine clear sand with a polyurethane sealant. The sand can be found in the paint area of any home improvement store. Applying this mixture will create a slip-free surface without taking away from the finish of the stairs.

Step 2 - Use Non-Slip Treads

If you don't want to paint on a texture you can purchase non slip tread strips that you can use. These will need to be cut to size and installed using a drill and screws to secure it to the step. Some versions of the tread will apply with an adhesive, but if the stairs are in an area that will see a lot of weather, the adhesive will wear down over time.