How do I keep Icy Tile from being Slippery?

QUESTION

How to Keep Icy Tile from being Slippery - We have a ceramic tile outside porch/steps. In the summer it is great. In the winter it becomes a skating rink. What can we do??

ANSWER

ANSWER - Tile can be slippery when wet or icy.  There are floor warming systems that could have been installed with the tile so you could keep ice from forming.  Depending on the construction of the porch, you might be able to install electrical warming under the porch between the floor joists.

You should place slip resistant mats on the porch when icy or wet.  You could put salt on the surface of the tile to keep ice from forming, but it might harm the tile, depending on the type of tile it is.

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