A trendy material for interior flooring, microcement was initially used for the flooring of commercial spaces. Still, it is in great demand by architects and interior designers for residences and private interiors today. Microcement is a highly hard cementitious resin with remarkable abrasion resistance.
The concrete base has very low elasticity, and cracks could be created during the settling phase. For this reason, the installation must be carried out in a workmanlike manner by qualified personnel. It is strongly recommended to rely on specialized companies for the construction of the floor.
What is microcement?
Microcement is an innovative material that makes it possible to create floors for both interiors and exteriors. Its particular characteristics allow the floor to offer particular decorative effects, such as being a whole with no escape routes.
This allows the microcement floor to suit both an industrial floor and a private environment or a shop or a shopping center. The microcement is made with a mixture of cement and water and is very thin. This peculiarity allows it to be particularly versatile and to adhere perfectly to flat and curved surfaces, giving infinite decorative solutions that will surely satisfy anyone’s taste. Finally, being a natural product, it represents an excellent alternative to resin which is instead chemical-based and, for this reason, can have a certain percentage of toxicity.
Why microcement is the ideal coating for reforms?
Like all natural materials, microcement needs a protective finish, which can be made both glossy and opaque as needed. Microcement is particularly resistant to water and strongly resistant to shocks and scratches, managing to keep its splendor unaltered even after a long time from installation, without the need for complex maintenance activities. Finally, microcement, by its very nature, has brilliant surfaces and lends itself to numerous decorative solutions to be suitable for any type of environment, from industrial to design.
The advantages of microcement are many, especially if you are renovating a house:
- Easily applicable: The micro cement can be laid on an existing floor which makes all jobs faster
- Thickness: Generally, it has a thickness of 2-3 mm, so it does not alter the height in any way and it is not necessary to intervene on the doors.
- Water-repellent: Consequently, it can be installed in any room of the house
- Versatility: It is possible to obtain infinite color combinations. It is aesthetically suitable for any type of environment
- Cleaning: Easy and quick to clean. For this reason, it was initially widely used in commercial spaces
How to apply the microcement?
Here we come to the most practical part. Many people wonder when they start renovating. This material can be used on existing surfaces without the need to dismantle anything. Let’s see in more detail what the various stages of application are.
The first step concerns the smoothing of the surface so that it is perfectly leveled and homogeneous for subsequent processing.
- Application of the glass
Fiberglass fiber is used to block rising damp.
Laying of the microcement base.
At this point, the microcement base is applied, which will subsequently be sanded.
In this phase, we work on the required chromatic effects.
In this last phase, it is applied on the surface of the resin for protective purposes and we will move on to cleaning and polishing.
Microcement is a type of natural cement-based coating, with a thickness of 3 mm, applicable on various surfaces such as floors, kitchen tops, walls, furniture. A microcement floor gives the room a minimal style. It is much appreciated by architects and interior designers who want to recreate an “industrial” effect, which is very fashionable today.