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Microcementing is a mixture of cement, resins, additives, and pigments used to coat a surface. It’s seamless design results in a matte finish, making a space seem more spacious, and is excellent for flooring, work spaces, and countertops.
Microcementing has a number of uses, but if you’re considering this luxury coating, it’s worth considering the cost, design, and functionality before you buy. The rest of this article will discuss microcement, its uses, and how it stacks up against the competition.
What Is Microcement Flooring?
Microcementing is king of versatility, offering numerous colour palates that can dynamically beautify your home.
Microcement is a cement-based render trowelled onto the floor. The result is a seamless floor coating that creates a soft, neutral layer to centre your interior. One of the main advantages of microcementing is that it offers a great natural variation in the colouring, allowing more versatility than using polished concrete.
In addition, microcementing often has a warmer, more neutral tone, while polished cement tends to be more fantastical and highly reflective.
It’s designed to handle high traffic areas, so it’s well suited for most locations that see a lot of foot traffic. In addition, it’s compatible and adhesive with just about any surface: screeds, floor grade ply, OSB boards, cement boards, and, of course, concrete are all suitable surfaces.
Is Microcement Good for Flooring?
For anyone wanting an alternative to timber or tiles, microcement is the perfect finish. It offers both a range of decorative innovations and protection for your floors. Troweled by hand onto the floor, the finish is much the same as polished concrete, albeit with a unique texture.
Microcement can be used as an alternative to tile or marble flooring and can even be used to make faux-marble flooring with its design.
With the option of having a smooth finish or introducing decorative touches, microcement opens up a space and adds diversity. It’s really the perfect middle ground between the bland, unfriendly look of cement and the polished, pretentious look of marble.
Is Microcement Flooring Expensive?
Microcement is generally considered to be a more expensive option than other coating solutions, and that’s largely down to the manhours being spent on the project.
To trowel the microcement and apply it by hand for that lovely organic pattern, workers will be on site for up to two weeks.
As such, when you’re paying for a microcement project, a lot of the expense is down to the fact that microcementing is a relatively slow, laborious process.
With that being said, the organic, one-of-a-kind design is well worth the price if you want something innovative for your home or work space.
Another common use for microcement is finishing worktops to generate a neutral, industrial worktop that stands out among the rest.
Microcement is uniquely positioned to be a unique color and design compared to other finishes because it offers a wider range of colors and an earthy tone. It bonds quickly, is completely waterproof, and isn’t too costly to apply.
How We Microcement a Worktop
Microcementing a worktop is relatively straightforward, but it does require a skilled touch since most of the work is hand-trowelled. Our experts rely on the following tools, which they’ll have on site with every project.
- A few clean buckets
- A durable foam roller and several replacement heads
- Masking tape
- Protective gloves
- A protective mask
- Measuring syringes
- Measuring jug
- Paint mixer drill bit
- Microcement kit and sealant
- A spreading trowel
- Corner tool
- Orbital sander
- Plenty of dust sheets
Before starting, our experts take a few necessary steps to prepare.
A dust mask and a vacuum are essential tools for keeping the workspace clean and reducing the amount of toxic cement dust in the air. In addition, before each job, a routine inspection ensures that all tools, buckets, and other equipment are clean to eliminate the risk of contaminating the surfaces.
Our experts will also cover any nearby surfaces and use masking tape to protect the edges of the wall closest to your project surface so that no concrete gets anywhere it isn’t supposed to be.
Since much of your success will depend on the accuracy of the application, our professionals are extremely familiar with the process of mixing, applying, and setting microcement.
Once the microcement is mixed, our workers are on the clock and need to have all their tools at the ready, since it’s only a matter of time before the cement hardens. Our next step is to mix up the primer for the right duration of time and apply it carefully to your project surface.
Next, we mix up the microcement, paying close attention to the recommended consistency—a better mix means less elbow grease for the installers when applying to the surface. This is where the drill mixing attachment comes in handy to get the most even mix.
We apply the cement at a thickness between 1-2mm. Less application, and there’s a risk of not covering the surface properly. More Application, and your surface will be prone to cracking.
We let the first coat dry for 24 hours, then use a grit pad (usually 80-120 grit) to sand down any imperfections and create a level surface for the second layer. After doing so, we vacuum down the surface to remove any dust. Next, it’s time for round 2, and we dilute a second batch of primer to apply it to the surface, letting dry for 30 minutes.
During this time, we whip up our second batch of microcement in the same way as the first, letting it dry as needed. Once the second layer is applied smoothly, the last step is to put on a sealant.
We offer a range of sealant options to suit your needs, and it certainly beats doing it yourself. A microcementing kit does not come with sealant and requires the user to purchase the appropriate sealant separately.
By contrast our experts will mix and apply the sealant carefully, keeping the surface wet for maximum absorption. Once it’s coated evenly and dried to perfection, you’re all finished!
All told, this type of project will take 3-4 days, but in all honesty, most of that is just waiting for the surface to dry or set.
As you might imagine, applying microcement to a kitchen adds a lot of interest and dynamically changes the space. It’s an ideal way to finish your floors and, assuming proper sealant application, is completely waterproof and food safe.
Is Microcement Good in Kitchens?
Microcement is ideal in a kitchen environment, providing a unique aesthetic at a low cost. A microcemented surface is completely food safe, nontoxic, and looks amazingly unique with a neutral pattern that fits well in a kitchen.
Worktop projects can be completed quite quickly depending on the quality you choose and the associated costs of labour.
Kitchen flooring, on the other hand, proves to be a much more laborious and intensive project since it must all be done by hand.
As such, if you’re hiring someone to do this for you, you’ll be paying out of pocket for the lengthy labour involved in trowelling the entire kitchen floor.
Does Microcement Last?
Microcement lasts much longer than tiles do, generally winning out in terms of cost to install, maintain, and clean.
Everyone is well aware that cement is a highly durable material, and microcement is no exception, offering excellent protection for kitchen surfaces, particularly if you purchase microcement intended to hold up in high traffic areas of the home.
Does Microcement Crack?
Unlike many other materials, microcement is very durable and resistant to wear and tear. While other materials tend to break down over time, microcement is durable and withstands the test of time, generally proving to be highly resistant to foot traffic, knocks, scrapes, scratches, and weather conditions, among other things.
Can Microcement Be Used Over Granite?
Microcement can be applied over any surface, as long as the base is completely waterproof. That includes marble, stone, granite, brick, and cement.
As with other surfaces, you generally want to avoid placing and cutting food directly on the surface or placing hot pots and pans on it. Doing so runs the risk of damaging it or accelerating its decay.
Why Choose Microcement?
There are a number of reasons to choose microcement over other types of finishes, but above all, microcement has such a great variety of colours and a particularly beautiful unique look that cannot be matched, making it an ideal choice for flooring solutions, worktop finishes, and kitchen surfaces.
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