How to combine your colour scheme with your micro cement floor

Microcement offers a unique style that cannot be easily replicated. It provides an effect similar to cement, but because it offers endless applications for interior design, more and more homes are turning to micro cement to create impressive decorative finishes.

The material is not only durable but also provides a contemporary style that greatly improves the aesthetics of any room (although it is mainly used in living rooms, outdoor spaces, kitchens or bathrooms). It can be used for floors and walls and is also a popular choice for industrial surfaces as well.

Are you interested in microcement as the coating for any floor in your home? Here are some tips and tricks to help you combine the colour scheme of your home with the ideal microcement floor.

Colour schemes combined with micro cement floors

While micro cement is available in several colours, it tends to be used in natural gray tones (usually the light gray found in standard cement). To achieve that unique industrial style offered by micro cement, it is best to maintain that gray tone.

So what colour combinations work well with a micro cement floor? There are quite a few options, which mean that it often comes down to personal preferences and aspects such as lighting, furniture and the size and shape of the room.

Tonal contrasts are usually a good place to start, especially with light gray floors. Adding much darker blacks or grays produces a wonderful contrast that remains within the industrial aesthetic.

Black walls with gray floors offer a fairly extreme contrast, so it is a good idea to use lighter shades of gray or even white on most walls, using smaller doses of black to help highlight certain design features.

As black, white and gray colour palette is a great colour scheme to achieve that industrial look. Don’t be afraid to experiment with various shades and hues while complementing the decoration with natural furniture or wood.

Another fantastic colour scheme for use with micro cement floors is neutral colour schemes. Dark neutrals offer subtle doses of colour, while lighter neutrals can help create a more spacious and airy feeling in small spaces, so be sure to consider the size of the room and the lighting in this regard.

If you prefer a cool and relaxing environment, consider combining the floor with soft pastel tones. The shades of mint, bluish-gray or pastel pink are good options, especially if they are combined with neutral schemes.

Microcement, the perfect coating for outdoor surfaces

Beauty, luminosity, resistance and quality are just some of the advantages that this kind of coating offers to outdoor surfaces. Microconcrete guarantees maximum versatility, as it can be applied without the need of removing the previous materials or coatings that covered your floors before. It does not need joints, and can be installed even on parquet or wood.

Microcement applied to outdoor floors

Elegant, clean, and very resistant, it offers an added value as this coating prevents the spread of moisture, improving the durability of the floors in areas distinguished by its damp environment (regardless of whether in your garden there is a pool or it rains often).

Although it has become popular by its advantages as a coating for indoor surfaces, its specifications also make the microconcrete an ideal solution for outdoors, enriching the appearance of the entire environment especially for the diversity of colours and textures (wood, stone) that can be chosen.

The coating especially used on terraces is recommended in both modern and classic decorations, due to its easy adaptation to all styles. Also, the continuous microcement pavements in outdoor floors are applied simply, quickly and without the need for renovation works.

This material has become so trendy by its simple preparation and placement on any surface as well, whether it is smooth or porous, avoiding moisture as the microcement coatings are considered an impermeable product.

Advantages of the continuous microconcrete floor for outdoors

Due to the action of the elements over time, gardens and terraces often end up becoming places whose surfaces are quite deteriorated. Microcement guarantees a high resistance to both heat and moisture, an advantage that makes this coating an ideal option for all kind of outdoor surfaces.

Placing microcement ensures hygiene, absence of moisture, modern colours and perfection in the outdoor areas where the elements could entirely destroy your beautiful decoration. And its versatility allows its application on the floor of your terrace, the walls of your pool or the furniture of your garden.

Topcret is a leading company in the production and installation of Microcement and coatings applicable to floors, walls, bathroom and kitchen furniture, exteriors and swimming pools. If you would like to know more about the solutions that we offer in order to cover your outdoor surfaces with microconcrete, contact us and we will advise you on any question you may have, no compromise.

What advantages does microcement offer?

In a very short time, the microcement has gone from being a completely unknown material to being used indiscriminately as one of the most common coatings in our home and office. Its versatility allows it to adapt to any kind of surfaces, such as floor, walls or furniture, just to name a few applications.

What aesthetic possibilities does microconcrete offer?

It is usual to find this material with smooth finishes, although its composition allows to create more textured effects. In addition, the combination of different types of colour pigments gives us the possibility to create almost infinite colours for our finish.

Its thickness is much lower than that of smoothed cement. While the microconcrete is only applied in a thin layer of 2 to 3 millimetres thick, the smoothed cement requires 5 to 7 centimetres of surface area, which not only increases the structural weight of the resulting material, but also greatly reduces the decorative possibilities.

Is the microconcrete a resistant material?

Its finish is completely waterproof, which means that it can also be applied without any problem in outdoor areas such as patios and terraces. It is also non-slip, a feature of the floor and the walls of many bathrooms adapted for the elderly and disabled.

Its composition offers great adhesion to almost any kind of surfaces, such as concrete, plastic or wood, which means that it is not necessary to remove the previous material before coating the micro-cement surface. You can put on the microcement layer without fear, as it will not detach over time.

It is also a very resistant material against mechanical force, compression, bending and abrasion, and is even stable against ultraviolet rays.

What maintenance does microcement require?

It does not generate debris, so any work in which microcement will be used will be quick and clean, and its cleaning and maintenance is very easy. You only need water and neutral soap and occasionally apply a self-polishing wax diluted in water to keep its aesthetic properties intact year after year.

Finally, the micro cement is one of the best options for your budget in the current market, and the fact that it is so clean and does not require eliminating the previous material to be able to be applied reduces to a great extent the cost of the work.

Micro-concrete floor or polished concrete floor: what to choose?

Many lovers of modern interiors dream of a beautiful industrial concrete floor. Enchanted by their rough beauty, they want to apply it in their homes or offices. However, when it comes to the choice of technology and the contractor, they often feel lost in the sea of ​​specialized terms: micro-cement floor, polished concrete, smoothed concrete or plastered concrete… When to choose a floor polished concrete and when a micro-cement floor? What are the advantages and disadvantages of both solutions? Today we will try to answer these questions.

 

Polished concrete, plastered concrete, smoothed concrete, micro-cement, micro-concrete…

The plastered concrete, also called smoothed or floated concrete is the concrete used for interior floors, which is topped with special smoothing machines (for example, helicopter-type cement planers).

A smoothed concrete floor is often finished with surface hardeners that are applied to the fresh concrete in the form of a dry powder (the so-called DST – dry shake topping), thanks to which it obtains greater strength and better appearance. Such floor is generally used in production plants or warehouses. This floor requires dilation every 4-5 meters, which, unfortunately, still does not guarantee that no cracks appear in the floor.

Polished concrete is smoothed concrete subjected to chemical impregnation, polishing and, if used as a decorative floor (for example, in houses), sealed. This method is used to regenerate existing concrete floors (if they are made of good quality concrete) or to make new floors, both industrial and decorative, in shopping centres, museums, restaurants and airports, among others. The advantage of polished concrete is that, instead of a grey surface, matt and easily dirty, we have a smooth and shiny floor.

Micro cement / micro concrete is a mixture of common cement and special resins. After mixing, it is applied in thin layers (approximately 1-2 mm each) and then impregnated with a polyurethane sealer with a matt, satin or gloss finish, depending on preference.

Micro cement can be used in new floors or in existing substrates: in tiles, terrazzo, OSB boards, etc. Despite being a very thin layer, the system is extremely durable, resistant to abrasion, waterproof and easy to maintain. It allows to obtain a uniform effect without joints, dilatations and without fear of cracks in the ground.

In general, it can be said that polished concrete looks good on large open surfaces, where minor defects or imperfections at the corners will not be so noticeable. It can be used in houses when we have, say, 100 m2 of space (for example, the whole ground floor in a single-family house: corridor, living room, open kitchen). In the case of smaller areas, a much better solution will be microcement.

 

Discover Topcret micro concrete solutions

Remember that concrete is a construction material whose use in the decorative floor requires a lot of experience and knowledge. The micro cement, in turn, is a modern system that combines the visual advantages of concrete but is free from its disadvantages. Micro-concrete technology is much friendlier for an individual investor, and much easier for contractors to work with it.

Micro-cement for baths

Micro-cement, known for some years as the coating that offers more options for construction and renovation, is also one of the materials that architects and INTERIOR DESIGNERS choose for bathrooms.

Why micro-cement in the bathroom?

It is no coincidence that interior design professionals have opted for micro-cement when creating and renovating bathroom decorations. There are several reasons why choosing this coating is the best option:

  • It is not necessary to remove the existing material to apply it, which reduces the cost of the refursbisment and avoids wasting time in the removal of debris (and thanks to that, it is not necessary to request a construction permit for this kind of works).
  • It offers a seamless surface without joints, which not only greatly facilitates cleaning, but also offers a greater sense of spaciousness (something that in small bathrooms is essential).
  • Offers great adhesion on almost any surface. it is perfect for bathing (since people with reduced mobility or a disability will be able to reduce the risk of slips and falls).
  • Micro-cement surfaces have a minimum thickness of approximately 2mm. Therefore, it does not require lowering doors and levels much more easily with other materials.
  • It offers infinite possibilities of finishing and personalization, which allows this material to adapt to any style of decoration that you may want to implement.

Topcret, specialists in decorating bathrooms with micro-cement

Coatings of Topcret, and in particular micro-cement, can be used without any problem in areas such as the shower, furniture or washbasin without fear of moisture deteriorating the coating. In addition, micro-cement can be applied both on tiles and on uncoated walls, which allows completely changing the decoration of a bathroom without the need of complicated handworks.

Proof of this is the bathroom that can be seen in the image, whose floors and walls have been completely covered with micro-cement. On this occasion the decoration of this bathroom, sober and elegant, fits perfectly with the style of finish that has been applied to the micro-cement covering.

If you want to incorporate micro-cement to any of your projects, contact us and we will advise you on everything you need, without compromise.

What type of flooring should I install in my home?

If you are thinking about doing some renovations at home, you may have considered the possibility of betting on one of the new options in flooring. We refer to new trends such as micro cement, polished cement, resin or linoleum, basically. The proposals that have turned upside down the pavement landscape, whose features and finishes have made them some of the most used options.

Micro-cement

On the one hand, micro-cement is a type of coating that can be applied both as flooring or coating, on walls or floors, has an approximate thickness of between 2-3 mm, does not need joints and does not crack by itself.

It adheres perfectly to any material and is ideal for creating seamless spaces, without joints.

Micro-cement floors have become one of the best options to design contemporary or industrial spaces. It can be applied directly on the existing floor so that the rubble and the time of the refurbishment are reduced. A perfect option for homes.

Polished concrete

Polished cement needs expansion joints, approximately every 4 or 5 meters away and is basically used as a surface treatment of hardened concrete slabs. It’s not recommended for homes located on high floors.

Polished cement is used especially in works of industrial characteristics in which there will be high loads for the pavement (industrial buildings, shopping centres, garages …), while micro-cement is used in domestic environments of all kinds thanks to its lightweight and great resistance.

Linoleum

Linoleum is made up of natural components that make it an ecological material. Its main component is linseed oil mixed with other materials such as ground stone or wood flour, among others.

There’s a great variety of designs for linoleum floors, finishes that imitate other types of materials, a very wide range of colours and different formats to combine with each other.

Epoxy resin

In contrast, epoxy resin floors are composed of a polymer that covers an existing floor or base, starting from a semi-liquid state that becomes a solid, hard and very resistant material when mixed with a catalyst agent.

Epoxy resin floors are self-leveled floors that can be easily placed on any type of original floor while linoleum floors should be installed on a prepared and well-leveled surface.

Although visually they can be very similar, there are also some differences in maintenance and cleaning issues that will help you decide on one or the other. Ask Topcret’s team if you need any kind of consultancy!

The influence of colour on architecture and interior design

It has long been recognized that colours connect with emotions in the brain and it has also been proven that the colours of our rooms can influence our mood and concentration. For all this we understand very important which one we should choose for our stays and here we want to explain some clues for it.

Green

How can you think green and not think about nature? Green means growth, the green colour stimulates feelings of harmony and peace.

A colour that is often used in hospitals, as it is associated with health and efficiency. Depending on the intensity of it and the light of the environment in which we use it, we can create very different effects. Bright greens improve vision and create a refreshing environment, while softer greens are more natural and produce a calming effect.

Yellow

The yellow colour represents the sun. Yellow makes us think about vitality, intellect and longevity. Yellow is all about energy. A trendy colour for studios and kitchens.

A very stimulating colour that improves the concentration and speed our metabolism. It is often used in schools as it keeps the brain “on”. In homes it is ideal for studios and kitchens, but not highly recommended for bedrooms. It is said that babies cry more in the yellow rooms.

Orange

The orange colour brings optimism and adds a welcome note for the entrances and corridors. A colour to stimulate conversation and the exchange of ideas. The orange colour can make a room look smaller, so if it is used excessively it can make a room become a claustrophobic and stressful space. It is not a suitable colour for bedrooms or studies, since we could find difficulties to sleep or concentrate.

However, it aids a good digestion and increases appetite, as well as brain involvement. Therefore, it is ideal for kitchens, play areas, living rooms and dining rooms.

Red

We will never use red as the main colour of our house, it is a colour full of passion and must be used with moderation, as a unique accent with which we will be able to dramatize any room.

It is also a stimulant of appetite, so it is interesting to splash red details in our dining room.

Violet

An artistic colour, linked to meditation, spiritual and ritual. In darker shades they are associated with passion. On the softer side, the lavender shades have a powerful sedative effect, you have to use them carefully if you do not want our living room or dining room to look sleepy. However, they are ideal for use in our bedrooms.

The darker shades of violet create fantastic dramatic effects, but they must be used sparingly or in the long run they can cause a depressive effect.

Blue

Blue is often associated with qualities such as calm, peace and introspection. It embodies the spirit and energy of water.

Although for many people it is their favorite colour, blue may seem a cold and unwelcoming tone. According to a study conducted by Pantone, the office workers complained that the office was very cold when it was painted blue, and yet when it was painted a peach colour, they felt it was warmer despite that the temperature had not changed.

The blue colour suppresses the appetite and stimulates thought, so it is bad for bedrooms and dining rooms, in their strongest tones. However, it is an excellent colour for studios and games rooms.

Take a look to our wide variety of microcement for colourful surfaces, including floors and walls. Microcemento is the micro-coating chosen by professional interior designers to provide quality and distinction.

Innovative materials that are turning interior design upside down

The interior design is increasingly in tune with the trends that promote sustainability, environmental impact and reuse. Specialists in architecture and interior are always looking for alternatives to create innovative spaces.

Interior design is a process that has to nourish ideas and concepts that contribute to recreate beautiful, efficient and pleasant environments. Therefore, it is necessary to have advanced materials, such as the ones that we will show you below.

Microcement

Microcement is a coating based on cement and quartz with a low thickness colour (1 to 2 mm). It has a soft and fine finish, which makes it ideal for modern and minimalist environments. It is suitable for different kinds of surfaces on all types of firm surfaces. It can be applied on floors, walls, stairs, furniture and others, both indoors and outdoors. It does not need joints, therefore, seamless can be achieved and can be combined with other materials such as wood, ceramics, etc.

One of the great advantages of micro concrete is that it can be applied on existing coatings such as ceramics, mosaics, marbles and tiles. It allows, in a very short time, to renew the surfaces without having to suffer the disorders, dirt, and cost of the traditional renorations.

See all technical info here

Stabilized moss

Coming from northern Europe, the Stellaris Cladonia species is a very special moss that can be used for acoustic interior panels that do not require maintenance, light or water. It has a variety of colours and can be used in various ways to incorporate elements of vegetation to any structure.

To achieve the desired effect, the moss undergoes a process of modification after its collection. The internal sap it contains is replaced by a biodegradable substance that is very similar to sugar. This allows the plants to stay fresh, look beautiful and do not require any care.

Bakelite

This material has been named this way, but it is superimposed sheets of Kraft paper that have been compressed by pressure and heat. During its manufacture, this product is injected with a phenolic resin to give it a compact nature. The result is an element with excellent mechanical and electrical properties.

These qualities allow it to have various applications within the interior architecture, such as panels, switchboards, insulating parts and much more. It is a material that has a thickness between 0.3 – 80 mm, a density of 1.3-1.4 g / cm3 and a resistance perpendicular to the tension of 300 M Pa.

Alucore

Out of the aerospace industry, this material represents two layers of fiberglass that cover a honeycomb structure made of aluminum. Among its characteristics we find lightness, rigidity, the ability to dampen vibrations, great environmental resistance, can be easily manipulated with common tools and is very versatile for architecture and design.

As an element to be used in interior design applications, it can be used in balconies, internal ceilings, roof coverings, façade cladding, portals, canopies and much more. It also includes an extensive range of metallic colours that can be customized depending on the work.

Tadelakt: A Millenary Technique of Morocco

Tadelakt is an ancient Moroccan technique handed down from generation to generation, which has fascinated interior designers from all over the world. Today in Topcret’s blog, we are going to show you what Tadelakt is and why it has become so popular.

The restoration in progress of many of the riads of Morocco has brought this ancient technique to become fashionable, not only in Morocco, but also in other parts of the world. Artisans from a lot of different places, mainly from the USA and Europe, have traveled from their countries to be trained by Tadelakt masters and are introducing some of the exotic decoration of Morocco in their own countries.

What is Tadelakt?

Tadelakt is a lime coating obtained from the Marrakech region. The amazing thing about Tadelakt is that many of the surfaces that were created centuries ago are still intact, and, in fact, are even more beautiful than when they were created.

Tadelakt in Morocco

Moroccan Tadelakt is considered one of the oldest and most refined plaster finishes in the world. It is a technique with a long history, from around 2,000 years old. The Tadelakt was initially used by the Berbers for the storage of drinking water, waterproofing their cisterns that they had underground.

Subsequently, it was used in a decorative way on exterior facades, in the manufacture of small drinking containers, in the construction of public restrooms, and finally, in the decoration of the walls of the private bathrooms of the wealthiest houses in Morocco.

The preparation and application of Tadelakt is a long and complicated process, and it has been transmitted from teacher to apprentice or from father to son, through many generations.

The word Tadelakt comes from the verb “dalaka”, which in Arabic means to rub, to caress, to massage or to flatten. In addition, Tadelakt is the Berber pronunciation of the name Dalk.

The perfect alternative to tiles for bathrooms

Tadelakt, as we have said, is increasingly popular all over the world. It is not strange however, due to the many properties it has. It is a natural and ecological product and also resistant to water, making it ideal for bathrooms.

In fact, interior designers that travelled to Morocco believe that Tadelakt is the ideal alternative to tiles in bathrooms. It is perfect for shower cabins, swimming pools, steam rooms and in general for any wet space. It is porous to the air but not to water, therefore, the walls can breathe.

And the precursor of microcement

Tadelakt is considered inside the industry such as the ‘precursor’ of the microcement. However, the fact that Tadelakt has never been such accessible as the microcement (or micro concrete) is today may be the sign that shows us that, thanks to Topcret microcement, a material based in the Tadelakt for many reasons, is an alternative that these days we can choose regardless of where we are.

Resin floors (or epoxy flooring): how and where to use them

Resin flooring is perfect to renew the floor of your home or office without getting into expensive installation costs, and that is, among other reasons, why they are being used more and more by both architects and interior designers nowadays.

In fact, and apart from its less expensive cost of installation, resin flooring is raising in popularity because it does not raise dust when it is used to give a renewed air to a floor and it is not needed to remove the existing pavement before being installed.

Changing the pavement is, in general, one of those changes that make us think twice before deciding to reform our home. That is why today, we are going to explain how to keep it simple with resin flooring.

Easy setting-up

Epoxy resin flooring is a kind of flooring formed by a thermosetting polymer that hardens when it is mixed with a catalyst agent. Because of that, this type of pavement offers a lot of durability, waterproof properties and earns resistance to abrasion.

Resin flooring is applicable on existing pavements

In addition, resin flooring is distinguished from other flooring alternatives because its thickness, which is so small that can be placed on existing pavement without removing it before, such as ceramic tile floors, terrazzo, wood or concrete. That advantage provides three main benefits:

  • You will avoid the cost of removing the initial flooring.
  • Its application will be much faster and more practical.
  • The cost of the reform will be lower.

It is suitable for outdoor

Resin flooring can be used in both indoor and outdoor spaces, and because of its high resistance it is suitable for kitchens and bathrooms as well. The resin layer is water resistant, so damp rooms are not a problem for this kind of flooring.

However, there are better alternatives

Resin flooring can look ‘artificial’ if we compare it to other alternatives that look more natural, such as microcement, an option that has far more benefits than resin flooring. The most important advantage of microcement, and a feature resin floors cannot offer, is that microcement is environmentally sustainable compared to resin flooring. If you would like to know more about the full list of benefits of microcement, you can find a lot of information about this material at this blog.

If you are interested in microcement, contact with us. We offer free counselling to our clients in order to make their ideas real. What are you waiting for?