The advantages of microconcrete to cover stairs

More and more interior designers recommend the microconcrete to cover almost any surface of our house with a solution that provides both high strength, versatility and a finish capable of leaving anyone completely amazed.

From floors to walls, through swimming pools, countertops and all kinds of furniture, the microcement is a coating capable of offering endless advantages. Today, it is the turn of the microconcrete as coating for stairs.

Decorative advantages of microcement stairs

The characteristics of the microcement allow its application both indoors and outdoors, and one of the most important reasons why it is an ideal option for stairs is because its application can be done without major difficulties in corners, something relatively complicated to achieve with other coatings such as tiles.

In addition, there are almost unlimited possibilities in terms of finishes that can be applied to any type of surface. So regardless of the style of decoration that prevails in your home, with microconcrete you can adapt the surface of your stairs to the image you had in mind without any problem. Matte, bright colours and even three-dimensional textures that emulate stone or wood surfaces are available in Topcret. Take a look at our solutions at our website if you would like to know more.

This material also offers a whole series of advantages that make it the most recommended option to cover your stairs:

– Great adhesion.

– Continuous pavement, without joints.

– Resistant to wear and abrasion.

– No need to work or remove the previous coating.

– High durability.

– Great flexibility and versatility.

– Thin thickness.

– Impermeability.

– High customization capacity.

All these advantages have made the microcement a predominant option in interior decoration throughout the last years. And considering that it is specially designed to offer the best resistance and durability in high traffic areas such as the stairs of any home, it is no surprise that this coating has become one of the interior designers’ favourites.

If you decide to use microconcrete as the coating for your stairs you should trust a professional contractor, who is able to demonstrate experience and professionalism, such as Topcret. That is the way you will know that you are making the right decision.

And if you have any doubts about how the microcement will look on your stairs once applied, you just have to contact us and we will make an appointment with you to show you all the possibilities that this coating offers.

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.