Everything you need to know about micro-cement walls

Microcement is a pavement widely used in industrial buildings, homes and almost any kind of surfaces. It is extremely resistant and easy to maintain. In addition, it is very aesthetic and easily adapts to all types of rooms. Although it is very common in floor covering, the use of micro-concrete on walls has spread a lot since it appeared.

Also, its great durability and industrial appearance have become so much fashionable, so why don’t we discuss the benefits of microcement for walls?

The qualities of microcement

In Topcret we have different types of microcement to cover different needs. However, all of them share some benefits that we will mention below. So if you are thinking about covering your walls with micro-concrete, you will get:

  • A surface without joints.
  • Almost infinite decorative options.
  • So much versatility, as it can be applied on ceilings, floors and walls, both indoor and outdoor.
  • Great resistance to chemical products, blows, etcetera.
  • Waterproof capacity
  • Easy maintenance and cleaning.
  • It does not require complicated works, saving time and money.

 

As for the use of microcement in walls, the main advantages are its:

  • Elasticity and excellent adhesion.
  • Greater durability with respect to other coatings.
  • Greater resistance to cracks.

An industrial trend that stands out for its resistance and savings

The micro cement has become a very popular coating, an industrial trend that is booming for which it is worth betting. It has become fashionable in the loft style, although, given its excellent properties, it is used in all types of industrial walls.

With its application, we get very resistant aesthetic walls. In addition, it adheres easily and it is not necessary to eliminate the previous tiling. So you will save the money and time you would have spent on this.

Application and maintenance of micro-concrete walls

When applying microcement, it is important to trust quality products and professionals with a high degree of experience. The purpose is to do a good job and make the treatment effective.

The first thing to do is to clean the coating, and once this is done apply the micro-cement. Once it has dried and before applying the micro-concrete (it will be necessary to apply several layers in the chosen colour), it is necessary to sand the wall. Finally, it is advisable to apply a special water repellent product or a varnish seal to guarantee the resistance and durability of the coating.

Microcement is used in the rehabilitation of homes and reforms of all kinds. In fact, it is perfect because it covers any surface, such us stoneware, plastic, concrete, marble, plaster, tiles and so on. Would you like to know more? Contact us and we will give you any advice that you may need, no compromise.

Micro-concrete furniture has become a trend in 2019

The micro-concrete, as you will know if you have read any of our previous articles, is a material that due to its high durability and resistance is usually used on surfaces such as floors or walls. However, because it can be used both indoors and outdoors, it has become a trend in outdoor furniture sector to find micro-cement furniture.

Its composition based on polymers, accelerators, ultra-cold aggregates, aerators and fibres gives it an enormous resistance to adverse weather conditions and inclement weather. Also to moisture and heat, and does not require expansion joints because the micro-concrete does not shrink or expand on its own due to environmental changes, unlike other materials such as wood.

This composition also guarantees that the weight of outdoor furniture is always lower than that of others made of materials such as stone or concrete. In addition, the structure of outdoor furniture that is manufactured with micro-cement is formed by fibreboard and cement coated with this material.

The layer of micro-cement that covers the structure usually has 2 or 3 millimetres of thickness, and its characteristics allow it to resist without any problem against chafing, bumps or scratches. That is why outdoor furniture made with this material can last for generations.

What maintenance do micro-cement furniture need?

Micro-cement does not stain as long as the sealing and waterproofing processes have been carried out correctly, so it almost doesn’t require maintenance.

What is recommended is periodic maintenance, cleaning it with neutral soap and water to ensure greater durability and a more profitable amortization of the investment we make in micro-concrete outdoor furniture.

If, in addition to that, the protective layer is renewed from time to time using a water-diluted self-polishing wax, the micro-cement furniture is able to maintain the same aesthetic appearance and properties that had on the first day it was installed.

Finally, if scratches or breaks appear on your micro-concrete surface (something that as we discussed, it is very unlikely) the solution is to sand and wax again the affected surface. A separate case is that a crack arises due to an incorrect application of the micro-cement, a problem that can only be solved by completely covering the entire surface again.

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.

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.

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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.

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?

4 Flooring ideas to change the soil without works

The new generation of reforms seeks to speed up the execution of works while avoiding the inconvenience of users. Changing the floor had until now been one of the most annoying works, but the new concepts allow to change the pavement as if they were one more element of the decoration, with immediacy and cleanliness to quickly adapt it to the new preferences of the user.

The new floors are now available in much more manageable formats, such as planks, tiles and rolls. They are fixed by using mechanical elements or easily removable adhesives, or they can be applied directly on the previous pavement without having to lift it thanks to its minimum thickness. In this way, the revolutionary idea of ​​a floor that can move as if it were a piece of furniture has ceased to be a futuristic chimera and is an affordable reality. Here are four flooring ideas to achieve it.

Floating parquet

The parquet floors are in the market in thicknesses between 9 and 16 mm. This includes the insulating plastic sheet that is placed between the floor and the pavement – hence the name floating. The assembly system is very fast and can be carried out in phases, but it forces the existing skirting board to be started and the lower part of the doors to be sanded.

Dry ceramics

The dry-laid ceramic floor consists of tiles on a plastic matrix that forms the base and the joints, which eliminates the need for adhesive material. It arose in principle for temporary installations or for pavements that require rapid commissioning, such as offices and commercial premises, but is perfectly applicable to homes.

Vinyl

Vinyl floors are an alternative to parquets and wood laminates. Vinyl is a resistant, hypoallergenic material with acoustic insulating properties. It is installed in a lamas, tiles or rolls usually. Its versatility allows it to imitate not only wood, but other materials such as stone, concrete or fabrics.

Microcement

The continuous cement coatings, also known as microcement or microconcrete, are ideal for a reform for its minimum thickness, which together with an exceptional adhesion allows its application on a wide variety of different supports: tile, marble, mosaic, concrete, revoke, and etcetera.

In addition to the floor can cover walls, countertops, bathtubs, sinks, swimming pools … Here, at Topcret, we are focused on microconcrete solutions for all kind of surfaces. It is a fine, versatile and elegant material that suits perfectly to all needs. Contact us to know more about our microcement products, microconcrete flooring ideas and solutions.

Which factors affect the price of micro-cement?

The application of Microcemento® is carried out through a handmade process with numerous layers and therefore the price per square meter varies significantly depending on:

The size of the job: Larger projects require fewer start-up costs reducing the price of Microcemento® per square meter.

The size of the panels: Larger panels with fewer corners and joints that require extra trowel work and preparation can also reduce the square meter costs.

-The type of sub-base on which our product is applied: if the base is irregular or susceptible to cracking, it will require a greater number of layers. On smoother and more rigid bases, Microcemento® will cost less.

-Floors verses walls: The application on floors is faster than on walls. Even though a fiberglass mesh is usually installed in floors, which is not usually applied in walls, the greater ease of distribution of the material on floors makes the price per square meter of Microcemento® slightly more economical.

We are an international company, fully specialized in the manufacture of micro-cement. This is a material that offers a characteristic and attractive appearance, due largely to the handmade installation and the effects that arise from it.

With our exclusive micro-coatings, we maintain an aesthetic excellence while we achieve an improved resistance to numerous agents, as well as greater flexibility, all of which have an impact on the durability of our seamless floors. In addition, when buying Microcemento® with us you will have the opportunity to choose between a wide range of colours and special finishes.

For image, durability and fast and convenient installation, Microcemento® is the best option to dress your floors. We offer remarkable advantages over any other type of aesthetic solution.

Please feel free to contact us to learn more about the solutions we offer; we will be pleased to study your project, your ideas and your needs carefully. Topret’s clients trust us not only because we provide the best quality, but also because we build strong communicative relationships with them.

What is Micro-cement?

Micro-cement, currently a global trending decorative material, is a micro-coating composed of  high-performance cement, mixed with polymers, ultra-fine aggregates, additives and natural colour pigments.

Topcret’s Microcemento® adheres to almost all surfaces. For this reason, it is commonly used to cover concrete, mortar, tile, plaster, cement, metal, stoneware, plasterboard or plastic, just to name a few materials. Its great finish, texture and versatility is why Microcemento® has become one of the preferred materials for interior designers.

In addition, because it is not necessary to remove the existing base material, there are considerable construction cost savings. The old material serves as a sub-base on which the Microcemento® is subsequently applied without problem, layer by layer until a thickness of between 2 and 3 mm is obtained.

What maintenance does Microcement® require?

This material is very easy to maintain, since it cannot be stained if the sealing and waterproofing process has been carried out correctly. However, it is necessary to perform periodic maintenance in order to guarantee greater durability and  better amortization of its aesthetic properties.

Simply cleaning the surface with water and neutral soap is enough, but if the Microcemento® is placed on the floor the key is to renew the protective layer of the material by applying self-polished waxes diluted in water.

What is the difference between micro-cement and polished concrete?

While Microcemento® is a thin coating (approximately 2 and 3 millimeters), polished concrete requires a thickness of between 5 and 7 centimeters. This means that the structural weight of Microcemento® is significantly lower than that of the polished concrete.

In addition, polished concrete requires expansion joints, a feature that Microcemento® does not share. Also, Microcemento® can be placed both vertically and horizontally without a problem.

Although the application of micro-cement started a little over a decade ago, in recent years its use has spread widely throughout the world. This is why we believe that Microcemento® is the best choice for those who need to do any kind of renovation work.