The selection of floor or wall coating is very important due to a number of reasons. First of all, it is essential to match the coating to the purposes of the place, whether it is a flat and will be used only by the residents or whether it is a shop or company, and the floor will be used by many people on a regular basis. And if it is a company, it is also of utmost importance whether it is the manufacturing company or not. All these issues have to be taken into consideration, because they enable to answer the question how resistant the floor has to be. While making the decision, it is also significant whether we want a standard or more decorative floor.
Depending on our needs, we have a broad selection of floor and wall coatings. However, the most recent and innovative material that should be considered is microcement. This is a relatively new solution, which immediately gained popularity.
What is microcement?
Microcement or microtopping is a mixture that contains the cement with the addition of polymers and resins that make the material more solid and allow for applying such a thin layer – about 2-3 millimetres. Owing to the polymerization, it is possible to use the surface only 24 hours after the application.
What makes this material so desirable? First of all, the material is very thin, about 2-3 millimetres, which allows it to be used on any surface as opposed to the cement, which we can never spread at such thickness. What is more, microcement can be used as a decorative material because it can appear in any colour – here only the sky is the limit owing to which we can achieve an infinite amount of finishes. It can also be applied to any surface, including in the bathroom and on staircases, ceilings, furniture or tiles. It is especially helpful when we do not want to rise the surface level too much. It can be also used in any building, no matter if it is a shop, flat, loft, restaurant or manufacturing plant, microcement will fit anywhere. This material is used by those who are fond of “industrial look” and want “raw” or rustical interior. Microtopping is usually dedicated to indoor rooms. It is resistant to UV radiation so it does not turn yellow. It can also be used on wet surfaces, in bathroom, swimming pools, kitchens. Another advantage of this material is that it does not have any joints – it is completely smooth. This is an innovative product that will work well in every environment.
Main features of microcement
Microcement has a number of qualities. It is characterised by high adhesion to any surface. It is water and scrub resistant. Microcement has excellent thermal conductivity so it can be used on surfaces where the floor heating is installed. It also does not release any substances and therefore does not change the air quality in the room. What is more, it has a short time of execution – maximum 4 days, and the surface may be used even after 24 hours. This product is water-based, and thus has little impact on the environment. It is also easy to clean and maintain.
All these properties make the microcement a material worth to consider when selecting an appropriate coating for the building.