The raw nature of microcement makes this material ideal for modern, minimalist, industrial and loft interiors. What is worth knowing about microcement? How can it be used? We present the most important information.
We can finish walls and floors with a variety of materials. The traditional solution, which has proven itself for many years, is the use of concrete. However, it is worth paying attention to more modern building materials such as microcement. What makes it different? What properties does it have? Why can it be a good choice?
Microcement – what is it?
Microcement is a thin-layer mortar that is used in decorative finishing of walls and floors. It consists of two components – cement and a mixture of polymers. It is due to appropriately selected polymers that microcement is distinguished by its very cohesive consistency. Typically, a layer of microcement does not exceed 3 mm, so it is very thin. However, this does not mean that this material is not very durable, on the contrary – despite the not very thick layer, microcement after drying is resistant even to heavy loads, so it will definitely work as a floor finish.
Most often microcement has a matte or glossy surface, but for such an effect is not responsible for the material itself, but the varnish used for its final impregnation. Impregnation is necessary because it helps protect the thin layer of microcement.
It is worth knowing that in the trade microcement can appear under different names. It is often described as microcrete or concrete cire.
Microcement – applications
We can use microcement for various construction and finishing works, but we must remember that this material works better indoors.
Microcement is primarily used to cover floors and walls, not only in homes, but also in offices and all commercial and industrial facilities. The universal and unobtrusive nature of this material makes it fit into many modern designs and arrangements.
In which rooms is it worth using microcement? Concrete cire has a high thermal conductivity index, so if you care about underfloor heating, you can opt for microcement flooring, for example, in the living room, bedroom or dining room.
If we would like to have microcement flooring in the bathroom or kitchen, we just need to cover it with a suitable impermeable coating, which will make it waterproof.
In industrial and loft interiors, microcement often appears on the walls, sometimes accompanied by raw bricks, which emphasizes the character of the arrangement.
Microcement – advantages and disadvantages
Microcement cures very quickly. If you put it on the floor, you can walk on it after just 24 hours. The material achieves full hardness after about a week.
Among other significant advantages of microcement we can mention:
- versatile application,
- high flexibility,
- the possibility of using it on various surfaces, for example, concrete, wood, glass, metal, floor panels or drywall,
- good adhesion to the substrate.
On the other hand, the biggest disadvantage of microcement is its high price, for 1 sq. m. you will pay up to $ 65. In addition, its execution requires appropriate knowledge and tools.
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