Microcements – Not Just for Floors
Microcement is a coating used for modern finishes that has become popular over the last few years. Homeowners and commercial businesses across Australia prefer microcement when considering interior or exterior refurbishment projects. Compared to other forms of finishes such as polished cement, microcement offers distinct advantages. This is why there has been a rise in its popularity. Microcement can be applied to walls, ceilings, floors as well as a huge range of other surfaces. Some varieties can even be used to coat tables, stairs, partitions and countertops.
What is Microcement?
The key ingredients used in creating microcement include cement, various pigments, resins and polymers. The cement serves as the main hardening component. Polymers help microcement adhere to different surfaces. Various fillers such as quartz powder add to the appeal and thickness of the mixture. Microcement is usually applied in multiple layers. In most cases, three to four coats of the product is applied to a surface. Overall, microcement is applied in thickness of 2 to 3 millimetres. This makes it an incredibly economical choice compared to most other finishing materials like polished concrete that requires 5 to 7 millimetres of thickness. Microcement is also suitable for application to both vertical and horizontal surfaces. It can be used for interior and exterior applications.
Different between Microcement and Polished Concrete
Polished concrete and microcement may look similar but they are very different in application. Polished concrete applications are fairly thick and very heavy, which means that the material can’t be applied to many surfaces. It also requires expansion joints and takes more than a month to be finalised after application begins. In contrast, microcement requires no expansion joints, is applicable to most surfaces, and comprises of a relatively thin application which is affordable, easy to apply, and quick to deliver results. In fact, microcement applications are usually ready within a week or so.
Benefits of Microcement
Affordability. Microcement is applied in a thickness of 2-3 millimetres. This means that less amount of product is used and less effort is involved which makes microcement a more economical finishing option.
Quick Results. Microcement rapidly hardens. This means that you can have a surface refurbished and given an all-new look within a matter of days.
Versatility. Microcement is incredibly versatile so that it can be applied to any surface. It can be applied to existing flooring, walls or ceilings without the need to peel away the coating underneath. It also adheres very well to both horizontal and vertical surfaces.
Customisability. Microcement can be customised with a huge range of colours and patterns. In fact, no two separate applications of microcement are the same as even slight variations in the ingredients may achieve different results. This makes microcement the perfect way to stamp your taste on a wall, ceiling or another surface.
No Expansion Joints. Microcement does not require expansion joints. This is in contrast to polished concrete which requires expansion joints to stay well in place.
Aesthetics. Like polished concrete, microcement also offers a look and finish that is aesthetically pleasing, stand-out unique, and fairly durable.