Frequently Asked Questions

Microcement is seamless, waterproof, hardwearing and beautifully decorative. It is an ideal material for both interior and exterior surfaces such as floors, walls and ceilings. Microcement is easy to clean and maintain, can be applied to existing surfaces including most forms of wood, concrete screeds and over tiles. Its handcrafted application makes the result of each job and project amazingly unique and special. A summary of these advantages can be found below:

• Decorative coating, offers multiple choices of finishes.

• Surfaces without joints.

• Application to floors, walls and ceilings. Interior and exterior.

• Wide variety of colours and textures.

• Handcrafted application, giving an individual and personalised result.

• Great resistance to use, shock, scratches and chemicals.

• Impermeable.

• Extremely high non slip rating ensures suitable for external / shop floors etc.

• Time-saving and can avoids complicated works. No debris during install process.

• A 2/3 mm material thickness, thus not affecting the structural load of the building.

• Seamlessly applied and installed by our trusted team. Requires no loud machinery.

• Natural materials. Environmentally friendly product.

• Easy maintenance with simple water and PH-Neutral detergent cleaning.

• Creates spaces free of germs and bacteria – no more silicone, grout or other bacteria atracting joints.

• High adhesion. Covers many surfaces including over tiles, marble, stoneware, terrazzo, concrete, plasterboard, cement and hard woods to name a few.

Despite its lack of thickness, one of this material’s most significant properties is its high resistance and hardness. ; Our standard Fine and Medium microcement finishes can be used in high-traffic areas.

Several factors influence the resistance and hardness of microcement, such as the support on which it is applied, the type of microcement chosen, as well as the sealant used on the finished microcement.

We can differentiate between two types of resistance:

Mechanical Resistance:

Blows: Microcement, due to its limited thickness, will deform in the event of a strong blow if the support beneath deforms.

An example would be the microcement applied to plaster. If the plaster base deforms because it has a poor resistance, the microcement will deform alongside it.

Abrasion and wear: This resistance depends on both the microcement type and the sealant. As for sealants, although the resistance is the same, the higher the gloss, the more visible the marks of wear. Matte finishes tend to reflect light far less and do so only minimally. All of our microcements come with specification sheets including details on scratch, heat and slip resistances.

Chemical Resistance:

Stains and liquids: The chemical resistance will depend on the sealant used to protect the product. The sealant is the final layer, which is what gives the product ultimate protection and permeability against stains. Our sealants have a high chemical resistance, confirmed by the various tests conducted. Oil, cola, red wine and similar liquids will not leave stains after cleaning.

Both vinegar or lemon juice leave slight marks on microcement using our water based sealants. These acids affect the surface as they would on marble, but if cleaning is carried out quickly, there will be no stains. Our solvent based top coats are much more resistant to any staining from these substances and can even withstand acid for up to several hours before any damage is visible. We have recently completed studio photography floors for ASOS for which they carried out vigorous cleaning tests including mascara, nail varnish, nail varnish remover and our microcement passed all of these.

Microcement Waterproofness

Microcement can be applied to almost any surface: cement mortar, self-levelling compound, hardboard, plywood, marble, tile, plasterboard, over existing plaster and many, many more. Microcement can also be applied on both vertical and horizontal surfaces in interior and exterior spaces.

The surface must be stable and dry, free of dust or grease.

One of the main properties of microcement is its high adhesion. Thanks to this, it is possible to apply microcement on tiles, speeding up the renovation process and avoiding the debris of the original lining. In all cases, we would use fibreglass mesh to strengthen the support of the microcement layers.

Microcement on tiles, stone or terrazzo

Although the aesthetic finish may appear similar, it is not the same.

With microcement you can expect to benefits from the following advantages:

• Faster application with microcement – 5 day process rather than 4 + weeks.

• Microcement has no wait time between ‘pour and polish’ as polished concrete does (which can save up to 6 weeks!)

• Microcement requires no large machinery or heavy plant tools for its application.

• Less time. Lower Cost.

• Microcement is light – thus avoids structural load difficulties.

• Microcement is only 2-3mm

• Microcement can be used in any room as well as walls and ceilings.

• Microcement has no joints, so no hairline (or larger) cracks appear following the drying process.

• Microcement application is possible on both vertical and horizontal surfaces.

Microcement has seamless, crack-proof and waterproof qualities. It is often used in bathrooms, showers, kitchen counters, wet rooms, as external renders, patios and even in swimming pools. All of the advantages of tiles or external concrete / render with the benefit of no lines, cracks and the endless beautiful appearances to accompany.

Microcement with Microcement in London comes in several forms some of which naturally have more grit and texture to offer non slip support. Other types of finer finished Microcement such as the Microfine range are not naturally non slip but can have a non slip element added to the final sealants to ensure they are safer underfoot whilst still sleek and smooth to touch.

A typical install will take 5-7 days. This consists of the following;

Day 1). Preparation – Damp seal applied where required. Fibreglass mesh laid and stuck with water based compound. First Coat of Microbase trowelled on.

Day 2). First Coat of Microbase sanded down with electric hand held sanders. Second Coat of Microbase trowelled on.

Day 3). Second Coat of Microbase sanded down with electric hand held sanders. First Coat of final Microcement Compound trowelled on (fine or medium)

Day 4). First Coat of final Microcement Compound (fine or medium) sanded down. Second coat of final Microcement compound trowelled on.

Day 5). Second coat of final Microcement compound sanded down. Final 4 coats of sealer and topcoat applied. This gives floor / walls ultimate protection, non-slip elements where required and the final desired finish (matte, satin or gloss)

Ready to start your project?

Are you considering Microcement for one of your projects? If you would like to discuss and learn more, why not book a free consultation with one of our local experts.

Here is what you can expect:

1) A Free consultation with a No-obligation Free Quote at the end of the process

2) A detailed presentation of all our colours and texture options

3) A detailed briefing including a review of the necessary preparation required & associated timeline to suit your needs

4) All necessary measurements taken

To speak to a Microcement in London expert please call us on 0207 754 0399 or 0730 511 3370.

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