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What is Microcement and why is an ideal coating for reforms

We try to solve all doubts about this product

 

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What is microcement?

We define microcement as a continuous layer of minimum thickness and very resistant, we can speak of a hydraulic mortar is made of cement, arid, additives, pigments and resins mixed with resins. These resins gives strength and flexibility.

How it looks?

It shows in 3 sizes arid (fine, medium and thick), with different finishes that can be made from the finest and suave to rustic and anti-slip. Many available mineral pigments, with the option to choose the color pigment from a very large range, being able to get many shades, this is a feature that is becoming a key element for interior decoration.

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We can see the different finishes and textures created with microcement: fine,medium and rustic.

Why it is ideal for renovations?

This decorative layer is for new works, but is especially ideal for renovations, but the biggest advantage is that it is not necessary to remove existing tiles or pavement coverage, which will save a lot of money.
Ceramics can be covered with seamless microcement, leaving a completely smooth surface, continuous and uniform.We may change floors or tiled walls, ceramic, wood, plaster, marble, and others.For example, an old bathtub (provided they are in good condition) can renew microcement applying any color, even leaving a non-slip finish. Given that microcement has sufficient adhesion and because it is so fine it adapts to the shape of the support, you can cover even a sink, you can change the bathroom without having to remove or demolish old materials.In image, we can see the different layers the microcement applied on tiles, from fiberglass mesh as a result microcement support base for the preparation, chapels microcement to the fine endings.

Where can I apply?

We are talking about a system suitable for floors and walls in interior or exterior: bathrooms, kitchens, swimming pools, stairs, furniture. Tiled surfaces, ceramic-like material, glass, plaster, wood (depending on type), mosaics, etc.

microcemento en pilas lavamanos baños o piscinas. El microcemento se adapta a las formas de las superficies, gracias a su alta adherencia y bajo espesor

Microcement adapts to the shapes and surfaces due to its low thickness high adhesion.

las diferentes capas de microcemento sobre azulejo
Microtopping different layers.

Microcement can be applied on radiant floors?

Yes, radiant flooring can be applied without any problem but before applying must realize certain functions to avoid cracks resulting from exchanges of temperatures.

A) What to do before applying microcement (microcement wall):
-ignite the heating system at least 21 days after it was applied leveling compound covering the heating circuit
-it keeps water in the circuits at 25ºC 2-3 days, still climbing water temperature up to 45ºC and maintain a few days
-it stops heating at least two days before applying microcement and floor temperature must be a maximum of 18ºC when microcement is applied.

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B) How to proceed after applying microcement over radiant floor?
-After application of microcement expect at least 2 days prior to turn the heating and raising the temperature 5ºC each day.
-must avoid the accumulation of heat caused by rugs and carpets.
-changer temperature gradually form when ignite and extinguish when warming.
-moisture in the room must not be too high.

Maintenance of micro cement.

in the first days after application
Microcement takes two days to reach 60% of mechanical properties and chemical resistance, and strengthening of 90% takes 28 days.The greatest risk of scratching the floor with Microcement place in these four weeks of curing. Therefore flooring maintenance is very important in this period to have a finish perfect.Especially during the first month and the first week is recommended to protect as much as you can, taking care especially when moving furniture and to avoid spill liquids (because porosity is not closed already)
The ideal temperature for drying and hardening must be superior to 15ºC.
If you want to clean the floor is done with a mop water without soap or detergents.
-Maintenance of Microcement for a long time.
Microcement maintenance is similar to a natural wooden floor.Washing with water and neutral detergent is recommended.It`s recommended to apply car wax dissolved in water, they leave a nonmeta acrylic protective layer that renovating the floors, these products can be applied mop frequently depending on its wear, but with the same frequency that cleans any floor.It is recommended to use a rug entering the home or commercial to prevent entering shoes with sand, is the greatest enemy of this type of floor. You must use protection to the feet of tables and chairs where descend on the floor and reviewed regularly to remove sand grains that can be encrusted or replace if necessary and protection.If adhere soft rubber can be cleaned with a cloth and alcohol is not recommended use aggressive or abrasive products (bleach, acids, solvents,sandpaper, metal brushes that can scratch …). If there is furniture that is based on very small surfaces such as foot sphere or cylinder-shaped hollow in the middle, it must be covered as they can exert extremely high pressures per cm2. Although the lake makes waterproof should not leave puddles on long periods of time. If puddles provided SellerPool is recommended.

Suelo continuo en cocina con microcemento de fácil limpieza

Easy to clean floor

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Differences between Microcement and concrete

These are two solutions floors, with a similar appearance, but different qualities. And undoubtedly, each is recommended for different situations and locations.

Concrete floor is obtained with a surface treatment that is given concrete floors during the curing process to obtain a termination smooth, soft, shiny and ready to be resistant floor. Because it is a concrete plate that gives extreme resistance, it is a floor that apply to new construction, because the final thickness of the concrete is 5 to 10 cm (3mm to microtopping).

Concrete, we must say that is resistant to wear and scratches that gives these concrete floors. For this reason cement is usually installed in public spaces such as shops, garages and supermarkets. Each time in new construction. While Microcement is best suited for renovations, the reduced thickness and the ability to apply over the existing layer without remove it.If we wish to renew to eliminate signs of wear. Microcement can be applied in a thin layer over (grinding in advance to ensure adherence), whereas floated concrete will be sanded or polished surfaces, 1 to 2 millimeters until traces disappear.

Vemos marcas de rayado en este suelo de cemento pulido de una gran superficie sometida a alto tránsito que el microcemento jamás aguantaría
Concrete floor cracked.Also we see scratching marks on the sidewalk bellow in a hight traffic area

Renovation

Micro cement floors can be renovated at a price similar to sanding and varnishing of wood flooring.