The microcement trend is taking the world by storm, and it’s no wonder why. Microcement, also known as micro concrete or micro mortar, has a wide range of applications and can be used to give any indoor or outdoor surface a sleek, modern look. If you’re considering using microcement on your next project, here’s everything you need to know.
Microcement is a thin layer of cement applied to a surface. Despite being made from the same basic material as concrete, it’s not the same thing. Concrete is very thick and rigid, whereas microcement is thin and flexible. Microcement can be installed directly onto a variety of surfaces without the need for tear-out — wood, tile, porcelain and even existing cement.
Microcement is gaining popularity because of its easy application, minimal tear-out requirements and infinite design possibilities (including custom color matching).
Here are some key points you need to know about microcement:
It comes in two types: polished and matte. Polished microcement has a glossy finish that produces a luminous effect. Matte microcement has a natural finish that’s less slippery and great for floor coverings.
It’s available in any color imaginable. You can use standard colors or create custom ones to match your specific design palette.
It’s easy to install on most surfaces without the need for tear-out. It can be installed on walls, floors and ceilings, indoors or out.
Microcements are made from cement, water and sand, as well as some additives to reinforce the final material. The thickness of the layer is quite thin, less than 3 millimeters in most cases compared to other types of flooring products.
Like many other products that have been around for a while, microcements have undergone several improvements to meet the requirements of clients who want specific finishes. For instance, there are different types of microcements depending on their composition (metals, resins) and their application method:
Self-levelling microcement is usually used for walls and floors. The mixture is poured and spread with a trowel or notched blade until it reaches the desired thickness and finish. It is ideal for large areas since no seams will appear on the surface once it is fully dry.
Microcement screed is applied with a spatula or trowel in a similar way as mortar but in much thinner coats. This type of microcement can be used for wall cladding and flooring. For more information click here.