What is Microcement Flooring?
Microcement, also known as micro-concrete or micro-topping, is an innovative material that renews a variety of surfaces with just 2-4 millimetres of application. It’s ideal for interior and exterior, floors and walls, ceilings, steps and worktops. Giving users a broad range of creative ideas to experiment with – whether at home or the workplace.
DC Flooring’s microcement is an excellent choice for those seeking a seamless and tactile surface to make their workplace unique and more modern-looking. It’s equally perfect for homeowners who wish to make certain features stand out or, perhaps, to give their homes a sleek contemporary feel. Our range of microcement colours, textures and sheens allows you to customise your work and personal space with many different finishes.
Benefits of Using Microcement
- No removal required at all – Depending on your type of surface, your floor can be worked on without any removal.
- Minimal 2-4mm thickness ensures no major change in slab level.
- No need for joints – Microcement can be applied without any limitations, joints, or interruptions, depending on your surface.
- Seamless continuity – Microtopping overlay can be applied effortlessly with a continuous effect between all your walls and floors.
- Custom finishes provide near-infinite possibilities, especially with our variety of customised hand finishes.
- Our flexible microcement is extremely versatile, perfect for wooden or floating floors and existing ceramic tiles.
- All fitting and installation works are done by our in-house team of highly trained specialists.
- Multiple colour, texture, design, and finishing options available.
- Decorative coating well-suited to commercial and domestic applications, highly resistant to foot traffic.
Microcement is designed to be very easy to clean, versatile, and hard-wearing. It’s the perfect covering for underfloor heating, as it works really well on top of liquid screeds.
Types of Microcement Flooring
The aesthetic experimentation potential microcementing offers are practically unlimited. With multiple effects, finishes, and colours to choose from, it is quite possible to come up with many different textures and colour combinations of Microcement to suit your preferences and give your spaces a unique personal touch.
You can also have the colour intensity and tone set according to your preferences – usually satin or matt, but it is also available in a gloss finish. Clouded, anti slip or acidified effects are possible, and even decorative inserts can be installed to provide some unique, personalised decorative finishes. Only Microtopping lets you achieve this level of aesthetic elegance and panache.
Where Can Microcement be Applied?
A versatile material with wide-ranging applications, can be applied to various substrates. Notably, it can be applied to walls as well as plaster or plasterboard using an acrylic primer. The relatively thin nature of microcement means it can be applied on vertical surfaces, allowing for stunning designs and patterns. Moreover, this versatile cement mortar is also an excellent choice, providing a contemporary alternative to conventional materials.
Its durability and easy maintenance make it ideal for high-traffic areas. Additionally, microcement can also be used on furniture, such as countertops and shelving units, bringing a cohesive and stylish element to interior design projects. With its adaptability and aesthetic appeal, microcement offers a versatile solution for enhancing different surfaces in residential and commercial spaces.
How does Microcementing Work?
While we try not to overwhelm our customers with too many technical details, some inquire about the workings of Microcement. Either way, it’s always good to have basic know-how, as it may help you decide what kind of Microcement design, colour and finishing is ideal for your work or personal space.
How Microcement is applied can vary from job to job. Plus, the preparation method will also vary depending on whether you want the systems applied to your worktop, floors, walls or furniture, for instance. However, the general goal of any Microcement preparation is to create a smooth and solid foundation so that the micro toppings can be easily applied to it. It’s worth knowing that the coating will be no more than 4mm thick so any lumps, bumps or other cosmetic imperfections in the surface cannot be concealed without proper surface preparation at the start of the process.
Installation Process of Microcement Flooring
At DC Flooring we always mechanically prepare the substrate that we are applying your material to. After this, we use an epoxy resin primer. It also may be necessary to apply a fibreglass mesh inside the primer, depending on the surface. The fibreglass mesh encapsulated in the epoxy resin primer provides a strong yet flexible background.
The base layers are then prepared using pre weighed microcement kits, manually mixing in the microstone, additives and mineral pigments together to create the correct consistency. The coats of microcement base layer are then applied by hand trowel or power trowel, taking special care to produce your desired finish.
Microcement application is completely bespoke. Your application will be unique, as no two are the same. There will be beautiful variation in the finish because when we apply the microcement base our specialist installers use a non uniform method of sweeps and strokes to make the finished look as natural as possible. Applying microcement to us is an art; this is probably why our installations are very popular with artists themselves (please see our case studies).
Another method that we use to create beautiful designs at this stage is acid staining. Tinted acid is applied to the microcement to create deep, rich colours and tones that give your design real depth and character.
The final finish also depends on the seal that you choose. Available in 4 finishes, matt, satin, gloss, or anti-slip. We use a clear presealer first and then finish the system with the high strength clear polyurethane protective sealers of your choice. Leaving you with a finish that is a true work of art.
Give your creative ideas continuity without interrupting lines or visible joints
Microcement is ideal for any homeowner or office/commercial building owner who wants to create beautiful, customised, and continuous surfaces without any visible joints or interruption lines. This can be done internally and externally – an extraordinary way to modify and enhance vertical and horizontal surfaces like stairs, masonry walls, or shower enclosures, for example.
Why Choose our Unique Microcement Flooring System?
Even though traditional polished concrete floors have stood the test of time, there’s no sure way to know what shape the final finish will take until the grinding and polishing process has been completed – and even then, it depends on the dispersion of aggregate and mineral materials to determine just that.
Microcement, on the other hand, allows you to not only choose the colour, texture, and tone of the coating but also lets you see the finished effect before the system is even installed.
The Microcement formula that we use has proven to be a highly versatile solution for both homeowners and business owners, thanks to the nature of added polymers. Where traditional polished concrete may become brittle over time, Microcement floors are far less prone to cracking and wear, particularly owing to the sealants we use, which act as a protective layer.
Our micro screed is well suited to various domestic and business applications. It’s an extremely flexible system that can be installed over wooden or floating floors, walls, existing ceramic tiles, or practically any kind of vertical and horizontal surface you can imagine. If you need a protective layer that looks beautiful and exquisite in every sense of the word, all the while giving fresh life and vigour to your spaces, the Microcement system has you covered!
DC Flooring’s Microcement is The Only Microcement Coating Solution you Need
DC Flooring’s Microcement system by Ideal Work UK, is a flexible cement-based coating, making it the perfect way to bring out some unique designs, textures, and patterns on your walls and floors. The best part is it’s continuous, so you never have to worry about joints or interruption lines ‘breaking up’ the design flow. Despite the application thickness being just 2-4mm, our Microcement surfaces boast excellent wear and slip resistance.
Microcement can be applied to practically any surface which is reasonably stable. So, for example, you may install micro toppings on your stairs, walls, existing tiles, or kitchen counter – the options at your disposal are vast and varied, and there’s so much you can experiment with to create that unique and personalised environment.
Our trained and experienced installers are highly skilled in all areas of microcementing, coming up with a final finish that will certainly exceed your requirements.
We’ve had many residential and business clients come to us over the years, to achieve a fresh, seamless, and contemporary finish, which, once completed with a bespoke sealer, can easily mimic the look and feel of a high-quality polished concrete floor.
Our team will work with you to help you decide a colour, finish, and texture that aligns with your creative vision. Following an easy and hassle-free installation experience, they will apply a resilient surface sealer on the finished floor, helping to enhance it further and provide long-term protection against daily wear and tear.
All subfloor preparation is done in-house using our specialised equipment – shotblasting, scabbling, and concrete grinding
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Is Microcement expensive?
Microcement finishes are premium products and are not cheap. However, to achieve a modern look and seamless surface that is comparable to a polished concrete slab, there is not a better value-for-money system on the market. Polished cement or concrete surfaces are usually considerably more expensive compared to microcement due to the amount of material and labour required to achieve them.
Quotations are normally calculated per square meter, so it is relatively easy for us to give you a budget figure if you know the area size and the substrate that it is being applied to. We would always need to come and see your area to ensure that your chosen solution suits your application.
What is the resistance and hardness of microcement?
This decorative solution is highly suitable for commercial environments and high traffic areas. Microtopping draws its strength from the subfloor and existing surface it is applied to, so as long as the surface is strong enough, it gives similar strength readings to concrete and wooden flooring. We test all of the subfloors we install and adhere to, ensuring the highest quality of installation on the market today.
Can microcement be applied over underfloor heating?
Microcement can be applied on floors prepared with almost any material. So it is an ideal product for installing over liquid screeds or sand and cement screeds that have underfloor heating in them. These days most underfloor heating systems are encapsulated by liquid calcium sulphate screeds. Not all coverings lend themselves to sticking to these products, but we use water-based resin undercoats, which give the system an excellent bond and base.
Due to the relatively thin nature of the system, heat transfer is also excellent when combining underfloor heating with microcement concrete.
Is micro cement waterproof?
The bi-component microcement sealers that we use mean that this system is perfect for indoor and outdoor applications, and can even be used for shower trays, kitchen worktops, washbasins and bathrooms. Its waterproof nature and impermeability also give the product excellent stain protection.
Does micro cement crack?
Most microcement will crack if it has been installed incorrectly, if the subfloor it has been adhered to fails, or if the wrong type of system has been put forward. Good contractors will only use quality microcement products that have been tried and tested. The microcement supplies that are used are the most important factor in ensuring your area is crack and fault free.
Applications where microcement walls and floors meet are a common problem for some contractors and cracking can be a problem. We overcome this by using our special fibreglass banding system to mitigate any of these issues. On top of this we have a flexible system that we use for these applications, which allows for movement.