If you’re considering a microcement for your project, its very important to consider the following points/questions to ensure that you get the very best products and skills of installers;
Many microcements are decorative floor coverings rather than being classed as a resilient floor finish. Therefore it is essential to ensure that you choose one that meets your needs in terms of look, aesthetics and durability. We would suggest investigating the following points;
How durable is their Microcement product?
The product must be both aesthetic and durable. Most microcement products include fine granite/quartz as part of their make-up, which increases durability and scratch resilience. However, some microcements substitute harder wearing materials instead of marble or ceramic powders, which are often softer and more prone to scratching/marking.
Some Microcements behave like a wood floor and need re-sealing during their lifespan depending on foot traffic to remain truly sealed and ensure optimum performance.
Is your installer’s Microcement system product prone to staining?
In general, most traditional microcement systems are breathable surfaces similar to that of a polished concrete finish, therefore not impervious to staining or liquid damage. Although all spillages should be removed as soon as possible, we suggest that a sample be requested and tested to ensure that it meets your requirements.
Are any solvent sealers used in the application process?
Many installers choose to use solvent-based sealers over safer water-based polyurethanes or impregnating sealers.
Many solvent-based sealers contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which can also be found in construction products such as paints, thinners and glues. These products can contain harmful solvents, including toluene, xylene, white spirit, acetone and ethyl acetate. Specific tasks, such as spraying, can produce very high exposures. These substances can be very problematic and potentially dangerous for those with underlying health issues, breathing difficulties, the young and elderly, so they should be avoided for a safer alternative.