Polished Concrete vs Microcement?
We are often asked, what are the benefits of a microcement over polished concrete. For our experience, these are the key advantages;
More Control of Colour & Finish
There generally much more control over colour, tone, texture and overall aesthetics with that of a Microcement that that of a polished concrete finish due to the method of application and control over products and pigment measurements.
Low Applied Thickness
Due to the application requirements, the products can be applied from 2-3mm in depth (exclusive of any preparation needs).
Multiple Uses & Applications
Due to the application process, Microcements can be applied on floors, walls and ceilings in both domestic and commercial environments.
Less Heavy / Noisy Machinery
The requirements for heavy and noisy grinding / polishing machinery is not generally required, therefore it is possible to apply these products in areas where a traditional polished concrete floor would not have been possible previously.
Fast Drying / Installation Time
The application time required for a microcement finish is significantly reduced when compared to that of polished concrete. A standard installation would normally take 4-5 days (which may differ depending on size and complexity).
Installation Timing Flexibility
Due to the reduced installation time requirements, a microcement installation could be undertaken towards the end of a project, thus reducing the possibility of damage / compromise as a result of third parties or other trades. For examples, installation could take place once a kitchen has been fitted.
Retro Fitting / Installation Possibilities
Microcements in many cases can be retro fitted, meaning that as long as the substrates are stable they can be applied over many existing floor finishes with minimal height build ups or excavation of existing substrates.
Microcements by their own nature are less prone to cracking than that of a polished concrete floor. In general, any new substrates should have been installed, cured, dried with any UFH fully commissioned prior to installation of the micro cement and any underfloor heating commissioning undertaken in advance, thus reducing the possibility of cracking significantly.