What is Microcement and How Can It Be Used in Your Home? 

by | Feb 27, 2023 | Guides, News


Updated 16/10/2023

Microcement has excellent adhesion to surfaces of all kinds. With this quality, the material offers a unique decorative element to a wide range of spaces. It’s possible to layer micro-cement directly over a wide range of surfaces. And the process is easy, making quick changes possible. 

In this article, we’ll take a look at how to use microcement in your home. 


What is Microcement? 

Microcement, also known as micro screed (and sometimes referred to as micro concrete—the material is not the same as micro concrete), is a cement and polymer-based coating that’s applied thinly to floors, walls, and other surfaces in commercial and residential buildings. 

Microcement makes it possible for architects, interior designers, builders, and homeowners the ability to create a concrete aesthetic where it wouldn’t normally be possible. The strong polymer bonding of micro-cement mixes allows the finish to be applied to almost any existing surface, including existing concrete, compressed sheeting, tiles, plasterboard, and more. 


What are the Benefits of Microcement? 

Microcement has become more popular due to its many benefits, including the following: 

  • Applied at a minimal thickness
  • Ability to remodel without removal as it can be applied to existing surfaces
  • Achieves a seamless finish that’s grout-free
  • Achieves a modern, industrial look and a concrete aesthetic
  • Range of colours and finishes available
  • Can be applied over underfloor heating
  • Can be applied to the interior High-quality
  • High-quality sealers available for residential and commercial uses
  • Warmer underfoot than concrete


Where Can Microcement Be Applied? 

The decorative solutions offered by microcement are almost without number and we’re not exaggerating. This material has varied uses, such as stairs, swimming pools, to furniture covered in microcement. The number of uses is only limited to your imagination. However, the main uses of this material are for floors, walls, and outdoor spaces. 

No matter the surface to be covered, it’s possible to achieve a beautiful, versatile look that lasts for decades. It’s possible to cover any surface, no matter how large it may be. The result is a seamless, continuous concrete-like surface without joints or fissures. In addition, the material’s surface is easy to clean, making disinfection a breeze. Microcement also can also be used in high-traffic areas. 

These are the qualities that have made microcement so popular in recent years. 

In the following sections, we’ll take a look at where microcement can be applied in your home. 


Microcement on Walls

Microcement is a highly recommended material for covering many kinds of walls and facades. Walls receive most of the attention in a space, especially when covered with microcement. Not only does this material make walls more beautiful, but it also protects their surfaces. 

The material is easy and quick to apply, and it has excellent resistance. It’s also applied in a thin layer that adheres to the wall without the need to pre-work the surface before application. The material is compatible with plasterboard, plaster, marble, tiles, and other wall coverings. 

Microcement also is a highly resistant material that does not crack over time. You’ll have beautiful walls for years and decades to come. 


Microcement Floors

Microcement floors are also beautiful and have many benefits, including the following: 

  • The material doesn’t raise the level of the floor too much due to its thin application 
  • It is a continuous floor with no joints. 
  • Microcement adheres to any type of material without the need to remove the existing surface material. 
  • It’s also resistant to UV rays and has a very good thermal resistance

In addition, with microcement, it’s possible to create a unique floor due to the many colours and finishes offered with this decorative covering. Microcement can be used as flooring in a home’s exterior or interior. 


Microcement Bathrooms

Microcement can also be used in bathrooms, and it can be applied in different ways. Its versatility is unmatched. For instance, the material can be used as flooring, wall cladding, shelving, and even bathroom furniture. 

Microcement offers many advantages in the bathroom, including the following: 

Greater feeling of space: the bathroom is usually one of the smallest rooms in a home. The goal is to optimize the space’s size, and this can be done with microcement. The material is applied in one layer without breaks. In addition, using a lighter colour in the space can also make it appear larger. Microcement can be coloured in white or other colours. 

Resistance to environmental humidity: microcement is also resistant to the bathroom’s humid environment, inhibiting the growth of mould. 

Versatility: this coating also has excellent adherence, making it the perfect choice for the unique spaces often found in bathrooms. The material can even be applied over bathroom furniture, basins, shower trays, and bathtubs. 

Easy to clean: cleaning this material is also easy. It’s only necessary to use a mild cleaner and soft cloth for daily care.


Microcement in Kitchens

Microcement is also a popular material in the kitchen and is fast becoming a favourite with renovation professionals, decorators, and architects due to the many advantages that go with this material. 

Here are some of the advantages of using microcement in the kitchen: 

Does not require building work: the application of microcement does not require building work. It can be directly applied to existing surfaces without any pre-work. 

Comes in a variety of colours: the material also comes in a wide range of colours, from neutral shades to brighter pigments. 

Good thermal & chemical resistance: microcement also has good resistance to heat and domestic cleaning products. These factors have made the material popular on floors and walls in beautiful kitchens, though it can also be used on countertops.  

Can be waterproofed: another great advantage of microcement is that it can be waterproofed with the application of sealants or varnishes. 

Non-slip kitchens: microcement also has non-slip qualities, making this the perfect material for kitchens and other spaces where water can be a problem (such as bathrooms). 


Summing It Up

Microcement is an amazing covering for all surfaces in your home, inside or outside. The material has strong adhesion, and no building work is needed before application. It’s quick and easy to renovate a room quickly with microcement. 

This material can be used in every room in your home. You can achieve a unique look with different colours and textures in each room of your house when using microcement as a decorative covering.


Can microcement be used in outdoor spaces?
Yes, microcement is an excellent choice for outdoor surfaces due to its durability and weather resistance.

How long does microcement last?
With proper maintenance, microcement surfaces can last for many years.

Is microcement easy to clean?
Yes, microcement is easy to clean with a pH-neutral cleaner.

Does microcement require professional installation?
While it is possible to apply microcement as a DIY project, professional installation is recommended for the best results.

Can microcement be customized in terms of colour and finish?
Yes, microcement is available in a wide range of colours and finishes, allowing for customisation.

Is microcement suitable for high-traffic areas?
Yes, microcement is known for its durability and can withstand high foot traffic.

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