Polished concrete vs Microtopping or Microcement

Nowadays there are many materials for residential and industrial floors, although we can take as an example polished concrete and micro cement, two of the best options due to their characteristics that allow a good finish. In addition, you have a great variety of uses according to your needs.

Both concrete and microcement are very durable and resistant materials that have somewhat similar characteristics, although it can be said that they have differences because each of these materials has a plus that allows you to achieve results effectively depending on what you need.

Below, we discuss each of these materials in a little more detail.

Polished concrete

First of all, you have to understand that polished concrete is the result of spreading, leveling, and troweling (action by which a fresh surface is smoothed with the help of a trowel or trowel). Finally, additives are added to the fresh surface to harden and give consistency to the material.

Characteristics of polished concrete

  • High resistance to heavy traffic.
  • High durability, since it is resistant to strong blows, shocks, and wear and tear that can be generated by the passage of time.
  • It is an economic floor.
  • It is possible to cover surfaces or land to be worked in a short time.
  • It can be used on a wide variety of products that give the desired colors, which also provides an interesting aesthetic in its finishes thanks to the fact that shiny floors and a smooth appearance are achieved.
  • It is easy to keep clean thanks to its smooth surface.
  • High resistance to detergents, oils, greases and fuels.
  • The floors of this product, in most cases, are slip-resistant.
  • It is a surface that increases luminosity since it reflects light.

Common uses of polished concrete

  • Walls.
  • Commercial and industrial exterior and interior flooring.
  • Sports court floors.
  • Private garages.
  • Civil works.
Microtopping or microcement

Microtopping or microcement

Microcement is a material based on cement, resins, additives, and mineral pigments with which many shades can be achieved. In addition, this mixture is capable of adhering to a multitude of surfaces such as walls, stairs, bathrooms, casinos, and even swimming pools. This results in a few limitations in its use, as it is not only used for flooring, as is the case with other types of materials.

Characteristics of microcement

  • It is a material with high resistance to compression, bending, and abrasion.
  • It is completely waterproof, which makes it suitable for use on surfaces with a certain degree of humidity, such as swimming pools.
  • It has a very aesthetic finish since its use is almost unlimited because it can be used with any type of pigment. It can even be engraved if desired.
  • It applies to any surface.
  • Delivers lasting results
  • The application of this product is easy and fast because the mixture is prepared and poured over the surface to be coated. There is no need to remove existing soil, which means that no debris is generated.
  • It is non-slip, which is an indispensable detail where children or elderly people live.
  • It is not necessary to apply a very thick layer of the product.
  • It is easy and economical to maintain.

Common uses of micro cement

  • Soils
  • Walls
  • Showers
  • Steps
  • All types of wet surfaces
  • Roofs
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms

In conclusion, we can say that they are materials with interesting characteristics, and all of them are very good options. Each one has a more effective destination, for example, polished concrete is used mostly in industrial works due to its qualities, while microcement is more suitable for housing.

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