Microcement floors: all you need to know about this trend

1 September 2021

Deciding which decorative floor covering is best for your floor depends on your taste, but also on the room and the conditions of the substrate. Microcement floors are the latest trend in floor coverings due to their high aesthetic and technical advantages.

This type of floors has conquered the decoration of interior and exterior surfaces, thanks to its high performance and the beauty of its finishes. Microcement floors offer a clean, fresh, welcoming and exquisite appearance. They provide a very resistant surface capable of withstanding strong impacts and scratches.

Brown micro-cement floor in a bright kitchen
Brown micro-cement floor in a bright kitchen

Microcement floors is synonymous with long-lasting finishes and unlimited aesthetic possibilities. Unlike normal floors, a microcement floor has no expansion joints, which translates into a surface that offers a sensation of spaciousness and unequalled luminosity.

From an aesthetic and decorative point of view, microcement coverings are perfect for creating sophisticated and luxurious atmospheres. There is no better companion to create exquisite spaces and, for this reason, at Luxury Concrete we bring you a guide so that you can get to know everything that microcement floors have to offer.

Microcement on the floor to create luxury atmospheres

If we think about what the perfect floor for our home is like, we are sure to agree that it has to be beautiful, with a texture and colour that we love, but at the same time it also has to be practical, resistant and easy to clean. All these characteristics lead us to microcement floors.

It is the material that has a prominent place in the decoration of the house under the perfect formula of resistance, beauty and easy maintenance. It is the best ally to give a personal and luxurious style to floors. It offers different textures, a wide variety of colours and finishes. No two applications of microcement are the same, each covering is unique.

Microcement on the floor of a living room with an armchair and a large sofa
Microcement on the floor of a living room with an armchair and a large sofa

1. Inside and outside for balance and spaciousness

Microcement floors is perfect for connecting rooms and making them part of a whole. It is ideal for loft-type spaces, but also for providing a contemporary style in spacious homes. It is the covering that brings balance and spaciousness to interior design.

Microcement on the floor of luxury living rooms is a safe bet. In this house, the combination of grey and white enhances the enveloping look of the space. The floor leaves no one indifferent, creating an elegant and majestic living room. The views to the outside crown a luxurious setting.

Microcement floors in a minimalist style kitchen equipped with an extractor hood and large windows
Microcement floors in a minimalist style kitchen equipped with an extractor hood and large windows

2. Mirror effect in an exquisite ambience

The new floor coverings have arrived to dominate every space in the home and to give a sophisticated character to any room. This is the case of microcement floors, which, far from remaining in the background, offer spectacular effects.

They offer a universe full of possibilities to create bright and luminous surfaces. In this image, it enhances the natural light of the kitchen in a minimalist and elegant aesthetic. It is ideal for achieving modern atmospheres, which are committed to open and functional spaces.

Microcement floor in a double height living room with fireplace, white walls and white tones on the walls
Microcement floor in a double height living room with fireplace, white walls and white tones on the walls

3. Floors with their own identity

Microcement floors are the perfect solution to achieve different environments without the need for major renovations, as it is a product that does not raise the floor level. The application on the existing surface allows rooms to be transformed without debris.

They fit perfectly in modern rooms and are an excellent solution if we are looking for a floor with its own identity. Microcement in interior floors attracts all eyes, as it creates unique spaces. They are the image of elegance.

Microcement on the floor of a living room with high ceilings and connecting to the kitchen
Microcement on the floor of a living room with high ceilings and connecting to the kitchen

4. Integration of stylish spaces

The microcement floor covering paves the way for the integration of spaces, creating a stylish atmosphere. The union of the living room and kitchen results in the creation of a modern and luminous room. The microcement floor becomes the real protagonist and shines brightly against the high ceilings.

The finish of this material gives personality to this home, where the use of space is the dominant feature. It gives an extra touch of elegance and majesty.

Colours of microcement for floors

Microcement can be used in a wide variety of colours, which allows it to be integrated into any decorative environment and to create personalised styles. In addition, its pigmentation system allows any customised colour to be achieved. The variety of shades multiplies the decorative possibilities of microcement floors, which offers the option of personalising the house as you have always wanted. But the floors in each room is different and, for this reason, it is essential to choose the right colours.

If we want a floor that transmits clarity, energy and hope, the best bet is to go for lively tones. Warm colours are ideal for covering and decorating large spaces, while light tones are perfect for smaller rooms. Which type of colour do you prefer?

White microcement floor

Lighter tones, such as white, are perfect for giving microcement floors a relaxing and calm atmosphere. The sensation provided by this type of colour is related to mental clarity, order and delicate surfaces. It is a good choice to have a floor that enhances imagination and luminosity.

Grey microcement floor

The colour grey in microcement floors is one of the favourite choices of interior designers and decorators. It is a good choice to gain serenity and elegance in the home. In its lighter tones, it translates into a youthful atmosphere full of luminosity. It also combines with many colours and creates a warm atmosphere.

Beige microcement floor

In the same family of warm tones, we find beige. This colour in microcement floors is the great rival of white, as it fits in any room providing extra warmth. A good combination is to go for a beige floor in a darker tone and the furniture in off-white, which translates into a very luminous surface.

Microcement floors in kitchens and bathrooms

In the design of kitchens and bathrooms, we can also achieve a different atmosphere by applying microcement on the floor. It is the perfect ally to achieve finishes of high decorative value on impermeable surfaces, resistant to abrasion and high temperatures.

These are parts of the house where we live daily and for many hours, so it is essential to choose a material with high performance and that integrates easily into any decorative style. Microcement floors are a good option for classic, Nordic, contemporary or rustic styles. Both the bathroom and the kitchen are two perfect spaces to enjoy large spaces that transmit the personality of the house.

Minimalist style bathroom with microcement floors, freestanding bathtub and wooden finishes around the double washbasin
Minimalist style bathroom with micro-cement floors, freestanding bathtub and wooden finishes around the double washbasin

In this microcement bathroom, the decorative cladding takes over the room and is the perfect finishing touch to achieve a luxurious decoration. It is an ideal way to renew the aesthetics of the house. On this occasion, the continuity offered by the cladding enhances the minimalist style of the room. Beyond the aesthetic power, the bathroom of this house transmits peace and harmony in equal parts.

Microcement on the floor of a spacious kitchen with a separate island and views of the garden
Microcement on the floor of a spacious kitchen with a separate island and views of the garden

In the design of modern kitchens, the choice of furniture is as important as the quality of the finishes. Microcement floors in kitchens is the perfect way to enjoy your own exclusive design. It is a material that allows you to make the most of the space and create an incredible room.

The island in this kitchen becomes an ally to gain even more space, separating the sink from the dining or breakfast area. The best thing about microcement on the kitchen floor is that we can adapt it to our style.

How to make a microcement floor

Now that we have gone through the decorative possibilities offered by microcement floors, it is time to find out how this covering is applied to walkable surfaces.

Application of microcement on tiled floors

1- Grouting with preparatory microcement

To grout the tiles, it is necessary to apply preparatory microcement to avoid marking the joints in the tiling. Concrete Base offers superior mechanical resistance and is perfect for preparing the surface. This layer needs a drying time of 24 hours.

2- Applying primer for non-absorbent surfaces

Once the grout has been grouted, the next step is to apply an adhesion promoter or primer for non-absorbent floors and place the fibreglass mesh for microcement. At Luxury Concrete we use Primacrete Plus to facilitate the adhesion of the microcement to the existing substrate, while the mesh prevents the appearance of possible cracks and fissures. This layer needs a drying time of between 30 minutes and 24 hours.

3- Application of unpigmented preparatory microcement

With the surface already prepared, the first layer of preparatory microcement should be applied to give hardness to the coating. This layer facilitates the subsequent application of the finishing microcement. This layer must be left to dry for 12 hours.

4- Second coat of Primacrete Plus primer

The second coat of primer for absorbent surfaces is applied to avoid marking the tile joints in the microcement. The drying time is also between 30 minutes and 24 hours.

5- Second layer of microcement preparation with pigment

The second layer of microcement preparation is essential to make the floor hard. With this step we lay the foundations for a quality coating. This layer must be left to dry for 24 hours.

6- Applying two coats of finishing microcement

With the surface prepared and the preparatory microcement applied, it is time to apply two coats of finishing microcement. In the case of indoor floors, Concrete Floor is a good bet to achieve natural and high quality finishes. Between the first and second coat, a drying time of 3 hours should be allowed. The second coat should be left to dry for up to 24 hours before sealing the surface.

7- Sealing the microcement floor

Sealing the surface is the last step in the application of microcement on the floor. This protects, waterproofs and reinforces the floors. In addition, the final finish is embellished. To do this, two coats of Primacrete Finish, a water-based primer to harden the microcement, and two coats of Concrete Finish WT sealing varnish must be applied.

Application of microcement in cement floors

1- Repair any cracks in the substrate

If we are going to cover a cement floor with cracks, the first step is to repair them until the substrate is level, clean and free of grease.

2- Applying acrylic resin for Concrete Resin microcement

Once we have ensured that there are no cracks, the second step is to consolidate the surface where the microcement is going to be applied. Concrete Resin acrylic resin is especially indicated to facilitate the adherence of microcement on very absorbent floors, such as cement floors.

3- Two coats of microcement preparation

Two coats of finishing microcement should be applied. With the first one, the fibreglass mesh is placed and allowed to dry for 3 hours. The second layer also needs the same drying time before applying the finishing microcement.

4- Two coats of finishing microcement

The two coats of finishing microcement are applied with pigment. A drying time of 3 hours is required between the first and second coat. The second coat must be left to dry for 24 hours.

5 - Sealing the microcement floor

As with non-absorbent surfaces, the sealing process requires two coats of Primacrete Finish primer and two coats of Concrete Finish WT sealer varnish.

Concrete Floor for creating exquisite microcement floors

If you already know that microcement floors offer dream aesthetic possibilities, it is time to go for Concrete Floor. It is Luxury Concrete's microcement that provides a natural beauty that does not expire with the passage of time. Underneath the smooth appearance is a microcement coating that combines with any decorative style. Enjoy privileged spaces with microcement floors!