F A Q ' s
Here are the FAQs on microcement. Even though Microcement is the best option for all kinds of work, you have some questions in your mind; the following questions will help clear every doubt in your mind.
1. Is Craftex Microcement waterproof?
due your request Yes!
our microcement at Craftex is waterproof; due to the use of a special polymer, microcement is water-resistant. And the final varnish by polyurethane also gives extra protection against moisture and dirt.
2. How much is the thickness of the Microcement?
Usually, microcement coating includes a primer, followed by two coats of microcement and finishing varnish. The whole layer will be about 3mm only.
3. Does Microcement shows anti-slip property?
Yes, microcement exhibits anti-slip properties and is not slippery.
4. What is the average life of a Microcement floor?
Microcement is highly durable, and it does not need to be replaced, but a top new layer of varnish is recommended if the place has high traffic.
5. Is it possible to use Microcement on pieces of furniture?
Yes, our microcement at Craftex can be used in furniture as well; it can also be used in kitchen cabinets, tables, and even doors. You can match your furniture with walls and floors, and the cleaning process will also be easy.
6. What is the difference between Microcement floor and polished concrete floor?
Both microcement and polished concrete are made using entirely different technology; polished concrete has undergone grinding, impregnation, polishing, etc., whereas microcement is just a mixture of cement and resins. There is a chance of moisture penetration in polished concrete floors, whereas the microcement floor is moisture resistant, so there is no need to worry about molds and stains. Microcement also retains heat, which is not possible with polished concrete floors. There is also a possibility in polished concrete floors; the result may vary from the standard designs, whereas in the microcement, the customers can change the color, tone, and design, and finish whenever required.
7. Can Microcement be used in showers and bathtubs?
Yes, microcement can be used in showers, bathtubs, and it will be a great option since microcement is durable and since there are no joints, the surface will be smooth without any dirt or soap deposits.
8. Can Microcement be used outdoors?
Yes, it’s applicable both indoors and outdoors as it is resistant to moisture and changes in temperature.
9. Is it possible to apply Microcement over tiles and epoxy resin floors?
Yes, it is always possible to apply microcement on top of our existing flooring.
10. Is Microcement an option for pools?
Yes, since microcement is water and UV-resistant, it is a perfect option for finishing and renovating swimming pools.
11. How Microcement can be cleaned?
Microcement can be easily cleaned with the help of normal water and a detergent with a ph of 6. The cleaning is effortless as it does not have any joints.
12. Is it possible to apply Microcement over underfloor heating?
Yes, it is possible to for microcement application over under flooring heating system.
13. What is the thermal conductivity of Microcement?
Since the layer of microcement is very thin ( less than 3 mm ), the microcement itself conducts heat.
14. Is Microcement flexible?
Yes, due to the mix of polymers, the microcement is flexible and will not crack with a temperature change.
15. How long does it takes to install Microcement?
The duration of the microcement application procedure relies on the amount of area to be covered. Usually, it takes from two to five weeks.
16. Can I use Microcement as a fireplace coating?
Yes, since microcement is temperature resistant, it can be also used as fireplace coating
17. Can Microcement be used for stairs?
Yes, microcement can be used on stairs as well.
18. I want to put microcement on the tiles, how to prepare the substrate?
In the case of tiles with deep joints, it is safest to use a bonding bridge and a glass fiber mesh. Thanks to such a treatment, we can be sure that the joints will not be visible on the thin microcement layers.
19. Will A Microcement Crack?
Cracks in finished floor surfaces are common in all material types: tiles, resin, polished concrete, timber, and vinyl. They just present themselves in different ways that are not always so apparent. Cracks in grout joints, ripples under vinyl, lippage in timber flooring etc. One floor surface is not inherently better than another at dealing with cracks.
Cracks come from the substrate below the finished floor and are often caused by the modern floor designs we now aspire to have; underfloor heating systems, none rectangular rooms, columns in rooms, refusal to have movement joints, and using insulation as a perimeter joint. Incorrect curing and drying of floor substrates and commissioning of underfloor heating are major causes of problems.
Our microcement floor and wall products are designed to be dimensional with stable shrinkage compensated with a high degree of flexibility. Craftex microcement products will not crack unless they are forced to crack by tensile forces being applied to them in excess of the product's design. This is the same for all microcement and microconcrete products on the market.
When we are asked to consult on cracked overlay floors (from a wide range of manufacturers), there is always one thing in common. The substrate (screed, concrete slab, tiles) has a crack beneath the micro overlay. That shows us that the crack has transmitted through to the surface from the substrate below. By slipping a feeler gauge into the crack, you will often find the crack penetrating far in excess of the thickness of the micro overlay.
If you imagine, our product is just 3mm thick, or the thickness of 4-5 playing cards. It cannot be expected to hold back the movement in substrates such as floors and walls, which are much thicker and have considerably more mass.
The key to crack-free installations is to have well-constructed and cured floor slabs and screeds that have been allowed to dry thoroughly, are installed over slip membranes, and have movement and perimeter joints where required. During a site survey, any cracks or problem areas where visible would be highlighted to the client.
20. What Colors Can I Have?
With handmade applications and a range of 120 customizable colors, they are the go-to for refurbishments without construction and the most natural and environment-friendly decor solution.
21. tell more about the Metal collection!
Once again, Craftex anticipates market demands with the Metallic collection, achieving limitless decorative applications and creating vintage environments of industrial and cosmopolitan air. It is represented by Acero, Cobre, Zinc, Bronce, Latón, and Aluminio products, with the common attribute of reproducing the splendor of metals and alloys with great royalty.
It's a bespoke and unique option for accent walls, backsplash, fireplace, furniture and etc.
22. Where i can see all options and different textures?
We will be happy to assist you with any of your questions.
Feel free to reach out and schedule your visit to our showroom today at the Seattle design center (SDC).