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The world of construction materials is as wide as it is diverse. Among these materials, microcement and micro concrete, often referred to as microcrete, have become a popular choice for various indoor and outdoor applications.

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Microcement vs Micro Concrete

The world of construction materials is as wide as it is diverse. Among these materials, Microcement and micro concrete, often referred to as microcrete, have become a popular choice for various indoor and outdoor applications. But what exactly are these materials? How do they differ, and how can they be utilized?

Are microcement and micro concrete essentially the same?

NO, technically, microcement and micro concrete are not the same thing.

Despite sharing some similarities, they are not the same thing and are used for different applications.

Difference between microcement and micro concrete

The primary distinction between microcement and micro concrete lies in the thickness of the applied material.

Microcement, also known as micro-screed or polished cement, is a polymer-modified cement-based coating that can be applied to any sturdy surface, both interior and exterior – including furniture, walls, and floors. Its thickness typically ranges from 2mm to 3mm, allowing it to provide a lightweight and sleek finish that perfectly complements modern, minimalist designs and pairs well with materials like wood and ceramic.

One of the significant benefits of Microcement is its ability to overlay existing surfaces. It offers a contemporary, stylish alternative that eliminates the mess and inconvenience associated with traditional construction methods.

With just a damp cloth and some wax, you can create a seamless, continuous surface. The material is particularly loved for its ability to offer a seamless and modern finish.

On the other hand, micro concrete is thicker, offering a range of products with application thickness varying from 2-3mm and can go up to 50mm. It is a material that resembles traditional concrete but with a reduced particle size. It is typically used for creating new structural elements such as floors. Microconcrete contains cement, aggregates, and additives to enhance its strength and workability. Unlike microcement, which is applied as a thin layer, microconcrete is poured or sprayed at a thicker consistency, allowing it to be used in areas that require higher structural integrity.

However, due to its increased weight and thickness compared to microcement, micro concrete isn’t usually used for vertical applications. It’s more suitable for horizontal surfaces that can withstand its weight, like floors.

Technical Differences

Despite being similar in appearance, microcement and micro concrete have some key technical differences. Microcement is more flexible, which makes it suitable for a wider range of applications. On the other hand, micro concrete is more resistant, which makes it an excellent choice for high-traffic flooring applications.

Aesthetic Differences

In terms of aesthetics, both materials can provide a sleek, modern finish. However, microcement offers a smoother, more seamless look, while micro concrete tends to have a slightly more textured, concrete-like appearance.

Cost Differences

The cost of both microcement and micro concrete can fluctuate significantly based on the specific product, installation expenses, and the complexity of the project. Generally, microcement might carry a slightly higher price tag, reflecting the specialized expertise needed for its application. However, this investment often results in a superior finish, making microcement a potentially more valuable choice for discerning users.

Microcement or Micro concrete, which product should you choose?

Choosing between microcement and micro concrete depends largely on your specific needs and the nature of your project.

Always consider the desired aesthetic, the purpose of the project, and the condition of the existing surface when making your choice.

If you would like to discuss your project further, please feel free to contact our professional team at Topcret. We are ready and eager to cater to your needs.

Conclusion

While they may seem similar, microcement and micro concrete are not the same. Microcement is thinner, more flexible, and can be used for both vertical and horizontal applications. It’s perfect for creating a seamless look on a variety of surfaces, from walls and floors to furniture.

Micro concrete, on the other hand, is a thicker and more robust material. It’s ideal for flooring applications, particularly in high-traffic areas, where its strength and durability truly shine.

So, to sum it up, although microcement and micro concrete share some characteristics and can sometimes be used interchangeably, they have distinct properties that make them suitable for different applications. Knowing these differences is key to selecting the right material for your specific project.

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French VOC regA+Decree of Mar11 (DEVL11091903D) and Arrete of Apr11 (DEVL1104875A) modified in Feb12 (DEVL1133129A)
French CMR componentsPassRegulation of Apr and May09 (DEVP0908633A and DEVP0910046A)
Italian CAM ediliziaPassDM 23-06-22 n.256, GURI n.183 del 06-08-22
ABG/ AgBBPassAusschuss zur gesundheitlichen Bewertung von Bauprodukten (Jun21)
Belgian Reg.PassRoyal decree of May 2014 (C-2014/24239)
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New Construction (2022)
BREEAM NorExemplary LevelBREEAM-NOR v6.0
New Construction (2022)
CDPHPassCDPH/EHLB/Standard Method v1.2 (Jan17)
M1PassM1 Protocol of Nov17
Ecocemento
Regulation or Protocol EcocementoRegulation or Protocol Version
French VOC regA+Decree of Mar11 (DEVL11091903D) and Arrete of Apr11 (DEVL1104875A) modified in Feb12 (DEVL1133129A)
French CMR componentsPassRegulation of Apr and May09 (DEVP0908633A and DEVP0910046A)
Italian CAM ediliziaPassDM 23-06-22 n.256, GURI n.183 del 06-08-22
ABG/ AgBBPassAusschuss zur gesundheitlichen Bewertung von Bauprodukten (Jun21)
Belgian Reg.PassRoyal decree of May 2014 (C-2014/24239)
BREEAM InternationalExemplary LevelBREEAM International
New Construction (2022)
BREEAM NorExemplary LevelBREEAM-NOR v6.0
New Construction (2022)
CDPHPassCDPH/EHLB/Standard Method v1.2 (Jan17)
M1PassM1 Protocol of Nov17
Baxab-Eco
Regulation or ProtocolBaxab-Eco
French VOC regA+
French CMR componentsPass
Italian CAM ediliziaPass
ABG/ AgBBPass
Belgian Reg.Pass
BREEAM InternationalExemplary Level
BREEAM NorExemplary Level
CDPHPass
M1Pass
Ecocemento
Regulation or Protocol Ecocemento
French VOC regA+
French CMR componentsPass
Italian CAM ediliziaPass
ABG/ AgBBPass
Belgian Reg.Pass
BREEAM InternationalExemplary Level
BREEAM NorExemplary Level
CDPHPass
M1Pass
Regulation or Protocol EcocementoRegulation or Protocol Version
French VOC regA+Decree of Mar11 (DEVL11091903D) and Arrete of Apr11 (DEVL1104875A) modified in Feb12 (DEVL1133129A)
French CMR componentsPassRegulation of Apr and May09 (DEVP0908633A and DEVP0910046A)
Italian CAM ediliziaPassDM 23-06-22 n.256, GURI n.183 del 06-08-22
ABG/ AgBBPassAusschuss zur gesundheitlichen Bewertung von Bauprodukten (Jun21)
Belgian Reg.PassRoyal decree of May 2014 (C-2014/24239)
BREEAM InternationalExemplary LevelBREEAM International
New Construction (2022)
BREEAM NorExemplary LevelBREEAM-NOR v6.0
New Construction (2022)
CDPHPassCDPH/EHLB/Standard Method v1.2 (Jan17)
M1PassM1 Protocol of Nov17
Regulation or Protocol Ecocemento
French VOC regA+
French CMR componentsPass
Italian CAM ediliziaPass
ABG/ AgBBPass
Belgian Reg.Pass
BREEAM InternationalExemplary Level
BREEAM NorExemplary Level
CDPHPass
M1Pass
Regulation or ProtocolBaxab-EcoRegulation or Protocol Version
French VOC regA+Decree of Mar11 (DEVL11091903D) and Arrete of Apr11 (DEVL1104875A) modified in Feb12 (DEVL1133129A)
French CMR componentsPassRegulation of Apr and May09 (DEVP0908633A and DEVP0910046A)
Italian CAM ediliziaPassDM 23-06-22 n.256, GURI n.183 del 06-08-22
ABG/ AgBBPassAusschuss zur gesundheitlichen Bewertung von Bauprodukten (Jun21)
Belgian Reg.PassRoyal decree of May 2014 (C-2014/24239)
BREEAM InternationalExemplary LevelBREEAM International
New Construction (2022)
BREEAM NorExemplary LevelBREEAM-NOR v6.0
New Construction (2022)
CDPHPassCDPH/EHLB/Standard Method v1.2 (Jan17)
M1PassM1 Protocol of Nov17
Regulation or ProtocolBaxab-Eco
French VOC regA+
French CMR componentsPass
Italian CAM ediliziaPass
ABG/ AgBBPass
Belgian Reg.Pass
BREEAM InternationalExemplary Level
BREEAM NorExemplary Level
CDPHPass
M1Pass