A Guide To Micro-topping
A Guide To Micro-topping
If you’re looking for a solution to repair and renew old, cracked concrete, micro-topping might just be the answer to your prayers. Adding this layer provides an excellent finish for new works, but it’s particularly suited to renovations, saving you from the time, money and effort you’d spend on removing existing tiles or other interior surfaces. Here’s our smart guide to micro-topping so that you can make the wisest and most cost-effective choice for your project…
The benefits of micro-topping
With a variety of thicknesses to choose from and a wide colour pigment range, micro-topping can be used to create a diverse spectrum of finishes, from rustic to suave to anti-slip. It can be used on all manner of materials, from concrete walls and tiled floors, to ceramic sinks and even radiant walls and floors (with certain precautions). Not only is it easy to apply micro-topping – it only requires water to prepare – but it offers superior coverage and a smooth, durable finish. Micro-topping is also notoriously mould resistant and renowned for its outstanding bonding over concrete.
How to apply micro-topping
If you’re sold on micro-topping, you’ll want to know how to apply it. The most important part of the process is arguably preparing the surface – you need to ensure any irregularities such as gaping cracks or holes have been repaired before application. Depending on the type and condition of the existing base, a suitable primer such as Epoxy might be necessary.
Once you’re confident the surface is thoroughly prepped and smoothed, you can expect to apply two base coats of micro-topping and one or two micro-topping finish coats to a dampened surface. In between each coat, you need to sand and remove the dust once the layer is dry.
Finally, after a few days, it’s advisable to apply a coat of protective resin, depending on the use of the surface and predicted traffic.
How to maintain micro-topping
Floors with micro-topping need a little more TLC than other surfaces which experience less traffic. The greatest risk of scratching the floor is in the first four weeks of application, while the micro-topping is strengthening, so take extra care when moving furniture and try not to make any spills during this time.
In general, maintaining micro-topping floors is akin to looking after natural wooden flooring. Wash with water and a neutral detergent, protect entryways with a rug or doormat to trap abrasive particles, and add protection to the feet of chairs and tables.
Micro-topping – the pitfalls
They say there are no rainbows without rain and in the case of micro-topping, there are one or two pitfalls to be aware of. High heat and humidity can affect the setting time, so if working in these conditions try mixing up a little less to give you more time to apply it before it begins to harden.
It’s also advisable to give it a good 24-72 hours after sealing before you allow foot traffic to test the fruits of your labours. There’s nothing worse than ruining all that hard work for the sake of impatience.
Of course, you could save yourself a lot of bother by teaming up with professionals to help you with your project. See a selection of flooring finishes we’ve achieved in our recent barn conversions, and contact Bespoke today if you’d like to find out more.