Microcement countertops: aesthetics and functionality

Las excelentes prestaciones del microcemento y sus amplias posibilidades de aplicación, han permitido que este revestimiento decorativo sea muy utilizado por los profesionales de la construcción para realizar todo tipo de obras.

Losmicrocement floorsy lasparedes de microconcretothey are undoubtedly the two most widespread uses of this coating. However, it is increasingly common to see other types of surfaces such as terraces, roofs, facades and even furniture of this innovative material.

In this regard, microcement countertops have positioned themselves as the number 1 furniture coated with this popular coating thanks to their aesthetics, functionality, and wide range of uses. Their distinctive sense of continuity, chromatic variety, and the possibility of achieving different aspects and finishes have made microcement countertops a fashionable piece of furniture. Next, we are going to develop what are the main advantages of applying microcement on countertops.

Encimera revestida con microcemento negro
Countertop coated with our Black color microcement.

Ventajas de las encimeras de microcemento

Al momento de crear una encimera, la elección del material no debe limitarse a seleccionar un color o textura, ya que algunas áreas como el frente de la encimera y la zona de aguas requieren de un material muy resistente a manchas, de fácil limpieza y capaz de soportar la abrasión.

The microcement countertops more than meet these requirements and also guarantee a series of other advantages that make this coating the perfect product to apply in kitchens, bathrooms, hotels, restaurants or cafes, among many other spaces.

1.Las encimeras de microcemento son muy fáciles de limpiar

In this type of furniture, constantly exposed to dirt, comfort is above all. Microcement countertops are very easy to clean, just pass a cloth or rag with neutral soap and water is enough. A perfect material to prevent the proliferation of germs and bacteria on the surface.

2. Buena respuesta de la cubierta de microcemento a la humedad

Las encimeras de microcemento tienen una buena resistencia a la humedad ambiental y pueden ser impermeables si se sellan con uno de nuestros barnices de poliuretano. Unas cualidades que han disparado el revestimiento de encimeras con microcemento.

3. Encimera de microcemento para muchos años

Just like with cleaning, the maintenance of this material is almost nil. So you will have your microcement countertop in optimal condition for a very, very long time. A differential element compared to other coatings, since when renewing spaces a material is always sought that does not need to be repaired over the years.

4. Functionality and resistance of microcement countertops

Microcement countertops are resistant to stains, cleaning products, abrasion, scratches, and blows. An extraordinary functionality to which must be added that if the microcement with which the countertop is coated is high performance like that of Topciment, it will not crack.

5. Microcemento countertops: aesthetics and variety of colors

Countertops made of microcement can be given any shape and decorative style thanks to the variety of colors available to adapt to the room in which they are located. From a more rustic and vintage style to a more avant-garde, minimalist, urban or industrial one. Among the wide range of microcement colors for countertops from Topciment are white, gray, brown or black, among many others.

Countertops with microcement where elegance and timelessness are the protagonists. A very difficult natural look to imitate by other materials and that, in addition, is super combinable with other elements such as concrete, wood or metals.

6. El microcemento se puede aplicar sobre la encimera preexistente

The quintessential quality of microcement is its ability to be applied on all types of materials: stone, tiles, ceramics, marble... Therefore, instead of building a microcement countertop from scratch, you can apply the microcement on the pre-existing countertop, regardless of the material it is made of, except for wood. Additionally, microcement can easily adapt to any shape the countertop may have.

Esta ventaja de las encimeras de microcemento contribuye a que la renovación de la encimera sea mucho más rápida y, por supuesto, más económica respecto a otros revestimientos decorativos.

Encimera de microcemento gris hecha por the_ply
Microcemento Topciment countertop in gray made by the_ply

¿Cómo hacer una cubierta de microcemento?

The application process of a microcement countertop will depend on the type of finish that is sought and the material that serves as the base of the surface, whether it is an absorbent coating such as plasterboard, plaster, cement and sand plaster or DM, or if on the contrary it is a non-absorbent coating such as marble, terrazzo, tiles or granite.

We detail the application of microcement on countertops, step by step, depending on the desired result:

1. Colocar la malla sobre la futura encimera de microcemento.

El primer paso es colocar la malla en la superficie que servirá de base para la encimera de microcemento: mármol, granito, pladur... Es súper importante porque esto evitará que aparezcan grietas con el tiempo.

2.Priming of the microcement countertop

The second step in applying microcement to a countertop involves priming, which will facilitate the union of the existing absorbent or non-absorbent coating with the new microcement countertop. For the first case, the PRIMACEM ABS adhesion promoter will be applied, and for the second, the PRIMACEM PLUS primer.

3. Apply two layers of Microbase microcement on the countertop

Next, two coats of Microbase microcement must be applied. The first layer will have to be without pigment and, after sanding, it will be the turn of a second layer of Microbase already pigmented according to the color of microcement chosen for the countertop. Then, you will have to sand again. If a stony or rustic finish is sought, after the two layers of Microbase microcement, it would have to be sealed to protect the microcement countertop first with the acrylic varnish Presealer and then with the polyurethane varnish Topsealer.

4. Apply two layers of Microfino microcement on the countertop

If instead you want the microcement countertop to have a marked water-like appearance or Microbase microcement steps, it will be the turn of two coats of Microfino microcement, both pigmented. It will be necessary to sand after each layer, without exception. Once the two coats of Microfino are applied, the support would be protected first with Presealer and later with Topsealer.

5. Aplicar dos capas de microcemento Microdeck en la cubierta de la cocina

If you prefer that the microcement countertop stands out for its natural appearance, after the two layers of Microbase it is recommended to apply two coats of pigmented Microdeck microcement sanding at the end. To finish, as in the two previous applications, the Presealer varnish and the Topsealer microcement sealer will have to be applied to the support.

6. Proteger y sellar la encimera de microcemento

Una vez que se hayan aplicado las dos capas de Microbase, Microfino o Microdeck, en función del acabado deseado, hay que proteger la encimera de microcemento para evitar problemas. Para sellar correctamente el mueble, son necesarias dos manos de Presealer y otras dos de Topsealer, tal y como se ha explicado con anterioridad.

Encimera con microcemento Marfil
Countertop with Ivory color microcement from Topciment.

Tipos de cubiertas de microcemento

However, it should be noted that to properly make a microcement countertop, it is essential to hire a qualified professional. Only an applicator with years of experience will avoid future problems with microcement countertops such as liquids leaking or different stains appearing due to poor priming or sealing.

There are many countertops covered with microcement due to the multiple benefits previously mentioned. A material that stands out for its fine thickness (between 2 and 3 millimeters) that allows its wide variety of finishes and uses, as it does not affect the structural load of the surfaces.

For all these reasons, it is very common to find microcement countertops in all types of rooms.

Precio de las encimeras de microcemento

Only a professional will be able to determine what the price of a microcement countertop is. An amount that will fluctuate depending on the shape of the countertop, the length and meters to cover of it, the complexity of the work or the type of microcement that is applied to it.

Topciment Microcemento, a professional and distinguished choice for your microcement countertop

Para la renovación o diseño de una buena encimera de microcemento no sirve cualquier material. En Topciment somos especialistas y hemos desarrollado los sistemas de microcemento Microdeck, Microfino y Microbase perfectos para aplicar sobre cualquier encimera por su naturalidad y apariencia delicada.

The best microcement on the market that allows the creation of very exclusive designs for future microcement countertops in all types of spaces and rooms. An innovative decorative solution with a long lifespan due to its excellent durability.

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