Microtopping, what it is and what its origins are
Microtopping is a material for floors and walls born from the union of a cement mixture supplied in two versions (base e finish coat, respectively for a starting and a finishing coat) and a liquid polymer.
It represents an alternative ecological and non-toxic to traditional epoxy-polyurethane products. The polymers that compose it are water-based and free of VOC (volatile organic compounds).
The end result is a ultra-resistant material and of great trend that aesthetically incorporates the elegance and essentiality of concrete, but not only: to distinguish microtopping are numerous other advantages, which are exploited and enhanced since its origins.
Microtopping, a registered trademark of Ideal Work srl sees its first applications in United States, when the old factories began to be transformed into modern lofts and the concrete floor was chosen to maintain that characteristic industrial effect.
He was then favored by the major fashion and sports brands to cover their stores, thanks to his skills as a traffic resistance and durability.
Today, microtopping is widely used in the home because it allows you to create surfaces without joints, which give a practical and refined visual continuity to domestic environments.
The advantages of microtopping
What are the advantages more evident than microtopping?
To begin with, as already mentioned, goodbye escapes: with microtopping, in fact, continuous and homogeneous surfaces are obtained, without joints or interruptions. The optical impact is that of an airy, clean and tidy space.
Not only on floors: microtopping exists in both self-leveling and thixotropic consistencies (aptitude not to drip during application), suitable for vertical coating. That’s why it can be used on walls instead of classic tiles, as well as on stairs, furniture and even objects.
Furthermore, being waterproof and stain resistant, microtopping is also perfect forinside the shower or in the kitchen, both in existing contexts and built from scratch.
Microtopping, applied and dry, has one minimum thickness just 3 mm.
In a restyling or in one partial renovationtherefore, it will not be necessary to break the pre-existing floors and coverings, a long and expensive operation, but it will be enough to adjust the doors if necessary, which is faster and cheaper.
After all, microtopping can be applied to various materials including concrete, ceramic and wood. You can also use it in one new home because it is laid on the base screed.
It is ideal not only for indoor use: microtopping is less sensitive to humidity and to the action of ultraviolet rays; this favors its use in environments external (on the porch of the house, in the garden, on the veranda, by the pool), creating a visual continuity of great impact.
And if you think it is a monotonous choice you are very wrong.
Basically, microtopping is available in two standard shades: white or gray; when mixing, however, one can be added special liquid dye which gives the surfaces the desired color. In particular, it is possible to decide the intensity of the colors, the type of finish (natural, opaque, glossy) and the texture (rough, material, smooth), obtaining a maximum customization of the product.
Among the others positive characteristics of microtopping are found: resistance to climatic stresses, wear and slipping, thermal conductivity and ease in keeping it clean.
The disadvantages of microtopping
The cons of microtopping seem non-existent; in fact, this material has gods limits.
Let’s start with the appearance microtopping price which is superior to that of classic concrete coatings as it is a compound created by hand, at the moment and on the spot, which requires longer laying times, as well as a peculiar processing.
Specifically, microtopping has a cost medium, including handle, of about 100 euros per square meter, which varies according to the thickness, the quality of the material, the finish and the region to which it belongs. You can reach a maximum of 150-180 euros per square meter for works with very particular finishes.
Microtopping is not easy to handle: contrary to what one might think, it is important rely on experts who have the necessary skills for installation.
While on the one hand this avoids any errors and unsatisfactory workmanship, on the other, it slightly increases the final price, as we have already seen.
Microtopping is very resistant, therefore, it is difficult for it to get damaged; if this happens, it cannot be fixed only partially, but one must resort to one new complete laying, with all that this entails in terms of economic investment and time.
Finally, although microtopping is a durable material, there are contexts in which, from a functional point of view, it is preferable to choose stronger alternatives, such as cement or industrial resins.
Microtopping, ideas for every room
Microtopping is a practical, refined and versatile coating that matches any style, from the most modern to the most classic, and to any room, making it spacious and bright.
It can be used, for example, for cover old floors in the living area or, why not, in the bedroom, an internal staircase, a concrete or masonry wall.
And then, again: furniture, fireplaces, tables and other furnishing elements.
Microtopping, thanks to its particular resistance to humidity and the absence of leaks, which can accumulate dirt and favor the formation of mold, finds an adequate location in bathroom, not only in place of traditional tiles, but also to cover the inside of the shower, the edge of the tub and even the bathroom fixtures.
Unlike resin, microtopping is a lot flexible. This means that it adapts to the surface on which it is laid, even if it is curved, and does not stiffen; therefore, in the case of oscillations or curvatures of the surface following application, the microtopping will continue to adhere perfectly.
Being a water repellent, hygienic and easy to clean material, why not use the microtopping in the kitchen?
It is suitable, for example, to renew the splash guard without removing the old tiles or to change the look of a built-in kitchen; the concrete effect of microtopping, combined with wood and metal furnishings, will give it a very trendy industrial feel.
Floors with natural microtopping or spatula effect, on the other hand, are ideal for enhancing a white kitchen, in a minimalist style.
Also, if you decide to choose it for cover the work top, remember not to cut or mince directly on the top and not to place hot objects on it, better to use special cutting boards and trivets. Do not leave aggressive substances such as lemon juice and wine vinegar on the surface.
Finally, don’t forget that microtopping can be used in spazi outdoor, such as terraces and balconies, which increasingly become an extension of the interior of the house, also from an aesthetic point of view.
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