The World’s Most Versatile Concrete Finish
Microtopping® is a cementitious, layered, system that produces an authentic polished concrete aesthetic.
Due to its inherent flex capability, Microtopping® can be applied to almost any surface and is a popular choice for design professionals, developers and homeowners.
Microtopping® will enhance the aesthetic of any part of your project and is a frequent choice for floors, walls and furniture.
Polished Concrete Aesthetic in just 2-3mm
The Microtopping® system is applied using hand trowels only.
This application lends itself to a very wide range of possible aesthetic effects, from heavily variegated to homogenous, smooth or textured, and in a range of colour choices.
Unique special effects can be achieved using stencils, metal trims as well as acid staining.
Homes Featuring Microtopping®
Execute your creative vision with this incredibly versatile product. Whether it’s a modern, rustic or historic environment, Microtopping® can be used as a stand alone feature or as an elegant background to harmonise other architectural elements. With the correct preparation, Microtopping® can be applied to almost any surface (substrate) and is a popular choice for design professionals, developers and homeowners.
Why Choose Microtopping®
Microtopping® can be applied over most existing surfaces without the need for them to be removed
Minimal thickness means little change in existing level, enabling retention of existing skirting, door frames, etc
Can be applied seamlessly, without interruption, depending on the existing surface
Provides a harmonious, continuous aesthetic between floors and walls
Bespoke colours and a variety of hand finished aesthetics can be achieved
Contact our knowledgeable sales and technical team on 01273 471524 to discuss the endless possibilities.
FAQs about Microptopping
+−How hard is Microtopping® compared to a concrete floor?
Microtopping® is a 2mm overlay and draws its strength from the substrate. Assuming the substrate meets the minimum surface strength of 25N/mm2, which is satisfied by concrete, tiles, sand and cement screed and many other screeds, the residual effect is similar to a wooden floor giving rise to the same sort of wear and tear such as dents and scratches.
+−Can I apply Microtopping® in the bathroom, for example in a shower cubicle or bath or washbasin?
Certainly. Microtopping® is suitable for these types of application because it provides good protection against water penetration. In the restoration or refurbishment of existing surfaces, an appropriate assessment is required by the installer as well as adequate preparation of the base.
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+−Can Microtopping® also be used outside?
Microtopping® is ideal for external applications such as terraces, footpaths, swimming pool decks, porches and walls, unlike the majority of resins that cannot be applied in exterior environments. Microtopping® is provided with good protection from: water penetration, climatic stress, de-icing salts and UV rays.
+−Can Microtopping® be applied on top of tiles or wooden parquet floors?
After carefully assessing the base and with proper preparation, Microtopping® can be installed on any type of surface. Your Ideal Work installer will know how to advise you on the feasibility or otherwise of the operation and help you to choose the most suitable solution for your requirements.
+−How can a perfect appearance be maintained over time?
Certain effective precautions are recommended:
- Provide a doormat at the entry to the house that can retain dust, sand and abrasive particles
- Sweep or vacuum regularly
- Use protective felt under furniture, especially under furniture that is often moved, such as chairs
- In the event it is necessary to move heavy furniture, it is recommended to place woollen cloth under the feet or base of furniture to avoid ugly lines
- Before carrying out painting, electrical jobs, plumbing, moving and handling furniture, protect the floor with cardboard, woollen blankets and nylon sheets.
+−How do you keep a Microtopping® surface clean?
Cleaning a Microtopping® floor is very simple. A damp cloth is sufficient to clean the surfaces, with the addition of a little neutral detergent for floors (for example PERFETTO! Ideal Work: a specific detergent for decorative Ideal Work surfaces). It is recommended to periodically treat the pavement with protective, superficial products based on self-polishing waxes dispersed in water (for example, Ideal Cera) or beeswax (for example, EASY WAX). Detergents based on soap, acid, ammonia, chlorine or any abrasive detergent products are absolutely prohibited. It is recommended to use only NON AGGRESSIVE, neutral PH detergents.
+−I have underfloor heating: can I use Microtopping®?
Microtopping® has perfect adhesion even on surfaces with underfloor heating systems. It is fundamental to choose a suitable support for the heating system installed. Microtopping® has a heat conductivity value of λ =0.46.
+−I would like to clad a fireplace and a kitchen top: Is Microtopping® heat resistant?
Tests of the heat resistance carried out on the material obtained excellent results. Microtopping® was heated to a temperature of 115°C without displaying any defects. However, it is inadvisable to lay boiling objects directly on the surface so suitable heat resistant mats should be used. Moreover, in the case of kitchen tops, it is recommended to use a suitable chopping board, avoiding cutting or chopping directly on the top.
+−If water, oil or other substances are spilled on it, will Microtopping® stain?
Ideal Work offers a very wide range of protection. The choice of the right protection depends on the requirements of the end customer. There are solvent and water based products. Even though the resin treatment protects the flooring from rapid penetration of accidentally spilled liquids, it is well to remember that all liquid substances, especially those most used in the domestic environment such as wine, oils, vinegar and coffee, must be eliminated quickly from all Microtopping® surfaces before they can penetrate to any depth. Dropped ice cream has particularly penetrative qualities.
+−Is Microtopping® a resin?
Ideal Work Microtopping® is not a resin but a cement-polymer coating for use as a decorative finish (thickness 2-3 mm) for interior and exterior surfaces. Considered an example of a coating with great architectural and aesthetic value, Microtopping® was formulated for the purpose of cladding, restoring and recreating vertical and horizontal surfaces whilst providing the much sought after effect of “cement finished” flooring. The material can be levelled manually.
+−Is Microtopping® certified?
In addition to being an EC certified product, Microtopping® has been subjected to multiple tests.