Microcement Kitchen Worktop – Everything You Need To Know
Have you heard about microcement? A microcement kitchen worktop is a new standard for a contemporary style kitchen. If you’ve been thinking about renovating your existing kitchen worktop or are looking into different worktop materials for your new kitchen, then a microcement worktop is definitely one to check out!
Microcement kitchen worktops offer innovative advantages in the kitchen, from their durability and resilience to their sheer style and visual appeal. There is a lot to get excited about when it comes to microcement kitchen worktops.
In this post, I’ll explain what microcement is, how you make a microcement kitchen worktop as well as the pros and cons of using the material. So after reading, you’ll know if it’s the right choice for your kitchen worktop.
Let’s get into it.
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What Is Microcement?
Microcement is a thin and durable layer of cement used for surfacing, like countertops, that is modern, stylish and customisable.
Microcement worktops provide a cost-effective solution for homeowners who want something beyond Formica or even granite, or that want to replace or resurface their existing countertop. There is an industrial or rustic appeal to these surfaces that echoes and blends with modern kitchen spaces seamlessly.
The finished product can be tinted to complement your design with colours ranging throughout the grey spectrum. You can also get a yellow, rust, or green tint. Some brands can even colour match any RAL colour, should you so desire.
It is hand-trowelled, which means that the surface will have a unique texture. You can choose whether it will be smooth like glass or rough to the touch.
The microcement contains polymers that adhere perfectly to an existing or a sub-counter surface. The result is a heat-resistant and resilient surface to your kitchen that is durable and that will withstand heat, water, and use over time.
How Do You Make A Microcement Kitchen Worktop?
It can take up to a week to install your microcement surface regardless of the size of the project.
It is a multi-step process that begins with cleaning the substrate. If you are installing a kitchen worktop, it must first be levelled. Next, two bonding layers are put down followed by two layers of the microcement. A third cement layer is added that includes tint and texture. Finally, the surface must be sealed to maintain gloss, prevent staining, and improve its durability.
Once the microcement is laid, it needs up to a month to fully cure. While you can use the surface after just a few days, any impacts may create cracks. It should be one of the last items to be installed in your kitchen renovation to prevent other people from accidentally causing damage.
Advantages Of A Microcement Kitchen Worktop
So, what are the specific advantages of these cement surfaces? There are many:
- Less than 3mm thick, typically, which makes them versatile.
- Quickly applied and installed.
- Resistant to scratches and cracks.
- Resilient to heat and high temperatures.
- Highly tested for performance by professionals.
- Easy to clean.
- Does not fade over time.
- Fresh and modern look fast.
- Available in different colours and textures.
Plus, if you decide that you want to change the colour or texture of your Microcement counter, it is possible to simply apply another layer of microcement to alter the appearance to suit your taste.
Disadvantages Of A Microcement Kitchen Worktop
Are there any disadvantages to these clever cement surfaces? There are some things that buyers should consider before taking the leap:
- Microcement must be sealed, which may require touch-up on occasion during heavy usage.
- Moisture may cause discolouration over time.
- Since microcement is porous, be wary of placing wet objects on the surface for long periods of time as it could stain.
Many of these situations can be avoided with routine reapplication of stain, as well as caution when using water-based sealant products.
How Much Does A Microcement Worktop Cost?
Many factors come into play when trying to ascertain exactly what a microcement countertop is going to cost you. Typically, the average price for a microcement application is estimated at around £85 to £150 per square meter. However, consider the following aspects that can influence and fluctuate the cost:
- Size of the overall project.
- Amount of preparation involved in the project.
- Finish requested by the buyer.
- Location and accessibility of the project, in this case, countertop.
The best way to determine the potential cost is to speak with a microcement contractor regarding your distinct and unique kitchen countertop. They can also provide samples and information related to your buying options in terms of colours and textural components.
Is A Microcement Worktop Waterproof?
Yes, when properly installed and sealed, microcement will not absorb water. Microcement is a perfect surfacing application for kitchen spaces as it provides a seamless countertop that is easy to wipe down and waterproof, but still sleek and luxurious.
In fact, Microcement surfaces and floors are becoming a very popular choice among both homeowners and businesses widely across the UK.
Microcement can be used indoors or out, which makes it a versatile and flexible surfacing material; talk to your contractor to find out other ways of utilizing this amazing and resilient application in your home or establishment, for the best results.
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Will A Microcement Worktop Crack?
Microcement surfaces are lightweight, yet very tough and flexible which helps deter and prevent cracking. Microcement has surprisingly great resistance to influences that could chip or damage its surface- which makes it perfect for a kitchen worktop.
The real key to longevity is the installation; if it is done properly by a qualified professional, you should have no problems and be satisfied with your results.
Will A Microcement Worktop Stain?
The cement will be vulnerable to stains until you have it properly sealed, so use caution around your surface until it has been treated with sealant. Typically, this is the final step of the process.
Also, the worktop will remain susceptible to staining if you place wet objects on the surface for extended periods of time. Your microcement installation contractor will be able to inform you of the ‘dos and don’ts’ as they apply to your new countertop.
There you have it! Everything you need to know if you’re considering a microcement kitchen worktop.
In essence, microcement is used to cover a surface, including old worktops, creating a new and functional counter space and surface. Think of microcement surfaces as an application that can transform or restore any kitchen worktop into a solid and tough culinary feature. Without the need for a heavy and costly fully cast concrete worktop.
Modern, stylish, cost-effective and minimalist. Will you go for a microcement kitchen worktop?
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Michael is a kitchen designer from the UK. He's been designing and project managing new kitchen installations for over 10 years. Before that, he was an electrician and part of a team that fitted kitchens. He created Kitchinsider in early 2019 to help give people advice when it comes to getting a new kitchen.