Microcement or resin coating? This is one of the great dilemmas in the construction and interior design sector, which actually contains many more questions, such as: “Does microcement or resin cost more?”; “Is resin or microcement more resistant?”; “They are not the same thing?”. This is only a small part of the frequent questions that are asked because, even within the construction and interior design sectors and in the imagination of people who have to make this choice, there is a lot of disinformation and many times the information available are incorrect, spread by inexperienced and incompetent representatives.
Let’s start from the basics. The two main differences between microcement and resin are based on their composition and aesthetics. The resin is epoxy based, therefore made with thermosetting polymers, and has a shiny effect. Microcement is cement-based and this gives it greater materiality and a more natural and opaque effect
MICROCEMENT & RESIN COATING: COMMON POINTS
1. They are continuous coverings, i.e., without joints
2. The application times are very similar, therefore they vary from 6 to 8 days
3. They have a high level of customization
4. They are suitable for creating “Urban” style environments
5. To be applied they require specialized applicators
6. They are highly versatile, in fact they can both be applied to any type of support without the need to remove the old surfaces already present
7. The thicknesses are very similar (2-4 mm)
Analyzing what has been said so far, at this point one might think that basically they are two identical products and that the only substantial difference lies in aesthetics. However, true design no longer lies only in aesthetics but also in the performance and practicality of the products. For this reason, it is time to answer the initial question. Microcement, looking at the aesthetics/performance ratio, is decidedly better than resin, although it must always be taken into consideration that it also depends on the type of effect the user is looking for their spaces.
WHY CHOOSE MICROCEMENT
1. Microcement is much more resistant, since the latter does not have such a high consistency and hardness and this can be seen from the fact that it is much more sensitive to accidental impacts and scratches much more easily. Microcement resists impacts and stresses due to wear, as well as UV rays, in fact it does not turn yellow over time as resin does.
2. Still on the subject of resistance, microcement is a more waterproof material, as it has greater resistance to rising damp. Resin floors, in humid or wet environments, such as bathrooms, often become slippery while microcement is non-slip.
3. The fact was highlighted earlier that both microcement and resin are highly versatile and this is a fact. However, microcement can be applied not only indoors but also outdoors, following specific steps and making the necessary checks on the supports. Resin floors are not good outdoors as they are, as we said before, less resistant, especially to UV beams which prevent them from maintaining an unchanged appearance over time because they turn yellow.
4. The resin requires specific products to be cleaned. Microcement, on the other hand, only requires water and neutral soap.
The only weakness that microcement has compared to resin is that it cannot be applied at too high temperatures because drying times would change considerably
But now it’s time for the question that is very often asked to make a real decision
DOES MICROCEMENT OR RESIN COST MORE?
A premise must be made: it is not possible to enter precise prices because they change according to the type of support, the square footage and a whole other series of factors that the installer who takes care of the job must evaluate. In terms of quality/price, microcement costs less than resin considering the final result and performance.
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