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Everything You Need To Know About Micro-Topping And Marblekoat Finishes

by Concrete Craft of Nashville

Are you tired of looking at the old worn-out concrete flooring in your basement? Cracked and deteriorating concrete will continue to wear if left untreated. This can pose a serious problem to the integrity of your home. Outdoor concrete, whether it’s the floor of your patio or your garage, can make an area unsafe for you and your family.

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What is Micro-Topping Concrete?



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Benefits of Micro-Topping Flooring

Micro-topping offers a variety of aesthetic and functional benefits, making it an ideal choice for anyone wanting to improve their flooring. Here’s why many home and business owners love micro-topping flooring.

Easy Maintenance

After a week of curing, the micro-topping finish becomes resistant to spills, liquids, scratches, and stains. You can clean your concrete overlay using water, a mop, and PH-neutral soaps or detergents.

Diverse Designs

Micro-topping finishes come in a nearly endless range of colors, finishes, and textures to fit any style. Marblekoat finish offers a gorgeous marbled pattern with rich colors and textures. You can use these cement overlays on a variety of surfaces, including floors, countertops, ceilings, bathrooms, and shelving.

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Natural Ingredients

Micro-topping consists of a unique cement mixture and liquid polymer. Once cured, it’s non-toxic and safe for both indoor and outdoor use.

Durable and Resilient

Despite its thin nature, a micro-topping finish is highly resistant to a variety of stresses and high temperatures. This makes it a good overlay for kitchen countertops. To ensure longevity, you should avoid placing hot items or cutting directly on the micro-topping finish.

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Environmentally Friendly

The ingredients and installation process of micro-topping flooring are environmentally friendly. It creates very little to no dust particles, plaster, or other rubble that can affect the air quality.

Interior and Exterior Versatility

The durability of this cement overlay makes it ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. The micro-topping finish is resistant to any type of weather and the sun’s UV rays. The finish protects the concrete beneath the finish by repelling water, de-icing salts, and preserving some humidity to prevent the concrete from drying out.

Other benefits of micro-topping concrete include resistance to mold and mildew. It’s easy to apply, and some installers can use it as a filler during installation.

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Uses For Micro-Topping Flooring

You can use a micro-topping finish on nearly any type of flooring, including residential, commercial, and outdoor spaces. A few common uses include:

Those with new or aging concrete can preserve its characteristics and strength by adding this concrete overlay. Micro-topping flooring will also liven up a space with the rich colors and textures available.

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A Rainbow of Micro-Topping Colors

Speaking of color, micro-topping flooring holds its colors and is less susceptible to fading and yellowing over time. You can find an array of colors from reds to greens and everything in between. Most people prefer the classic appearance of gray as it closely resembles the natural look of concrete.

Did you pick a color and decide you didn’t like it? You can easily change the color by sanding the surface and adding a fresh layer of concrete overlay in a better color.

Marblekoat finish is a hand-troweled decorative concrete overlay that offers a unique marbled appearance. It adds a touch of modern elegance to any space.

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The Application Process

For best results, you should have a professional apply micro-topping cement to your flooring, walls, or other features.

Before application, your current floor will need to be clean and free of any dust or chemicals that could affect the finish. You should try to remove any chemical residues or stains that might show through the concrete overlay. Water blasting and special flooring cleaners are ideal and will remove most debris from the floor.

Once the floor or concrete is clean, the installer will mix water into the micro-topping materials. They’ll apply the concrete overlay to a damp surface using a trowel or squeegee. As the finish starts to dry, you or the installer will use a steel trowel to smooth out any bumps or uneven areas.

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What To Know Before Applying a Micro-Topping Finish

The curing time of micro-topping concrete can take up to one week, sometimes longer depending on the type of overlay and the number of layers. If you’re applying the concrete overlay to an outdoor area, the weather and humidity can affect the curing time.

High heat and humidity, for example, will shorten the curing time. Most concrete overlays will begin setting in as little as eight hours in moderate temperatures.

Wait a minimum of 24 hours before walking on the surface after it sets. If the finish is in an area with high traffic, you should wait at least 72 hours or longer for the overlay to cure.

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Add Marblekoat Finish to Your Home or Office Today!

Micro-topping is the perfect solution to fixing old concrete and adding a splash of style to your home or office. You’ll absolutely love the look of this concrete overlay and will enjoy how easy it is to care for.


Have questions or want to add a Marblekoat finish to your floors? Let’s get in touch! We’re happy to help you with any of your concrete flooring needs.