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Microcement FAQs

Find quick answers to your microcement queries with our comprehensive FAQs.

INSTALLATION

(Call 1300 326 356) for over the phone technical support or (email: sales@ecoflor.com.au)

What substrates can it be applied to?
Ecoflor® can be applied to floors, walls, ceilings, stairs, benches and benchtops both indoor and outdoor. On various substrates including concrete, tiles, plasterboard, Blueboard, MDF board and FC sheeting.
What is the surface preparation?
All surfaces must be clean, structurally sound and free of dust, moisture, oils and other surface contaminants. Clean or ground concrete and other types of cementitious surfaces are best for the application of Ecoflor® MicroConcrete, Seek technical advice from Ecoflor®.
How do I apply Micro Cement over Floor Tiles?
View our installation over floor tiles (COMING SOON). Seek technical advice from Ecoflor®.
How do I apply Micro Cement over Wall Tiles?
View our installation over wall tiles (COMING SOON). Seek technical advice from Ecoflor®.
How do I apply Micro Cement on FC Sheet or Chipboard subfloor?
View our installation over FC Sheet or Chipboard subfloor (COMING SOON). Seek technical advice from Ecoflor®.
How long does it take to install?
Wall applications take up to 2 days, while floor applications may extend to 3 days.
What are the site requirements?
During the Ecoflor installation process, restrict access to the area, floor, or floor level being worked on. It's crucial to prevent entry by other trades or workmen throughout the entire process. The presence of additional trades in the working area poses a risk of contaminating prepared subfloors, primers, and applied cements, potentially causing damage before sealing and curing. This may necessitate redoing the work.
How long after installation can we walk on it?
During the initial 7-day curing period, the flooring is suitable for walking, but it's advised to remove shoes before doing so. Avoid wet cleaning, mopping, or using water and detergents on the floor during this time.
Do you have a recommended installers list?
We do not refer installers. Ecoflor® installation is manageable for any skilled home handyman or tradesperson. Engage the assistance of a local plasterer, renderer, tiler, concreter, flooring installer, or a capable friend, guiding them through the installation process using the step-by-step instructions provided.

PERFORMANCE

How durable is it?
Ecoflor® is known for its durability, making it a popular choice for various surfaces, including floors, walls, stairs and countertops. Its durability is attributed to several key factors: Resistance to Cracking: Ecoflor® creates a seamless and flexible surface that is less prone to cracking compared to traditional materials like tiles or concrete. This flexibility helps it withstand slight movements in the substrate, reducing the risk of cracks. Hardness and Wear Resistance: Once properly cured and sealed, Ecoflor® forms a hard and resilient surface. This hardness contributes to its resistance against wear and tear, making it suitable for high-traffic areas in both residential and commercial spaces. Versatility: Ecoflor's versatility allows it to be applied to various surfaces, including existing tiles, concrete, or even furniture. This adaptability contributes to its overall durability as it can be seamlessly integrated into different environments. Longevity: When installed and maintained correctly, Ecoflor® can have a long lifespan. Proper application, sealing, and regular maintenance contribute to its overall durability and longevity. It's important to note that the durability of Ecoflor® also depends on the selection of the products, the expertise of the installer, and adherence to recommended application and maintenance guidelines, and consulting with professionals during installation can enhance the durability of Ecoflor® surfaces.
Does it crack?
Ecoflor® inherently resists cracking, yet it's crucial for the installer to be aware of potential substrate joins movement, as any cracking in those areas may reflect through the Ecoflor® finish.
Can it be repaired if chipped or damaged?
View our repair if damaged instructions (COMING SOON). Seek technical advice from Ecoflor®.
Is it stain proof?
The sealers applied to the Ecoflor® MicroConcrete System offer stain resistance but are not entirely stain-proof. They provide a limited timeframe to address staining agents on the surface. Prevent contact with staining substances like food colouring, oil, grease, or paint. Swiftly wipe off any spills, ensuring they do not penetrate. Exercise caution with hot items, such as matches or cigarettes, to prevent direct contact with the floor. Rubber feet on tables and chairs are recognised for releasing substances that may cause a yellowish stain on floors.
Is it scratch proof?
The sealers applied to the Ecoflor® Micro Concrete System do provide scratch resistance, but they are not scratch proof. Avoid sliding heavy objects directly over the floor; consider using cardboard sheets or similar protection. Always utilise appropriate glides, rollers, castors, and furniture bearing pads or felt pads to prevent scratches or indentations.
Do you provide maintenance instructions?
Yes. After Care Maintenance Instructions are available HERE.

SPECIFICATION

Is it suitable for outdoors?
Ecoflor® is generally suitable for outdoor use in areas exposed to direct sunlight, extreme weather conditions, or heavy moisture. While it offers versatility for interior applications, its durability and resistance to outdoor elements are limited. Exposure to UV rays, rain, and temperature fluctuations can impact the appearance of Ecoflor® over time. If you're specifically looking for a material suitable for outdoor applications, it's advisable to seek advice from Ecoflor® to explore options specifically designed for exterior use. These materials are engineered to withstand the challenges posed by outdoor environments and provide the necessary durability and resistance to weather conditions. Always refer to Ecoflor®'s recommendations and specifications to ensure the selected material is suitable for the intended outdoor use.
Is it suitable for bathrooms?
Yes, Ecoflor® is a popular and suitable choice for bathroom applications. Microcement is a versatile material, making it well-suited for wet areas like bathrooms. Its seamless finish and resistance to water penetration make it an excellent option for creating a contemporary and stylish look in bathrooms. Key advantages of using Ecoflor® in bathrooms include: Seamless Design: The seamless application of microcement creates a smooth and continuous surface, reducing the risk of water penetration and eliminating grout lines that are common in traditional tile installations. Customisation: Ecoflor® comes in a variety of colours, allowing for creative and personalised design choices to match the overall aesthetic of the bathroom. Easy Maintenance: The smooth surface of microcement is easy to clean and maintain, requiring minimal effort to keep the bathroom looking fresh and hygienic. Versatility: Ecoflor® can be applied to various surfaces, including walls, floors, and even countertops, providing a cohesive and coordinated design for the entire bathroom. However, it's crucial to ensure proper installation by a skilled professional to guarantee the effectiveness and durability of Ecoflor® in a bathroom setting. Additionally, applying an appropriate sealer is often recommended to enhance water resistance and protect the microcement surface over time. Always follow the recommended guidelines and consult with Ecoflor® for the best results in your specific bathroom project.
Is it suitable in the shower?
Ecoflor® can be suitable for use in a shower, but it requires careful installation and proper sealing to ensure durability and water resistance. Here are some considerations for using Ecoflor® in a shower: Waterproofing: Ensure that the microcement is applied with a proper waterproofing system. This may involve using a waterproof membrane and sealer to enhance the material's resistance to water penetration. Professional Installation: Microcement installation in a shower should be performed by a skilled professional with experience in wet area applications. Proper surface preparation and application techniques are crucial for the success of the project. Sealing: Apply a suitable sealer over the microcement to enhance its water resistance. The sealer creates a protective barrier that helps prevent water from penetrating the surface. Maintenance: Regular maintenance is essential to ensure the longevity of microcement in a shower. Avoid using abrasive or harsh cleaning agents, as these can compromise the integrity of the sealer. Grout Lines: Microcement provides a seamless finish, minimising the number of grout lines typically found in traditional tiled showers. This reduces the risk of water infiltration through grout joints. Ventilation: Adequate ventilation in the shower area is essential to prevent moisture buildup. Proper ventilation helps maintain the integrity of the microcement and reduces the risk of mold or mildew. While Ecoflor® can offer a modern and seamless look in a shower, it's crucial to follow the recommended guidelines, work with experienced professionals, and ensure proper maintenance to maximise its performance in wet environments. If unsure, consulting with a specialist or seeking guidance from Ecoflor® is advisable for your specific project.
Is it suitable for underfloor heating?
Yes, Ecoflor® is generally suitable for use with underfloor heating systems. Its thin application and excellent thermal conductivity make it a compatible choice for underfloor heating installations. Here are some key considerations: Thin Application: Ecoflor® is applied in thin layers, allowing for efficient heat transfer from the underfloor heating system to the room. Thermal Conductivity: Ecoflor® has good thermal conductivity, ensuring that the heat generated by the underfloor heating system is effectively distributed throughout the floor surface. Compatibility with Substrates: Ecoflor® can be applied to various substrates, including concrete, cement screeds and wooden subfloors, which are common in underfloor heating installations. Seamless Finish: The seamless finish of Ecoflor® eliminates the presence of grout lines, creating a smooth surface for the even distribution of heat. Professional Installation: It's crucial to have Ecoflor® installed by professionals experienced in working with underfloor heating systems. Proper application techniques and attention to detail are essential for optimal performance. Temperature Limitations: While Ecoflor® is generally suitable for underfloor heating, it's essential to adhere to temperature limitations specified by the substrate manufacturer. Ensure that the underfloor heating system operates within the recommended temperature range. Always consult with the substrate manufacturer for specific recommendations and guidelines related to compatibility with underfloor heating systems. Additionally, work with professionals who have expertise in both microcement installation and underfloor heating to ensure a successful and efficient integration of these systems.
Do you offer tailored packages?
Certainly! Complete the contact form found HERE . Following that, we'll reach out with a set of project-related questions to gauge your needs and promptly furnish you with a material estimate and a customized quotation.
Where can I find the Technical Data Sheets?
Technical data sheets can be located on the dedicated product pages for each item.