Below you can find answers to frequently asked questions about Microtopping.
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Is Microtopping a resin?
Ideal Work Microtopping is not a resin but a cement-polymer coating for use as a decorative finish (thickness 2-4 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 coating, restoring and recreating surfaces. Microtopping helps obtain the much sought after and in vogue effect of finished concrete flooring but created easily and levelled manually.
Can Microtopping be used externally?
Unlike many resins that cannot be applied in exterior environments, Microtopping is ideal for external applications such as terraces, footpaths, swimming pool edges, porches and walls. Microtopping provides good protection from water penetration, climatic stress, de-icing salts and UV rays.
Can flooring be restored without removing the existing surfaces?
Microtopping is ideal both for creating new flooring and for restoring existing surfaces. One of its special feature is precisely the capacity to be used over old wood, ceramic and concrete floors without needing to remove them.
Can I also apply Microtopping directly 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.
Can I restore the floor without taking out the existing doors and windows?
At only 3-4 mm of thickness, with Microtopping you can have a new floor without having to remove or modify the doors and windows already in the dwelling (unless the doors and windows are not perfectly aligned with the floor).
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
Can I obtain a continuous surface area without breaks?
Microtopping was created to respond to the needs of those who do not like breaks in the surface. Applicable vertically to walls and horizontally to floors, it bestows maximum continuity to the area. The installer will assess whether it would be appropriate to respect the existing joints.
Is a Microtopping floor safe for health?
Yes. Strict tests demonstrate that, after the application and drying phases, Microtopping does not release substances into the air that may be harmful to adults and children.
Is Microtopping certified?
In addition to being an EC certified, product, Microtopping has been subjected to multiple tests which led to the following results.
I have an ultra-modern house: is Microtopping recommended?
With its unbroken, material effect, Microtopping is perfect for the modern home and in line with current trends in the field of interior design. Capable of making almost any environment unique, it is at its best in minimal, modern settings where it acts as a focal point.
I have a restored farmhouse: is Microtopping recommended?
Microtopping also lends itself well to classical, rustic or antique settings where it completes the style with sophisticated discretion.
I have a restaurant, a bar, a hotel: is Microtopping recommended?
Yes, in these settings, Microtopping succeeds in creating a silky, welcoming atmosphere bestowing style, class and elegance.
I have a shop or a showroom: is Microtopping recommended?
Microtopping is also perfect in commercial applications where it succeeds in enhancing the products on display to the utmost; it is particularly recommended for ‘trendy’ settings.
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.
Are the surfaces resistant to tread and impacts?
Tests show the high resistance of Microtopping to various stresses (see tests). The surface resistance is greater than that of wood. It is appropriate to observe some tips on the maintenance of the surface. See the FAQ: “How to maintain a perfect appearance over time”
Can kitchen tops and bar counters be made in Microtopping?
Yes, it can be used on any type of surface as long as it is treated appropriately. It is not, however, recommended to place boiling objects on it, use the counter for chopping or leave aggressive substances on the surfaces, such as lemon juice, cola type drinks or vinegar.
What colours are available?
Thanks to the special liquid dyes of Colour Pack-C, it is possible to obtain many combinations of colours. The intensity and shade of colour will vary, depending on the quantity of dye used. Indeed, Link to Colour Pack chart only offers a rough guide: it will be the task of the installer to provide samples based on the customer’s requests. It is also possible to create effects such as polished, silky, cloudy and acid stain. Additionally, Microptopping can provide shades and decorative inserts to create unique, personalised finishes with great aesthetic impact and elegance. Link to Colour Pack chart
Can I change the colour of the surfaces once created?
Certainly. Just sand and reapply Microtopping. This procedure is especially useful for the restoration and renewal of surfaces such as, for example, the change of use of commercial premises.
On average, how long does it take to create a surface in Microtopping?
As a guide, it would take around a week to create 100 m2. But installation times strictly depend on the complexity and type of intervention and skilled labour availability. In the case of an existing surface, it may require a few days more, necessary for the assessment and preparation of the base.
What can the resistance of Microtopping be compared to?
Microtopping has specifications similar to those of a top of the range wooden floor. This material has excellent resistance and is suitable for use as floor and wall coating. However, Microtopping is not comparable with ceramic surfaces, which is a very different material and involves very different production processes.
Can Microtopping surfaces be scratched?
All surfaces, even the most resistant, can be scratched. Think of steel (the bodywork of cars) that is easily scratched when subjected to stress with sharp objects. As with all surfaces, these scratches will be most apparent on very shiny and smooth surfaces. For this reason, we recommend an opaque finish and a more material effect. To get rid of scratches, extraordinary maintenance can be carried out, as with wooden surfaces.
Can accidental falls of heavy objects ruin the coating?
Yes, heavy, sharp objects can mark Microtopping surfaces.
If water, oil or other substances are spilled on it, will Microtopping stain?
Ideal Work offers a very wide range of protective sealers. The choice of protection depends on the requirements of the end customer and intended use of the surface. There are solvent and water based products available. 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.
How can a perfect appearance be maintained over time?
Certain effective precautions are recommended:
a) provide a doormat at the entry to the house that can retain dust, sand and abrasive particles;
b) sweep or vacuum regularly;
c) use protective felt under furniture, especially under furniture that is often moved, such as chairs;
d) 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;
e) 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 internal surfaces with protective products based on self-polishing, sacrificial 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 product are absolutely prohibited. It is recommended to use only NON AGGRESSIVE, neutral PH detergents.
Can the colour and appearance of a Microtopping surface undergo changes over time?
In general, the colours used have maximum resistance to UV rays and the protective treatments are not subject to yellowing. As with all types of materials, however, (see, for example, car paintwork), after constant exposure to the light of the sun and moon, slight fading is possible in the colours, which cannot be considered a defect.
At only 3 mm thick, can Microtopping be used on exterior surfaces that support automobile and heavy vehicle traffic?
Absolutely, yes; Microtopping has high resistance to abrasion and is also recommended for constructing access ramps, car parks and driveways. In these cases, only the Microtopping Base Coat version is applied, which also ensures the material is slip-resistant. Also, remember that the resistance to vehicular traffic is given by the thickness of the base or supporting slab. When restoring old flooring, it will be wise to check the conditions and find out the thickness of the support.
I would like to coat a fireplace and a kitchen top: is Microtopping heat resistant?
Test of heat resistance carried out on the material obtained excellent results (link to tests). 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.
What finishes and effects can be created with Microtopping?
Ideal Work offers various types of protective treatments that, in addition to providing excellent resistance to the absorption of liquids and stains, determine the final effect of the surface. It is possible to choose between SHINY, OPAQUE, SATIN or NATURAL effects. Based on the type of project, interior or exterior, the technical specifications required and the final effect desired, it will be the task of the installer to advise on the most suitable protection.
Who should I contact to create a Microtopping suface?
The contacts form on the Ideal Work website ( link ) will directly identify the authorised installer in your area. It is very important to assign the work to a specialised Ideal Work installer in order to obtain a quality result. Ideal Work trains its own installers through periodic courses, held by specialised personnel, for the twin purpose of training new installers who want to begin to install the products and improving and updating the techniques of those who already use them.
Can I buy the material directly from the company and apply it without using an installer?
In order to guarantee a high qualitative standard in architectural construction, Ideal Work markets its products only through companies that have taken part in the training courses organised by the company. The techniques for creating an Ideal Work system require certain basic concepts that are fundamental to obtaining beautiful and long-lasting surfaces. Applying Ideal Work products without adequate training could mean creating a work that does not meet the qualitative standards demanded by Ideal Work itself. Moreover, buying the equipment for a single job is simply not economical.
Who can take part in the training courses and how can I enrol?
The training courses are reserved exclusively to companies or those employed in the building sector or decorating in general. The courses are not open to private clients or hobbyists. To find out how to take part, please consult the COURSES section of the site.
What does it cost to create a Microtopping surface?
As these are specialised applications and for the most part custom made,, the price is extremely variable depending on the effects requested, the site, the size of the project and the condition of the supporting base. This is fundamental information for us and can only and exclusively be obtained during an on-site inspection. We therefore suggest that you contact us link to contacts to request the name of the closest Ideal Work installer to you.