Microcement for outdoor use to create luxury spaces

September 3, 2021

The limits to create decorative solutions on the surfaces of the house are our own imagination and our aesthetic concerns. Exterior microcement is the perfect cladding to create more luxurious and resistant decorations.

It is a material designed for decoration lovers who seek to enhance the environment of the house and make exquisiteness their raison d'être. Microcement exteriors lead us to connect with our own style, even before entering the house.

Microcement on the exterior of a luxury home
Microcement on the exterior of a luxury home

Microcement in exteriors perfectly reflects the new ways of understanding space and allows different surfaces to be integrated. It opens up a path without obstacles to innovate and create personalised spaces. Why opt for this cladding in outdoor spaces?

  • Outdoor microcement creates continuous surfaces without joints, which translates into single-piece paving. They are perfect for enhancing the spaciousness and luminosity of gardens, porches, façades or swimming pools.
  • It has a thin thickness of only 3 mm, which does not prevent it from being used outdoors. Its hardness makes it a material resistant to cracking and inclement weather.
  • It makes it possible to cover floors without having to remove the existing surface or modify the floor level. It transforms the substrate without raising debris.
  • It has excellent adherence, which allows for unique finishes on all types of substrates.
  • Microcement paving is resistant to knocks, temperature changes and ultraviolet rays.
  • Microcement paving neither shrinks nor expands with changes in temperature.
  • It is ideal for covering walls, stairs and terraces. It can also be combined with other outdoor materials.
  • The sealing applied to microcement surfaces means that the coating is provided with impermeable properties. This functionality translates into a guarantee of safety, a particularly important factor in rooms that are exposed to permanent contact with running water.

Microcement finishes for exteriors

The need to connect with our own style and design unique spaces makes microcement the best option for covering outdoor paving. It is the best ally for creating welcoming surfaces with high decorative value.

If you are thinking of covering an outdoor surface with microcement, here is a series of finishes to inspire you and create inspiring surfaces.

Microcement on the exterior floor of a balcony with rustic style furniture.
Microcement on the exterior floor of a balcony with rustic style furniture.

1. Outdoor microcement to beautify spaces

On this balcony, the microcement creates a continuous floor that integrates perfectly with a decoration based on light tones and rustic furniture. The cladding enhances a privileged environment where elegant finishes and nature go hand in hand on this occasion.

Microcement on the terrace of a luxury home with sea views
Microcement on the terrace of a luxury home with sea views

2. Microcement pool for incredible designs

If outdoor microcement is being successful, it is because it integrates perfectly with any style and landscape. This microcement swimming pool is an example of how to achieve a very special design. The cladding joins the terrace and the swimming pool, achieving a visual continuity and a sensation of unequalled exquisiteness.

Microcement on the exterior of a house with large spaces and minimalist style
Microcement on the exterior of a house with large spaces and minimalist style

3. Microcement exteriors to unite luxury and nature

Microcement in exteriors leaves us with spaces where luxury coexists with the most enveloping nature. The floor is covered with microcement, creating a clean pavement. There are many options for this material and making a microcement terrace is one of them. Design a space that invites relaxation.

Microcement swimming pool in a garden with mountain views
Microcement swimming pool in a garden with mountain views

4. Exterior microcement for all styles

The creation of idyllic spaces is the dream we pursue when we think about the exterior of the home. Enjoying the garden and the swimming pool is synonymous with living moments of tranquillity and disconnection. The micro-cement paving on the terrace invites you to live in peace. In this image we can say that paradise has never been so close.

Where to apply microcement outdoors?

In addition to the visual continuity it provides, outdoor microcement offers a powerful aesthetic and finishes that do not suffer from rain or heat. This functionality combined with the beauty of its finishes is the ideal combination for cladding outdoor spaces. Here are the areas where this cladding will look best.

Microcement on terraces

Microcement on terraces is one of the most common uses of this outdoor cladding. The terrace is the ideal place to reconnect with oneself and take a break.

Microcement flooring on terraces provides purity, simplicity and maximum resistance. It is the best way to transform the paving and give it a water-resistant finish. If we also cover walls and floors, the feeling of spaciousness is amplified even more.

Microcement in swimming pools

Microcement in swimming pools is very popular due to its high adherence to any type of support. Renovating or building a swimming pool from scratch is an exciting project that requires quality materials to achieve unique finishes with personality.

Microcement is such a versatile material that it adapts to all surfaces, offering total integration between the interior of the pool and its crown. If we opt for the microcement to have the same color as the exterior, the continuity is greater and the visual effect is multiplied. In this case, the union of design and aesthetic harmony translates into spectacular finishes.

However, before applying microcement to swimming pools, a series of key details must be taken into account for the final result to be successful.

  • One coat of microcement must be applied per day, which should be done on shotcrete or sprayed concrete.
  • Work early in the day to ensure that the material works well.
  • Respect the amount of resin indicated in the technical data sheet of each product.
  • Apply sealer to prevent the microcement from being unprotected and to ensure better cleaning.
  • Allow the application to dry for 5 days.

Microcement in facades

Microcement on façades transmits more than a simple architectural style through a homogeneous and waterproof finish. With this cladding, a modern and contemporary style is achieved.

With a microcement façade, not only is a highly decorative finish achieved, but it is also a material with a high resistance to cracking. A cladding with which smooth or rustic finishes can be obtained.

Temperature changes or the passage of time will no longer be a problem to keep the façade in good condition. Microcement, unlike traditional materials, does not need to be painted. It gives any reform or renovation project an implicit order and maximum performance.

With microcement, a simple façade can be transformed into a unique and elegant place.

Application of microcement in exteriors

1- Cleaning the surface

Before applying microcement to an exterior floor, the surface must be cleaned to ensure that it is free of dust and grease. It is essential that the substrate to be coated is clean and with a consolidated base.

2- Prime the substrate to facilitate the adhesion of the microcement.

Once the surface is clean, the adhesion promoter or primer must then be applied to facilitate the bonding of the microcement base layer with the existing substrate.

If the surface is absorbent, such as concrete, Concrete Resin should be applied. This product, in addition to being component B of our two-component microcement, is used to facilitate the adhesion of the microcement on this type of support. If it is a non-absorbent surface, such as tile or terrazzo, Primacrete Plus should be applied before and after the first coat of the preparatory microcement.

3- First layer of microcement for preparation

After preparing and priming the surface, it is time to apply the first layer of unpigmented microcement. It is important to apply a fibreglass mesh for microcement, as it prevents the appearance of fissures and cracks. After leaving the surface, it must be sanded.

4- Two coats of finishing microcement

The next step is to apply two coats of microcement finish with pigment. In the case of exterior flooring, the best bet is a coarse-textured microcement such as Concrete Stone.

After the first coat, it is necessary to let it dry for 3 to 6 hours before sanding. The second coat has a drying time of 24 hours. Once the surface is dry, it has to be sanded again.

5- Sealing

To ensure a quality finish and a professional application, the surface must be sealed. This is an essential step to protect the floor. Two coats of Primacrete Finish, which acts as a pre-sealing primer, and two coats of Concrete Finish WT sealer varnish should be applied.

Concrete Stone, the microcement for exteriors with anti-slip properties

There is a wide range of microcements that have been specifically designed for outdoor application. This is the case of Concrete Stone, the microcement for exteriors that provides anti-slip properties and stone finishes.

Its impermeability and high resistance capacity make it the ideal covering for achieving long-lasting and elegant finishes. We are talking about an ideal material for covering pavements and walls in outdoor spaces.

Turn outdoor spaces into unique places with finishes that last over time. Discover more inspiration on our website.