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Exploring Nuvalto Architop vs. Microtopping: A Comprehensive Comparison

Hello, it's Craig from Premier Concrete Design, and in today's blog post, we'll delve into a detailed comparison between two of the concrete overlay products we specialize in: Microtopping® and Architop®. While these products share some similarities, it's essential to understand their unique features to make an informed decision based on your specific needs.

You can read our views below or watch the video discussing the topic


Common Ground: Microtopping and Architop

Microtopping and Architop are both seamless, joint-free products, offering excellent stain resistance and durability suitable for various settings, including commercial spaces. Their thin applications make them versatile, applicable to surfaces such as concrete, screeds, wooden substrates, and even tiles. Moreover, both products are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.


Nuvalto Architop: Unveiling the Advantages

Aesthetic Appeal: Architop stands out with its finish using a power trowel, providing a strikingly similar aesthetic to traditional wet-pour polished concrete floors. This makes it an excellent choice for those desiring the look of polished concrete without the necessary depth.


Durability: Architop is a harder product without polymer, enhancing its resistance to impacts and scratches. This makes it an ideal choice for high-traffic areas or commercial settings where durability is crucial.


Faster Application: Architop boasts a slightly faster application time, potentially saving a day on each job. This feature can be invaluable when working on tight schedules or in commercial settings where quick turnaround is essential.


Microtopping: Advantages on a Budget

Cost-Effective Option: Microtopping becomes a compelling choice for those on a budget yet seeking the polished concrete floor look. It offers an economical solution without compromising on quality.


Colour Accuracy: Microtopping excels in providing accurate colour reproduction. If your project demands precise colour matching, Microtopping ensures consistency, making it a reliable choice for maintaining the desired colour.


Versatility in Application: Microtopping can be easily applied to both walls and floors, making it a seamless option for those aiming for a cohesive design, especially in wet room scenarios.


Diverse Finishes: Microtopping offers a broader range of finishes due to its layered installation process and the ability to use various hand trowel techniques. This flexibility allows for greater customisation in achieving different aesthetics.


Choosing the Right One for You

Ultimately, the choice between Architop and Microtopping depends on your specific requirements. If you prioritise a floor resembling a wet-pour polished concrete floor with enhanced durability, Architop might be the ideal choice. On the other hand, if budget considerations, precise colour matching, and versatile applications are key factors, Microtopping could be the more suitable option.


I hope this comparison has provided valuable insights and addressed any questions you may have had. If you require further clarification or have additional questions, please feel free to reach out. Thank you for reading!


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