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Switch to concrete flooring—made easy

Switch to concrete flooring—made easy

Changing the look of your floors is incredibly easy thanks to a micro-cement product that eliminates the hard work that was once a necessity.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Traditionally, when you wanted to renovate your floor to achieve a trendy concrete finish, first you had to lift the existing hard flooring material. Whether it was vinyl, laminate, tiles or wood, they would have to be taken up so you could lay the new finish over the base substrate.

But Kerry Cooper discovered a much simpler system. As the Managing Director of Creative Surfaces, a business that provides a range of premium decorative wall and floor finishes, overlay systems, seamless surfaces, concrete coatings and concrete resurfacing options, Kerry has a passion for decorative finishes. With parents who were in the flooring industry, he has many years of experience in flooring, which he combines with new skills and techniques that he applies to both floors and walls.

Kerry’s inquiring mind led him to a product that takes the hard work out of achieving an architectural surface—allowing effortless design freedom. X-bond is a water-based, micro-cement render that combines stone with a liquid polymer to achieve a product that can be hand applied (by Kerry) to a thickness of around 3-4mm to floors, walls and joinery.

With X-bond, it's easy to achieve concrete-look floors and walls, to create a high-end aesthetic in a fraction of the time and with minimal effort.

X-Bond: Remodel without removal

“All you need to do is clean the floor with a chemical cleaner and hand trowel the X-bond over the top to create a rustic look—as if the concrete has been left in its natural state. You don’t even need to grind the surface first,” explains Kerry.

Visible trowel marks create texture as well as tonal and colour variation and while X-Bond dries to a matte finish, a glossy surface can be achieved with the application of a gloss seal.

To finish, the X-bond surface is sealed with a surface mounting sealer and for outdoor or wet areas, a penetrating sealer, which makes it hard-wearing to maintain its good looks for many years. Also, once it dries it becomes extremely durable and moisture resistant, so it can even be laid as a base surface for swimming pools.

Another advantage X-Bond has over concrete is that it naturally feels warmer underfoot thanks to the polymers that are mixed in with it.

X-bond comes in a palette of nine colours allowing it to be matched to any interior scheme.

X-Bond: versatile looks and durability

There are nine different colours in the range that can be matched to all the RAL or Pantone colours.

Kerry says X-Bond has gained in popularity, especially for use in bathrooms in both residential and commercial projects.

“However, it’s incredibly versatile and because of its durability it has been used in retail showrooms such as the RM Williams stores in Auckland’s Westfield Newmarket and Commercial Bay as well as in the Mini showroom in Melbourne.”

Kerry continues to push boundaries, testing the product’s capabilities to see how he can change the look of a room.

“Because it looks like concrete but acts like fibreglass and is very light and very flexible. I’ve made sinks, baths and hanging lights out of it. You can also achieve a timber effect with it by laying timber panels on it—much like board-formed concrete.”

As far as costs go, he says for a renovation it’s very cost effective because you don’t have to lift the original flooring. But if you’re starting from new it comes out at about $180 per square metre.

Creative Surfaces is based in Christchurch but completes projects throughout New Zealand and Australia.

Learn more about the endless possibilities that X-bond provides for your flooring or walls.

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