The Lucem Star ® micro-terrazzo system can be applied to most horizontal and vertical substrates with techniques adapted for each configuration
The performance of the material allows its installation in any type of premises, residential or commercial and public places such as hospitals, museums etc..
The adhesion of the system and its low thickness avoids the necessity of using expansion joints. Those present in the substrate must be brought back to the surface though. They can be underlined by inserting metal beads or by sawing the Lucem Stone which will be filled with an epoxy resin of the same colour to make the junctions very discreet.
The Lucem Star is also suitable for underfloor heating. A heating test must always have been performed prior to the installation.
The ease of maintenance with dedicated equipment allows to maintain its exceptional aesthetic appearance even in very heavy traffic areas.
Due to its low thickness, the Lucem Star ® micro-terrazzo can be applied directly onto a vertical surface as if it was a thick render or plaster. The very strong adhesive properties of the microcement allows the product to bond onto the surface whilst keeping the aggregates in place. Even if it remains tedious to sand, it is more than achievable and can be more adapted and quicker than having to manufacture and to fit precast sheets of micro-terrazzo. This option will also allow you to limit the weight of the product to a dozen of Kg / m2. Of course, making precast elements with the Lucem Star ® remains possible and can be the most adapted solution in some situations, but you will then have to increase the thickness to ensure its solidity for fitting purposes.
As the Lucem Star ® micro-terrazzo can be applied vertically, it could then be the easiest option to work onsite and sand the vertical threads with a small portable sander. However, in some situations making precast elements could be the best option. The choice is simply yours.
The making of furniture with the Lucem stone is similar to the technique of precast concrete with the use of vibrating tables, sawing tables etc.. The Lucem Stone allows you to create thin layers which makes it a magnificent material to create beautiful furniture.
The Lucem Star ® is perfectly suited for being applied outdoors, on top of a concrete slab or a cement screed. However it will be important to not overdo the polishing to keep an acceptable slip resistance when it rains.
External floors always have slopes to evacuate the rain water.The installation of the Lucem Star ® must take this into account especially during the grinding phases because it is a thin coat.
An attention must be taken with the existing substrates as the external ones are not always made following the standards of good practice.
The Lucem stone will behave and age, outdoors, like any mineral coating. A penetrating oil and water repellent should be used and renewed regularly to ensure an effective protection.
The special properties of the Lucem Star ® and the expertise of Ad Lucem in terms of colouring allows you to restore the floors easily to their original aspect and shine.