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Beton Cire

All you need to know..

What is the beton cire;

Perhaps many do not know what the forged cement mortar exactly is, but it is certain that almost everyone has seen it somewhere. It is basically about a mortar in powder form, which when it is mixed with water creates a fluid material, suitable for the coating of floors, walls and other surfaces. It took its name because during its application, the respective craftsman mainly uses the trowel with which they press it (compresses it). Incorrectly, some refer to it as “cement corner” but its name is forged cement mortar, while, abroad, it may be found as “forged cement”. Something similar abroad is the “beton cire” as well, but it is not the same mortar.

In no case we should confuse the forged cement mortar with the simple cement mortar, used as a filling to cover, or to smoothen a surface. While the simple cement mortar can be placed as an intermediate layer before the final coating of a surface with something else (e.g., tiles, plaster or even forged cement mortar), whereas the forged cement mortar is a different material, placed in a much thinner layer as a finish and significantly contributes to the decoration of each space. See the price of forged cement mortar

The history of the forged beton cire

You might think that this is a modern technique or a fashion that came from abroad, but it is a method used in our country for decades and it is essentially a traditional technique. Just like other countries had and have their own respective techniques based mainly on current weather conditions and needs (in France, beton cire, in Morocco, Tadelakt, in Rome, Kourasani etc.), in Greece, the forged cement mortar was invented and used decades ago.

It was applied extensively in ancillary areas (storerooms, cellars), in premises (grape must presses) in places with high sealing requirements (bathrooms, laundry rooms, wells), but even for beautification (stairs and oriel windows. It was particularly well known in the islands, mostly in the Cyclades, but, everywhere throughout Greece, there are similar constructions. The fact that many such buildings are preserved even today, is the most objective proof of the great resilience and timelessness of the material.

The beton cire composition was substantially the so-called “binary cement” which was composed of river sand, hydraulic lime powder, water and pumice, a natural pozzolan. Certainly, over the years, as we will see, its composition has developed and the material changed and started being produced massively.

The Beton Cire FGL Patiti

Over the years, technology has progressed and in our effort to provide you an industrially produced material with standard and stable top-level properties, we have changed its composition, by replacing certain materials and by adding microfibres and elasticisers. So the 100% Greek forged cement mortar FGL Patiti resulted, which is produced in two packages, a sack of 25 kg with white mortar (FGL Patiti Base), which is the main substrate and a sack of 25 kg with the white FGL Patiti White mortar , which is painted in the colour of your choice.

Certainly not all forged cement mortars on the market are both sophisticated and qualitative, nor they are all produced in Greece, so it is good to be careful before your final choice. Also, because we do not want to make any concessions in quality, we have a single type of material, regardless of the application and use. There is good and bad quality or a special mortar for a wall or a floor, putting the good “recipe” in some packages and a second quality in others. The “recipe” the for FGL Patiti is only one and it is the best possible one, and it is the basic material of the top forged cement mortar system, Patiti Style, which we offer you exclusively!

On the other hand, the technology progress has given us the possibility to also colour the mortar in a colour of our choice, a process which our company has managed to make as simple as possible. No need to be troubled with different sacks with colouring the surface with a spray after the application or other complicated techniques that other companies may recommend. Here, things are very simple! You mix your pigment of choice – which we supply you depending on the colour you want to achieve – with water in a bucket, into which you will then add the dry mortar to obtain the finished material. Below, you can see the available colours.

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Placing

The installation procedure is quite simple. The application is essentially based on four simple steps, whether it is about walls, floors or other surfaces. Summarizing, therefore, after having prepared the surface (i.e. it has to be flat and clean), we prime it to ensure excellent adhesion and then we apply the first layer of the FGL Patiti Base mortar. In this, the fibreglass mesh is boxed and then another coat of the material is applied in an even thinner layer (about 2mm) Then, after the second layer of the FGL Patiti Base has dried, we prime the surface and apply the layer of the FGL Patiti in the desired colour. The completion of the application is done with another priming of the surface and the lacquer / varnish coating (matte or glossy) in two coats for higher resistance, waterproofing and a more attractive appearance.

As mentioned elsewhere earlier, the solution of forged cement mortar, although it is a traditional choice and has been known for decades, it is the most modern solution you can choose beautification-wise, especially if you are looking for a striking effect that will stand out and be able to cover the taste of even the most demanding persons. Despite its miraculous results, however, the price of the Patiti Style system is not high and it is certainly competitive compared to other relevant alternatives.

The main reason is that it is still not widely used is because there are not many specialized professionals in the market for its smooth operation, while, as an industrially produced material, it has not been around for too long. To some extent, the industry has been hurt by some poor workmanship, such as cracks and desolderings. Such problems mainly occurred either due to lack of skilled applicators or a failure of poor quality materials, especially in cases where craftsmen preferred to experiment and to “create” their own mortar instead of trusting the premier FGL Patiti mortar.

But in any case, it has never occurred, until now, to see a case of poor workmanship from material failure in the FGL Patiti forged cement mortar applications. Especially if you select one of our partner cres, the results will certainly be warranted at an affordable price. More specifically, the prices of materials for the Patiti Style system on a floor and wall are approximately ranging at 11 € / m² + VAT, while together with the work, the prices amount to around 21 € / m² + VAT respectively.

Beton Cire

Why choose beton cire?

  • Due to the high-adhesion of the material, it can be applied over virtually any substrate without the need for dismantling. Indicatively, it is applied over drywall, cement, tiles, plaster, terrazzo, concrete and many other surfaces, offering tremendous architectural flexibility. Also, it can be as easily installed both indoors and outdoors.

  • The visual result after the application of forged cement mortar is objectively beautiful and elegant, incomparable to any other alternative. Particularly if you choose a style, the final appearance will be completely unique and customized to your taste.

  • The surface, after the placing the forged cement mortar is monolithic, ie a single layer with no visible joints. This saves the discoloration of joints, but at the same time you avoid the creation of micro-organisms in these places, especially in the bathroom..

  • It has high elasticity and remains unaffected by micro-vibrations and mainly from the contractions on the surface.

Price of the beton cire

  • Indicative cost materials 10€/m²

    These work prices are based on single surfaces (excluding sinks, bathtubs, kitchen counters and special surfaces).