Why should you choose Terrazzo? There are numerous advantages for terrazzo installation including: design flexibility, beautiful aesthetics, environmental friendliness, sanitation benefits, durability in high-traffic and high-stress settings, and low maintenance and life-cycle costs.
Terrazzo brings design flexibility not available in other flooring systems.Terrazzo offers an unlimited color range coupled with a plethora of aggregate options from mother of pearl, to marble, to recycled glass; these are among the many advantages offered by terrazzo.
Whether you’re looking for a modern monochromatic look, or an artistic piece reminiscent of classic Italian mosaics, or detailed artistic work with a photographic quality, terrazzo is your canvas.
In terms of green technology, there are no surfaces that compare with terrazzo. Possessing a compressive strength of nearly 500 pounds per square inch, some of the earliest terrazzo-like floors created almost 10,000 years ago still exist in the middle east today.
Ancient terrazzo is remarkably analogous to modern cementitious terrazzo, almost to the point of indistinguishability. The fact that these floors are still serviceable and beautiful after many centuries is clear confirmation of the superior sustainability of terrazzo.
With modern technology and the advent of epoxy terrazzo, modern terrazzo floors are even more sustainable and durable than cement terrazzo floors. Epoxy terrazzo also provides the option to incorporate post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled content such as glass and stone into the materials of these timeless terrazzo floors.
Terrazzo surfaces are non-porous and don’t support microbial growth and does not allow accumulation of moisture, absorbing water at a rate 1/10th that of cementitious terrazzo which results in an abnormally high stain resistance of the overall system. Additionally, this lack of water absorption and porosity results in a surface requiring only minimal cleaning processes, without the need for use of harsh cleaning chemicals.
Given the non-porous nature of epoxy terrazzo, only minimal cleaning is required. Unlike carpet, vinyl flooring or tile, a terrazzo floor will almost certainly never need replacement, even when located in high-traffic areas.
There are no grout joints to allow for dirt accumulation. The low maintenance requirements, non-porous nature of the surface and crack-resistance creates a near-permanent solution that pays for itself over time.
Terrazzo is a composite material poured in place or precast which is used for floor and wall treatments. It consists of chips of marble, quartz, granite , glass or other suitable materials, poured with a cementitious binder, polymeric, or a combination of both. Metal strips divide sections, or changes in colour or material in a pattern. Additional chips may be sprinkled atop the mix before it sets. After it is cured it is ground and polished smooth or otherwise finished to produce a uniformly textured surface.
Terrazzo originates from Italy where around 500 years ago quarry workers used stone off-cuts for flooring in their own homes. At first, the finish was rough set and uneven but as methods progressed, the flexibility and benefits of terrazzo were recognized. Traditionally, terrazzo is composed of marble chippings and cement ground to a fine finish.
Terrazzo is the perfect solution for a wide variety of flooring requirements and our experience will ensure a superb surface for any flooring project. It is extremely durable and presents an ideal option for heavy use.
The material is available for, a wide range of standard colours or we can create a unique composition to your specification using traditional hand casting methods. Terrazzo is bespoke and can be designed to virtually match any desire design. Terrazzo is best suited for internal and external flooring, cladding, kitchen and vanity tops and bespoke uses.