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Terrazzo Floors are getting increasingly popular in new and revamped residential and commercial projects because it is a long-lasting, low-maintenance flooring option that will make any space look incredible. Craftsman Concrete Floors has implemented several projects with Terrazzo flooring across Texas and have a large flooring design bank offering infinite variations to our clients.

What are Terrazzo Floors?

What are Terrazzo Floors?

Terrazzo floors are made from marble chips and cement, which are mixed together to create beautiful designs. They are then polished and sealed to make them more durable. Terrazzo flooring is getting popular because it is a long-lasting, low-maintenance flooring option that will make any space look incredible. 

Terrazzo floors work well in kitchens and bathrooms because they’re stain-resistant, easy to clean, and can withstand high moisture levels. They’re also easy to install—just apply the adhesive and lay the tiles down! Plus, they’re affordable, making them an excellent choice for property owners on a budget.

What’s so cool about Terrazzo Flooring?

  • Terrazzo is a versatile composite building material. It may be cement or epoxy-based.
  • Terrazzo binds aggregates to create a durable and attractive wear surface.
  • Terrazzo is progressibely ground to desired level of reflectivity.
What’s so cool about Terrazzo Flooring?

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    Terrazzo Flooring Installation Guide – Types of Terrazzo

    There are two types of Terrazzo Flooring – Epoxy and Cement Based. Epoxy Based is generally more popular and widely used.

    Epoxy Based

    • More Popular
      1. Thinner Installation: High Reflectivity
      2. Faster Cure Time: Faster to Install
      3. More Color Flexibility, Design & Style Options
      4. Low Maintenance: Less Likelihood of Cracks
    • Plastic Resin and Hardener are mixed to form Epoxy Matrix.
    • Marble Dust and aggregates are added to the mix before troweling onto concrete.
    • May be seeded with additional aggregates after being hand troweled.
    • Generally power troweled to flatten floor.
    • Ground and polished the following day

    Cement Based (Cementitious Terrazzo)

    • Less Common
      1. Regular Installation
      2. Slower Install Time
      3. Less Color Options
      4. High Maintenance: More Likely to Crack
    • A mixture of concrete and marble dust form binder matrix
    • Binder is troweled on floor and seeded with aggregates
    • Floor is flattened with weighted rollers instead of a power trowel

    Terrazzo Flooring Aggregates

    There is a wide range of composites to choose from: 

    Marble | Granite | Glass | Shell | Mother of Pearl | Recycled Concrete

    • Marble chips are the most commonly used due to their natural appearance. 
    • Recycled aggregates are often used and increase environmental benefits of terrazzo

    How to choose the right aggregates?

    • Design Flexibility: It should compliment the color of your resin
    • Be Durable: Have suitable hardness. A softer aggregate should not be mixed with a hard aggregate.
    Granite
    Granite
    Recycled Concrete
    Recycled Concrete
    Marble
    Marble
    Glass
    Glass
    Shell
    Shell
    Mother of Pearl
    Mother of Pearl
    Terrazzo Flooring Grinding

    Terrazzo Flooring Grinding

    The grinding process for terrazzo flooring is unique and allows for the floor to achieve higher level of reflectivity.

    • Terrazzo is progressively ground with finer diamonds, like polished concrete
    • Grinding is performed wet to reduce smearing of metal strips and pop out of aggregates.
    • Typically sealed with an acrylic sealer, urethane sealer, or floor wax.

    Importance of Sealers

    • Sealers are required to achieve high levels of reflectivity
    • Sealers deepen the color of aggregates and improve the overall look of floor
    • Water-based sealers are used to eliminate VOC’s and reduce environmental impact.

    Where is Terrazzo Flooring Commonly Installed?

    With its versatile nature, high durability and style quotient, Epoxy based Terrazzo Flooring is widely used in most public places with a modern appeal.

    Airports
    Airports

    Colors, patterns and divider strips are deliberately designed to help guide the flow of foot traffic. With mostly large projects which require lowest cost per square foot without compromising quality, epoxy based terrazzo flooring generally works out to be cost efficient flooring option.

    Stadiums
    Stadiums

    With intelligent use of patterns, aggregates and divider strips, it is not uncommon to see terrazzo floors with team colors along with the superpower to handle high traffic.

    Schools and Municipal Buildings
    Schools and Municipal Buildings

    Durable materials allow for high traffic and custom floor design options like school colors or a company logo.

    Retail & Office Spaces
    Retail & Office Spaces

    Terrazzo flooring offers infinite style options and custom design aesthetics to complement any retail and office area.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Terrazzo Flooring

    Terrazzo is widely used for floors but there are plenty of applications including stars, countertops, benches and walls.

    Typically the thinset range is between 3/8″ to 1/4″. Epoxy based terrazzo is thinner than Cement based Terrazzo.

    The initial cost of installation for Terrazzo flooring is higher than other flooring options. However due to its high durability, low maintenance and flexible style options, it’s common to see Terrazzo flooring lasts up to decades not years resulting in it being cheaper in the long run.

    Yes, with more builders and architects considering terrazzo flooring for their projects especially with recycled concrete, longer lifespan, low maintenance costs and high durability in both residential and commercial settings, Terrazzo flooring is quickly regaining popularity.