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There are 4 very popular types of terrazzo that have been used in homes and businesses across the world. They include cement terrazzo, epoxy terrazzo, sand cushion terrazzo, and rustic terrazzo.
Cement terrazzo is the most classic version of the material. It is perfect for areas with lots of foot traffic such as airports, shopping malls, and universities due to its durability. It is also cost-effective and offers many versatile color combinations.
Epoxy terrazzo is a more modern formulation that is popular because it is relatively low maintenance. Epoxy terrazzo tile is also great for flooring and can be customized in nearly limitless ways. Epoxy terrazzo is not suitable for exterior application as it is not able to withstand harsh weather conditions. However, it does create stunning interior flooring and countertops.
Sand cushion terrazzo is a more basic formulation of the material, but it boats ease and versatility. Sand cushion terrazzo flooring allows for the creation of hardwearing surfaces that have natural imperfections styled deliberately for a one-of-a-kind look.
Rustic terrazzo shares composite similarities with epoxy terrazzo, but it is suitable for outdoor use. It has the look of epoxy terrazzo, but the finish of the material is rough, which means it has increased durability and slip resistance. Rustic terrazzo is great for outdoor areas including malls, museums, hotels, and commercial establishments. Its water tolerance makes rustic terrazzo great for application in spaces that feature man-made waterfalls, water fountains, and swimming pools.
No, terrazzo is not a hard material to care for. If you have terrazzo floor tiles, all you will need is a soft mop or cloth and stone-safe cleanser to keep the tile looking its best. Poured terrazzo is slightly more high maintenance – you will need to make sure a professional updates grounding and polishing as needed to prevent cracks from occurring.
No, terrazzo is not more expensive than granite. Terrazzo offers a luxury stone look at a fraction of the cost of granite.
Epoxy terrazzo can be slippery when wet, which is why it's not recommended for outdoor spaces. Rustic terrazzo, sand cushion terrazzo, and cement terrazzo are less likely to be slippery when wet. If you need any more information about terrazzo tiles, contact us or visit our showrooms!
It depends. Ceramic and porcelain tile may be cheaper than terrazzo, but much of the cost will depend on the quality of the tile. Terrazzo is often cheaper than natural stone tiles, like granite and marble.
Terrazzo tile can be formulated into an almost limitless number of unique patterns and colors. These tiles are very versatile and can be customized to suit numerous aesthetics. From pastels to classics, different shades and patterns are available at Country Floors!
One of the disadvantages of terrazzo tiles is they do not retain heat well, so the floors might feel cold in winter. Additionally, terrazzo tile flooring can be slippery when wet.
The major advantages of terrazzo tile are affordability, durability, and aesthetic versatility. Terrazzo tiles are also sustainable and stylish.
There are plenty of places you can apply terrazzo tiles. Once the tile has been sealed for water resistance, it can be applied to walls and floors all throughout your home interior. Homeowners often showcase the beauty of terrazzo tile by displaying it in kitchens and bathrooms.
Terrazzo tile is a material made of a composite of marble chippings set into a cement base. Terrazzo tile has a pretty historic origin dating back to 16th-century Italy. Builders invented the material by repurposing leftover cuts of marble used on other projects to create tiles for their patios. Terrazzo material can be found in several forms – the most popular being tiles. You can also find terrazzo cast into blocks that can be cut down to a specific size, thickness, and shape.
Yes, wax is often used to help terrazzo flooring maintain its luster and slip resistance.
The most common reason for terrazzo cracking is uneven subflooring. If the flooring underneath is not level the pressure of traffic can cause the terrazzo to crack.
Depending on the installation and upkeep, terrazzo tiles can easily last for up to 75 years. The original formulation of the tile has been known to last for a century (or more).
Yes, both cement and epoxy terrazzo can be installed over existing cement flooring. Just be sure to have professionals complete the job.
Yes, terrazzo is great in bathrooms. Once the material is sealed, it can withstand contact with water and other forms of moisture.
Terrazzo flooring is not naturally waterproof. Poured terrazzo and terrazzo tiles require a sealant to prevent water damage.
Terrazzo floors are more expensive and labor-intensive to install than wood flooring.
In most cases, terrazzo will be less expensive than marble, and it is stronger than pure marble due to its mixed composition.
Yes, terrazzo is good for kitchens. Once sealed, it has excellent water resistance.