About Terrazzo Tiles
The best introduction to terrazzo tiles is to first discuss terrazzo in the monolithic form. Millions of people have walked across terrazzo floors for years without knowing exactly what they were walking on. They knew the floor was hard, seemed durable, consisted of lots of “speckles,” and appeared to be polished. In many cases, the space was an office lobby, hospital, theatre, church, or shopping mall. But what is it made of?
Typically, speaking in layman’s terms, terrazzo is composed of small pieces of marble, granite, quartz, or glass that are held together in a slurry mixture by a cementitious binder. This mixture is poured in place, allowed to cure or harden, then ground and polished as desired.
What we typically see today was derived from an Italian paving technique often referred to as pavimento alla Veneziana. Not coincidentally, terrazzo arrived in the United States with one of the great European immigration waves in the late 19th century and began to attain significant popularity in the early 20th century. In order to simplify things, let’s consider terrazzo tiles to be a scaled-down version of classic terrazzo flooring that adapts well to smaller spaces.
Country Floors Terrazzo Tiles
It is important to understand that terrazzo, in the “poured in place” version, usually requires a relatively large space in which to accommodate the scope of the “pour.” Country Floors terrazzo tiles allow the design entity and/or end user to work in a much smaller space and still realize the grand visuals of legacy terrazzo. Please take a look at our Arcobaleno Terrazzo Tile Collection and Venetian Style Terrazzo Tile Collection. You can see this striking imagery for yourself.
Where to Install Terrazzo Tile
Terrazzo tiles will do a great job in commercial and residential interior settings. They are suitable for both floors and walls. While exterior paving can be accomplished in certain circumstances, it is not the norm.
Can I use Terrazzo Tiles in the Bathroom?
Country Floors terrazzo tiles can be used in the bathroom environment. Care should be taken to protect the tiles from the usual collection of aggressive staining and cleaning agents. A few of these are uric acid, nail polish remover, and bleach cleanser.
More About Terrazzo
The versatility of terrazzo always amazes. So let’s look at a few landmark applications. St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome represents the rise of the material in Europe. Radio City Music Hall and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York offer examples of American sophisticated design embracing terrazzo. The marvelous Thompson Center in Chicago is a late 20th century effort by Helmut Jahn that takes the material to another level. More can be learned by visiting the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association website.