Why do we recommend Terrazzo?
- Simple answer “To save you money”
-Terrazzo has the lowest life cycle cost
-Terrazzo lasts the longest -Can be used any where, commercial and residential
-We finally realize if we spend some money on a application who has proven to stand the test of time we save money
Terrazzo lasted for hundreds of years
Because the ratio between aggregate and cement is 60%-90% stone and the rest cement +/-
It is the hard stone who stands the test of time
The old application of Terrazzo is at least 1 1/2" thick and needs to cure for 20-28 days before polishing.
We use a system which is only between 1/4" to 1/2" ; therefore an old existing floor can be restored without removing the existing
and no alteration to doors. We also can polish after 48 hours, as opposed to 20 days.
What is Terrazzo?
Terrazzo is a mixture of aggregate such as marble chips, quartz,
granite or glass, and a cement or epoxy binder. It is mixed
together and then poured on the floor, or base. Once the terrazzo
has hardened, it is ground down to expose the aggregate chips
among the coloured matrix.
There are several different terrazzo systems that vary according
to their matrices, aggregate, substructure, appearance and
texture. Depending on client preference or architectural design,
there are many colours and designs available that will yield a
beautiful flooring system.
Thin set epoxy terrazzo is the predominant system in use today. It is lightweight with vastly superior tensile and compressive
strength. It has excellent chemical resistance (stain resistance) and limitless color options.
In addition, epoxy terrazzo is highly customizable. Resins can be custom matched to any color in a paint sample fan deck. With
unlimited strip designs, it is possible to create geometric shapes, medallions and logos on site by bending divider strips, or off site by
When the terrazzo is dry (24-48 hours), it is ground with a terrazzo grinder. Once the terrazzo is ground it is cleaned, polished,
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Cementitious terrazzo requires two layers of materials. The first one is a 1-3 inch layer of
sandy concrete also known as sand bed. Before this layer sets, divider strips are embedded in
the concrete wherever there is to be a joint (every 3 to 4 feet) or a change of color in the
terrazzo. When this concrete dries (24-48 hours) the second layer can be applied.
The second layer consist of marble chip, glass or other aggregate mixed with Portland cement
and a color-pigment is added if required. This mixture is then trowelled into the panels that
were created with the divider strips. While the mixture is still wet, additional marble chips or
aggregate is added into each panel and rolled with a weighted roller.
When the terrazzo is dry (48 hours), it is ground with a terrazzo grinder. Once the terrazzo
is ground it is cleaned, polished, and sealed.
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