What is Terrazo Tile?
Technically speaking, terrazzo is a composite material. The chips of marble, quartz, granite, glass and other materials can be used to form the terrazzo tile. Generally, a cementitious chemical strongly binds these materials together. A more detailed explanation can be found on Wikipedia
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 material, poured with a cementitious binder, polymeric, or a combination of both. Metal strips often divide sections, or changes in color 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" is also often used to describe any pattern similar to the original terrazzo floors.
Italians were using these tiles to over their terrace floors. It is believed that construction workers started to use the remains of marble in their own houses as terrazzo tiles.
How is it made?
Today's terrazzo flooring combines the beauty of traditional art with modern developments such as epoxy resin and recycled aggregate. Selected color combinations of natural marble, recycled glass or plastic chips are placed in pigmented cement or epoxy matrix and troweled onto a prepared concrete plate.
The grinding and polishing process takes place in the setting and drying processes that reveal the full color of the aggregates. Sealants can then be applied to provide additional shine and gloss.
One of the most popular terrazzo example is the famous walk of fame in Hollywood. This old flooring material is quite popular nowadays. Colored terrazzo tile is a good alternative with its traditional beauty and durability.
Advantages of Terrazzo Tile
There are several reasons to choose this tile in your projects.
Founded centuries ago in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, Terrazzo flooring looks alive even today. It does not crack like tile or lose its luster over time like linoleum and is resistant to most chemical or stain anxiety.
Today's epoxy terrazzo cleaning requires very little effort since it is not porous. Its natural articular surface does not support bacterial growth.
Your terrazzo floor is never buried somewhere, at the same time, all of the existing aggregates are obtained from recycling materials such as marble chips.
Divider strips and “colors in lines” offer countless color options with the ability to easily create shapes. Remember, your imagination is the only limit to how your floor can look.
Disadvantages of Terrazzo Tile
This durable material will save you money over time. It doesn't require that many repairs. On the other hand, if you are looking for something budget-friendly, the initial cost of terrazzo per square food may be a bit higher for you. Of course, "budget" is a very relative term. You can make a wise comparison to find the best products for your budget.
Terrazzo by default does not keep heat well, especially during cold days. Most of the terrazzo is made from natural stone chips. If you are planning to walk barefoot in your residence, you may want to cover terrazzo surfaces with carpet or rug.
Terrazzo installation can be complex compared to other tiles. If you want your terrazzo tiles installed perfectly, you have to hire a professional terrazzo installer. This will increase your costs.
How to Clean Terrazzo Tile
Terrazzo tile is durable but this doesn't mean that it will not hold any dust or dirt on it. The first thing to do before starting cleaning is to remove any dust from the terrazzo tile surface.
Depending on the amount of dirt, you can use simply a broom or vacuum cleaner to get rid of stubborn dust. After that, you can use a mop to clean it. You can use a spray cleaner first. After applying the spray on the floor, you can scrub the tile with the mob.
Finally, you can use a bucket of clean water to rinse it. Just like cleaning any other floor with a wet mop, you can remove remaining stains or dust from the floor easily. Don't forget to dry the surface with a dry cloth.
At Marble Systems, we have two beautiful terrazzo tile collections. The first one is "Arcobaleno Tile."
This collection brings all the strength and lasting beauty of terrazzo to your home. It has nine soft and pretty nature-inspired color variations, all in a sophisticated matte finish.
Our other collection is "Venetian Style Terrazzo Tile". It is a reflection of our commitment to high-quality standards to our clients.
Today's terrazzo can reflect the designs of architects on floors with colors that are much more vivid than those used in the past and provides an operational advantage over other flooring materials with its long life and low maintenance cost.
It also gives designers the freedom to create eye-catching colors and amazing patterns. This feature is unique to epoxy terrazzo, and it makes it possible to apply any design you can imagine with correctly selected color-aggregate combinations.