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8 How to choose perfect tiles for your dream interior design? (Man-Made Terrazzo)

Terrazzo is a composite material, poured in place or precast, which is commonly used for walling and flooring solutions. It is made of chips of marble, quartz, granite, recycled glass, recycled porcelain, recycled concrete or other materials, poured with a cementitious binder, polymeric or a combination of both to produce a seamless surface. It is a perfect selection for many applications that range from floor tiles to vanity tops, table tops to furniture units, steps and handrails to staircases, lounge areas to the fireplace and various external facades to foyers.


Two types of Terrazzo:

  • Terrazzo-Cement is extremely durable, which can withstand any weather conditions and does not fade in colour.

  • Terrazzo-Resin (Epoxy terrazzo) is the most popular choice for indoor application. It is thinner and lighter in weight then terrazzo-cement.


Pros:


1 Durability

Terrazzo is one of the popular flooring materials available today. Once it is sealed properly, it will prevent from water and stain damage. Terrazzo can withstand high traffic areas, which makes it ideal in commercial interiors.


2 Versatility

Terrazzo is a man-made stone, providing a variety of colours and unlimited designs.


3 Environmentally-friendly

Terrazzo consists of recycled materials that have a positive impact on people and the environment. The epoxy used in the terrazzo composition has low VOC content, which reduces harmful gasses from dispersing into the air, thus improving overall air quality.


4 Long-lasting Material

Terrazzo is a durable and long-lasting material, ideal for high traffic area.


5 Non-porous Composition

Terrazzo has a non-porous surface, makes it easy to clean.


6 Indoor and Outdoor Applications

Terrazzo can be used in both indoor and outdoor settings, such as lobbies, hallways and stairways, countertops, showers, bathrooms and swimming pools. It can fit any style.



Cons:


1 High Cost

The price of terrazzo per square foot is higher than other materials.


2 Cold Surface

Terrazzo does not retain heat well during the winter, making the floor feeling cold to touch. To make it warm in the winter, you can install underfloor heating system. But it can cool down the space in the summer.



Finish Options:

  • Polished terrazzo has a glossy and shine surface, making space visually bigger by reflecting natural light.

  • Honed terrazzo has an anti-slip finish where the surface is smooth but not shiny.

  • Brushed terrazzo shows the texture and you can feel the shapes of aggregates.

  • Sandbalsted terrazzo is porous. It is highly slip-resistant and is suitable for outdoors and wet areas.

  • Bush-hammered terrazzo has a rough distressed feel, which is commonly used in the exterior.


Maintenance:

  • Sealing your floors with a water-based acrylic sealer.

  • Scrubbing your floors twice a week.

  • Dusting your floors daily.


Conclusion:

Terrazzo is a durable and long-lasting material for flooring that performs in high-traffic areas with a touch of class. Either poured or pre-cast, terrazzo offers unlimited designs and varieties of colours. The unique designs make it popular on the interior market.



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