What is “Real Terrazzo”?

What is “Real Terrazzo”?

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Terrazzo is experiencing a renaissance and there is a lot of talk on the internet about what “real terrazzo” is or is not. As far as we’re concerned, “real” terrazzo is any well executed terrazzo floor that looks equally as beautiful on day one as it does in year one hundred. Most often poured in place – with no grout joints –  resulting in a seamless floor that is easy to clean & maintain, that looks gorgeous for the life of the building. ⁣⁣

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It can be epoxy or cement, but it most definitely is NOT a factory made terrazzo tile. ⁣⁣

 

 

 

Terrazzo tile fails under high foot traffic conditions. ⁣⁣

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Poured in place epoxy terrazzo is the least prone to cracking & most robust in terms of tensile strength, compressive strength & chemical resistance. Cement terrazzo, while known for developing cracks as inherent to the material, performs better than terrazzo tile under high foot traffic. When well-executed, using a qualified terrazzo installer, the terrazzo floor, be it cement or epoxy will look amazing for the life of the building.

Not so with cement terrazzo tile! Not only will it crack, but over time the grout joints will collect dirt, mold & mildew, deteriorating it further and turning the joints dark, which enhances the grid pattern effect & makes the space appear dirty & run down. ⁣

Many terrazzo tile manufacturers will sell on price, ease of installation or even “cement” being an advantage (i.e., more authentic than epoxy). What they don’t tell you is that the flatness tolerance is 1/8” in 10’ & that by the time you flatten the slab and lay it properly you’ve already met or exceeded the installed cost of poured terrazzo. And then…it cracks and looks dirty.⁣

Save yourself and your client the headache and engage a qualified supplier/manufacturer like Terroxy Resin Systems from the start.  This will help support you with specifications, joint detailing and technical guidance to ensure the integrity of your specification and the longevity of your project!

 

 

 

Pre-Consumer Art Glass Collection

The specialty aggregates included in terrazzo flooring are the primary ingredient of the terrazzo design mix, typically representing 70% of the flooring system. These aggregates are most commonly marble chips; however, glass and other specialty aggregates are also suitable for terrazzo flooring.

Recycled aggregate provides vibrant colors not offered by Mother Nature. The environmental benefits of recycled glass can contribute to LEED credit for your project.

T&M now supplies a unique set of aggregate colors that can be found in our Pre-Consumer Art Glass Collection!

Wedgewood Blue
Wedgewood Blue
Trout Stream
Trout Stream
Sea Kelp
Sea Kelp
Salt and Pepper
Salt and Pepper
Relish
Relish
Red Opal #1 & #2
Red Opal #1 & #2
Nasturtium
Nasturtium
Mojito
Mojito
Midnight Blues
Midnight Blues
Metallic Iridescent
Metallic Iridescent
Indian Corn
Indian Corn
Icicle
Icicle
Honey Comb
Honey Comb
Earth Blend
Earth Blend
Cherry Blossom
Cherry Blossom
Buttercup
Buttercup
Blue Skies
Blue Skies
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