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!

 

 

 

NTMA Tech Seminar Highlights!

That’s a wrap! Another NTMA Tech Seminar & Customer Appreciation Dinner are in the books! We say this each year, there’s no way that it can be topped. But somehow, just somehow….each year ends up better than the last! We cannot even begin to express how honored and grateful we are for all of our customers who not only come out for a good time each year but also support T&M and the NTMA!

In the great words of Chris Popham and Brad Meyer: “TANKS” & “CHEERS!”

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Terrazzo, a Slam Dunk!

Have you filled out all your brackets? It’s that time of year! Today is the official start of March Madness! Who else gets a little excited about their favorite team playing? Anyone, Anyone?! Whether you’re rooting for the Big 10, ACC or a mid major we hope you have one eye set on those beautiful terrazzo floors!

Stadiums, arenas, and ball parks play host to millions of visitors every year. These venues are used in a variety of formats to host sporting events, concerts, conventions, as well as many other entertainment functions. These facilities are relied upon to be flexible in order accommodate many different events.

To accommodate high volumes of visitors, stadiums are being designed with large areas of usable space. During events held at these arenas you can count on heavy foot traffic from all the activity of the spectators getting in and out of the facility, getting to their seats, and visiting the concession areas. There isn’t a better flooring option suited to handle this task than Terrazzo.

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Go Duke!
Duke Cameron Arena – Durham, NC
Terrazzo Contractors:David Allen Company
University of Michigan Crisler Center
Go Michigan!
University of Michigan Crisler Center
Terrazzo Contractor: Michielutti Bros
Auburn Arena
Go Auburn!
Auburn Arena – Auburn, AL
Terrazzo Contractor: Corradini Corp.,
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Go Kansas!
Allen Fieldhouse – Lawrence, KS
Terrazzo Contractor: Missouri Terrazzo Co.

Hit it out of the park with Durability

Many sports venues around the world have withstood the test of time serving as the home of its respective team for many years. Terrazzo proves to be the obvious choice with its functionality and performance surpassing those of other flooring systems. Terrazzo’s impeccable durability and strength are ideal for all the various high traffic areas found within sporting venues such as the concourses, hallways, rest rooms, suites, and vendor shops.

Renovations and additions are very common in these types of facilities as well. Other flooring systems such as vinyl tile have to be replaced frequently in these large, high traffic areas, while terrazzo stands the test of time usually outlasting the building itself. The initial cost of other flooring systems might appear to be more affordable, but don’t be fooled by an initial savings that will end up costing you more over the long haul.

 

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Go Michigan State!
Breslin Center – Lansing, MI
Terrazzo Contractor: Michielutti Bros.

 

Design Flexibility – A Winner for Creativity

One of the greatest characteristics of terrazzo is the expansive design flexibility. With limitless epoxy color possibilities and various aggregate selections this gives the owner/designer the ability to create “branding” in the venue by including team logos, mascots, or corporate sponsorships. The limitless design options also provide an opportunity to use the terrazzo flooring as way-finding for the patrons to locate exits, rest rooms, seating, or concessions.

Limited only by your imagination, the possibilities are endless in what you can portray through a floor.

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UCLA Pauley Pavillion
Terrazzo Contractor: Top End Constructors

 

Sustainability – Score LEED Points With Terrazzo

Terrazzo flooring was one of the original recycled products created centuries ago by workers utilizing waste chips from marble slab processing. Today, terrazzo LEED’s the way by offering terrazzo aggregates, binders and finished systems that can help your projects contribute to US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) credits, under the LEED Rating system, version 2.0.

  • Recycled Content — Terrazzo flooring may contain post industrial and post consumer recycled glass and or stone aggregate.
  • Local Regional Materials — Terrazzo is manufactured on-site which reduces waste and transportation costs. Also, an assortment of marble and glass aggregates are available from regional quarries across the country. Terroxy Resin Systems offers two regional manufacturing locations, providing a local source for projects within 500 miles of Chicagoland and Los Angeles areas.
  • Indoor Emitting Materials — Epoxy terrazzo is an inorganic based binder containing no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). Therefore, epoxy terrazzo will not threaten indoor air quality with potentially harmful off-gassing during or after the installation process.

Terrazzo’s Low Maintenance

As hotdog stands, souvenir stations & beer vendors are strategically placed throughout the concourses of stadiums and arenas, these are popular areas for fans to be hanging out during halftime or even in the middle of a double-play. Terrazzo flooring is seamless which is a “slam dunk” for multiple reasons. No seams allows for beverage carts and wheelchairs to move easily and smoothly from one end to the other. Seamless terrazzo flooring also allows for easy cleaning and sanitizing. Typical day to day maintenance only requires using a mop and a bucket of warm water. Terroxy Resin Systems Epoxy Matrix will not promote the growth of bacteria or fungus, helping to maintain sanitation and reduce the transfer of germs among spectators. The seamless feature of terrazzo floors eliminates the potential for dirt to build up in grout joints, making cleaning easy.

Bring your fans to their feet by adding terrazzo flooring to your next design.

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KFC-Yum Arena – Louisville, KY
Terrazzo Contractor: Rosa Mosaic & Tile Company

Visit a Terroxy installation at a local stadium near you…

T&M has supplied millions of square feet of terrazzo in sports arenas throughout the country that include various combinations of designs, colors, and patterns. We invite you to see for yourselves the suitability terrazzo provides a stadium setting.

Allen Fieldhouse – Lawrence, KS*
Chesapeake Energy Arena – Oklahoma City, OK
Neyland Stadium – Knoxville, TN
Amsoil Arena – Duluth, MN*
Indiana University Basketball – Bloomington, IN
Reynolds Coliseum – Raleigh, NC
Amway Center – Orlando, FL
Indiana University Football – Bloomington, IN*
Saint Joseph University Field House – Philadelphia, PA
Auburn Arena – Auburn, AL*
Intrust Bank Arena – Wichita, KS*
Soldier Field – Chicago, IL
Bank of Oklahoma Arena – Tulsa, OK*
Iowa Event Center – Des Moines, IA
Target Field – Minneapolis, MN
Bobcats Arena – Charlotte, NC*
Kansas University Football Stadium – Lawrence, KS
United Center – Chicago, IL
Cameron Stadium – Durham, NC
Kenan Memorial Stadium – Chapel Hill, NC
University of Florida Stadium – Gainesville, FL
Citi Field – Flushing, NY*
KFC Yum! Center – Louisville, KY*
University of Michigan Stadium – Ann Arbor, MI
Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA
Lambeau Field – Green Bay, WI*
UNC Carmichael Auditorium – Chapel Hill, NC
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, MD
Verizon Center – Washington D.C.
Cowboys Stadium – Arlington, TX
Purdue University – Mackey Arena – West Lafayette, IN
WV University Practice Facility – Morgantown, WV
Evansville Arena – Evansville, IN
New Meadowlands – East Rutherford, NJ
Yankee Stadium – Bronx, NY

*NTMA Honored Projects

 

Terrazzo: Plan Your Business From The Ground Up!

When planning a business, great care is taken with every task in order to build a strong foundation. Care should also be take when selecting the building blocks of your business. Proper building materials transform the brick and mortar of a building into an office full of drive and creativity. Design should begin where you step, with the selection of an office floor; and terrazzo is at the forefront of business flooring options.

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Tested Durability

Many offices around the world have withstood the test of time serving as the headquarters of a business for many years. Terrazzo proves to be the obvious choice with its functionality and performance surpassing those of other flooring systems. Terrazzo’s impeccable durability and strength are ideal for all the various high traffic areas found within fortune 500 business such as the entryways, hallways & restrooms. Terrazzo is a popular choice in new construction as well as in office renovations. Other flooring systems such as vinyl tile have to be replaced frequently in these large, high traffic areas, while terrazzo stands the test of time usually outlasting the building itself. The initial cost of other flooring systems might appear to be more affordable, but don’t be fooled by an initial savings that will end up costing you more over the long haul.

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Cost

Initial cost vs. life-cycle cost, don’t get caught in the trap of saving now to pay later. Less expensive flooring options like carpet and vinyl tile are not the right answer. During the lifetime of a building, the total cost of flooring may exceeds times the initial cost. With terrazzo systems, floors will typically last the lifetime of a building.

Air Quality

Terrazzo flooring is seamless and does not support the growth of bacteria, mold or mildew typically the cause of this concern. Choose terrazzo and reduce the transfer of germs among colleagues, keeping staff safe and healthy.

Eco Friendly

Interested in sustainable design and building materials? Terrazzo flooring was one of the original recycled products, and today, terrazzo aggregates, binderes and finished systems can help your projects contribute to US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) credits, under the LEED Rating System, version 4.0.

Aesthetics

Avoid the tired finishes that haunt some offices. Incorporate your business branding and colors into the floor; the rich color and flexible design elements can surpass nay other floor system.

Care

Requiring only a bucket of warm water and a mop, historically terrazzo has been the most easily maintained flooring option. Now there are also ways to make it even easier. Eliminate the “Wax On, Wax Off” build-up that has added unnecessary dollars to terrazzo flooring. Revolutionary finish systems have returned terrazzo maintenance to daily cleaning and periodic scrubbing.

Floor As Your Canvas – Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center

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Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center – Anaheim, CA

The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center serves as a gateway to local attractions. The structure’s bold, contemporary design incorporates 35,000 square feet of epoxy terrazzo. Using only two color swatches along with a simple yet strategically placed floor design, the pattern handsomely addresses the architecture and is properly scaled for the magnitude of the space. The floors play their role to perfection, as a pedestal for the structure and directing the focus to the sky. The sheen on the floors is precisely gauged to soften the strong light.
Architect: HOK
Terrazzo Contractor: Grazzini Brothers & Company
Terrazzo Material Supplier: Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies

 

With terrazzo, the possibilities are endless. Let the floor be your canvas and bring terrazzo into your next project by contacting your Architectural Sales Consultant for assistance at 800.7.MARBLE or visit www.tmsupply.com.

 

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