WHAT IS TERRAZZO?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Today, most of the terrazzo installed is both poly acrylate and epoxy terrazzo. The advantages of this material over conventional cementitious terrazzo includes more and better design options, such as selections of colors.
They can be applied as thin as ¼”-⅜” in thickness, is lighter weight, faster to install, higher strength, and less susceptibility to cracking. Epoxy resin–based terrazzo should only be used for interior applications. Epoxy-based terrazzo will fade from U.V exposure.
Polyacrylate based terrazzo is U.V stable and can be installed to the exterior as well as the interior. Any aggregate like marble blends, mother of pearl blends which is abalone crushed shells, recycled aggregates like glass, porcelain, concrete, and metal can be used in both terrazzo types.
The long life cycle and ability to rehabilitate Terrazzo at the end of its life cycle make Terrazzo the most sustainable floor option available. Recycled aggregate can also be utilized for Earth friendly construction.
Cleaning and maintaining of terrazzo is simple and inexpensive. It is typically cleaned no different than any other hard surface. There are many ways to maintain terrazzo for long term maintenance.
High performance sealers can be used that can be scrubbed and buffed over long periods of time. Also floors waxes can be used to revitalize new or existing terrazzo. Terrazzo craftsmen create walls, floors, patios, and panels by exposing marble chips and other fine aggregates on the surface of finished concrete or epoxy-resin.
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Components of Terrazzo
Terrazzo divider strips play an important role in the finish of terrazzo. They are used for joints to help control cracking, for pouring by helping maintaining consistent thicknesses, designs, dividing colors and patterns. They come in all shapes and sizes and are made from metals or plastic.