The Pros and Cons of Terrazzo

Pros and Cons of Terrazzo

Heard of terrazzo but not quite familiar with the flooring material? No problem. This blog focuses on the pros and cons of terrazzo so that you can make a conscious decision as to whether this flooring is perfect for either your home, business, or commercial project.

Pros

Durability

Terrazzo is one of the most durable flooring materials available today. Once sealed properly, the material is impervious to water and stain damage. It also does not chip away like other materials. With the increase in popularity for this material, architects turn to terrazzo. Terrazzo can withstand high traffic areas, which makes it a chosen product in commercial buildings. Even if terrazzo is worn down over the years, it can be re-finished and polished to look as good as new. When considering the low maintenance of terrazzo, it provides a long-lasting product at an affordable price.

Design

Terrazzo embeds marble, granite, quartz or glass chips in an epoxy resin binder, retaining aesthetic quality seen in traditional based terrazzo. Because terrazzo is manufactured by mixing different elements together, you can choose almost any design or floor for any project. This allows architects to include abstract decorative designs, seals, logos and other designs during the terrazzo installation.

Environmentally-Friendly

Terrazzo is a beneficial material that helps in the design of sustainable buildings. To preserve scarce materials, terrazzo is a great alternative to other flooring types. The material can consist of recycled materials which have a positive impact on the health of people and the environment. The epoxy used in the terrazzo mix has low VOC content, which diminishes harmful gasses from dispersing into the air, thus improving overall air quality. Architects and designers not only seek out terrazzo for its durability and design but also its contribution to LEED points. Because terrazzo is innovative, consists of recycled materials, and can be sourced locally, it can play a huge role in shaping the world of architecture.

Indoor and Outdoor Applications

Installers can apply terrazzo in both indoor and outdoor settings. Today you can find this flooring material in high traffic areas such as lobbies, hallways, and stairways. With the ability to repel water and stains, terrazzo is also a valuable item for countertops,  showers, baths and swimming pools. So whether you go with thin-set epoxy for indoor applications or rustic terrazzo for outdoor applications, terrazzo can meet architect’s needs to fit their style.

 

Pros and Cons of Terrazzo

Cons

High Initial Cost

Terrazzo will save you money over time as it is quite durable and requires few repairs. However, the initial cost of terrazzo per square foot is higher in comparison to other materials. For people on a budget, terrazzo seems unfavorable for projects.

Cold Nature

One of the disadvantages of terrazzo is that the surface does not retain heat well during the winter months, making the floor feeling a tad cold. Unless you have a heat insulator beneath the terrazzo, this may cause discomfort to those who walk across the floor barefoot.

Recommended Professional Installation

While some flooring types can be installed personally, terrazzo floors can be quite complex. One mistake could be costly. We recommend seeking a terrazzo installation company to do the work. You can find a list of professional terrazzo installers at NTMA.com. Each installer will be able to correctly install your floor.


There are many pros and cons of terrazzo, but the material is beneficial to those who want to factor in durability and design into their floors. Concord Terrazzo Company supplies aggregates, manufactures precast terrazzo products and produces epoxy resins as well. Like more information about terrazzo? Contact a Concord Terrazzo Company representative today at info@terrazzco.com or give us a phone call at (704) 921-4928.

 

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