Architect Resources

ARCHITECT RESOURCES

 

 

Welcome to TERRAZZCO’s Architects Resource Center. Here you can find information on how to design an epoxy terrazzo floor or precast terrazzo product. Our representatives are available to provide knowledge on how to specify TERRAZZCO products and offer solutions that best meet your project goals.

Architect Binder

Architectural Binder

Download our Architectural Binder, a guide to terrazzo

3-Part Spec Check

3-Part Spec Check

Review your terrazzo specifications with our representatives.

Product Data - Architects

Product Data

Review product data on all TERRAZZCO Brand Products.

CAD Drawings

CAD Details

Review CAD Drawings for Precast Terrazzo Units

Safety Data

Safety Data

Review product data on all TERRAZZCO Brand Products.

View Products - Architect

View Products

See all the products we have to offer at Concord Terrazzo.

Sample Request - Architect

Request Samples

Browse through our terrazzo collection or build a custom design.

Sustainability

LEED Credits

Learn about the environmental impact terrazzo has on buildings.

Literature

Literature

Learn more about epoxy terrazzo through case studies and brochures.

Installation Guide

Installation

Download a guide on how to install TERRAZZCO’s epoxy terrazzo system.

Maintenance

Maintenance

Download a guide on how to install TERRAZZCO’s epoxy terrazzo system.

Lifecycle Cost

Lifecycle Costs

Learn how much epoxy terrazzo saves owners over a building’s lifespan.

Floor Comparison

Floor Comparison

See how epoxy terrazzo compares to traditional flooring systems.

Markets

Markets

Discover where epoxy terrazzo is commonly installed today.

Contact a Representative

 

Concord Terrazzo representatives are available to help architects with their project needs. Have a question? Need samples? Contact Us Today

Frequently Asked Questions

What Products Can I Find at Concord Terrazzo Company?

Concord Terrazzo Company manufactures and supplies terrazzo materials. Epoxy terrazzo is our specialty and has the lowest lifecycle costs of any flooring material on the market.

 

Concord Terrazzo Company is single-source meaning we provide convenience and flexibility to our customers with TERRAZZCO Brand Products. Here architects and contractors can find all the materials they need for a terrazzo installation including epoxy resins, aggregates, and precast terrazzo products, delivered on time and within budget.

How Does Concord Terrazzo Company Assist Architects?

Concord Terrazzo Company is single-source terrazzo manufacture and supplier. We collaborate with architects in helping them design custom poured-in-place epoxy terrazzo flooring and precast terrazzo using TERRAZZCO Brand Products.

 

We offer a wide range of products and services to architects including:

  • Terrazzo Sample Development
  • Epoxy Resin Manufacturing
  • Precast Terrazzo Fabrication
  • Aggregate Crushing & Supply
  • Waterjet Cutting Service
  • Innovative Terrazzo Solutions

 

Concord Terrazzo Company representatives are knowledgeable and flexible and can answer any question you have regarding our materials. Contact us through our online form.

What are the Basic Uses and Limitations of Terrazzo?

Basic Uses: Terrazzo is a versatile material that is commonly used as a flooring system, but can also be used to create stairs, countertops, and wall base. TERRAZZCO EZPour Epoxy 158 provides the best in aesthetic value and innovation in designing seamless poured-in-place epoxy terrazzo flooring.  Ideal for any indoor space of any institutional, commercial, and industrial setting.

 

Limitations: Epoxy terrazzo is not recommended for outdoor applications due to deterioration caused by UV ray exposure (For outdoor applications, architects and designers should consider a cementitious terrazzo system.) Epoxy terrazzo is not ideal for concrete surfaces with high moisture vapor emissions. Any surface with high vapor emissions requires a proven moisture barrier product like TERRAZZCO Moisture Mitigation System MMS 950.

What are the Color Options for Epoxy Terrazzo?

When specifying epoxy terrazzo, the color and design possibilities are limitless.

 

Designers can select various shades of whites, blacks and grays, or even vibrant colors in blues, greens, yellows, and so on. The TERRAZZCO design team can provide custom terrazzo samples for architects to review their color options.

Can I Order Terrazzo Samples?

Yes. We offer terrazzo samples free to the architectural and design community.

What are the Lead Time for Terrazzo Samples?

At the time of a request, turnaround on samples takes two weeks or less to deliver. Architects can take advantage of our quick ship options, our most popular designs, which can be shipped in a few days.

 

An architect can also collaborate with our design team on a custom terrazzo sample, which may require extended lead times to perfect the finish.

Can I Create Artwork With Epoxy Terrazzo?

Yes, architects can create a masterpiece with an epoxy terrazzo floor.

 

Concord Terrazzo Company operates waterjet technology that brings an architect’s vision to life by cutting artwork templates via high-pressure stream of water. Each piece is cut precisely to match the approved drawings.

 

To learn more about how to design artistic terrazzo floors, contact a Concord Terrazzo representative.

How Does Terrazzo Contribute to LEED Credits?

Epoxy terrazzo is a sustainable flooring system. TERRAZZCO Brand Epoxy Resins are Greenguard Gold Certified emitting zero VOCs, and can be used of recycled materials.  The following are LEED credits associated with designing an epoxy terrazzo system with TERRAZZCO Brand Products:

 

  • MRcr1.3 Building Reuse Credit (1 point possible)
    Terrazzo floors typically last the life of the structure. In many renovation projects, the original terrazzo flooring has been restored to its original luster following some inexpensive repairs and refinishing. Refinishing of terrazzo can be combined with the reuse of other non-shell areas like walls, doors, and ceiling systems to achieve 50% reuse.

 

  • MRcr4.1 and 4.2 Recycled Content Credit (2 points possible)
    Terrazzo allows for easy incorporation of recycled glass, as well as stone or marble that has been salvaged from other buildings and re-crushed and sieved for the terrazzo trade. One point is granted for 10% recycled content and a second point for an additional 10% (20% total) of the total value of the materials on the project. A floor containing 100% recycled glass would contain as much as 75% by volume of recycled product. Aluminum strips may also contain recycled metal. The credit is based on the dollar value of the raw material.

 

  • MRcr5.1 and 5.2 Local Regional Materials Credit (2 points possible)
    One point is awarded if 10% of the project building materials are extracted, harvested, or recovered, as well as manufactured within a 500-mile radius of the project and the calculation is based on the cost of the raw materials. The marble chips, glass aggregate, as well as the cement and epoxy binders are available throughout the United States. Terrazzo can contribute to the credit if the raw material supplier is located within 500 miles of the project site. A second point is awarded if the total percentage of the cost of regional materials is at least 20%.
  • MRCR2.1 and 2.2 Construction Waste Management Credit (1 to 2 points)
    Terrazzo can be a part of the construction waste management team and assist in the reclamation of waste from the construction process. In projects that require demolition of existing structures, the terrazzo contractor can be part of the construction waste management team – reclaiming aggregate and thereby avoiding disposal into the landfill. If desired, the salvaged aggregate can potentially be used in the flooring of the new building project.

 

INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

 

  • EQCR4.1 Indoor Emitting Materials Credit 4.1 or 4.2  (1 point possible)
    Cement-based terrazzo systems are inorganic binders, containing no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). The epoxy manufacturers of thin-set epoxy terrazzo systems have moved to 100% solid formulas, eliminating the addition of any VOC’s in the material. Certification of compliance may be obtained from the individual epoxy manufacturer.

 

  • IDCR1 Innovative Design Credit  (1 point possible)
    Terrazzo can also potentially gain additional points under the Innovation and Design category for innovative performance in Green Building categories not specifically addressed by LEED. Extensive use of terrazzo as a predominant floor material can potentially result in an installation with a Life Cycle Analysis that exceeds that of other floor materials.
How Long Do Terrazzo Floors Last?

How long do terrazzo floors last?

 

An epoxy terrazzo floor can last the lifetime of any building structure. Generally, terrazzo floors will last between 40 to 100 years – sometimes even longer than 100 years with the proper care.

Why Should I Choose Seamless Terrazzo Over Terrazzo Tile?

When considering a terrazzo system for a commercial building, it is recommended to select a seamless thin-set epoxy terrazzo floor over terrazzo tile.

 

When considering lifetime performance, its hard to find a flooring system that outlasts epoxy terrazzo. Ideal for high traffic areas, epoxy terrazzo is quick to install, and once completed, can last over 100 years with proper care. With minimal repairs and no replacements, an epoxy terrazzo provides a great return on investment for building owners seeking a long-lasting flooring system.

 

One of the great characteristics of epoxy terrazzo is its design flexibility. It allows architects and designers to create a customizable floor design with a wide range of color and aggregate options. It is truly limited to your imagination.

 

Grout joints in tile are commonplace for bacteria and dirt to hide, and can lead to higher maintenance costs than a seamless terrazzo system (epoxy terrazzo does not support the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew.) In addition, epoxy terrazzo has better wear and impact resistance than tile, as tile is more susceptible to brittleness and cracking, thus raising the owner’s cost to repair or replace the tile in the building if damages occur.

Is Terrazzo Easy to Clean?

Terrazzo floors are easy to clean with a few simple steps. A dry mop can remove particles daily. On a weekly basis using clean water or a neutral cleaner, take a damp mop to lightly go over the terrazzo surface.

 

If stains are present, they can be scrubbed using a mechanical buffing machine and a neutral cleaner.

Are Terrazzo Floors Slippery?

The slipperiness of terrazzo is dependent on the type of sealer used. The natural surface of terrazzo is non-slippery. When installing epoxy terrazzo, it is important to check the manufacturer’s label for more details; details that indicate that a floor is non-slippery when wet.

 

To get more details about slip-resistant terrazzo floors, contact your terrazzo-approved contractor.

Are Terrazzo Floors Antimicrobial?

A seamless terrazzo floor does not support the growth of bacteria, mold, or mildew, making it a sanitary flooring choice for any indoor space.

 

As a result, this improves the overall cleanliness and indoor air quality of buildings. Ideal for hospitals, office environments, schools, and restaurants.

Can Epoxy Terrazzo Be Used Outdoors?

The TERRAZZCO Epoxy Terrazzo System is not intended to be used outdoors as a flooring, countertop, or wall application. This is due to epoxy being sensitive to ultraviolet and heat. Epoxy terrazzo is recommended for indoor applications only.

 

If you are seeking to use terrazzo outside, a cement-terrazzo rustic system would be more ideal.

Does Epoxy Terrazzo Contain VOCs?

Epoxy terrazzo contains zero VOCS, and is friendly to the environment and building occupants.

 

Concord Terrazzo Company tests TERRAZZCO Epoxy Resins annually for low chemical emissions and is GREENGUARD Gold certified.

Can Epoxy Terrazzo Be Used over Existing Floors?

TERRAZZCO EZPour Epoxy 158 can be poured directly over an existing surface such as concrete, plywood, wood, and metal so long as the underlying substrate is strong and structural sound.

 

This can help save contractors time and costs to demolition the subfloor.

 

We do not advise using TERRAZZCO Epoxy Resins over soft materials such as carpet, vinyl, or VCT. Contact a terrazzo installation company to learn more about applying epoxy terrazzo over an existing floor at info@terrazzco.com.