Characteristics of Terrazzo
Terrazzo, an Italian word for “terrace”, was created during the 15th century. Discovered by Venetian mosaic workers, they reused marble remnants to craft the early form of terrazzo. Cement-based terrazzo is the traditional form of terrazzo.
Today the standard is epoxy terrazzo. Approximately 90% of all terrazzo installations today is epoxy-based. Thin-set epoxy terrazzo is a poured-in-place system that is applied over a concrete substrate at 1/4″ or 3/8″ thickness.
The main characteristics of epoxy terrazzo are:
- Durability: At 1/4″ or 3/8″ thickness, epoxy terrazzo is thinner than traditional terrazzo systems, yet provides better performance. Epoxy terrazzo is generally stronger and more durable, with greater compressive, tensile, and flexural strengths. It is less susceptible to cracking than cement-based terrazzo systems. The epoxy binder creates a seamless floor that is virtually indestructible, making terrazzo ideal for high-traffic commercial, institutional and industrial spaces. With great wear resistance, epoxy terrazzo typically lasts the lifetime of any building structure and offers low life-cycle costs.
- Low Maintenance: Epoxy terrazzo offers the lowest maintenance costs among commercial flooring systems. The flooring surface can include an antimicrobial additive that and does not support bacterial growth, mold, or mildew. Terrazzo also has excellent stain and chemical resistance. Building owners can save annually on cleaning and maintenance costs. Over its flooring lifecycle, epoxy terrazzo is associated with minimal repairs and no replacement. Daily and weekly routine cleaning are simple and easy, requiring a mop and warm water to remove dirt and debris tracked into the building.
- Design Flexibility: Epoxy terrazzo is limited to your imagination. Epoxy terrazzo offers a wide spectrum of colors that can is excellent for multicolored patterns and designs. The use of divider strips can create any floor design possible from borders, geometric patterns, and logos. Epoxy terrazzo can be paired with aggregates like marble, granite, glass, Mother of Pearl, pebbles, and other decorative aggregates.
- Sustainability: Terrazzo is gaining popularity in today’s modern buildings due to its contributions as a sustainable building material. Terrazzo floors comprise of 70% chip density. Post-consumer and post-industrial glass chips can contribute to LEED points for recycled contents. Aluminum divider strips also may incorporate recycled metals. In addition to aggregates, epoxy resin systems comprise of zero VOC materials, exhibiting little to no off-gassing over the flooring life-cycle. These factors while considering the longevity and low energy use for maintenance make epoxy terrazzo a favorable flooring system among architects and designers.
About TERRAZZCO’s Epoxy Terrazzo System
Concord Terrazzo Company manufactures a VOC-free two-part epoxy resin system. TERRAZZCO EZPour Epoxy 158 combined with aggregates yields a durable and decorative flooring solution for commercial, institutional and industrial projects. We supply flooring contractors with the raw materials to complete a successful epoxy terrazzo installation, all sourced from one central location.
TERRAZZCO’s epoxy terrazzo system provides the following solutions to your building project: