Low Lifecycle Costs
Terrazzo has a reputation for being an expensive flooring system. While the initial costs are high for epoxy terrazzo, when factoring its durability and low maintenance costs over a span of 40 years, it is the most cost-effective flooring system for commercial buildings. During the lifetime of a building, the total cost of flooring can cost 35 times the initial installed cost. Flooring types like vinyl, carpet, and various types of tile are more likely to need repairs or replacements, costing building owners time and money.
Even though terrazzo comes in tile form, many NTMA terrazzo contractors will advise selecting a seamless epoxy terrazzo floor over terrazzo tile especially if a large commercial space is involved. Epoxy terrazzo provides a continuous bond over the concrete; therefore, it is rare to see any damages over the years. For any tile, the adhesive is spread across the concrete before a tile is set in place. If an area is not completely covered with adhesive, the tile is more likely to break when in contact with heavy impacts or loads. When this occurs, the owner will have to request replacement pieces or consider a new flooring system.
A building owner might have trouble finding replacement material decades later. For tile products, trends come and go so it may be hard to find the right size or the right product if it is discontinued. Even with terrazzo tile, it requires a manufacturer time to review the existing design, manufacture the tile which could take weeks or months, and shipped for a contractor to install the product again. For epoxy terrazzo, it is a completely hassle-free flooring system. Even in rare cases when an epoxy terrazzo floor reveals a crack in the surface, terrazzo can be patched easily with a matching epoxy color and aggregates. This is installed at only a fraction of the cost of the initial installation. Concord Terrazzo Company representatives always recommend architects and designers to contact them to discuss terrazzo solutions for commercial projects over 1,000 square feet. We help educate the client on the technical aspects of the terrazzo floor, reviewing performance and budget-friendly options to help architects and designers make better decisions for their projects.