A problem that building facilities have is finding a floor that will last. After a decade most floors need repairs or replacing. A solution is to invest in a longlasting durable terrazzo flooring system.
TERRAZZCO EZPour Epoxy 158 yields a highly durable and decorative epoxy terrazzo flooring system with minimal repairs and replacements over the flooring life-cycle. Furthermore, epoxy terrazzo is recognized for having the lowest lifecycle costs of any flooring system today.
Terrazzo floors were first installed in the United States during the early 1900s. The terrazzo installed over 100 years ago was determined to be in good-to-excellent condition by preservationists. Only routine maintenance and the occasional resealing were required to keep the terrazzo floors functional. In some cases, contractors today are ripping up the carpet from older buildings to find existing terrazzo that appeared relatively in good condition considering its age, which can be refinished for use.
Those floors 100 years ago were cement terrazzo systems. It wasn’t until the 1970s that epoxy terrazzo was introduced. Epoxy terrazzo will last the lifetime of any building structure. It’s less susceptible to cracking than cementitious terrazzo systems, and once it’s installed it will never need replacing. Architects and designers prefer epoxy terrazzo for its higher compressive and tensile strengths, greater design flexibility, low maintenance care, and sustainable elements.
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Exceeds NTMA Standards for Epoxy Terrazzo Flooring
Compressive Strength: 13,260 psi
Tensile Strength: 9,580 psi
Flexural Strength: 4,100 psi
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.
With more awareness of the environmental impact of building material selection, terrazzo is widely used in today’s airports, schools, hospitals, and other commercial buildings. That is because green building programs reinforce the use of building material that lasts or conserve resources.
Terrazzo has a positive and longlasting impact on building environments. TERRAZZCO EZPour Epoxy 158 is GreenGuard certified with zero VOC contents improving the overall indoor air quality of buildings. Architects and designers can select recycled post-industrial and post-consumer aggregates that are sourced regionally within 500 miles of their project site to obtain LEED credits.
When looking back at the history of terrazzo, terrazzo is often regarded as the original “green” flooring system. Venetian marble workers would take marble scraps and reuse them to install inexpensive flooring for their terraces. As it evolved through the years, terrazzo is known for its durability, low maintenance, and design features. But ultimately it lasts forever. No energy is used to replace or remove the surface.
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