28 Jul Why Terrazzo is the Right Option for Your Commercial Building’s Floor
Seamless epoxy terrazzo is the ideal choice for flooring a commercial space because when operating a commercial building, the unexpected must be planned for. While heavy foot traffic in spaces such as airports, hotels, and retail centers is a given, factors such as moving carts, disabled-friendly transportation vehicles, and accidents from children at play are just a few of the myriad concerns that your floor must plan on withstanding.
With this in mind, a regular, run-of-the-mill flooring material will not get the job done. Seamless epoxy terrazzo should be the choice for flooring any commercial space.
Terrazzo is Nonporous
When adding flooring to any commercial space, a primary consideration should be in keeping it sealed from daily wear and tear. Drink spills, mud deposits, and any other debris carried on the feet of employees and consumers have the potential to settle in the flooring, leading to the buildup of harmful bacteria that can lead to the degradation of the flooring material. Without extensive efforts toward removing grease from concrete, tile, or other typical commercial flooring materials, the floor will likely have to be replaced in short order.
Seamless epoxy terrazzo flooring features a nonporous fabrication that resists water, chemicals, and debris from penetrating the floor, eliminating the risk of mold or bacteria buildup and keeping the terrazzo commercial floor looking good for decades.
Terrazzo Resists Scratches
Foot traffic will be just one of the concerns in a commercial building, with sharp, heavy objects likely to be dragged across the floor with great frequency. While softer flooring materials can receive visible damage from this kind of activity, terrazzo surfaces remain unscathed, as in addition to its nonporous properties, seamless epoxy terrazzo is also a premier flooring option for resisting scratches and surface damage.
Made from an extremely durable combination of marble, shell, pebble, and glass chips, epoxy terrazzo floors are made to withstand the heavy trauma that is sure to frequently arise in a commercial space.
Terrazzo is Cost Effective
Flooring a commercial building requires covering a lot of square footage. When this is the case, even a slightly more expensive material can end up being significantly more pricey when the bottom line is calculated. On the same token, those spaces that try to cut costs by using an inferior flooring material are likely to see future costs soar as they have to frequently repair, maintain, or replace damaged flooring altogether.
With its premier durability, seamless epoxy terrazzo has the lowest life cycle cost of any flooring material on the market. It is a true “set-it-and-forget-it” flooring option, meaning that once it is installed, little to no future repair and replacement costs will be involved.
In addition to these savings, seamless epoxy terrazzo takes the pressure off the cleaning and maintenance budget. When heavy use soils the surface of seamless epoxy terrazzo, thorough sanitation can be achieved with a clean mop or wet vacuum, easily restoring the high-quality shine of the floor while minimizing the impact on operating costs.
Terrazzo is Environmentally Friendly
With society’s increasing push to “go green,” seamless epoxy terrazzo floors make for an excellent place to start. Its innovative fabrication maximizes LEED points, with its low levels of volatile organic compound (VOC) content ensuring that no harmful byproducts are released into the commercial space, ensuring that the building maintains premier air quality.
For those organizations that want to go the extra mile to maximize their LEED points for flooring their commercial space, there are a multitude of ways to achieve this. In addition to the negligible VOC content, seamless epoxy terrazzo can score even more LEED points by:
- Using recycled glass, marble, and shell chips during fabrication
- Choosing to source fabrication materials from within a 500-mile radius
- Selecting a certified 100% epoxy resin if resealing efforts are ever chosen, maintaining the low VOC content of the flooring
Terrazzo is Customizable
Commercial buildings often get stereotyped as “drab” or “boring.” However, this may be an apt description when using standard flooring materials.
With terrazzo, there are a multitude of beautiful, timeless designs that can be added to mesh with the ambience of any commercial office space. In fact, epoxy terrazzo floors can be fabricated to match decorative ceiling tiles and even include specialized patterns or company logos.
Terrazzo Works Well for Full Renovations
Terrazzo surfaces work well for areas other than the floor. Therefore, if a commercial building is undergoing a complete renovation, it is a good idea to start with a classy epoxy terrazzo floor, as customized wall panels, stairwells, and countertops can also be fabricated from terrazzo to complete the transformation of the building.
Skylar Ross is a contributor to Innovative Building Materials. He is a blogger and content writer for the residential and commercial flooring industry. Skylar is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and manufacturers discover materials and methods of installation that increase property value, improve durability, and discover innovative flooring options for their home or commercial space.
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