The Rise of Terrazzo

Rise of Terrazzo

The Recent Trend and Rise of Terrazzo


In recent years, terrazzo is trending among the architectural and design community. Interior designers fell in love with the materials, using the material in ways that go beyond just flooring. Architects use terrazzo for their projects as well, developing a space that meets green building standards. While the last few years put terrazzo back into the spotlight, the future will likely continue the trend. Terrazzo has progressed well over the years to become a leading flooring material for institutional, commercial, and industrial projects.

The Origin Story of Terrazzo

Terrazzo has a unique backstory, one that demonstrates that materials can be reused to create beautiful results. Back in the Mid-16th Century, Venetian stone and mosaic workers stumbled upon a great idea. They say that instead of discarding marble pieces, they could put those pieces to good use. Soon, this technique involved the workers rubbing the surface with tools to get the more even surface.

Terrazzo Expanding Overseas to the US

Today terrazzo brings out the beauty of some of our schools, hospitals, hotels, and other buildings around the world. But how did it get to all these places? Well, immigration of course. The terrazzo trade was passed down through generations. So when the Italians started migrating to the United States around the late 1800s, terrazzo was introduced. Even today a lot of terrazzo-based companies are family-operated, with each passing generation taking over the business. But you can’t talk about terrazzo in the USA without talking about George Washington. The first President of the United States admired terrazzo and had the material installed in his home at Mt. Vernon. Even though the material is luxurious in nature, today it is available to anyone. In fact, terrazzo is the most cost-effective flooring on the market today, agreed upon by flooring experts.

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A valued material in the 1920s

Terrazzo began to steadily incline in popularity over the years. Architects loved the terrazzo floors for many reasons. One reason was its great design potential. The other reason is its low cost, which bode well during the Great Depression era. But after the 1920s, business started picking up for terrazzo. Soon better methods for applying terrazzo were introduced. The electric grinder was invented in 1924, which allows any construction worker to achieve a beautiful floor in a quicker fashion.

Modern Terrazzo

Since the 1970s, epoxy terrazzo is taking over traditional terrazzo systems as the flooring of choice. Much thinner and much lighter, thin-set epoxy terrazzo is durable, aesthetically beautiful, and low maintenance. Terrazzo can be applied almost anywhere. So it makes sense for architects and contractors to consider terrazzo as a material of choice for its impact on the environment but also its durability and design. Well-known establishments have already started to make the switch to terrazzo, with more buildings to come today and beyond.  There is no better time to learn about terrazzo. If terrazzo interests you, do not hesitate to contact us at We would love to answer your questions.

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