What’s Next For Terrazzo? Healthier Materials Take Centerstage

What's next for terrazzo

What’s Next For Terrazzo?

Healthier Materials Take Centerstage

Terrazzo has gained tremendous popularity in recent years. Today terrazzo can be seen almost anywhere from airports to universities to even your local grocery store. And it’s not only used for flooring these days. Terrazzo is now used commonly as stairs, countertops and bartops, tabletops, and wall coverings. Through the decades, terrazzo continues to evolve. So the question is: What’s next? We’ll take a look at how Concord Terrazzo Company is planning for the future, and why healthier materials are at the forefront of it all.

Peach County High School - Terrazzo Floor
Bluestone Elementary School - Terrazzo Floor
The Paramount 415 - Terrazzo

To start off, let’s review the history of terrazzo, and how it has evolved through the years.

Terrazzo: How It All Started

The way terrazzo is installed today is greatly different than how it was installed back in 15th century. At that time, Venetian mosaic workers found a resourceful way to reuse scrap marble remnants to build terraces around their living quarters.

Terrazzo means terrace in Italian. Marble fragments were hand laid, then grind and polished. Because of the reuse of materials to create inexperience flooring, terrazzo is often regarded as the original “green” flooring systems.

Eventually, terrazzo moved westward to the United States in the early 1900s as Italian immigrants moved to the country. It wasn’t until the 1920s that terrazzo rose to prominence, as architects find the floor ideal for the Art Deco/Modern styles during this period.

Fast forward to today and terrazzo is experiencing a renaissance. Its combination of durability, low maintenance and beautiful aesthetics has contributed to its wide use in public buildings. Terrazzo has a great track record for lasting the lifetime of a building with proper maintain. This results in terrazzo having low lifecycle costs.

Terrazzo Sample 388 - White Terrazzo Design with Shells

Ways Terrazzo Evolved Through the Years

Matrices – Original terrazzo is set by cement. The introduction of epoxies in the early 1970s led to epoxy terrazzo, which is the system mostly installed indoors today. Epoxy terrazzo is quicker to install, and offers greater durability, crack resistance, color options and consistency.

Aggregates – Traditional marble and granite chips were commonly used in terrazzo. Today there are greater options including recycled glass, shells, metal, and synthetic materials.

Divider Strips – Divider strips helped expand the possibilities for artistic terrazzo designs. Early forms of terrazzo used wooden strips, but today aluminum, zinc and brass and commonly used.

Sealers – Goat milk once was used as a coating over the terrazzo that added luster and color that made the floor more appealing. Today the NTMA recommends using a water-based sealers for terrazzo floors.

What’s Next For Terrazzo?

Terrazzo gained a renewed interest as it has became an ideal material for green construction projects. Characteristic such as zero VOCs, use of recycled materials, and antimicrobial properties make terrazzo appealing. Epoxy resins contain zero VOCs which improves the overall indoor quality of buildings. If materials are sourced locally as well, this minimizes the carbon footprint.

Architects have been thinking about sustainability for years. How can they use better building materials for their projects that are more efficient and have a positive impact on the environment and human health?

Healthier Materials Take Center Stage

The next focus for terrazzo is working with architects to specify products that promote good health, offer low costs to buildings, and reduce environmental impact.

Green Terrazzo: A Flooring Solution for a Better Tomorrow

Concord Terrazzo Company has researched and developed a new product line that offers healthier terrazzo materials to the architecture and construction industry. Green Terrazzo is an epoxy terrazzo system made from renewable ingredients that are not Red Listed.

Green Terrazzo

How Can Green Terrazzo Be a Solution for Your Project?

  1. Low Lifecycle Cost – Terrazzo has exceptional durability. These floors are made to last. Green Terrazzo is a poured epoxy terrazzo system that helps saves building owners money in the long run. Compared to flooring materials like carpet, Green Terrazzo does not require replacement. Carpet may seem less inexpensive from its initial costs but it will cost building owners more to replace the carpet over time. With epoxy terrazzo, the floor typically lasts the lifetime of the building.
  2. Better Indoor Air Quality – All TERRAZZCO® Brand epoxy resin products are  tested and comply with zero levels of volatile organic compound emissions. Our epoxy terrazzo system poses no health risks to the environment nor building occupants and helps sustain indoor air quality throughout the product’s life-cycle. Green Terrazzo epoxy resins are made of renewable ingredients that are not Red Listed.
  3. Hygienic – Green Terrazzo is a poured epoxy terrazzo system. This produces one seamless surface. The benefits of this type of flooring system is the absence of grout joints. This prevents epoxy terrazzo from collecting dirt and bacteria, and makes it easy to clean as well. Epoxy terrazzo floors can come with an antimicrobial additive.
  4. Highly Customizable – Green Terrazzo can create any terrazzo design imaginable. It just comes with healthier material options. Architects and designers can add custom logos or intricate patterns to an epoxy terrazzo floor.
  5. Sustainable Design – Green Terrazzo contains materials that can contribute to LEED points. Aggregate options can come from post-industrial recycled sources. These products include recycled glass, porcelain and concrete.

About Concord Terrazzo Company

Concord Terrazzo Company is a single-source terrazzo manufacturer and supplier. TERRAZZCO Brand Products are manufactured in Charlotte, North Carolina. Concord Terrazzo Company supplies epoxy resins, aggregates and custom precast terrazzo for terrazzo projects in the United States.

If you are interested in a healthier terrazzo product, try TERRAZZCO’s Green Terrazzo System. For inquiries please email us at info@terrazzco.com.