FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Terrazzo?

Terrazzo is a flooring material consisting of a mixture of marble, glass or other decorative aggregates combined in either a cement or epoxy matrix, which is then ground and polished for a smooth floor finish.

Who invented terrazzo?

The Venetians

While credit is given to the Italians, as it is widely recognized that terrazzo was invented by the Venetians, some archaeologists have found evidence of terrazzo-like floors in ruins in Turkey that date back 8,000 to 10,000 years ago. We like to think that makes terrazzo the original sustainable flooring.

How long does terrazzo last?

Terrazzo will typically last the lifetime of any building structure, evident in buildings built over 100 years ago. A poured-in-place epoxy terrazzo system will last between 40 to 100 years, even longer with proper care.

What are the benefits of Terrazzo?

When grind and polished, epoxy terrazzo offers a seamless finish that is suitable for many buildings. With no grout lines, this eliminates the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew. Epoxy terrazzo also offers a wide color pallet and aggregate selection to create a remarkable design. Also overtime terrazzo is quite easy to clean and easy to maintain. Terrazzo is also durable and requires little to no replacement during its entire lifecycle

How much does Terrazzo Cost?

Terrazzo is a permanent, premium flooring and generally has a higher initial installation cost. However, a simple pattern and mix is surprisingly competitive against other finishes. Even with elaborate designs, when maintenance and replacement costs are considered, terrazzo has the lowest total cost per year. With proper care, terrazzo floors can last over 75 years on average. Terrazzo floors are built to last

There are buildings across America where all the finishes have been replaced over and over, yet the terrazzo floors remain as beautiful as ever. Terrazzo endures year after year providing more and more value.

What is the lifespan of a Terrazzo floor?

Terrazzo will typically last the lifetime of any building structure, evident in buildings built over 100 years ago. A poured-in-place epoxy terrazzo system will last between 40 to 100 years, even longer with proper care.

Is Terrazzo only for new construction?

To the contrary, terrazzo is perfect for retro-fits. Terrazzo can be poured over concrete slabs and other surfaces, old or new, including old terrazzo.

Can Terrazzo be restored?

Yes. Terrazzo floors that have experienced damaged over the years or display a dull appearance can be restored to their original state to look brand new once again. Terrazzo floors can be polished and resealed. Terrazzo floors with chips or cracks can be patched with a matching floor color and aggregates.

How do I clean my Terrazzo floor?

For buildings with installed terrazzo floors, it is essential to have a regular cleaning routine. For daily cleaning, it is recommended to use a dust mop over the surface to removed any dirt and debris left during the day. Stains can be removed by hand work using a neutral cleaner diluted in warm water.  On a weekly basis, is it recommended to use a damp mop to lightly go over the surface. Use clean water and a neutral cleaner. To remove any stains, you can scrub the flooring using mechanical buffing machines and a neutral cleaner.