In Situ Terrazzo – For a Seamless Finish on Your Floors

In Situ Terrazzo – For a Seamless Finish on Your F

As the name suggests, in situ (the literal translation of which is “on site”) terrazzo is poured on site and is the more ideal flooring system for establishments such as hotels, office lobbies, retail spaces, clubs and even high end residential dwellings.

In situ terrazzo is divided into panels which measures no more than 1500mm square per panel; with an ideal bay size of 1200mm x 1200mm.  It is also possible to do rectangular bays however one side should not be more than twice the length of the other side.  These terrazzo panels will help in controlling movement or any ensuing cracking that could possibly occur.

In situ terrazzo requires on site grinding and polishing and is available in several finishes:

Standard sealed finish – Recommended for high traffic applications for which sealer polish is applied to the surface to protect from staining and abrasion.  This finish is also honed on site.

  1. Polished with impregnating sealer – this finish is recommended for residential establishments, shops and office foyer applications and is polished on site to the same degree as factory-finished marble which leaves a high shine floor.
  2. Honed with impregnating sealer – this finish leaves no gloss on the floor and is not recommended for high traffic areas as it may track.  Also ideal for residential, shops and office foyer applications.
  3. Antiquing or Brushed Finished with impregnating sealer – this finish is polished on site as per honed finished.  The floor is then passed with brushes to give it an antiqued appearance.  This finish is also ideal for residential, shops and office foyer applications and can still have a sealer finish applied if so desired.

In situ terrazzo is the preferred flooring system by designers, builders and architects who are looking to integrate different colours and designs into a floor.

Flawlessly Utilizing New Technology – Screed Pump

screed pump

Terrazzo Australian Marble recently acquired new technology in the form of a screed pump that allows screed to be pumped to up to 200m away.  The new pump is perfect to utilize for sites with accessibility issues, saving on substantial resources like time and money.

As of publishing time, Terrazzo Australian Marble is working on 5 levels of in situ terrazzo at Bondi Beach so the addition of the screed pump is facilitating a much faster, more efficient and flawless installation.

Terrazzo Restoration – What You Need to Know as a Homeowner

Terrazzo RestorationA Checklist of Things to Do Before the Restoration

Terrazzo restoration is an intensive, meticulous job especially if you want it done right.  To make sure that everything goes smoothly and without hitches, there are steps that need to be taken before a restoration project is started.

  1. First and foremost, clear the area with the terrazzo floor surface completely.  Nothing is to be left behind because once the restoration has started, it is imperative that the only traffic in the area is from the restoration techs.
  2. If the area surrounding the restoration process has cabinets, closets or shelves, make sure to remove and transfer all items to an area where the dust won’t be able to reach.
  3. Move furniture to a different area until after restoration has been completed.  This includes curtains, curtain rods and sometimes even low hanging light fixtures depending on the scope of restoration being done.
  4. Areas not being restored should be protected/covered with plastic to prevent the dust from covering everything outside of the restoration area.
  5. If the area being renovated is indoors, make sure that your home security is configured properly as interior doors may have to be removed.  Some security companies will walk you through how to set your home alarm system to Test Mode.
  6. If your home has a smoke alarm near the area being restored, ensure that it is also powered down as even a little dust can set it off.
  7. Check your breaker box for any bare wires.  Tape them off.  Leave your breaker box unlocked to make it easier for the techs to access should breakers pop during restoration.

Terrazzo Countertops – The Reinvention of a Classic

Terrazzo Countertops

Terrazzo has been in existence from the time it was first created by Venetian workers in the early 1900s to make use of all the excess marble that the wealthier folk discarded and ever since then, it has become a classic and durable addition to countless infrastructures everywhere.  This is a testament to terrazzo’s durability and design timelessness.  Most recently however, builders and designers have seen that terrazzo can be used for more than just flooring.

If you are a homeowner looking to renovate your kitchen from top to bottom, you might want to consider using terrazzo not just for the floors but also for your countertops.  Why, you ask.  Terrazzo, because of its makeup and durability is especially ideal for kitchen countertops for the following reasons:

  1. Countertops made from terrazzo do not conduct heat.  This means that if you set down a hot kettle directly on a terrazzo countertop, the heat will dissipate quickly without getting scorched or marked.
  2. As its floor counterpart, terrazzo countertops when stained or scratched are easily cleaned and buffed back to its original form.  This attests to terrazzo’s long sustainability and resilience – attributes you want to see in your chosen building materials.
  3. Design flexibility – because terrazzo is made up of different materials, there is a uniqueness to each piece created.  Not only that, terrazzo is also highly customizable and you are only hindered by your creativity.

FAQ on Terrazzo Flooring Systems

 

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1. Why should I choose terrazzo over other types of flooring?

Terrazzo outperforms every other type of flooring that’s out in the market today. Design-wise, terrazzo is highly customizable and has almost limitless possibilities, each one as unique as thumbprints. Durability-wise, nothing even comes close to how long lasting and durable terrazzo is. Additionally, when you factor in these things, terrazzo will come out the more cost-effective choice of the flooring system.

2. Can terrazzo be used for other things apart from floors?

Yes, terrazzo can be used for more than just flooring. It can be used for counter tops, pavers, steps and risers, wall panels, coving, columns and more.

3. Does terrazzo chip, fall apart, crumble or erode?

Unless hit by a very heavy and hard object, terrazzo does not fall off or crumble because terrazzo edges are beveled to prevent this type of damage.

4. Can terrazzo be used for both indoor and outdoor installation?

Definitely – terrazzo can be used both indoors and outdoors. In fact, terrazzo flooring system is frequently used for external pathways in parks, gardens etc. Not only that, terrazzo can be made non-slip so safety is always assured.

5. What’s going to happen if I spill ink or red wine or coffee on my floor or countertop?

Terrazzo is extremely easy to clean. Most of the time, you would only need warm soapy water to get rid of spill stains. Terrazzo is nonporous so ink, wine and other liquids that stain most surfaces don’t really get absorbed so clean up is quite easy.

6. Is terrazzo considered environment-friendly?

Because most of the materials used in terrazzo are recycled or post-consumer and because of its durability and sustainability, terrazzo floors are considered environment-friendly. Point in fact; most terrazzo floors built hundreds of years ago are still intact and functional. Additionally, because terrazzo has no need for grout, it does not accumulate water which can grow stagnant and become breeding grounds for bacteria.

Ceramic Tile Flooring vs Terrazzo Flooring System

Terrazzo Flooring
What to choose so you can come out the winner.

There are two popular choices for flooring systems – terrazzo and ceramic tile.  This article aims to show the difference between the two, both their pros and cons, to help you in choosing which flooring system is better for you.

CERAMIC

TERRAZZO

COST

Ceramic tile is considerably more affordable than terrazzo flooring across the board. In most cases, you can source ceramic tiles for as low as $1.00 per square foot whilst terrazzo is estimated to cost anywhere between $10 and $50 per square foot. Terrazzo flooring system is considered the more expensive choice however, when you consider that terrazzo far outlasts ceramic tile, you will be able to save far more in terms of maintenance, repairs and restorations.

DESIGN

Ceramic tile has a wide variety of colors and sizes to choose from which allows you to customize the design you want to lay out for your floor.  However, designs are limited to a geometrical nature as most tiles come in squares with only thickness and size as variables. Terrazzo flooring is extremely customizable with limitless design options.  In fact, you can create just about anything with terrazzo including but not limited to logos, art design, colors and patterns especially if an installation is to be done in situ or on site.

INSTALLATION

Ceramic tile, because of its shape can be easily installed and can be done by almost anyone.  Most DIY-ers prefer ceramic tile mostly because of ease of installation. As it can go any area provided it is leveled and there are no curvatures to the surface area or edges. Terrazzo flooring is a bit more complicated to install and therefore needs to be done by tradesmen that are trained in the craft which is a factor to its higher pricing.  This is especially true when it comes to the more complex designs previously mentioned.

MAINTENANCE

Ceramic tile is quite easy to maintain and care for except for the fact that ceramic tile has grout which can get stained and chipped. Terrazzo flooring’s solid surface allows for easy care and maintenance with no grout to worry about.

DURABILITY

Ceramic tile has come a long way when it comes to durability and in most cases, comes with a 25-year warranty.  However ceramic is still easily cracked on occasions when heavier objects are accidentally dropped on it or when the surface area where your structure is built on shifts. Terrazzo flooring is well known for its durability in fact, there are terrazzo floors constructed hundreds of years ago that are still intact to this day and because of the way it is constructed, staining and discoloration is not as much of an issue.

Terrazzo and its Versatility – Unmatched, Unchallenged

Why More Designers Choose Terrazzo over Everything

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A designer’s favorite word is options.  When conceptualizing a design build, designers opt for materials and resources that can deliver them a wider range of options which is always an advantage to you, their clients.  Not everybody obviously have huge budgets when it comes to renovations or from-scratch constructions so the ability to work with materials that are versatile, durable and budget-friendly is a must.  Terrazzo meets all of these requirements and then some.

Because Terrazzo is a composite of different aggregates, it is very easy to manipulate the final design outcome.  Designers and builders everywhere have all attested that design flexibility is the primary reason why terrazzo is their foremost material of choice.  Additionally, terrazzo is not just for floors anymore.  These days, terrazzo has been used as countertops, 3D wall installations, dividers and many more design components, indoors and outdoors.

Durability speaking, terrazzo has proven itself heads and shoulders above other materials.  Terrazzo has been around for decades, first appearing in the early 15th century.  It is so durable that some of the original floors built around that time still exist today.  Furthermore, maintaining terrazzo is a breeze.  There are some instances where homeowners were lucky enough to have discovered floors under bad hardwood or rotting carpet and have taken to restoring them instead – another thing it is preferred – the ease to have it restored.  And it doesn’t take much to restore terrazzo; which is one more feather in its already overflowing cap.

Terrazzo as a building material ultimately has a lot of benefits that cover everything from design flexibility, versatility, durability and cost effectiveness in the long run.  Designers know this, builders know this.  Don’t you think it’s about time you know this too?