More often than not, when you purchase a home from another family, there will be aspects to the original structure that you would want changed. If you inherited a home with existing terrazzo floors, do yourself a favor and learn about its pros and cons before tearing the entire floor up.
Terrazzo floor installation is a bit on the pricey side so to have it already come with the house you bought is definitely a plus on your side. Getting it torn up and replaced should only be your last resort. Older terrazzo floors which have become a bit lackluster can be revived with just a thorough cleaning and re-polishing. Additionally, terrazzo is known for being able to withstand years of wear and tear without needing constant maintenance and can preserve its newly-installed look for a very long time. However, many argue that terrazzo floors can look somewhat unwelcoming and utilitarian. Therefore, knowing what can be done to make your inherited terrazzo floors work with your taste is important.
There are many decorating ideas that can be done to actually accentuate your terrazzo floors without destroying or overshadowing its natural finish. These days, terrazzo can be stained to give it a different hue that works with your preferred color palette. Staining can be a completely DIY project or you can leave it to the experts. It’s all up to you. However, if you’re set on changing your floor completely, covering is a cheaper and smarter choice. Ceramic tiles, hardwood flooring and carpet work well in covering terrazzo floors and down the road, if you change your mind, you can always remove the covering and revert to your inherited terrazzo floors.
Terrazzo flooring is versatile, durable and easily maintained. Additionally, because terrazzo is a composite material, it is one of the most environmentally friendly flooring systems in the market today, plus it has many different types, depending on the materials and methods used. These are the most commonly used terrazzo flooring systems in the market today:
Currently one of the more popular types of terrazzo, epoxy terrazzo is potentially the type with requires the lowest maintenance. And it is also one of the more versatile types as it can be used for both flooring and counter top installations. Add to this, the flexibility for design customization is almost limitless – in terms of color combination, the aggregate materials that can be added. One setback of epoxy terrazzo is that is not advisable for exterior use as it is unable to withstand the harsher weather conditions; otherwise, it makes for stunning interior countertops and flooring.
This type of terrazzo is particularly preferred for areas with high foot traffic like malls, airport terminals, universities because of its durability and the fact that it’s cost-effective and versatile, design-wise. Preferably, during installation of cementitious terrazzo, weather conditions have to be suitable to ensure that no cracks are formed as a result. Extreme care should also be taken in mixing, laying out cement terrazzo to ensure that the installation would last as long as 60 years and onwards.
Much like epoxy terrazzo only more suitable for exterior use because of its smooth and marble-like surface with a rough surface added as a means to increase slip resistance. Rustic terrazzo can be found more commonly in outdoor areas of hotels, malls, museums, townhouses and most commercial establishments with water features like pools, fountains and man-made waterfalls.
Sand Cushion Terrazzo
The most prominent characteristic of this type of terrazzo is its basic construction. When used as flooring, it is made up of different layers of material – such as wire meshes or reinforcing, isolation sheets and layers of sand. This is to allow for minor defects whilst preventing mirroring on the surface which makes it perfect for incorporating designs such as logos and works of art with multiple colors.
Terrazzo Australian Marble understands the kind of commitment and undertaking that goes with renovations as a whole which is why we’re giving you a little boost up should you decide you want to do a little renovating yourself starting with the bathroom.
Set a budget and stick to it.
Knowing exactly how much you’re able to spend on a bathroom renovation will set the pace throughout your project. Set it and stick to it. However, setting a buffer, say 10 to 20 percent of your total budget is actually a smart move. What this does is allows you to play around with design options whilst not worrying about the maximum spending amount you set.
Set a Schedule
It’s never easy on anyone when there’s a renovation happening in the house which is why you have to set a working schedule and timeframe. This is especially true if you’re going the DIY route however, if you’re having some components done by professionals like the tiling, the partitioning and the plumbing, most contractors can be asked to work on the schedule you set.
Measure Everything. Double Check.
Nothing sets back a renovation faster than wrong measurements. When fixtures don’t fit, when the plumbing doesn’t align, when you run out of tiles and there’s still a huge swath of floor that needs to be done, your renovation budget AND schedule will surely take a hit. Measure everything. Ask your contractor or builder to measure everything and then you can compare results. This way you can double check and revisit with the measuring tape if some of the numbers do not match.
Settle on a Design
Before you even begin to shop for fixtures, or pick out your tiles, settle on an overall design aesthetic for your bathroom. Check what’s trending. Scour design and renovation blogs for inspiration. General rule of thumb for bathroom design – keep it minimal. Too many design components can make your bathroom feel cramped. Keep your lines simple, clean and classic.
Terrazzo Australian Marble can give your bathroom a more elegant, classic feel with our terrazzo tiles with a honed anti-slip finish that would not only transform your bathroom but still keep it safe for everyone.
Terrazzo’s design flexibility has always been one of its major selling points because there is seemingly nothing that can’t be done design-wise with it. And now, with the introduction of CNC technology,
Terrazzo Australian Marble can, more than ever, progressively bring an even wider range of ideas from architects and designers to life.
CNC technology or Computer Numerical Control technology has been around since the 1970’s and has been steadily and significantly changing existing manufacturing processes today. In a nutshell, CNC machines are programmed with the required design which then executes and produces the finished creation.
There is almost no limit to what can be achieved with terrazzo and CNC technology; and with future manufacturing advancements the results will soon be endless.
Invented by Venetian mosaic workers in the 15th Century, Terrazzo is a solid surface material which is versatile and can take many forms. Traditionally, you make Terrazzo by putting marble chips into a cement base then ground flat it with a topical sealer. However, modern Terrazzo can be produced using different processes and polished without coating.
Terrazzo is often associated with contemporary design and was very popular in the mid-20th century. It lost popularity in the 70’s and 80′ but made a comeback due to demand for solid surface flooring that was easier to maintain. The main difference between Terrazzo and traditional tile flooring is that with Terrazzo there are no grout lines to clean so this alone provides a much healthier environment. Terrazzo is also a more permanent solution for flooring and is widely customizable.
Modern Terrazzo is made with cement and some type of aggregate, which is usually marble. If marble isn’t the chosen aggregate then alternatives include recycled glass and metallic, as well as the more expensive option of mother of pearl. Finishing modern Terrazzo without the use of coatings and sealers has been a modern day choice for most and this proves to be an environmentally friendly option.
Thanks to its timeless beauty and versatility, modern Terrazzo has been rediscovered by contemporary architects and designers to create floors, counters, bars, table tops and other vanities.