Flooring so good to be true

Have you walked on an impressive looking floor and simply can’t believe your eyes about its intricate details and great-looking finish?

Terrazzo is one of the most beautiful and safest flooring, steps and stairs and riser systems available for indoor and outdoor use for residential and commercial applications. So durable, beautiful and colourful it is one of the handiest building materials available! As many would dare say, it’s so good to be true! Terrazzo Tiles and pre cast stairs and risers are attractive and exceptionally luxurious. What more, Terrazzo is so durable and tough it is known to outlast even the building it is installed in!  Plus, to make terrazzo even more your choice in flooring, steps and stairs and risers systems, this material is so easy to clean and maintain: simply use a damp mop or cloth and effortlessly wipe away everyday accumulated dirt and grime. You can easily apply a polishing agent and simply let it to dry for a shiny new finish that looks like the day it was handed over perfect when cleaning and maintaining large or spacious areas.

Elaborate and sophisticated details and designs can be embossed or combined with your terrazzo floor. One can start by choosing the aggregates to be mixed (A mixture of cement or epoxy terrazzo, marble aggregates, various colors of recycled and virgin glass can now be fully utilized, including but not limited to recycled mirror glass, bottle glass, plate glass and recycled porcelain and pigments it is mixed in). Continue reading “Flooring so good to be true”

Colour Combo for Terrazzo equals Versatility!

Every living space has its own unique design options and elements. The outstanding ability of terrazzo floors and precast to pick up different colour combination provides one a complementary and wide ranging set of opportunities to any design!

One of the many benefits of terrazzo is colour choice. The selections are limitless. And, when we say limitless we mean it as in sky is the limit! The SL range of terrazzo is a great starting point to colour choice that best suits your design intention. But, if you’re on the lookout for something different and wholly a trademark colour of your own, our representatives will be more than happy to assist you to come up with a special mix tailor fit and specifically designed for your project venture. Terrazzo flooring, wall claddings, stairs and risers, shower and bathroom partitions either for homes, businesses, restaurants, specialty shops, offices or large shopping centers can be colour coordinated to one’s own preference. Because of terrazzo’s proven versatility in the construction and building industry, architects, interior designers, homeowners and business conglomerates are given more options to create more beautiful and colourful designs and elements. Continue reading “Colour Combo for Terrazzo equals Versatility!”

Terrazzo Pavers Are Ideal for Outdoor Use

Ever think of improving the looks of your old looking driveway or front yard? Well, Terrazzo pavers are the ideal material on how to beautify and upgrade the space. You can utilize it to good use for your outdoor embellishing applications owing to its compactness and acknowledged permanence.

When it comes to external pavement improvements, industry renowned Terrazzo pavers by Terrazzo Australian Marble are the ideal solution to exterior applications. With a honed finish as its standard, no other paver in the market is so easy to clean and maintain throughout its lifetime.

Terrazzo pavers will surely add more value to your property. As of this very moment terrazzo is the unsurpassed innovator among pavers in the flooring industry. Its better high quality finish equally blends further to create more arboreal and beautifully tailored man-made landscapes. When wisely used outdoors, terrazzo pavers provide an overall soothing effect to the senses. One of the stronger points of using Terrazzo outdoors is its innate ability to conjure up more complex shapes, hues and designs that add a myriad of character to the settings it is used. Continue reading “Terrazzo Pavers Are Ideal for Outdoor Use”

Terrazzo Installation is an Art Form in itself

The beauty and elegance of Terrazzo is timeless, but people don’t realize that its installation process is an art form in itself!

More often people’s wonderful stories regarding their terrazzo experience are founded on its beauty, elegance and innate durability of the finished product.  Understandable enough since the mining, finishing and installation processes are often hidden from the public. It is only true enthusiasts of fine terrazzo who can understand and are familiar with the intricacies with the makings of a single terrazzo tile or a pre cast undergoes even before it is installed as floorings, wall panels, stairs or benchtops. Usually it is the skilled workers and craftsmen who see through the material and have the trained eye to appreciate it more.

Special processes in terrazzo production start even during the mining stage. It is extracted in quarries where only the best quality marble are chosen, mined and cut.  Once in the factory these “raw materials” are processed with tile presses or cut with the latest 5 Axis CNC Processing Machine. A “5-axis” machine refers to the number of directions in which the cutting tool can move to cut the tile all in one go. On a 5-axis machine, the cutting tool moves across the X, Y and Z linear axes as well as rotates on the A and B axes so that it can cut the material from any direction. CNC Edge Polishers and Saws offer the capability to produce material to exact specifications. Some finished products are pre cast in the factory for easy on site installation. One requires real craftsmen to create and install beautiful terrazzo!

There are different installation processes for terrazzo.  There is the “in situ” method. This is the premium flooring product in the market, “in situ” terrazzo is poured on site for a seamless finish. This is the traditional terrazzo finish seen in the shops and houses throughout Venice, birthplace of terrazzo. Then there are finishes for “in situ” terrazzo: Sealed Polished Finish – The standard finish to commercial retail projects. The floor is ground on site and a protective shiny sealer is applied to the floor. This sealer is maintained to ensure that the floor looks like the day it was handed over. Machine Polished Finish – Floor is ground and machine polished on site with a penetrating sealer applied. This finish is suitable for low traffic areas. Then the Honed Anti-Slip Finish – Floor is ground on site to a honed finish. If a non-slip finish is required a non-slip additive is added during the manufacturing process. Continue reading “Terrazzo Installation is an Art Form in itself”

Terrazzo Tiles : Your Best Choice of Flooring System

Most commercial and public establishments nowadays use terrazzo tiles as their primary flooring system. It is extremely durable that can weather out any harsh outdoor elements. It has a superior design flexibility that makes surroundings go wow. In this article, we will share inspirations on why airports, railway stations, shopping center and other commercial flooring choose terrazzo tiles.

Airports

If you roam around the globe, you will notice that top airports use terrazzo tiles as the commercial flooring system. These airports require a premium feel to make travellers more comfortable. Many of these airports mixed conventional terrazzo tiles and the high-end terrazzo insitu for their design. Here are some inspirations of these world-class terminals.

The priority of these terminals is to make the travellers feel relaxed and have fun inside the airport. They need the design flexibility of terrazzo tiles to align with their theme. Terrazzo insitu is used to achieve this design objectives. Continue reading “Terrazzo Tiles : Your Best Choice of Flooring System”

Bringing The Slassics Back – Terrazzo’s Come Back in Building Design

Over the past years, terrazzo tiles have been making its comeback. This material was commonly used for schools, stations, and office buildings during the 1970s. Lately, it has become a premium choice for upscale residential and commercial projects.

We all know that classics can be revived. Terrazzo is an old classic. Terrazzo was first used during the 15 centuries in Venice Italy. This was considered a poor man’s marble back then. Builders used composite chips of marble, stones and cement for their floors and patios.

These past years, terrazzo design has become more elegant. The polishing techniques have improved a lot that it helps elevate a project to have a premium design. The material has been used as table-tops, walls, plant box, etc. Everyone is going crazy with terrazzo.

With the introduction of in-situ terrazzo, you can have beautiful seamless floors. The emblems created from terrazzo tiles are truly breath-taking. Advanced geometric patterns can rival the finest etching during the Renaissance period.

Here are examples of terrazzo’s comeback

Cube design

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Using black, grey and white terrazzo, this floor created this awesome design. This floor can be considered an artwork itself. It could be perceived as a stairway. It can also be perceived as a cube having different shades on each side.

Blast from the Past

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We love the interior of this bathroom from France. The bronze faucet is similar to the one used during the 1970s. The sink added the 50’s feel to the environment. The designer combined elements of the 1950s and contemporary design making a very good upgrade to a classic look.

Modern Kitchen

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We all know that modern interior design is really hot nowadays. People love the minimalist and fine lines that composed it. Modern design makes a space cleaner and less distracting. Terrazzo is a key component for modern design. Using grey tiles, it blends well with wood, aluminum, and black metal.

Terrazzo Insitu

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We mentioned earlier about having seamless floors using terrazzo insitu. This room in a beachhouse is an example of this. Applying urban interior design, the polished finished gives it an elegant look. The mix of wood, bare concrete dark metal enhances the relaxing feel of the room.

Lobby Emblem I

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Another example of terrazzo insitu. This is a photo of a lobby in Kalahari Resorts. Observe the fine details of the elephant and the emblem. Terrazzo is very flexible that floors like this can be created. It helps commercial establishment stand out for guests and customers.

Lobby Emblem II

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This photo was taken on the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Using terrazzo insitu, the designer created octopus designs on the floor. Using different shades of blue and white, he was able to transform a boring floor into something that can attract kids. Adding multicolored lights also helps elevate the fun and safe feeling inside the hospital

Terrazzo as Furniture

Before, terrazzo was only used as flooring and patios. Nowadays, the material has been used as table tops, furnitures and decorations. Because of the beautiful tones, terrazzo works well in many popular interior designs: modern, contemporary, urban and etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid Year Assessment – 2017 Terrazzo Trend You Should Look Out

Terazzo was first invented by Venetian mosaic workers in the 15th century. It was composed of mix marble, quartz, granite, glass and other material chips, all embedded using cement or epoxy.  Then it is cured on the ground and smoothly polished to produce this elegant textured surface. It became very popular during the mid 20th century, it is often associated with contemporary design during that era.

Lately, terrazzo has been gaining traction in a lot of construction projects. Malls loved this material. High end residences use it as core materials for their projects. Terrazzo is considered one of the most durable tiles in the market nowadays. It has beaten it stone rivals.

On this article, we will introduce a new texture for terrazzo that will surely make an impression to you. Marvel Gems are the next big thing this mid 2017 to 2018. You can gain new design inspirations from these:

Marvel Gems

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Marvel Gems came from Atlas Concorde (Italy). It is a collection of ceramic tiles that combine the look of Venetian Terrazzo with pearly look of porcelain and white body wall tiles. It is a complete range of floor and wall tiles.  These tiles give an impression that is magnified through shards, inserts and fragments. It replicates marble. It creates an atmosphere of fascination to those dwelling on living and commercial areas.

These are raw samples of the Marble Gems collection.

Here are sample textures that you might want to take a look for terrazzo. These are raw samples of the Marble Gems collection.

Luxury Showroom

Combining the porcelain look with terrazzo stone connotes luxury and sophistication. The durability of terrazzo helps ensures that this set up will last for decades. It will require minimal cleaning. Cement grey was used as a neutral color and the honed smooth finish is used as a superb background for product display. The designer used contrasting colors on the floor, tabletop and shelves. Gold finish trims (Schluter Systems), lamp shades and other accessories where used to project the splendor of the shop.

Hotel Bathroom

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We love the way this bathroom was designed using Marvel Gems. The white mirror effect mosaic applied on the wall gives it a stunning luxurious effect.  Using lamps and gold finish trims makes the ambience look serene and luxurious. This design can also be applied to wellness and even high end salons.

Lounge Bar

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Looking for an elegant inspiration for a lounge bar project? Check this! This project utilized 75 x 150 cm and 8.5mm thick extra large format terrazzo tiles. This is a fusion of Marvel Stone Bianco Dolomite and Marvel Gems Pearl. Polished brass was accessories and equipments were used blending well with the terrazzo stone.

Residential Bathroom

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If you are looking for something fresh, this bathroom design might interest you. Blue mirror mosaic achives was used as the shower room wall. It created this luxurious feel. Wood was used as flooring of the shower room and furniture. White Marvel Gems were used as flooring and well for the rest of the bathroom. The combination of natural elements plus terrazzo stone gave it a modern look like no other.

Hotel Hall

Are you looking for something really stunning? Take a look at this hotel lobby design. The 3D art décor is composed of grey, black and porcelain white terrazzo tiles. The textures of the terrazzo stones gave more visual depth and modern look on the design.