You have heard a lot about Terrazzo: its permanence, its beauty, its versatility and its many uses. But, as an ordinary homeowner what should you be looking for in this multi-faceted construction material? Why is it the talk of the construction industry?
First off in Terrazzo’s important feature is its hardiness and durability. As a historical fact, Terrazzo has been extensively used as the flooring material in Venice, Italy ever since the marble craftsmen first accidentally discovered that they can use the oddly shaped bits and shards of marble as flooring in their workhouses. The practical use of the discarded material over 500 years ago from the custom-made cut marble slabs for the construction of “Venetian Terraces” was a result of this. Incidentally, it is here where the word “Terrazzo” in Italian was derived. This basically was how the now highly sought after and vastly regarded Terrazzo tile was discovered and put to good use in the construction and building industry of today. There are until now exquisite and in near perfect condition Terrazzo tile floors and buildings that are hundreds of years old in existence. With today’s modern innovations such as epoxy terrazzo which are manufactured in factories which are believed to be even more durable than the buildings it is installed in. Its permanence and hardiness as a construction material is well documented throughout history in Europe and the Middle East. This is one of the reasons why today’s architects and interior designers highly appreciate terrazzo tiles in their craft. Continue reading “Important Factors to Look for in Terrazzo”
Slip, trips and falls are costly public health problems in Australia. The cost due to these is estimated to be a whopping 4 billion USD annually. In this article, we will discuss the importance of having safety flooring solutions for your terrazzo marble stone and how you can implement them.
Slips by the Numbers
Like mentioned above the costs is 4 billion USD per year. Hospitalization costs around 1.3 billion dollars. The most expensive legal settlements for a slip-related incident is around 2.75 million dollars. The cost of slip incidents is very expensive, especially for owners and builders.
According to the research of ATTAR (a NATA accredited for slip resistance testing), here are the cause of slips:
* Lack of familiarity
* Poor Lighting
* Excessive speeding
* Influenced of Alcohol
* Wet floor
* Uneven floor
* Unexpected change in floor surface
* Dirty and contaminated floor
* Uneven step and geometry
* Worn and old tiles
Laws Governing Slip Resistance
There are three laws to consider in implementing slip resistance for your projects. You and your contractor need to be aware of them for future projects.
Continue reading “Safe flooring solutions for Terrazzo Marble Stone”
In the previous articles we discussed the different Terrazzo pavers and In-situ. In this article, we will focus more on the Terrazzo tiles and how you can use it to beautify homes and business establishments
Terrazzo tiles differ based on texture, color and design finishes. It can also be classified through the different cuts and dimensions. Each of these are used to different types of environments and themes. Continue reading “Terrazzo Tiles: Know the Different Terrazzo Tiles”