When you need the added permanence that is at the same time easy to clean and come with years of trouble free maintenance, Terrazzo Tiles is the perfect choice. For extremely high foot traffic areas such as shopping centres and other commercial establishments and flooring on some of the most demanding environments such as railway stations, airports, hospitals and laboratory areas, there is the predicted need to keep up with the heavy wear and tear brought about by the very high volume of foot and baggage and or hospital equipment and medicine supply cart traffic.
Terrazzo tiles offer ease of installation and years of trouble free maintenance. The terrazzo tiles are laid, grouted and machine polished on site. This special process produces a seamless floor with the grout at level with the tile enabling easy daily maintenance. In addition to this, new advanced processes have allowed this tile finish to achieve a non-slip texture for added safety.
Terrazzo Tiles from Terrazzo Australian Marble are manufactured only from the highest quality materials. Its innovative and eye-catching designs are crafted by the best artisans around. Most people place a premium on style and function and this is what Terrazzo brings into your home. You’re like walking into a first class hotel lobby or high end-establishment every day that comes with years of trouble-free maintenance.
Terrazzo Marble Tiles can be manufactured in the factory to make on-site installation faster and easier pre-cast to your liking and specifications. It’s that easy really! Terrazzo Pre-Cast is a concrete-based slab usually used in staircases, walls and skirts. You can have it specified to its thickness, width and finish.
Terrazzo Tiles have been extensively used in high traffic areas such as airports, shopping centers and the like proving its durability and strength in the toughest environments.
Why use Terrazzo Tiles at Home?
Why not? Good taste knows no boundaries. Let your imagination fly and as the saying goes “sky is the limit” and the timeless beauty of Terrazzo Tiles only magnifies it a thousand fold!
There are cases wherein terrazzo tiles need to be restored. These cases happen when the owner has not properly maintained it. In this article, we will discuss the proper way of restoring heavily damaged terrazzo tiles.
When should Terrazzo Tiles be Restored?
The first indication if the terrazzo tiles need to be restored would be if it has accumulated lots of dirt. This dirt cannot be removed through conventional cleaning. Despite repetitive washing and mopping the stain remain on the floor.
The second indication would be that there are cracks on the tiles. These cracks occur especially if heavy objects fall on the terrazzo tiles. These can be dangerous as it can make the floor uneven and cause the floor to be slippery.
How to Restore the Terrazzo Tiles?
1.) Cleaning and Burnishing the Terrazzo Tiles
Run an inspection on the floor. Make sure that there are no old sealers remaining on the tile. To remove this we recommend Tile Doctor Remove & Go solution (TD Solution). This is a powerful cleaner/stripper designed to both breaks down old layers of sealant. It can lift out any ingrained dirt.
Give the floor a rinse with water to remove any excess cleaning product. Do this before moving onto a different cleaning process, known as burnishing. Burnishing is a process involving polishing the surface with to achieve a pleasing sheen finish. The TD solution burnishing system consists of 4 diamond encrusted burnishing pads with different levels of grit. Continue reading “Restoring Terrazzo Tiles the Right Way”
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 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.
Here are sample textures that you might want to take a look for terrazzo. These are raw samples of the Marble Gems collection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.