Terrazzo seen through a construction point of view can easily be applied as traditional tiles or they can be mixed (Pre cast), poured, and finished directly on site (Insitu). Terrazzo as a construction material provides builders, architects, interior designers and homeowners even more flexibility and options when it comes to overall design and installation processes. Imagine that it can be lighter than other tile materials, making it particularly valuable for multi-story building installations, most especially in structures with large areas and multiple stories where the weight of materials can really add up considerably. While terrazzo is an outstanding and versatile material for homeowners it is perfectly suited for large office buildings and other public areas as well.
Well Terrazzo is an outstanding choice for a countless number of reasons. First and foremost is its nice appearance. Since it is usually made by embedding marble, granite, quartz or glass chips in a cement binder, it preserves many of the aesthetic and visual qualities of the non-cement additive. Most often it achieves a look equally as spectacular as pure stone or ceramic tiles at a fraction of the cost. Second, because terrazzo tile is manufactured by mixing a host of different elements together, you can choose and specify almost any design or color for your tile project that you can dream of, including abstract decorative and artistic designs, company logos, and astonishing floor embellishments just to give you a few ideas. Your rich imagination is the limit in using terrazzo for your home, building or project.
On a more practical, and more importantly down to earth note, terrazzo is arguably one of the most durable if not the most durable tiling material available in the market today – much more so than its stone and ceramic competitors. It doesn’t chip like other tile materials do. And it can be used alternately on both interior and exterior applications. And if the terrazzo surface gets worn down over the years through natural wear and tear, it can be re-finished and polished to look like new again!
Because terrazzo is unbelievably tough, it is suitable for just about any use you can dream of. It can be used externally on high traffic foot areas as pavers in walkways, pool side areas, terraces and driveways or indoors as flooring for hotel lobbies and hallways. As walls, stairs and risers, skirting, wall panels, coving, benchtops or public furniture. To top it all, if properly sealed its water resistance properties and ability to repel stains make it an equally good choice for kitchen countertops, showers, baths and swimming pools and bathroom partitions and floor as well. Finally, as cited above, the fact that terrazzo is light weight it can be poured in large swath make it particularly suitable for large scale flooring projects in buildings and public areas. In short, terrazzo is truly an excellent choice in construction projects.
If you’re looking for a cost effective, durable alternative to ceramic or stone tiles, terrazzo tiles are the answer.