As the name suggests, in situ (the literal translation of which is “on site”) terrazzo is poured on site and is the more ideal flooring system for establishments such as hotels, office lobbies, retail spaces, clubs and even high end residential dwellings.
In situ terrazzo is divided into panels which measures no more than 1500mm square per panel; with an ideal bay size of 1200mm x 1200mm. It is also possible to do rectangular bays however one side should not be more than twice the length of the other side. These terrazzo panels will help in controlling movement or any ensuing cracking that could possibly occur.
In situ terrazzo requires on site grinding and polishing and is available in several finishes:
Standard sealed finish – Recommended for high traffic applications for which sealer polish is applied to the surface to protect from staining and abrasion. This finish is also honed on site.
- Polished with impregnating sealer – this finish is recommended for residential establishments, shops and office foyer applications and is polished on site to the same degree as factory-finished marble which leaves a high shine floor.
- Honed with impregnating sealer – this finish leaves no gloss on the floor and is not recommended for high traffic areas as it may track. Also ideal for residential, shops and office foyer applications.
- Antiquing or Brushed Finished with impregnating sealer – this finish is polished on site as per honed finished. The floor is then passed with brushes to give it an antiqued appearance. This finish is also ideal for residential, shops and office foyer applications and can still have a sealer finish applied if so desired.
In situ terrazzo is the preferred flooring system by designers, builders and architects who are looking to integrate different colours and designs into a floor.