Why the kind of Terrazzo finish and mix is important in every project

Once you have chosen terrazzo tiles and precast elements for your building project it only means you mean business when it comes to beauty, durability and versatility. Correctly so, you have chosen wisely! Any terrazzo building material or precast element can contain all or a combination of marble, granite, glass, quartz, sea shells, metal slivers, wood or any other suitable chip sprinkled and mixed with a binder that can either be cementitious, epoxy or polyacrylate finish. The varieties of natural aggregates make it a flexible building material. Since terrazzo affords a wide selection of beautiful finishes for architects and interior designers these special finishes offer them certain benefits that suit each finish and will certainly meet even the most demanding requirements and standards!

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A Sealed Polished Finish is the standard finish recommended for most commercial retail projects and developments.  The terrazzo floor is ground on the site and a protective shiny sealer is applied to the surface floor. The sealer is maintained to ensure that the glossy floor always looks like new and like the day it was first handed over. A Machine Polished Finish is when the terrazzo floor material is ground and machine polished on site with a penetrating sealer applied for added durability. Terrazzo is cured and then buffed and polished to a smooth surface or otherwise finished to produce a uniformly textured surface.  This finish is suitable for low foot traffic areas. A Honed Anti Slip Finish is when the terrazzo floor is ground on the site to a honed/refined finish. If a non-slip finish is the requirement a special non-slip additive is added to the manufacturing process. It is suggested that one should not use dark colours for this type of finish and epoxy grout is recommended as its special sealant. Continue reading “Why the kind of Terrazzo finish and mix is important in every project”

In Today’s Sophisticated Construction Projects There is no Saying “It’s Just a Tile” Anymore

In the past people would use to say “it’s just a tile, no one will notice it” when it comes to their flooring choices, today this does not hold true anymore most especially with the introduction of terrazzo as an alternative material in the mainstream flooring system of the building and construction business. Beauty and permanence is given preference and priority by establishment owners and homeowners, architects and interior designers that understand terrazzo’s hidden properties.

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Terrazzo tiles have been installed in almost all demanding environments in the whole of Australia in the past 40 years or so. Even in the highest foot traffic areas of the busiest airports, fullest railway stations and most demanding of shopping centres have all seen the benefits of having used terrazzo tiles for their flooring system. One is assured of the ease of installation and the years of trouble free and stress-free maintenance. The terrazzo tiles are usually laid, grouted and machine polished on site to create a seamless floor with the grout level with the tile allowing easy daily maintenance. New technological processes have allowed this finish to achieve a non-slip texture suitable for your requirements. Continue reading “In Today’s Sophisticated Construction Projects There is no Saying “It’s Just a Tile” Anymore”

Terrazzo tiles is the ideal flooring system for commercial and retail spaces

Terrazzo tiles are easy to maintain, high-impact resistant and durable. Retail and Commercial business owners are secure in the knowledge that by utilizing terrazzo tiles in their business venues they have one of the best flooring systems existing in the planet!

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First of all let us distinguish between “Retail Space and Commercial Space” and put everything in proper perspective.

“Retail space” is the last stop in the business sequence of events. This is the most important area where sellers or merchants sell their products directly to their customers or clients. Think restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, convenience stores and specialty shops among a host of other retailers. Retail spaces are highly desirable if there is a large amount of foot traffic around. Most of the times these are located near what is called in marketing parlance as “anchor” stores where people normally would go to– such as grocery stores or shopping centres which immensely help to increase much needed foot traffic for your business.

Retail space differs from commercial space (industrial or office space) in a manner that a retail space’s emphasis is more on product display and customer accommodation. Retail businesses, sellers and merchants usually create or find retail spaces in single-standing buildings, in malls or the main streets of busy commercial areas. Airports, school campuses, subways, sports arenas, hospitals, train stations and other places that regularly experience heavy foot traffic also have retail space significance. One has to keep in mind that ample parking is very important for you customers to park. The accessibility of the parking lot and your visibility as well, that is can you place a signage out in front and whether those passing by can see your business. Continue reading “Terrazzo tiles is the ideal flooring system for commercial and retail spaces”

Oh the choices!

The colours of the rainbow and a lot more! The selections are limitless and you can even opt to have one created for your particular requirement. Terrazzo offers that much colour on the table so you can enjoy the designs you want in your terrazzo tiles, in situ, pre casts, pavers, partitions and outdoor furniture.

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Once you have decided on the design concept that you want and the material to be used one usually picks the colour scheme one desires for that overall look and design of their homes, building structures or businesses (Restaurant, Specialty Shop/Store or the Company floor) or even the patio, the walkway or swimming pool area. Your colour choice can either highlight or tone down the ambience of your place, office, and your chosen pre-fabricated elements.

For terrazzo tiles, it should be laid, grouted and machine polished on site. It creates a seamless floor with the grout level with the tile. The finishes can be any of the following: 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 always looks like the day it was handed over. Machine Polished Finish – the floor is ground and machine polished on site with a penetrating sealer applied. This type of finish is appropriate for low traffic areas. Honed Anti Slip Finish – the floor is ground on site to a honed finish. If non slip texture is required a non-slip additive is added to the manufacturing process that will not easily wear off.  Light colours are not recommended for this type of finish and the use of epoxy grout is recommended.

For in situ terrazzo, which is the premium flooring product on the market, it is poured on site for a true seamless finish. This type of terrazzo also employs the finishes of terrazzo tiles as enumerated above. Continue reading “Oh the choices!”

Terrazzo Tiles: Tough as can be for high foot traffic areas!

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.

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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.

Sealed Polished Finish – It is the Standard finish to commercial retail projects. The floor is ground on site and a protective shiny sealer applied to the floor. This sealer is maintained to ensure the floor always looks like the day it was handed over. Continue reading “Terrazzo Tiles: Tough as can be for high foot traffic areas!”