Don’t be floored by the fact that a very popular 1970s flooring choice is making a comeback in homes. Once you take the time to learn more about terrazzo flooring and why it is a great choice for today’s homeowners, you will definitely realize its appeal. Let’s take an in-depth look at the terrazzo trend!
What is terrazzo?
Terrazzo flooring is concrete with an aggregate embedded in it. Sometimes an epoxy-resin takes the place of concrete. The aggregate is any combination of marble, glass and plastic chips. These come in a wide variety of colors. The concrete can also be tinted any number of colors. Concrete or epoxy-resin is poured over top of the chosen aggregate. The hardened concrete is then ground smooth and polished to a shine.
Terrazzo is a very durable, easy care surface. It is found predominantly in commercial installations, but is making a comeback in residential applications. Terrazzo can also be poured into any number of designs. Because terrazzo flooring is a bit of a labor-intensive process, it isn’t the cheapest flooring option out there. However, terrazzo’s long-lasting durability just might make it a great choice for you. The costs of terrazzo flooring depend on the aggregate you choose and whether you opt to have it poured right inside your home or use terrazzo tiles.
From Michelangelo to George Washington
Terrazzo’s beginnings are found in Italy. Mosaic artisans tossed the wasted marble chips from their work out onto their terraces. As they would later walk over the chips, the chips were smoothed out and pressed into a flat surface. Workers later figured out that the chips could be pressed into a more permanent base of clay, and terrazzo flooring was born. Both Michelangelo and George Washington used terrazzo floors–in St. Peter’s Basilica and Mount Vernon.
Reasons to choose terrazzo flooring
- It can be used indoors and out.
- Terrazzo can either be poured right inside your home, or you can have pre-made tiles installed instead.
- Not only can your aggregate be marble or glass, you can also choose from such options as abalone shells and mother of pearl.
- It is versatile and endlessly customizable. The aggregate can also be tiny chips or larger chunks. The sky is the limit!
- It’s a great option if you want to install terrazzo flooring over a radiant heat system. Terrazzo retains heat well.
- Sealed terrazzo is a clean freak’s delight because it is resistant to mold and bacteria.
- Other than sweeping and mopping, no maintenance is required for terrazzo flooring!
Terrazzo flooring is a beautiful, completely customizable flooring option for today’s homeowners. For more on terrazzo flooring, see Home Flooring Pros.