Terrazzo

We provide expert installations of terrazzo, from repairing a small crack to creating a new custom floor.  Please contact us, we’ll be glad to provide you with a free quote.

What is Terrazzo?

Terrazzo is a mixture of aggregate such as marble chips, quartz, granite or glass, and a cement or epoxy binder. It is mixed together and then poured on the floor, or base. Once the terrazzo has hardened, it is ground down to expose the aggregate chips among the coloured matrix.

There are several different terrazzo systems that vary according to their matrices, aggregate, substructure, appearance and texture. Depending on client preference or architectural design, there are many colours and designs available that will yield a beautiful flooring system.

Epoxy Terrazzo
 
Thin set epoxy terrazzo is the predominant system in use today. It is lightweight with vastly superior tensile and compressive strength. It has excellent chemical resistance (stain resistance) and limitless color options.

In addition, epoxy terrazzo is highly customizable. Resins can be custom matched to any color in a paint sample fan deck. With unlimited strip designs, it is possible to create geometric shapes, medallions and logos on site by bending divider strips, or off site by water-jet cutting.

When the terrazzo is dry (24-48 hours), it is ground with a terrazzo grinder. Once the terrazzo is ground it is cleaned, polished, and sealed.

Cementitious Terrazzo

Cementitious terrazzo requires two layers of materials. The first one is a 1-3 inch layer of sandy concrete also known as sand bed. Before this layer sets, divider strips are embeded in the concrete wherever there is to be a joint (every 3 to 4 feet) or a change of color in the terrazzo. When this concrete dries (24-48 hours) the second layer can be applied.

The second layer consist of marble chip, glass or other aggregate mixed with Portland cement and a color-pigment is added if required. This mixture is then trowelled into the panels that were created with the divider strips. While the mixture is still wet, additional marble chips or aggregate is added into each panel and rolled with a weighted roller.

When the terrazzo is dry (48 hours), it is ground with a terrazzo grinder. Once the terrazzo is ground it is cleaned, polished, and sealed.

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