There are many options when it comes to flooring: hardwoods, carpets, tiles, and laminates name a few. But have you ever heard of terrazzo flooring?
What is terrazzo flooring?
Terrazzo is a faux marble flooring or countertopping material that is made in a truly unique manner. Special masons first lay a 3-4 inch concrete base. Over this, they add a 1-inch layer of sandy concrete into which they press finely-crushed marble. In addition to this, they also toss-in chunks of marble for added design. A soft roller is used over the top to press everything into place. After the terrazzo is completely dry, a special grinder is used to smooth and polish the surface. It is then sealed to create the shiny surface that is so spectacular.
Terrazzo floors vs. terrazzo tiles
If you are looking for an amazing flooring material that is fairly uncommon, then terrazzo is the surface for you. It has all of the benefits of concrete flooring, but with the added bonus of a fascinating marbled finish. Terrazzo also comes in precast, easy-to-use tiles. This is almost the preferable method of installation for homeowners, unless you have a large floor space to work with. Tiles allow for smaller designs to be created, and it can be used in kitchens, bathrooms, or the whole house.
Terrazzo, the eco-friendly choice
Terrazzo flooring can also be made from recycled glass, making it an eco-friendly building product. It is extremely durable and can last up to 40 years with average usage. Tiles can be easily installed much like any other tile, or the full floors can be specially created by a skilled mason. The tiles tend to be smoother and work best in areas of less traffic. Full floors are custom installed, allowing for you to choose the texture of the surface. Terrazzo floors range in price from $6-$10/sq. ft.
If you want to bring the unusual beauty of terrazzo flooring to your home, then request free tiling and flooring experts in your area.
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