Why should you choose Terrazzo? Design flexibility, beautiful aesthetics, environmental friendliness, sanitation benefits, durability in high-traffic and high-stress settings, and low maintenance and life-cycle costs.
Terrazzo brings design flexibility not available in other flooring systems. Over the years, we’ve learned never to tell a designer or architect that “it can’t be done” with terrazzo. Every time we thought terrazzo had design limitations, we were proven wrong.
An unlimited color range coupled with a plethora of aggregate options from mother of pearl, to marble, to recycled glass; these are among the many advantages offered by terrazzo.
Whether you’re looking for a modern monochromatic look, or an artistic piece reminiscent of classic italian mosaics, or detailed artistic work with a photographic quality, terrazzo is your canvas.
Terrazzo is green
In terms of green technology, there are no surfaces that compare with terrazzo. Possessing a compressive strength of nearly 500 pounds per square inch, some of the earliest terrazzo-like floors created almost 10,000 years ago still exist in the middle east today.
Terrazzo has been around for centuries
Ancient terrazzo is remarkably analogous to modern cementitious terrazzo, almost to the point of indistinguishability. The fact that these floors are still serviceable and beautiful after many centuries is clear confirmation of the superior sustainability of terrazzo. With modern technology and the advent of epoxy terrazzo, modern terrazzo floors are even more sustainable and durable than cement terrazzo floors. Epoxy terrazzo also provides the option to incorporate post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled content such as glass and stone into the materials of these timeless terrazzo floors. For more information, please visit our Going Green with Terrazzo page.
Master Terrazzo’s Morricite system meets the most stringent of environmental standards, even the indoor air quality emission requirements for the State of California EPA, section 01350.
This non-porous system does not support microbial growth and does not allow accumulation of moisture, absorbing water at a rate 1/10th that of cementitious terrazzo which results in an abnormally high stain resistance of the overall system.
Additionally, this lack of water absorption and porosity results in a surface requiring only minimal cleaning processes, without the need for use of harsh cleaning chemicals.
Ancient terrazzo floors created centuries ago still stand in many buildings throughout Europe, the middle east and far east. Epoxy terrazzo floors are even more durable and can often be expected to outlast the life of the building in which they are installed.
Given the non-porous nature of epoxy terrazzo, only minimal cleaning is required. Unlike carpet, vinyl flooring or tile, a terrazzo floor will almost certainly never need replacement, even when located in high-traffic areas.
There are no grout joints to allow for dirt accumulation. The low maintenance requirements, non-porous nature of the surface and crack-resistance built into the technology used to install Master Terrazzo Technologies floors creates a near-permanent solution that pays for itself over time. For more information please visit our Terrazzo Life Cycle Cost page.