Terrazzo is one of the most elegant and versatile surfaces in the world. If you’ve ever been to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, or George Washington’s home in Mt. Vernon, you’ve already walked on terrazzo floors. Terrazzo floors at the Hoover Dam include inlays that are a tribute to Native Americans. Many high-end custom homes in Florida, especially those built in the 1950s and 60s, also feature terrazzo floors.
There are two kinds of terrazzo floors, concrete and epoxy-based. Authentic, Old World style terrazzo consists of chips of marble or glass embedded in concrete and then polished to a high sheen, and can be used in either interior or exterior surfaces. Because it uses recycled stone and marble materials, concrete terrazzo is environmentally friendly. Contemporary terrazzo is epoxy based, and while less expensive, can only be used in interior surfaces. Another option is rustic terrazzo, which has a rough and textured appearance so that it can be used in exterior spaces. In addition to floors, terrazzo surfaces can also be used for kitchen and bath countertops, as well as shower walls.
Terrazzo will give your home the look and feel of a palace, or a mansion from another time. It’s not for the faint of heart; installing it is a complex process, but the results are worth it! If you are looking for surfaces that are among the most glamorous and unique in the world, consider terrazzo.
Advantages of Terrazzo:
- Shine: You can literally see yourself in terrazzo floors, they are so clear.
- Virtually maintenance-free if used in the proper environment
- Unique, individual, one of a kind surface that truly makes your home a palace.
- Terrazzo makes your countertops and floors a true work of art…impossible to duplicate.