Why choose terrazzo?
Terrazzo is a material which offers endless design possibilities whilst retaining its original quality for many years. It is suitable for a broad range of interior and exterior applications including flooring, interior and exterior wall cladding, furniture surfaces and a wide range of landscaping applications for commercial or domestic projects.
When choosing terrazzo, it is important to understand the production and design process to get the most out of the material’s possibilities. Below we cover the essential points in terrazzo specifications and design, specific to the EU standards of production and application.
Historically, marble quarry workers created terrazzo – they took the crumbs of their work home, mixed them with a mortar, and paved their terraces in situ.
The production of pressed terrazzo tiles started around the 16th century in Northern Italy, which has some of the biggest marble quarries in Europe. During the industrial boom in the 60s, the tiles were either mechanically pressed or cast by hand.
Shortly after the method has evolved into casting large-sized terrazzo blocks and slabs; the materials undergo rigorous quality control checks to meet the demands of the current industrial scale.
The difference between the block-cast and mechanically pressed terrazzo is that the former is superior to the latter in terms of its technical performance.
In addition, due to our patented manufacturing process in a vacuum, the terrazzo produced in a block is denser, thus more durable and consistent in colour and appearance, which makes it suitable for large-scale architectural projects.
What does terrazzo consist of?
Terrazzo hasn’t changed much, in terms of it’s consistency, since it’s origin. The standard ingredients are: a mixture of stone aggregates, mostly marble ( or it can also be granite, quartz, or glass chips), marble powder, and a binding agent.
Cement is the traditional binding agent used for terrazzo. It can also be made using alternative binding agents, such as resin or epoxy. However, this type of agglomerate material isn’t considered an authentic terrazzo. However, it can be a good solution for clients seeking specific technical performance values that traditional cement agglomerate terrazzo lacks.