Terrazzo Floor Coatings
What Is Terrazzo?
Invented by Venetian mosaic workers in the 15th century, terrazzo is a highly versatile building material used as flooring, walls, countertops in indoor applications. Terrazzo can be either poured in place or set with precast. Terrazzo consists of marble, quartz, granite, or glass chips combined with either an epoxy or cementitious binder. Today epoxy terrazzo systems are widely installed across the United States and serve as a green building material to use in sustainable building projects. Common places where terrazzo floors are installed include universities, hospitals, airports, office lobbies, and other commercial properties.
Advantages Of Epoxy Terrazzo
How Can I Budget Terrazzo Floors?
Terrazzo may have a high initial cost per square feet; however, investing in an epoxy terrazzo floor can net savings during the building lifecycle. Our advisors collaborate with architects on how they fit terrazzo into their budget.
The pricing of terrazzo is dependent on the following factors:
- Total Square Feet of Terrazzo: The larger an area that needs installation, the lower the overall installation cost per square foot. Epoxy terrazzo is ideal for high traffic areas in commercial and institutional buildings. Our advisors often suggest specifying a poured in place system over a terrazzo tile system for any project with 1,000 square feet or more.
- The condition of the subfloor: Depending on your subfloor’s condition, it may require time and costs to prepare the surface prior to pouring terrazzo. Building contractors can save by pouring epoxy terrazzo over existing surfaces that are structurally sound, reducing labor costs and waste associated with replacements.
- The complexity of your design: Designs play a role in the overall cost of terrazzo. Simple layouts will cost less to install than complex patterns and designs.
- Choice of Materials: Material options can determine the overall cost of terrazzo. Aggregates vary in cost, and aluminum divider strips are more affordable than zinc and brass materials. Our advisors can discuss your project goals and find solutions to using budget-friendly materials for your project.
Where Can Epoxy Terrazzo Be Installed?
Epoxy terrazzo applications can be installed in any indoor setting. Common locations where you can find terrazzo flooring today includes:
- Elementary, Middle, and High Schools
- Universities and Community Colleges
- Hospitals and Clinics
- Airports and Transportation Centers
- Municipal Buildings
- Corporate Headquarters
- Restaurants and Retail Stores
- Sports Stadiums and Convention Centers
See how terrazzo compares to other building materials in the cost analysis chart below.