Dating back to the 15th century, terrazzo has advanced through the years. New developments in epoxies, polyesters, latex and other materials have expanded installation methods, which now include precast terrazzo, cementitious terrazzo and thin-set epoxy terrazzo. Doyle Dickerson Terrazzo provides services in all three areas, working with clients to plan the process in detail.
THIN-SET EPOXY TERRAZZO
Lowest life cycle cost of any flooring option on the market today.
Epoxy terrazzo is the best thin-set system available. Thin-set epoxy terrazzo offers the lowest maintenance costs over time and the quickest pour-to-grind installation time. With new advancements in epoxies, epoxy terrazzo is more stronger and more durable than traditional terrazzo systems. This system is less susceptible to cracking as well. Because of the material’s light weight and and thin size at 1/4″ or 3/8″, it is suitable for any commercial and residential application. It also can be considered for multistory use. However, what really makes epoxy terrazzo ideal for projects is its flexible design opportunities. Epoxy terrazzo provides plenty of colors to choose from and can even incorporate a logo in accurate detail.
The original terrazzo surface
Cementitious terrazzo is among the traditional terrazzo installations in the world today. Like epoxy terrazzo, this matrix is durable and offers great design possibilities. The main difference is it’s weight and thickness. This system can be used for interior and exterior use. Also, this system is not affected by moisture vapor transmissions, making it quite breathable. Need to incorporate large Venetian chips into your design? Then cementitious terrazzo may be a suitable application to use.
The main difference between epoxy and cementitious terrazzo is the material’s thickness and weight. However, epoxy terrazzo has a bit more design options than its counterpart, which includes an extended color range and unlimited strip geometry. In addition, expect cementitious terrazzo to have higher maintenance and labor costs than epoxy terrazzo.
Terrazzo transported to the project site
Not all terrazzo is poured. Precast terrazzo is a slab that can be developed under a controlled environment and then transported to a project site to be installed. Precast terrazzo has some advantages over epoxy and cementitious terrazzo. Because the material is manufactured onsite, workers can review the material for quality and accuracy. During the installation phase, precast actually takes a shorter time to complete. What is great about precast terrazzo is that it retains the same design aesthetics and durability as epoxy terrazzo, which can be used to create some beautiful products such as staircases, countertops, walls and other custom designs.
Precast terrazzo can custom staircases for projects. From straight staircases to curved stairs, precast terrazzo can create many design possibilities. Treads come in different sizes and thicknesses, which come either in a self-supporting flat tread or tread and riser combination. These treads come together to create a durable and beautifully aesthetic masterpiece.
Precast terrazzo can make some extraordinary countertops, ideal for any kitchen or restroom. Countertops can be fully customized to meet your needs. Colorful glass chips or marble chips can really make these countertops stand out. What makes terrazzo ideal for countertops is the material’s cleanliness. Terrazzo is easy to clean and is resistant to water, chemicals and bacteria.