Last week we briefly touched on the subject of the origins of terrazzo, so this week it made complete sense to move things forward and answer the question “what has contributed to the continuous popularity of terrazzo?

It seems unbelievable, really: this flooring material was created over 600 years ago.

Created, not found in nature.

And yet, still, it is one of the most popular flooring choices–especially for public buildings–in the world.

But why?

What keeps people coming back for terrazzo? What makes it so popular?

It’s simple, really.

The Life Cycle Cost of Terrazzo

The popularity of Terrazzo is on the rise for several reasons. Did you know that Terrazzo is actually a cost-effective flooring option?

Terrazzo initially seems like an expensive material option. But, once you dive deeper, you see that’s not the case. The folks over at Terrazzco have made a pretty great chart to show just how affordable terrazzo is once you break it all down, and we think it’s the best way to illustrate it:

Terrazzo Pricing Chart

People almost always go for the affordable option and once they see just how affordable terrazzo is over its lifetime, there’s no doubt they would choose it over other alternatives.

But that’s not all.

The Color Options

Terrazzo, specifically epoxy terrazzo, is not limited to any certain color scheme.

You don’t have to worry about the natural colors you might happen upon, because epoxy terrazzo can literally be color-matched to anything.

If you really want your terrazzo floors to match your shoes, it’s possible.

There is no worrying that your floors might not look good with your paint color because you get to choose the exact shade you’d like to use.

That level of customization is unparalleled and really excites a lot of people. No wonder the popularity of terrazzo is on the rise.

The Design Options

Speaking of unparalleled customization options: have you ever heard of the design possibilities available with terrazzo?

This material is usually poured in place, which means you choose what you want it to look like and the terrazzo literally flows into place.

Want a free-form, flowing design? No problem.

More into a geometric, systematic look? No problem.

No one can deny just how fluid (pun intended) terrazzo is and how easy it is to design with.

Architects and interior designers can’t get enough of everything they can do with this material, so they keep using it.

The Durability

Ah yes, it returns.

You may have read our blog post about the durability of terrazzo just a few weeks ago. If not, you should check it out.

Because durability is one of the main selling factors of terrazzo. It’s going to take a beating and still last.

In large-scale, high-traffic areas like universities and government buildings, this is an expense that cannot be spared.

Floors were made to be walked on, so it makes no sense to choose a flooring option that can’t even handle a few hundred shoes on it.

Of course, trends always come and go. Just like any other material, terrazzo will fade in and out of the limelight depending on what’s popular at the time, but the thing to remember here is that terrazzo keeps coming back. It’s been around for more than 600 years and we have a feeling it’s not going anywhere.

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