Overview of Terrazzo
Through the years terrazzo has been a versatile building material known for its durability, design and low maintenance, and is used to design decorative flooring systems, walls, and other applications. Terrazzo is divided into two categories: epoxy terrazzo and cementitious terrazzo, both durable surfaces.
Terrazzo gets its roots in Italy during the 15th century. It is a composite material made from chips of marble, glass, granite and other decorative stones that is mixed into a cement or epoxy binder, and then ground and polished.
Terrazzo has seen its fair share of usage over the last century. It gained popularity in the United States in the 1920s with new advancements in grinding machines and divider strips making installations faster and easier to install. While terrazzo is present in many buildings today, the building material has experienced a reemergence in today’s green construction projects for its sustainable features and is a trend among interior designers.