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Terrazzo Floors

Although they have been used for decades, terrazzo floors have been rediscovered by decorators looking for a chic contemporary look. Terrazzo is made by laying stone chippings in concrete or resin. This mixture is spread on the floor, and when it has dried, it is machine ground and polished. The result is a perfectly smooth, seamless floor. A grid of brass strips can be embedded to give a tiled appearance. Terrazzo floors are durable, waterproof and easy to maintain. They are a good choice for kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, and sun porches.

The following should be considered when buying a terrazzo floor:

  • The color and shapes of the stone chips used to make terrazzo floors will determine the overall look. A softer shape will look like marble, while shaper shapes can look like mosaic.
  • Terrazzo can be heavy. Make sure the sub floor can hold its weight. The sub floor must also be completely rigid to prevent cracking.
  • Expansion strips need to be installed in terrazzo floors.
  • Terrazzo floors are cool to the touch. This makes them a great favorite in warmer climates.

Clean terrazzo floors by sweeping or vacuuming and occasionally mopping with clear water.

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