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
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
- Terrazzo can be heavy. Make sure the sub
floor can hold its weight.
The sub floor
must also be completely rigid
- Expansion strips need to be installed in
- 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.