Terrazzo is not just a village in Italy –it is also a sought after flooring material. It is almost certain that you have walked on a terrazzo floor, as it is very popular in hospitals, commercial establishments, and government buildings. Often incredibly smooth and polished to a shine, terrazzo is actually made of chips (usually marble, quartz, glass, or granite) placed into a cement-based mixture.
Terrazzo lasts a very long time but it is a bit more expensive than other flooring materials, as it takes a skilled technician to install this labor intensive flooring. To create a traditional terrazzo floor requires a three stage process. First, the installer must make a solid and level concrete bed for the terrazzo to rest on, which is generally between 3-4 inches deep. Second, divides are placed to make the desired design, then the areas are filled in with a cement mixture filled with colored chips. While the mixture sets, more chips are added for a top layer. After drying, the floor is ground and polished to give a smooth looking surface.
Modern terrazzo is easier to install but still takes a skilled hand. Known as epoxy terrazzo, this system is less thick, has a higher resistance to cracking, comes in a wider variety of colors, and is faster to install. The only real disadvantage with modern terrazzo is resisting the elements, so it is not recommended to use epoxy terrazzo for any exterior Edison project.
Terrazzo is a great material for making any form of design imprinted into the floor of your establishment. Exclusive Design LLC can create almost any design you can think of. Using the latest computer technology we create a virtual replica of the design you want so you know what you will get before you see the finished product. There is a lot of competition in the [Edison area] business community and we can help you stand out from the competition.
Though widely used for commercial applications, terrazzo is great for homes, too! Floors, bathrooms, countertops, and sinks can all be done in the medium of terrazzo. Depending on the project, Exclusive Design can prefabricate the terrazzo so the only time spent in your Edison home or business is installing the piece.
When choosing between getting a terrazzo or mosaic design for your home or office building, the choice is roughly between the classic and the modern. Terrazzo creates a smooth, clean looking picture or design, giving the art a contemporary appeal. Mosaic, being made up of individual tile pieces, has a slightly coarser look to it, reminiscent of the long tradition of mosaic art brought down from antiquity, also known as Mediterranean appeal. Depending on the impression you want to give, we can help you come up with the perfect solution.
Terrazzo Repair and Restoration
Terrazzo is prized for its longevity and aesthetic appeal,but eventually everything needs a bit of a touch up.Enough foot traffic over time can remove the protective resin in key areas and if it gets deep enough, it can start to break up the design underneath. For terrazzo that has been neglected, small pieces of tile or stone can become dislodged, leaving the look uneven and unappealing. Exclusive Design LLC can repair and restore your Edison area terrazzo back to its condition the day it was first made.
If you are no longer happy with your Edison terrazzo then Exclusive Design LLC ]can help with that as well. We can remove the old terrazzo and fully restore the area. We can recreate the old pattern with a new color system if desired,or do a full restoration with a new design and treatment. If you are unsure of which way to proceed, allow us to visit your establishment and assess the state of your terrazzo – giving you a free estimate for different levels of repair and restoration.
Terrazzo Floor Polishing
Has your terrazzo lost the luster that it once had? Foot traffic and pollution will inevitably tarnish the look of your terrazzo, removing its shine. The terrazzo experts at Exclusive Design LLC can bring your terrazzo back to its former glory.
Because there is a special lacquer or resin over most terrazzos, the restoration process is not as simple as just applying a polish. If the resin has chipped or cracked, then it should be repaired before polishing to ensure the desired result.
Whether a basement or several floors of a building, we can restore the sheen of your terrazzo efficiently and at a cost effective price. The terrazzo of your Edison home or business does not have to look dull and faded; call Exclusive Design LLC today for a free estimate.