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Terrazzo is a composite material that uses chips of marble, quartz, granite, glass, or other material. These chips are blended together with a cementitious binder, polymeric binder, or a combination of both.

Originally, terrazzo was poured in place or precast– a complicated and labor-intensive process. Polymer-based terrazzo was created in the 1970s, and this thin-set process remains the most common commercial terrazzo flooring choice. This epoxy base process offers many differences from what was originally produced, including a durable and impermeable finish that is less likely to crack, and a wide array of color options or custom designs for any commercial or industrial indoor flooring solution.

The advantages of selecting terrazzo flooring include:

  • Durability
  • 75+ year lifespan
  • Resistant to mold, bacteria, and spills
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Customizable to individual businesses
  • Easy to clean and maintain

While terrazzo can take a little more time to install than other options, flooring repairs and replacement will not be required for many years.