terrazzo flooring college library



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

Originally, it was poured in place or precast, which was a complicated and labor-intensive process. Polymer-based terrazzo originated in the 1970s, and this thin-set process remains the most common commercial terrazzo flooring choice. This epoxy base process offers many differences from the original options, 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 this flooring include:

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

While it takes a little more time to install than other options, you won’t need flooring repairs and replacement for many years.