Very few materials offer the strength and elegance of natural stone tile. In fact, when it comes to a long term flooring solution, tile is probably the best bet for anyone who is looking for the ultimate low-maintenance surface. And while natural tile and stone flooring materials like slate, travertine, and ceramic are extremely durable, nothing can compare to the extreme toughness of terrazzo.
The experts at Floor Coverings International Monmouth County think that terrazzo tile flooring is a great choice for Monmouth County homes. Read on to learn more about this unique material and what it has to offer!
What is Terrazzo?
In the simplest possible terms, terrazzo is a concrete and/or polymer mixture that can include chips of marble, quartz, glass, and granite. Some or all of these materials are bound together, ground flat, polished into an extremely smooth surface, and formed into tiles. The result is a speckled, extremely durable surface that can range in color and texture from light tan to near-black.
Believe it or not, early forms of terrazzo existed in Neolithic structures circa 9,000 B.C., and the word “terrazzo” actually comes from the Latin terra, for “earth.” Of course, we’ve made some significant improvements to the process of making terrazzo, so the resulting material is significantly hardier than its ancient counterpart—but it’s certainly a testament to the material’s usefulness that it has been around for so long!
You’ve probably seen terrazzo before in public buildings, since it’s a popular choice for areas that get a lot of traffic, but we think it makes great, distinctive flooring for residential spaces as well.
Advantages of Terrazzo Tile
Terrazzo tiles remain beautiful despite years of use, which is probably why they’re popular all around the world. Here are some of the main reasons to choose terrazzo:
- Imperviousness to moisture makes terrazzo perfect for bathrooms and kitchens
- Neutral colors open up design options for any room of the house—but nearly any color or pattern can be achieved for bold decorators
- Polished surface imparts a classic, formal look to living and dining rooms
- Extremely easy to care for—won’t scratch, scrape, stain, or dent
- Mottled surface conceals some dust and dirt
- Refinish and re-polish the surface as it ages to make it look new
Do keep in mind that creating such a durable material can be costly; the manufacture of terrazzo can be time and resource intensive. Terrazzo is also notorious for being difficult to install, so it’s not a great material for DIY projects. Leave it to the experts at Floor Coverings International Monmouth County to do a great installation and to find you the most affordable materials from the best suppliers. Schedule a free, in-home consultation to get started. Our mobile showroom can visit you home in Monmouth and Ocean County and surrounding areas, so contact us today to begin your next project!