Terrazzo has its roots as far back as 15th century Venice, when workers began using marble remnants to surface the “terraces” surrounding their living quarters. Remnant chips were placed in clay, dried, and then flattened by using just a hand stone and the body weight of the workers to grind the surface down. Over the centuries, new tools and techniques were developed to refine the process of finishing the floors, but the general idea is still very similar.
Today’s terrazzo flooring combines the beauty of traditional artistry with modern developments such as epoxy resin and recycled aggregates. Selected color combinations of natural marble, recycled glass, or plastic chips are placed in a matrix of pigmented cement or epoxy and troweled onto a prepared concrete slab. The process of grinding and polishing takes place upon setting and drying, exposing the aggregates’ full color. Sealers can then be applied to bring out additional luster and shine.
There’s a few reasons why terrazzo flooring has been desired for the past several hundred years.
Terrazzo is most popular with commercial applications such as hospitals, offices, restaurants, museums, airports and airports. But recently there has been a rise in home installations, especially in countertops and outdoor patio areas.
Unlike other suppliers that deal only with one part of the process, Klein & Co is your ONE-STOP-SHOP for everything you or your contractor could possibly need; from terrazzo restoration materials, aggregates and epoxies, grinders, polishers, and every accessory or replacement part in between. We have a full list of services available that include comprehensive consultations, custom aggregate blending, terrazzo flooring sample kits, design assistance, on-site equipment training, and any other related advice you might need.
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