You have probably come across the term terrazzo in a tiles blog on the internet. Terrazzo tiles are one of those things you most likely know by their look but not by name. The tiles are extremely common so you have probably seen a good number of them in hotels, restaurants, airports, or corporate buildings. They are water-resistant and have been around for a long time. Due to its water-resistance nature, terrazzo bathroom tiles are used in water-borne areas. These are some of the pros of installing terrazzo tiles:
1. Countless design options
With exceptional jet water cutting techniques and countless color palettes, the consumer is able to create a welcoming environment. If you need to install them on a corporate floor, logos can be easily incorporated into them without the help of grout joints. Ramps in hospitals and malls could become extra convenient if directions are printed on the floor itself. The direction printed on the floor makes it easier for people who’re bringing in rolling carts, pushing wheelchairs, and carrying luggage. Thus, you can put all your creativity while installing terrazzo tiles.
Sustainable construction promotes environmental sustainability too. The durability of terrazzo bathroom tiles makes them a good contender in terms of life cycle cost. Commercial spaces like airports, hospitals, government buildings, and schools use them without the need for repairs for a significant period. Do the terrazzo tiles on your office corridor feel too old and look stained? Don’t worry, the gloss can be easily restored at a fraction of the cost of replacing it.
3. Low maintenance
Terrazzo tiles don’t need much maintenance to look good. While cement floors need annual resealing to stay in good condition, terrazzo bathroom tiles only need routine maintenance. When installed in the bathroom, they might get stained from time to time if your tap water contains too much iron. If they’re used in other rooms, regular dry and damp mopping does the job. But once in every few years, you need to use special cleaning agents or polish the floor to get back its original look.
4. Abundance of raw materials
The range of raw materials used to create a terrazzo tile is either abundant in nature or cheap, useless recycled materials. Recycled glass or plastic, processed cement, and epoxy binders are used to create terrazzo bathroom tiles. The quantity of epoxy binders used in a typical tile ranges from 25-30% of its total volume and the rest of the components are aggregates, pigments, and fillers. The embodied energy is favorable due to its longevity and low energy usage for maintenance.
5. Establishes cleanliness
If you’re concerned with the cleanliness of your room, terrazzo tiles made with epoxy and processed cement could be ideal. Grout and carpet look and feel good but you’re going to have issues if the humidity is high where you live. Carpet also promotes microbial growth. The composition of a terrazzo tile contains no volatile materials due to which it does not release any harmful gases.
An environmentally friendly and neutral pH cleaner is best to clean terrazzo floors because it prevents eye, nose, and lung irritations.
6. Smooth flooring
Most tiles do not offer a surface smooth enough for wheels to pass on. The joints often become unaligned after several years of usage. Health facilities require smooth surfaces so that wheelchairs and gurneys can be transported without bumps. This helps the patients in pain to stay calm when they’re being transported.
What kind of surfaces can terrazzo tiles be installed on?
Terrazzo can be installed on a variety of surfaces including:
A subfloor needs to be prepared before installing the terrazzo flooring.
2. Concrete foundation
Terrazzo tiles are usually installed on top of the concrete substrate but creating a wide subfloor works best.
3. Partially paved ground
To use terrazzo flooring on partially paved ground, you need to add a bit of mixture to allow water drainage.