This is a flooring technique, which results in a durable and attractive floor that is an easy flooring to maintain. Although it is easy to maintain you should clean up spills immediately to minimize any damage to the floor. Terrazzo flooring is created using pieces of stone or marble chips. It is an excellent choice for many different decorating schemes. A cement binder is the medium that is used to arrange the marble or stone chips in order to create unique floors that are exceptional in design and color composition.
When choosing terrazzo flooring for your home it is created at your home in the room you have chosen for this type of flooring instead of being prepared somewhere else and then installed in the home. If there is an existing flooring where the terrazzo floor is going to be created it is prepared to receive the layer concrete that will form the basis for the floor. The existing floor may also be removed. The flooring company will smooth the wet cement into place and then they will embed the surface with colorful marble and stone chips. At this time the chips can be placed carefully in place following a specific design or done in free form. Part of the beauty of a terrazzo floor is that you can use as many of the pieces of marble or stone that you want.
Once the chips are in place they will take trowels and other tools to make the surface as smooth as possible. The smoothing that is done now does not have to be exact. The goal at this point is to ensure that the marble and stone chips are firmly in place before the concrete has set. Once the concrete has dried a grinding machine is brought in. The grinding machine will help to achieve a more even and precise surface. It will also add an element of polish to the floor.
The last step is to prepare the terrazzo flooring, which involves sealing and cleaning the surface. Once the polishing is done any residue will be removed from the surface followed by a thin layer of sealant. The end result will be a colorful floor that is easy to maintain, will last for many years, and hold up to a lot of foot traffic. In flooring stores today you can get specially designed terrazzo tiles that you can just affix to an existing floor without removing it. It is a process that is done that is similar to how you install linoleum tiles. The only drawback to these tiles is that the design styles are more limited than doing it freehand. Using these tiles requires less preparation and less time to install it.