Terrazzo floor has a long history. One of the oldest evidence is a flat terrazzo in the southeast of today's Turkey. It was made from lime chippings and lime mortar and was able to date to around 8000 BC. To be dated. Later the Greeks and especially the Romans of antiquity used it to furnish their houses and villas. In the late Middle Ages and early modern times, the material was popular with private builders in Venice.
Because of its high durability, terrazzo flooring has developed into a building material that is widely used for house entrances, bathrooms and kitchens in our latitudes. After 1945, however, "more modern" floor coverings such as carpets and PVC floors overtook him. However, Terrazzo has recently experienced a strong renaissance, which is reflected in a growing number of orders at MVM.
As already mentioned, terrazzo floor is very hard-wearing. Its regained popularity is related to other advantages. The floor covering is completely seamless and forms a uniform surface. Therefore, no dirt can settle in the gaps such as with tiles or parquet floors. Those who like to go barefoot at home will also appreciate the smooth surface, especially if the terrazzo was laid together with underfloor heating.
New substructures prevent moisture from draining downwards. Binders that can be processed quickly and new possibilities for surface design are further advantages that speak for a terrazzo floor. And while in the past it was only available in a matt version, today it is also possible to produce high-gloss, bush hammered or sandblasted surfaces. Even patterns can be incorporated on request.
One of its most wonderful properties is that terrazzo flooring can be designed individually like no other floor covering. This is due to the type of installation. Our experts at MVM put the stones in a cement-bound, damp screed base. Then we smooth the mass. After the floor is completely dry, we sand and polish it so that the surface gets its typical character.
A wide variety of materials can be used as stones - technically known as aggregates. These include, for example, marble, dolomite, limestone, river gravel or granite chippings with a grain size between 5 and 16 mm. The visual effect is increased if white cement is used for the screed and colored beforehand with pigments. In this way, colors can be created which, in combination with the aggregates, fit into any ambience.
With incorporated metal rails, different colored terrazzo masses can be separated from one another and a wide variety of patterns can be created in this way. The MVM team will be happy to show you the possibilities.
Terrazzo flooring is basically very easy to care for. You can sweep, vacuum or damp mop it, as long as you use the right detergents such as alkaline soaps or polymer care products. Be sure to use environmentally friendly products. The market also has special terrazzo care products that provide a matt or glossy surface or deepen the color.
You should avoid using silicones and acylates, wax, acidic cleaners, scouring pads and scouring milk. These easily damage the flooring or create a sticky surface. If we at MVM lay a terrazzo floor for you, we will provide you with useful information on proper maintenance after completion.
Our team in Zug and Emmen will be happy to assist you.