Terrazzo flooring has a long history. One of the oldest examples is a flat terrazzo in the south-east of present-day Turkey. It was made of lime chippings and lime mortar and could be dated to around 8000 BC. Later, the Greeks and especially the Romans of antiquity used it to decorate 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 became a much-used building material for house entrances, bathrooms and kitchens in our latitudes. After 1945, however, more “modern” floor coverings such as carpet and PVC floors outstripped it. However, terrazzo has recently experienced a strong renaissance, which is reflected in a growing number of orders at MVM.
As already mentioned, terrazzo flooring is very hard-wearing. However, its renewed popularity is also linked to other advantages. For example, the flooring is completely seamless and forms a uniform surface. Therefore, dirt cannot accumulate in the gaps as it does with tiles or parquet floors. Those who like to walk barefoot at home will also appreciate the smooth surface, especially if the terrazzo has been laid together with underfloor heating.
New substructures prevent moisture from being drained downwards. Quick-to-apply binders and new surface design options are further advantages that speak in favour of a terrazzo floor. And while in the past it was only available in a matt finish, today it is also possible to create high-gloss, bush-hammered or sand-blasted surfaces. Even patterns can be incorporated if desired.
One of its most wonderful characteristics is that terrazzo flooring can be customised like hardly any other floor covering. This is due to the way it is laid. Our experts at MVM place the stones in a damp screed base bound with cement. Then we smooth out the mass. After the floor has dried thoroughly, we grind and polish it so that the surface acquires its typical character.
A wide variety of materials can be used as stones – technically called 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 enhanced even more if white cement is used for the screed and coloured with pigments beforehand. In this way, colour shades can be created that, in combination with the aggregates, fit into any ambience.
With incorporated metal rails, terrazzo masses of different colours can be separated from each other and in this way the most diverse patterns can be created. The MVM team will be happy to show you the possibilities.
Terrazzo flooring is basically very low maintenance. You can sweep, vacuum or damp mop it as long as you use the right cleaning products such as alkaline soaps or polymer care substances. 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 colour.
You should avoid silicones and acylates, wax, acidic cleaners as well as scouring pads and scouring milk. These easily cause damage to the floor covering or a sticky surface. When we at MVM install a terrazzo floor for you, you will receive useful tips on proper care from us after completion.
Are you curious about how you can enhance your home with a terrazzo floor? Then get in touch with us. The MVM team will advise you competently and in detail on all questions. We look forward to meeting you!
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