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Epoxy Terrazzo Flooring Systems – Are They Right for Your Project?

The appealing mosaic-like appearance of terrazzo makes it a highly sought-after flooring option. Terrazzo itself has been around for millennia, and was originally created by embedding chips of marble in a clay surface. More modern forms of terrazzo flooring have been created by exposing flakes of different rocks and minerals on the surface of concrete, while, today, you are most likely to see epoxy terrazzo floors that incorporate a synthetic polymer.

FloroChip over FloroCrete RT hybrid floor in a healthcare setting, expertly installed by True Champions of CA.

FloroChip over FloroCrete RT hybrid floor in a healthcare setting, expertly installed by True Champions of CA.

Epoxy Terrazzo and Its Aesthetic Appeal

Epoxy terrazzo flooring is a popular option for a number of reasons – the flakes create a beautifully textured surface, reflecting light in a way that can imitate marble, quartz, or any number of high quality finishes. With the development of the epoxy variation of traditional terrazzo flooring came a whole new range of color options, and the style became less expensive and more accessible to a wider population. Epoxy terrazzo is also popular because different segments of floor can be divided by strips of metal and given different colors to create beautiful patterns or delineate various areas. Differently colored shapes and figures can also be installed by bending the metal dividers into the desired shape.

The Costs of an Epoxy Terrazzo Floor

Despite its aesthetic appeal, the fact remains that epoxy terrazzo can often be an impractical option for a number of reasons, the first of which is that it’s simply an expensive choice to both install and maintain. Terrazzo installation is highly specialized, requiring older, high labor intensive techniques that only a limited number of contractors still perform. The scarcity of skilled contractors and the installation hours required contribute to terrazzo’s high cost of labor, compared to other fluid-applied flooring.

FloroChip public restroom flooring with cove base, beautifully installed by Spectra of FL.

FloroChip public restroom flooring with cove base, beautifully installed by Spectra of FL.

In addition, epoxy terrazzo is a relatively thick floor covering option, with thicknesses ranging between 1/4 and 3/8 inch. Within the hard surface flooring industry, this level of thickness is considered substantial, requiring careful planning by architects and designers, in order for the terrazzo to correctly butt up against doorways and intersect with adjacent flooring materials.

Such a flooring system also requires a substantial amount of ongoing, post-installation upkeep, at the cost of both facility productivity and budget. Epoxy terrazzo typically needs regularly stripping, followed by the application of special sealers, and buffing to maintain the floor’s condition.

FloroChip: A Practical Alternative

At Florock, we specialize in providing highly durable and attractive epoxy and other resinous flooring systems. Our FloroChip System provides the aesthetic appeal of a terrazzo floor without all the hassle. Installation if this high performance epoxy chip flooring is far less expensive than terrazzo, while maintenance is far less cumbersome, with no waxing, frequent sealer applications or buffing required. In addition, the floor system offers flexible of design in both colors, patterns and in thickness–when installed over a concrete base, options include 1/16 inch and 1/8 inch, but can also exceed 1/4 inch, if desired for a particular project. Epoxy chip flooring systems are impressively durable and require very little upkeep, saving you time and money when it comes to maintenance. In addition, while epoxy terrazzo floors are by their nature very smooth and therefore slippery when wet, an epoxy chip alternative can be installed with a variety of slip-resistant finishes to help avoid falls. To learn more about our cost-effective alternative to terrazzo flooring, contact us today.

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