Terrazzo – Floor Coating.

Most terrazzo is constructed from marble or granite chips mixed with Portland cement, poured in place and once cured ground smooth. In some instances, synthetic terrazzo that utilizes an epoxy binder is becoming more common due to the lower cost of original installation.

Since terrazzo base materials of marble and cement are porous, the commercial flooring surface can be damaged by both acidic and alkaline solutions. Epoxy resin-based terrazzo flooring can also become discolored by long exposure to ultraviolet rays and fluorescent lights.

While terrazzo can create impressive entry and common areas facilities managers may find that polishing processes are extremely expensive and labor intensive. Stretching out the time between polishing operations may save money on maintenance but can lead to other problems. A lack of timely maintenance terrazzo floors can lead to staining.