Cement Terrazzo Floor
Cement terrazzo is ideal for any room in any commercial, industrial, educational, medical, and residential building. Cement terrazzo does not offer the wide range of colors like its epoxy terrazzo counterpart, but still provides a low-maintenance long life floor system that will enhance any building.
Cement Terrazzo floors consist of three main types. Sand Cushion, Monolithic, and Bonded
Sand Cushion Terrazzo systems are approx. 3” thick and consist of a 0.5” thick cement matrix and marble aggregate topping installed over a 2.5” thick cement/sand underbed with wire reinforcing that is installed over an isolation sheet and sand layer that creates a floating floor that is independent of the concrete structural slab below. The Sand cushion cement terrazzo floor is the most dependable cement terrazzo system and given its design can absorb some minor substrate defects and prevent them from mirroring through to the surface. This system requires the use of divider strips approx. 5’-0” o.c. to help control anticipated contraction while also providing an aesthetic enhancement to the cement terrazzo.
Monolithic cement terrazzo floor is approx. ½” thick and consists of a cement matrix and marble aggregate topping mix that is applied directly to the concrete slab using a bonding agent between the cement terrazzo and the concrete slab. This system provides an economically priced terrazzo floor system while still creating a beautiful low maintenance floor system. The success of the monolithic terrazzo system is highly dependent on the quality of the concrete slab and the proper concrete joint placement to prevent cracking of the concrete and the terrazzo floor. Divider strips are placed at all concrete joints to help control any potential cracking in the concrete slab and terrazzo floor.
Bonded Terrazzo is approx. 1 ¾” – 2 ¼” thick and consists of a ½” thick cement terrazzo topping and 1 ¼” – 1 ¾” thick cement/sand underbed. This system is used when the concrete slab flatness is less than ideal. Having the same relationship with the concrete slab as the Monolithic system, the placement of control joints in the slab and the divider strips in the terrazzo floor topping is of high importance to help prevent cracking in the terrazzo floor system from occurring.Like Epoxy Terrazzo, Cement terrazzo is ideal in any room in any commercial, industrial, educational, medical, and residential building. Cement terrazzo however, does not offer the wide range of colors like its epoxy terrazzo counterpart, but Cement terrazzo still offers the low maintenance long life floor system that will enhance any building.
Epoxy Terrazzo Floor
Epoxy terrazzo provides unlimited colors, resiliency, chemical resistance and tensile-compressive
strengths not found in other floor systems, making epoxy terrazzo the perfect fit for any building.
It’s lightweight, flexible and ideal for multi-story use. And with zero absorbency, Epoxy Terrazzo
offers exceptional, lasting quality with the lowest maintenance costs.
Epoxy Terrazzo Floors are a nominal 1/4” – 3/8” thick consisting of an epoxy resin matrix
and a mix of marble aggregate (glass, plastic, granite aggregates may also be used) to create
a beautiful colorful durable floor system that will last for years and years. It has the lowest
maintenance cost due to non-absorbency. In sanitary areas, it can be installed with minimal divider
strips providing seamless characteristics. When used in conjunction with a flexible membrane, epoxy
terrazzo can absorb some horizontal concrete crack or control joint movement. Epoxy terrazzo
offers a floor system that some will call a work of art.