I was showing properties and came across a house with beautiful terrazzo floors. They were polished and in pristine condition! I am a big fan of terrazzo flooring, yet we often don’t see it because unfortunately many homeowners have covered it up with tile, wood or carpet. It is a shame because terrazzo flooring provides the ultimate in durability and low maintenance, typically lasting the life of a building. Because it is seamless, terrazzo maintenance is as easy as periodic sweeping, damp mopping and occasional machine cleaning.
Terrazzo flooring has a long history that dates back over 1500 years. The word “terrazzo” comes from the Italian word for “terrace.” Terrazzo was originally invented by Venetian construction workers as a low cost flooring material using marble chips from upscale jobs. The workers would usually set them in clay to surface the patios around their living quarters. Craftsmen brought the concept of terrazzo to America in the late 18th century.
Today, terrazzo can consist of durable building materials such as marble, quartz, granite or recycled glass aggregates. These materials are mixed with cement or epoxy and polished to produce a sustainable, smooth, and uniformly textured surface.
Although most homeowners use cheaper flooring alternatives such as carpet, ceramic tile, vinyl or wood, I would love to see more terrazzo. It is easy to keep clean and will feel cool in the Florida hot weather.