Although terrazzo went out of mode for a few decades, it’s back for flooring, countertops, sinks and even furniture. Whilst historically it was used in traditional applications, people are now using it to create new and exciting solutions for all surfaces. Terrazzo tiles have also come back in trend both the real terrazzo but also the glazed porcelain designed to replicate the terrazzo look.
Terrazzo tiles are a dramatic aggregate composition of beautiful pieces of marble, quartz, glass and granite set into a cement or polymer base which is then poured into precast sizes. After it is fired, it is polished to make it smooth and inviting to walk on just like real stones.
Terrazzo is very tough and is widely used in commercial applications because of its durability and the anti-slip factor of the product.
Terrazzo tiles – Available for use in your home
The word “terrazzo” means terrace in Italian. 15th-century Venetian marble workers who could not afford real marble for their own homes first used it. They recycled left over pieces of marble from their paid jobs. They set odd-size discarded marble pieces in clay and created attractive patios or terraces for themselves.
The production of terrazzo became much easier after industrialization in the 1920s with the introduction of electric grinders and other power equipment. A wet saw is used to cut terrazzo just like natural stones. Variations and imperfections are part of the attraction of terrazzo as the pieces are sprinkled throughout the base.
TFO is now offering a wide range of terrazzo look porcelain tiles from just $22m2. Being made of durable porcelain, these stunning terrazzo look tiles are so easy to maintain. Come visit TFO to view the full range of terrazzo look porcelain tiles or buy terrazzo look tiles online now.