Are there any disadvantages with terrazzo?

Of course there are, even though the long line of advantages outweighs the few disadvantages.

  • In-situ cast terrazzo floors require a stable concrete base.
  • All new terrazzo looks a little grey and dusty because of the natural precipitation of lime. The lime disappears from floors that are used and cleaned, and the shine just gets better and better. Terrazzo floors are then extremely easy to care for, and if they are treated with a gentle cleaning they will barely need renovating until after 40-50 years of hard wear, when a light polishing will restore surfaces to their original condition.
  • Terrazzo floors rest firmly in, and are dependent on, a stable substrate. It is not elastic if the substrate moves. The joints in terrazzo floors, which are usually 1.5 m to 3.75 metres apart, are butt joints and do not take up any movement. They are smooth with polished surfaces. On the other hand, in terrazzo tiled floors there are of course grouted joints with a minimum width of 1 mm.
  • Terrazzo surfaces need to be cared for. This applies equally to floor surfaces and pool bottoms. Use gentle cleaning agents. Refer to the care instructions under the Documents tab.
  • When we lay a terrazzo floor, we grind away a lot of material. This mixture of cement and calcium (normally) forms a sludge that must be removed. The grinding sludge is environmentally harmless and can be used as a filler or even for soil improvement if it does not contain blue or green pigments.
  • When we make an in-situ cast terrazzo floor, moisture is brought into the building. That’s why it’s a good idea to install terrazzo in an early construction phase, both for the building and for drying the poured terrazzo. In areas where moisture may not or should not be introduced, there are always prefabricated terrazzo tiles to consider.
Why choose terrazzo floors?

An in-situ cast terrazzo floor is hard, durable, smooth (the sparse butt joints are also smooth), beautiful and easily cleaned. They can be adapted to the setting in question in an endless variety of ways. It’s possible to influence colour and shape; the material is timeless, easy to renovate and adapt for new layouts. It’s also thin (perfect for upgrades), heavy (good in terms of the acoustic environment), and natural (free from hazardous substances). It’s non-combustible, antistatic and not vapourtight. In-situ terrazzo forms a durable and natural extension to stairs. The price is also low compared to other materials.

Want to work at Herrljunga Terrazzo AB?

In order to gain employment at Herrljunga Terrazzo, prospective employees must have the relevant experience in construction work, be quick learners, have an interest in developing their skills and be prepared to do a lot of travelling on the job. You should also be responsible and a good workmate. You must be able to represent the company and be service minded. Feel free to contact Herrljunga Terrazzo AB’s offices in Herrljunga for further information.

What does terrazzo cost?

There is no price list for in situ terrazzo. For a quotation, please contact our office with documentation in the form of drawings or sketches, photos or anything else that describes the surface or object concerned. In situ terrazzo is always adapted to the project concerned, its scope and characteristics. Variables that influence production costs are the number of square meters, materials included such as aggregate, cement and pigment; floor thickness, the level of grinding, site location and more. A completed terrazzo floor or a finished set of terrazzo stairs are maintenance-free, extremely easy to clean and are able to withstand hundreds of years of wear. Bear this in mind when you’re considering the price.

What is terrazzo?

Cement mosaic = Terrazzo = Artistic concrete

Terrazzo is an internationally recognised term for a high-quality concrete used as a surface material. Terrazzo is a natural material that consists of aggregate (i.e. stone materials, usually marble) mixed with cement. It is poured as a compound into a form or over the floor. It is appreciated mainly for its aesthetic qualities and durability. The completed terrazzo surface is then ground so that stones and any other cast materials form a mosaic pattern.

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