Fifteenth century Venetian marble workers began to use scraps from the custom made marble slabs to surface the terraces(terrazzo) around their living quarters. They would set the pieces in to clay and then rub them with stone to flatted the surface. Workers eventually discovered that the milk from their goats brought out the true color of the marble – even when dry. This was the initial terrazzo sealer!
These days, you can find chips of material including marble, quartz, granite, glass and even metal, integrated in terrazzo. It’s commonly used for not only floors, but countertops and walls as well.
Terrazzo has proven itself throughout history. Although it can be costly upfront, it’s a very sensible choice for surfaces. It can last as long as the structure it’s in/on, take heavy abuse while still retaining beauty and it’s very easy to maintain. I know, I have a three and six year old. And then there’s me – who’s also good at tearing up a floor.
Every terrazzo surface is unique.
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