The History of Terrazzo
Terrazzo is used for both interior and exterior purposes. Terrazzo has been proven itself throughout it’s history as the smart choice for floors that see heavy traffic, but still retains it’s beauty and low maintenance costs. The history of terrazzo goes back at least 2,000 years. Terrazzo comes from the Italian word for “terraces.” It came about when Venetian workers found another use for left over marble fragments. They used these fragments to floor terraces. These fragments were originally placed in clay and after it dried, created an uneven flooring structure. Soon thereafter, flooring workers began to smooth out the uneven surfaces with hand stones.
Terrazzo flooring made it’s way to the United States in the late 1,700’s. President George Washington used this “new floor” called Terrazzo on several of important floors in his Mt. Vernon home. With the wealth of marble in the United States, several advances in installation of terrazzo flooring began to emerge. In the early 1900’s electric grinding machines helped bring terrazzo floors to people of all walks of life.
Today, terrazzo is poured in place and is most often used for floor and wall treatments. It can consist of marble, quartz, granite, glass, or other suitable chips, that are sprinkled and/or poured into concrete rather than clay. The mixture is generally two parts stone (marble, quartz, granite, etc) and one part concrete. After the terrazzo flooring has been poured, it is then cured. After it has been cured, it is then ground and polished to a smooth finish to produce a uniformly textured surface. You will often see terrazzo in many federal buildings and was popular in the U.S. during the 1940’s to the 1960’s. It is making a comeback today.
Terrazzo Floor Maintenance
There are few floors that require less maintenance than terrazzo. However, many people have difficulty keeping their floors looking great. Most folks simply don’t have time and don’t really understand terrazzo flooring and how to care for it. The stones used in terrazzo are generally non-absorbent, but the concrete used is porous and requires skilled maintenance. Corlew and Perry is the company that more business call than any other to help them clean and maintain their terrazzo floors. Call us to discuss your terrazzo floors and how Corlew and Perry can help you keep them looking great. Call us today at (615) 832-0320!!