How Does Terrazzo Flooring Compare to Marble or Granite?

How Does Terrazzo Flooring Compare to Marble or Granite?

In any commercial or residential space, the floor plays an important role in its overall appearance. The flooring contributes to the room’s ambiance, theme, and mood. Durability, design, cost, and maintenance are a few of the factors to consider when choosing a flooring type.  

What are the benefits and downsides of marble, granite, and terrazzo flooring?  

Marble Flooring?

Marble is a natural stone that is produced through the metamorphic crystallization of limestone resulting in the conversion of calcium carbonate into calcite crystals. Over the years, marble flooring has found a place in a number of buildings.  Lights reflect beautifully on marble floors and can give the illusion that a room is more spacious than it is. 

The downside to marble is that, generally, it’s expensive.  Marble floors are also high maintenance.  They require regular polishing and maintenance to prevent them losing their shine.

Pros
  • Made of natural materials.
  • Can make a room look bigger.
  • Accommodates radiant floor heating.
Cons
  • Marble is porous, which means that it requires sealing.
  • Marble is susceptible to scratching and staining.
  • Marble can be brittle over time and can be slippery.
  • Marble floors are costly.

Granite Flooring

Granite is the result of the exposure of igneous rock to intense heat. The structure formed involves a coarse-grained crystalline and parts of silica, alumina, potassium oxide, and lime. Granite is one of the most robust tiles available in the market today, compared in strength to porcelain.  

Pros
  • Granite floors are harder than some other natural stones.
  • It has a high resistance to stains and scratches.
  • Highly durable, granite floors can last a lifetime when cared for properly.
Cons
  • Although granite floors are one of the most robust materials, it is also the heaviest.
  • Granite is one of the most expensive flooring stones on the market today.
  • Granite flooring is high maintenance. 

Terrazzo Flooring

Terrazzo is a mixture of aggregates such as chips of marble, glass, mother of pearl, and others embedded in cement or in an epoxy resin or concrete.

Durable, cost-effective, low maintenance terrazzo flooring offers an infinite variety of colors and designs.  

Offering many design styles and features, Terrazzo is the popular choice for flooring in indoor and outdoor spaces. At a fraction of the price of either marble or granite floors, terrazzo adds a luxurious touch.

Pros
  • Durability: Terrazzo is composed of sturdy materials making it the industry choice for flooring in commercial and public establishments.
  • Endless Designs: Unlike other materials that offer the same pattern, terrazzo patterns have the option of modification through the aggregates. You can choose the color and quantity of the design you wish to achieve your perfect design.
  • Non-porous: Although terrazzo has aggregates, it is smooth and sealed thoroughly to prevent air and liquid from penetrating through the tiles. This feature eliminates the chances of breeding mold and mildew over time.
  • Low-Maintenance: Unlike other types of flooring, terrazzo is very easy to maintain. 
Cons
  • In the absence of carpets, terrazzo floors can be cold underfoot.
  • Professionals must perform terrazzo flooring installation to make sure that all the materials are mixed and incorporated correctly.

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