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Terrazzo: Not Just for Floors Anymore

April 14, 2019

Terrazzo is one of the trendiest materials you’ll find in new homes in Columbus GA this year. This beautiful, versatile and long-lasting product is showing up all over the house as well as being imitated in fabric, wallpaper and almost any other material you can think of.

What is terrazzo?

Terrazzo is a time-tested surface that blends small pieces of marble, quartz, granite, glass or shells in a cementitious or epoxy resin binder. It began in Renaissance Venice as a flooring material made from marble chips embedded in concrete. It soon spread around the world, where it enjoyed surges of popularity in the 1920’s and 1970’s. It was found to be ideal for commercial use in shopping malls, airports and other high-traffic areas.

The material is extremely durable and can be customized in almost endless ways. It’s now seeing a huge revival, this time in residential interior design. Today’s terrazzo is available in new colors and designs, bolder patterns and modern materials. It can include dramatically multicolored chips in a contrasting or coordinating background. Think blue and yellow in a white base or a combination of orange, green and gray in a black base. New materials include metallic pieces and larger pieces of stone. Most modern terrazzo is made with epoxy, which is more versatile, stronger, lighter and faster to install than concrete.

What are some ways to use it?

These days you’ll see terrazzo on countertops, backsplashes, tabletops, bathroom walls, shower walls and almost anywhere else.

Terrazzo-patterned area rugs, wallpaper, removable wall murals, fabric, décor accessories, lighting fixtures, flower pots and more are taking the colors and patterns of terrazzo to new places. You can even find terrazzo-patterned phone cases!

Is it easy to maintain?

One of the advantages of terrazzo is that it’s a low-maintenance surface. It just needs a quick daily dust mopping and a weekly damp-mopping with a neutral product recommended by the manufacturer. It is important to clean up spills immediately. Badly soiled floors can be refreshed with a buffing machine.

Ready to try terrazzo in a new home? Call Rose Anne Erickson Realty today at 706-257-1776 to learn more about our fantastic listings of new homes in Columbus GA.

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