Terrazzo can turn a floor into one massive canvas

by Ofentse Sefolo
Terrazzo can turn a floor into one massive canvas

Traditionally, terrazzo flooring consisted of granite or marble chips set in concrete and polished down to a smooth surface to create a decoratively patterned finish of tiny, interspersed coloured flakes. Resin systems and new technology are now revolutionising the way terrazzo surfaces are designed and installed.

Blocks of coloured resin can easily be poured into a desired pattern when an epoxy or polyurethane based system is used instead of concrete. The shimmer and shine that can be achieved across a floor area can be tailored by getting creative with the aggregates that are added into the resin mix. Some of the aggregates that can be incorporated into a resin terrazzo floor include crystal mirror glass, marble, flint, mother of pearl and granite, for example. Designers can now think of a floor area as one massive canvas on which a bespoke work of art can be created thanks to the versatility of seamless resin terrazzo flooring.

Foot traffic, frequent cleaning and spillages won’t be a problem with resin terrazzo floors as the colours, patterns and shimmer won’t deteriorate over time. These floors are also easy to clean as well as highly durable, making them ideal for commercial installations in airports, shopping centres, restaurants and theme parks.

Flowcrete’s seamless resin terrazzo range Mondéco has been installed in a long list of prestigious, high-end locations around the world, including at the new Moody Lagoon restaurant opened at Benguela Cove, which is situated in a luxury winery estate in South Africa. Guests at the restaurant are treated to amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean and a lagoon. To create a floor keeping with this interior design theme, 300m² of the resin terrazzo system Mondéco Earth in two complementary colours was installed in a geometric pattern of interconnected squares, rectangles and lines.

A restaurant in one of the most iconic postcodes in London called Leicester Square Kitchen has also embraced the world of terrazzo. 100m² of Mondéco Rapide was applied in and around the restaurant’s central bar area. The floor was applied at night and other trades were able to work onsite by the following morning thanks to its fast curing time.

For more information contact Flowcrete on Tel: +27 (31) 461 3411 or via www.flowcretesa.co.za.

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