Terrazzo Marble, also known as 'pre-cast' Terrazzo, is a composite stone. 'Pre-cast' refers to the casting of an object outside the construction site, thereby allowing its formation under controlled conditions. This is done with the Terrazzo slabs to ensure that the products match up to industry standards. Being a 'composite', it is the product of mixing two or more selective materials for a desirable blend. This blend births an engineered product that boasts of enhanced characteristics when compared to a natural stone.
The Terrazzo look originated in 18th century Italy, but there also exist other precedents that go back as far as the Egyptian civilisation. Italian craftsmen juxtaposed the chunks of slabs in a base to create Terrazzo stone and marble. Traditionally adjoined by glue or mortar, this art was brought to finish after polishing its surfaces. Today this craft brings to your kitchen Terrazzo kitchen worktops and Terrazzo kitchen countertops to have your interiors a touch richer.
Terrazzo manufacturers create pre-cast slabs that are a result of mixing natural stones such as marble, granite, and limestone. This is done to achieve an artistic blend of the selected materials. It is essential for them to maintain that natural look and feel of the stones they were made from, which has been the practice since they first built them on a base in Italy. The performance gained by this amalgamation of selected stones makes Terrazzo one of the most high-performance flooring materials today. Naturally, the permutations and combinations that the artisans are afforded, thanks to the variety in stone options, means many unique slab designs to choose from. The wide availability of materials, their own individual colour variations, and multiple finish options guarantee a plethora of styles to choose from.
Given the way Terrazzo is constructed, it'd be amiss to not speak of how one needs to care for it. Terrazzo is one of those flooring materials which has easier maintenance regimes than most. Neutral cleaners (neither acidic nor alkaline) are enough for the daily maintenance of typical Terrazzo interiors like the floor tiles, while the usual infrequent buffing can restore its shine. This makes it a prudent choice for almost all kinds of interior design. The ease of retaining the fresh look of a natural stone allows for a wealth of options, especially ones that would suit the interiors of a rustic home in the UK.
A typical pre-cast Terrazzo countertop in the UK covers an area that approximates to 4.5 square meters, so you could consider inlaying these right alongside the circumference of an outdoor pool for a touch of 'the wild.' Kitchen contemporary styles are returning with the Terrazzo splashback designs, a prized selection of which would offer you the possibility of creating seamless panels and worktops with minimalist looks.
Since Terrazzo Marble is suitable for both indoors and outdoors, it makes it an ideal choice for many applications. These can range from table tops to furniture pieces, vanity tops to floor tiles, staircases to steps and handrails, fireplace surrounds to lounge patterns and even foyers to external facades.