Before getting to the point, it will be important to understand the idea of Terrazzo and describe precisely what the standards for Terrazzo finishes in the industry are.
Terrazzo gets installed by terrazzo specialists and trade. This process involves various steps of preparation and substrate systems that are precisely calculated for the timeless performance of terrazzo floors.
Terrazzo companies invest tremendous amounts of work to insure that their tedious systems and specific work ethics will guarantee flawless business transactions between companies and building owners.
The budget doesn’t allow room for errors, and limits the amount of unnecessary steps and details that cause the spending of extra money.
most of the time, terrazzo is finished at 200 grit diamond discs to keep the numbers stable.
There are multiple diamond finishing steps that are left out in order to stay in budget. but those steps are the game changers for the terrazzo standards and creators of the important segment of the industry. So called terrazzo diamond polishing trade.
To finalize, the 200 grit surface gets sealed by topical sealer also known as coating or wax. This tops off the surface at the end of the process.
Coating is an important step for the Terrazzo process. It is essential for the coating to be there to take all the wear and tear that may occur after the process, It also serves to provide artificial gloss and reflectivity, thus also giving it the plasticky glossy finish.
This system is time efficient and cost effective and follows the #1 business motto; YOU GET WHAT YOU PAID FOR. In this industry, this quote is not to be avoided.
Thick layers of sealer that is applied on the terrazzo surface has its own specific texture qualities and provides particular sheen and gloss which is described as the “ORANGE PEEL” in this industry.
The name says all… Terrazzo surface that been treated with coating sealers look exactly like the peel of the iconic, glossy and delicious Florida orange.
Coated terrazzo surface reflectivity is very limited vs “GLASS LIKE” diamond polished surfaces such as marble or granite, since those surfaces are polished mechanically in stone processing factories.
After some period of time when terrazzo is in need of maintenance and recoating, reasonable concerns and questions are rising.
WAS THIS REALLY THE BEST FINISH SYSTEM FOR OUR TERRAZZO OR WE SHOULD CONSIDER AN ALTERNATIVE? Or WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE?
The alternative is A diamond polished system for terrazzo floors.
The steps that were left out in the beginning of process becomes an option to consider.
An artificial reflectivity of the surface has to be stripped off and a mechanical reflective surface has to be developed with multiple steps of a diamond grit polishing process.
WHAT IS THE TRUE DESCRIPTION OF DIAMOND POLISHED TERRAZZO SURFACE?
Diamond polished system is a fully mechanical process of various grits of diamond pads getting into very close contact with the working surface creating a high friction and resistance communication between the pad and working surface.
This methodology closes the pores of the terrazzo and makes it microscopically flat to the point that light beams are no longer able to penetrate into the surface and are reflected by its absolute flatness and density.
The condition and description of diamond polished terrazzo is equally identical of mirror or glass like surfaces and similar to their performances.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DIAMOND POLISHED TERRAZZO FLOORS?
Appearance, durability, longevity and low-maintenance are the main benefits of diamond polished terrazzo floors.
True image reflectivity with clarity reveals a deeply full visual potential and effectiveness of terrazzo surface.
Diamond polishing process increases density of terrazzo which automatically leads to harder and more durable surface with ability of resisting. Because of the flatness and pore-less finish, floors are less likely to dull due to wear and tear.
Terrazzo ment to be the most timeless surface that exists along with natural stone. Diamond polished terrazzo will over last every building and will not fail with appropriate treatment and care. Becoming over lasting and historical is a destiny that can not be avoided for diamond polished terrazzo.
The durability +Longevity =Low Maintenance.
The idea of this blog was to highlight the most important missing segment that terrazzo industry has and hopefully it served its purpose.