Concrete Terrazzo Coatings - Design Options
The color and design possibilities with epoxy terrazzo are limitless, allowing the creation of elaborate works of floor art.
"Design engineers go nuts over the beautiful layouts and designs you just can't get with any other type of hard-surface flooring," says Cain. As an example, he points to epoxy terrazzo installations at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., which incorporate replications of Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters.
The epoxy matrix can be tinted any color, ranging from vivid reds and blues to subtle pastel shades. Many manufacturers also offer computer-matched custom colors. "It's just like paint," says Hardy. "Any color can be reproduced."
However, the epoxy matrix only serves as the setting for the brilliant jewels of decorative aggregate. When revealed by polishing, they provide a rhapsody of sparkling color accents that can either contrast with or complement the epoxy base.
The divider strips further extend the designers freedom. They can be used to separate different colors of terrazzo mixes for intricate designs or as an accent themselves. The dividers are available in a variety of materials including zinc, brass, and colored plastic. They can also be specified in different sizes and shapes.
"Often the divider strips are bent right on the jobsite," says Cain. "On real intricate jobs, some terrazzo contractors bring in an artist to draw the design right on the floor. Then the contractor uses that design as a template to lay out the strips."
Terrazzo Floor Color Chart - Glass Aggregates
These sample color are from Heritage Glass to provide you with ideas of the color selection you have when selecting glass aggregates for terrazzo flooring. These terrazzo aggregates are 98% recycled glass. They provide a durable floor surface suitable for homes, restaurants, businesses, schools, commercial buildings, grocery stores, airports and many other flooring surfaces.
Heritage Glass Aggregate Colors
You may find more information on these samples at Heritage Glass Inc.