October 7, 2018
Traditional terrazzo flooring is well known for its aesthetically pleasing unique look and durability. The traditional flooring is a composition of marble, stone, glass, quartz and other materials, set in a cement or polymer base.
However, the real deal comes at a cost, with a high cost price and specialised installation required.
This is where terrazzo look tiles come in, bringing an air of luxury Italian style to your home or business at a lower cost and with less maintenance.
Terrazzo vs Terrazzo Look Tiles.
The 15th century Italians are generally given credit for the introduction of terrazzo flooring. Terrazzo – which is Italian for “terrace” – flooring was a creation of the Venetian construction workers, who made flooring for their own homes with mixed scraps of marble from their upmarket flooring jobs, and clay. The workers then ground down the marble, so it could be walked on.
Over time, and with the advancement of technology, the manufacture and installation of terrazzo flooring has improved, however it is still a costly flooring to install in your home.
Fast forward to the present and we have terrazzo look tiles, which mimic the real thing with a lower cost, easier install and a range of colours and styles.
Much like the other “look” tiles in the Myaree Ceramic range, terrazzo look tiles are made from glazed porcelain or ceramic and use advanced printing technology to give depth and realism to the tile.
Could a “Fake” Ever Look Like the Real Deal?
It can be hard to imagine that a printed tile could look close to or even be mistaken to the real thing – especially terrazzo, which is so multidimensional.
The printing technology of today allows for a glaze to be perfectly applied over occasional pieces of “aggregate”, before it is sealed with a matte or gloss finish.
Debunking the Misconception: “Terrazzo is Plain”
One of the misconceptions about terrazzo is that it is plain or dull. While some commercial institutions choose to use a monochrome floor, terrazzo look tiles have an almost unlimited colour range and “aggregate” combination looks that can be used to further customize the design of your floors.
At Myaree Ceramics, we stock a range or terrazzo look tiles to help you create that timeless, luxurious space you’ve dreamed of.
Benefits of Terrazzo Look Tiles
People worry that because terrazzo look tiles are not “real” terrazzo, they are paying for a lesser quality item. However, terrazzo look tiles are a drawcard of many home and business owners because of their benefits, which include affordability, durability and maintenance & versatility.
Creating, installing and sealing real terrazzo is expensive and time consuming – all downfalls which can be alleviated by using tiles.
Terrazzo look tiles allow home and business owners to recreate the look much more quickly and simply, as the tiles can be laid just like other tiles and do not require a costly specialised installation.
Durability and Versatility
Real terrazzo is a durable substance; however, it relies on correct installation and generally cannot be exposed to water or weather conditions.
As they are made from porcelain or ceramic, terrazzo look tiles are fairly resistant to stains, scratches and indentations. Teamed with the right finish, terrazzo look tiles can be a great choice for high traffic areas in your home or business or can even be used as part of a feature wall.
Traditional terrazzo is extremely porous, as it is made of concrete. This means that traditional terrazzo requires special maintenance to protect it from stains and particularly water.
However, terrazzo look tiles avoid this issue, as they are made from porcelain, which will save you time and money on upkeep over the lifespan of your flooring.
The Myaree Ceramics Difference
At Myaree Ceramics, we take pride in helping our customers to find the best flooring solution for their needs, with extensive knowledge and a broad range of tiles and flooring styles in our showroom.
Visit the Myaree Ceramics showroom today to view our full range of terrazzo look tiles and take home some Italian luxury.