Terrazzo Flooring Finishes

Have you ever walked across a floor in an airport, hotel, casino or office building and been amazed at the almost glass-like appearance and the patterns underneath? Perhaps you have been to Boston's Logan International Airport and seen the breathtaking Atlantic Journey Terrazzo flooring and wondered how they did that. In this article we will walk you through a brief review of Terrazzo flooring and introduce you to the wonderful use of Terrazzo flooring finishes.

What's It Made Of?

Terrazzo flooring is composed of composite material poured in place. It consists of marble, quartz, granite, glass or other suitable chips; sprinkled or unsprinkled throughout the cast, and poured with a binder that is cementitious, chemical or a combination of both. Terrazzo is cured, ground and polished to a smooth surface or otherwise finished to produce a uniformly textured surface. The end result is a floor that looks uniform in appearance and a finishes that can be polished to a high buff or gloss for a truly breathtaking floor decor.

Types of Finishes

Terrazzo flooring finishes can be done in a number of ways from a textured appearance, such as small quartz chips giving the look of a bumpy floor, to high-gloss finishes such as those with intricate design patterns that are often topped by a glass-like epoxy coating on top.


Many people who choose to install Terrazzo flooring do it because of its unique design and originality. No two Terrazzo floors will ever look the same because of the casting and in-place pouring of the floor. By using a wide variety of materials in the case the homeowner can transform a kitchen or entry way floor into an original work of art.

Glass chips, for example, can be used in a variety of colors to give an entry way a mosaic of color that leads into the main living area that follows the same color patterns. The glass like finish of the Terrazzo flooring gives the impression of three dimensions to the casual observer.


Outside, a Terrazzo floor on a backyard patio might take on a more textured approach. By mixing a variety of rock and stone chips the finished Terrazzo floor becomes almost part of the landscape through its intricate patterns and rock-like appearance. Your guests will think they are walking on a nature-made creation instead of a man-made one.

Terrazzo flooring is truly a unique look that is complimented by its distinct finishes. Though the cost per square foot is the highest of any type of flooring, the aesthetic value and originality are what draw most homeowners to consider laying this type of floor.

See Also:

Terracotta Ceramic Tiles
Building a Concrete Patio