Ordering: Terrazzo can be cast in large pieces, whether in simple moulds or complex 3D volumes. Terrazzo textures are fully customizable, in colour, shape and size of the marble aggregates.
Our factory's technical and design team assists you with defining your project and translating it into an execution plan approved by the client.
We have all the IT tools - CAD, CAM and computer numerical control machines (CNC machine) - and teams trained in their use. The production stages are: validation of the execution plan | mould making | metal or fibber reinforcements | casting of materials | natural hardening in a controlled atmosphere | 2D and 3D polishing | surface finish.
Finally, the parts are shipped to your site on a pallet, with protective packaging such as a "sea crate".
Definition : : Terrazzo is a type of concrete manufactured with care and quality additives. It is the result of a mix of white cement, fine aggregates (powder and micro-granulates) and chips, fragments of pieces of Marble or other mineral materials. After adding water, this mix is poured in a mould, and left to harden naturally for several weeks. The next step is abrasive polishing, that eliminates a 2-5mm surface layer and unveils the decorative aggregates. Finally, the terrazzo is gloss-polished which hardens the surfaces and enhances the colours.
Granito is a fine-grained Terrazzo that incorporates chips of 2 to 3 mm, generally of marble or coloured glass. Granito is therefore more uniform than Terrazzo.
Terrazzo is a decorative material known since Roman times. Originally made with lime-based binders (baked limestone) then hydraulic mortars (adding volcanic ash and crushed bricks to the lime). The discovery of "Portland" cement (1860) allowed a wide distribution of Terrazzo as we know it today.
Terrazzo is a decorative material, it is not structural concrete.
Maintenance : Terrazzo (and Granito) are cement and marble-based materials, therefore alkaline in nature. The maintenance, porosity and durability of Terrazzo is similar to that of natural stone, marble, or polished concrete surfaces.
Worktops, tables and furnishings are treated in factory, after polishing: sealed, crystallized and waxed, in order to reduce their porosity and therefore their sensitivity to stains from pigments or chemical agents.
Regular care with PH-neutral soap and wax, and avoiding prolonged contact with acidic, alkaline or strongly pigmented products will ensure the long-term beauty. Terrazzo is a product that lives and evolves with time. This product should only be cleaned with PH neutral soap as other products may cause itching.
Handling and installation: Terrazzo slabs and furniture are to be installed by an experienced professional. Our responsibility is limited to the manufacturing of the Terrazzo elements and not their subsequent operations. Slabs should be kept in their packaging until installation to prevent any aesthetic or structural damage. The slabs must not rest or lean on their edges and sides to avoid chipping.
The weight of the slabs (between 70 and 95 kg per m2 for thicknesses of 3 to 4 cm) implies a need for detailed planning of installation, making sure structures are prepared and reducing handling of the slabs.
All movement and manipulation of the slabs prior to installation should be done vertically, and not horizontally. Make sure all supports and structures are levelled before beginning installation. If Terrazzo elements need to be aligned with each other, ensure this levelling by adjusting the supports and structures.
Limitation of liability : The slabs, furniture and objects are manufactured according to the information in the execution plan that the customer has approved prior to order confirmation. We take no responsibility for any errors made by customer during the measurement process. The execution plan must therefore be carefully reviewed by the buyer. A dimensional tolerance of +/- 4 mm from the execution plan is to be considered normal, due to the retractile nature of concrete and the handcrafted nature of the bespoke manufacturing process. We offer a transport solution but the customer can freely choose another logistics company. The slabs and objects are transported on pallets, and delivered to the pavement on a street accessible to a 12T delivery lorry. The unpacking of the pallet / transport to site or to the upper floors is not included in our service.