Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Home and Garden  > Flooring, Painting & Remodeling > Terrazzo Floor

Terrazzo Floor Cost


How Much Does a Terrazzo Floor Cost?

 
low costDIY Tile Installation: $6-$20 a Square Footaverage costProfessional Tile Installation: $12-$30 a Square Foothigh costPoured-in-Place Terrazzo: $20-$80 a Square Foot
post E-mail post Post  

Common in large commercial or institutional spaces, terrazzo is also called Venetian mosaic. It may have a pebbly appearance, but terrazzo's flexibility allows for a wide variety of styles, textures and designs, including geometrics, graphics or a logo in the flooring. Terrazzo is an ancient flooring method that adds a conglomeration of stone, marble and/or glass chips to a resin- or cement-based mixture. It's poured in place, and once it hardens the terrazzo is ground and polished to a smooth surface, creating an extremely durable and easy-to-maintain floor.

The poured-in-place terrazzo process is labor-intensive and more suited to large open spaces, making it less common in residential applications. However, it has been used in large, custom homes, and the development of comparatively less expensive terrazzo tiles has led to increasing installations of distinctive terrazzo tile floors in similar areas of high-end homes.

Typical costs:

  • A terrazzo floor has a high initial price, but can last for generations with no replacement costs. Professionally installed poured-in-place terrazzo can cost $20-$50 a square foot ($8,000-$20,000 for a 20'x20'; $40,000-$100,000 for 2,000 square feet) but can go as high as $60-$80 or more a square foot. (Smaller projects generally cost more per square foot.) Stone Business Online[1] reports that a terrazzo kitchen floor in a luxury apartment cost about $60,000.
  • A do-it-yourself poured terrazzo installation project is challenging but not impossible, and material costs can be minimal. A Florida homeowner[2] used white cement, fine sand, scraps from a marble wholesaler, a small rock crusher and a homemade grinder to set his own terrazzo floors for about $200.
  • Terrazzo tiles come in a wide variety of color and texture combinations, and can cost $6-$20 or more a square foot, or $2,400-$8,000 for 20'x20'. Professional installation can add another $6-$10 a square foot, bringing total costs for labor and materials to $12-$30 or more a square foot, or $4,800-$12,000 for 20'x20'. FastFloors.com[3] offers a 12"x12" terrazzo tile for $8-$20 a square foot, and the Ecowise[4] store in Texas offers 16"x16" terrazzo tiles for $10.80-$16.55 a square foot.
Related articles: Marble Floor, Slate Floor, Limestone Floor, Stone Floor, Tile Flooring

What should be included:
  • Typically, a firm bed or flooring foundation is laid out (such as a concrete slab). Then, grid sections (usually about 3 square feet each, or in a custom pattern) are laid out and attached to the foundation. The terrazzo mixture (chips plus concrete or resin) is poured over the grid. The mixture is vibrated and compacted to remove air bubbles, then packed tightly using special equipment. After it hardens, the surface is ground and polished. Depending on the job conditions, there are a number of systems for installing terrazzo, and the National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association provides an overview. The manufacturer Picasso-Crete provides a video slideshow[5] of the installation process for its product.
  • For those reasonably confident in their do-it-yourself abilities, DoItYourself.com offers instructions[6] for pouring a traditional cement-based terrazzo floor.
  • Terrazzo is one of the original "green" environmentally-friendly flooring products for its use of natural materials and recycled stone or glass chips. Terrazzo also emits no volatile organic compounds[7] (VOCs, which may have short- or long-term negative health effects). Terrazzo can be used indoors or outdoors.
Additional costs:
  • Maintenance generally includes daily dust-mopping, use of pH-neutral cleaners and -- for cement-based rather than epoxy/resin terrazzo -- an annual sealing with an acrylic-based sealer. Cleaning products runs $10-$30 a gallon, and sealers run $20-$50 a gallon.
Shopping for a terrazzo floor:
  • For a professionally-installed traditional terrazzo floor, the National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association provides a list of contractors and suppliers that can be searched by state.
  • Terrazzo tile manufacturers include Daltile and Eco-Terr[8] . Terrazzo tiles are sold by online retailers like CoolTiles[9] and FastFloors.com[10] .
  • Get several estimates, asking about the training and experience of the installers, the materials to be used, performance warranties and the length of time required to complete the project. Request (and confirm) references from satisfied customers, and ask to see examples of recently completed projects. Make sure the contractor is properly bonded, insured and licensed[11] (state licensing requirements vary), and check for any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[12] .
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


10 Key Ways to Prepare for Extreme Snow
Forecasters are predicting a true nor'easter will hit the eastern and central states with rain, thunderstorms, ice, snow and high winds over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's crucial to plan ahead, before bad weather hits. || Posted November 26 2013


10 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures Before the Holidays
With reunions and other get-togethers scheduled during the holiday season, most people want to look their best at this time of year. For some, that means filling in those wrinkles with a bit of botox, or having a nip and tuck down here and there. || Posted November 23 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Terrazzo Floor
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Square Footage : Tile or Poured in Place: 
Contractor:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.stonebusiness.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1429:terrazzo-green-i...
  2.  www.city-data.com/forum/house/91165-terrazzo-floors.html
  3.  www.fastfloors.com/catalog/productline.asp?productlineid=16409&productid=99460
  4.  www.ecowise.com/default.asp
  5.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=szc37753FN8
  6.  www.doityourself.com/stry/how-to-lay-terrazzo-floors
  7.  www.epa.gov/iaq/voc.html
  8.  www.coveringsetc.com/EcoTerrHome.aspx
  9.  scripts2.cooltiles.com/cgi-bin/search.pl?text=terrazzo&x=0&y=0
  10.  www.fastfloors.com/_library/search.asp?qtxt=terrazzo&submit=GO
  11.  www.contractors-license.org/
  12.  www.bbb.org/us/Find-Business-Reviews/
More Home and Garden Topics
Check Out All Costs for Home and Garden How Much Does a Propane Tank Cost? How Much Does a Plumber Cost? How Much Does Pressure Washing Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com




Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
24hour locksmith
Paid: 115.00
This is a crooked company.24 hour locksmith in Omaha ne... [more]
-stuart
Locksmith Cost
A very long driveway! 50 YARDS
Paid: 40.00
Gave a $10 tip, so a total of $50. He ran truck thru driveway and hand shoveled the sidewalks, deck and steps. I tried to get a head start last night -but overnight the drifts grew to 5 and 6 feet or more... [more]
-Tuffy
Snow Removal Cost
Geo-Thermal
Paid: 0.00
We purchased a home built in 1992 with a Geo-Thermal. We were so excited, now we are Not impressed. Yes it is quieter, but the savings are not significant. Every year we have an issue and very few companies work on them... [more]
-LISAM
Geothermal Heat Pump Cost
Oil burner prime
Paid: 80.00
This seems like a lot of money to prime an oil burner. A task that takes 5 minutes and a bill for $80... [more]
-Mark Stevens
Furnace Tune-up Cost
Tummy tuck
Paid: 0.00
I'm a 46 yr old beautiful woman I only look about 35 I'm often mistaken for my 25 yr old sons wife however I'm fairly thin and fit but my tummy is large & sagging and gives me a huge complex I've done exercise dieting the rest of me ge... [more]
-Ahagg
Tummy Tuck Cost
Interpreter
Paid: 200.00
$200 was the best money ever spend in hiring Albanian court interpreter Mr Oliver Kici to interpret for a deposition my mother had on December of 2014 Having a professional interpreter made a huge difference on the way the deposition was h... [more]
-Edmond
Interpreter Cost