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Terrazzo Flooring Lifecycle

The lifecycle of terrazzo flooring first involves gathering and preparing recycled glass to be assembled at the installation site. At the end of terrazzo floor's lifecycle, it can be broken down and reused in concrete flooring. But one shouldn't forget the transportation and processing of the final product, as these also play an important role when it comes to measuring a product's eco–friendliness. Use this section of® to learn more about the lifecycle of terrazzo flooring.

Terrazzo Flooring Products

Origin of terrazzo flooring:

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As much as 95% of the content of terrazzo is recycled glass. The remaining content is either cement or epoxy. Recycled glass terrazzo tile is manufactured in production facilities, but traditionally, terrazzo floors are created on location.

How terrazzo flooring is transported:

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Some recycled glass terrazzo tiles may be transported by ship, but most are carried by truck. The materials for cast–in–place terrazzo floors are delivered by truck.

How terrazzo flooring is processed:

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Cement or epoxy are combined with crushed recycled glass and poured and allowed to cure. Some cast–in–place terrazzo floors require up to 3 layers of materials. In a marble–chip design, a level foundation of concrete 3–4 inches deep is laid down. This is topped off with sandy concrete that's generally up to an inch thick. Metal divider strips are then set into this layer before it has time to dry (these are used wherever there is a change of color or joint). In the final layer, a fine marble chip mixture is added and rolled into place.

How terrazzo flooring is installed:

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Recycled glass terrazzo tiles are set much like other stone or tile in mortar. When installing tile in a room, start in the center and work your way towards the walls. Once the mortar and tiles are set, grout is applied to the joints. The floor should be allowed to cure for 72 hours (it should not be walked upon during this time). Tile trims and transitions can be used to help adjoin the recycled glass terrazzo tiles to other floors. Cast–in–place terrazzo flooring is installed as it is created.

Disposing of terrazzo flooring:

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Terrazzo floors can last for generations. When no longer wanted, they can be broken up and used as aggregate in concrete or as base material and fill for construction projects or roadways.