Understanding Specifications for Terrazzo Flooring Contractors

Are you a professional flooring contractor or supplier interested in offering consumers the best flooring materials for their needs? If so, you should consider terrazzo flooring – not the terrazzo of yesteryear, but the new advanced options available only from Trend Terrazzo. What should terrazzo flooring contractors and suppliers know about these tiles?

What Are the Primary Ingredients?

Unlike older types of terrazzo, our flooring includes up to 72% of post-consumer recycled materials. That means you’re able to market it as a more environmentally-friendly option, giving your own customers the ability to go green and reduce their impact on the planet. The flooring itself also contains only stone, glass, quartz and porcelain, all held together with a polyester-based polymer binding agent.

What Adhesives Can Be Used?

Terrazzo flooring contractors and suppliers can use a wide range of adhesive options to install our flooring tiles. However, we do recommend Mapei Granirapid fast cement, or Laticrete 4237 Rapid and 211 (latex) fast cement. Both offer exceptionally fast setting properties, are highly durable, and are bi-component formulations.

What about Substrate Requirements?

Terrazzo flooring contractors and suppliers can install Trend agglomerate on a range of substrates, including cement and cemented concrete. It can also be installed on a leveled, primed subfloor. Note that cement and concrete floors must be completely clean and dry, and be perfectly level. Generally, this will require the use of an auto-leveling compound. The compound should be applied with ample time for it to cure prior to the installation of the terrazzo tile, as well. Note that all subfloors/substrates should have a maximum humidity level of 3%.

Installation Tips

When installing Trend agglomerate, we recommend that the room has been maintained at 50 to 80 degrees F for a minimum of 12 hours prior to installation. Note that this does not apply to adhesive temperature – follow the manufacturer’s directions on this. When applying the tiles themselves, each tile must be back buttered with adhesive. In addition, the adhesive needs to be applied to the floor using two different trowels (5/16 and 1/8), creating what’s called a “full bed”.

At Trend Terrazzo, we’ve pioneered a new type of terrazzo flooring. Green, beautiful, durable and easy to install, our tiles are equally at home in businesses and residential installations. We invite you to contact us today to learn more about our tile selection, installation process, and specifications.

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