Terrazzo material is comprised of glass, shells, pottery, china bowls and toilets, stemware, windshields and other glass materials. It is mixed with either a cement or resin binder. Most notable brands are Vetrazzo, Icestone, and Enviroglass.
One of the many benefits with terrazzo is the use of glass to make up the majority of the product. Even though the binder (cement or resin) is not typically GREEN, the recycled glass content make these great for the environmentally conscious consumer.
It is a scratch, heat and stain resistant. Is is comparable to granite in scratch resistance. The material can withstand heat well and staining is dependent on the sealer. If you are more carefree, the material will take on a patina with use. If you wipe up spills and seal on a regular basis, it will remain the same for years.
The main drawback is the fact it will etch with acidic foods. Actually the glass will be fine, but the cement binder will be compromised. EnviroGlass uses a resin binder that will not stain or be susceptible to etching. Seams are visible much like granite. Edge profiles are limited. Glass particles can sometimes chip out creating a sharp edge.
Overall, terrazzo is a unique new idea in countertop materials. With the added value of recycled glass, terrazzo is the perfect alternative to quartz or granite counters.
Terrazzo works well in residential and commercial applications.
- IceStone (also see concrete)
- Vetrazzo (also see concrete)
PROS – Heat, scratch resistant. Recycled glass content is high. With proper sealing, product is stain resistant. Rates high among GREEN products.
CONS – Porous and will etch with vinegar and citrus acid. Must be sealed on a regular basis. EnviroGlass is resin based binder that be much more stain resistant. Limited edge choices. Glass pieces can chip out leaving a sharp edge.
CARE & CLEANING – Use mild cleaners. Do not use vinegar or any citrus based cleaners. Periodic sealing is required. Soap and water is the recommended, daily sealer.
WARRANTY - Check with local fabricator for warranty.
COST – As with most natural stone materials, terrazzo is considered a premium product and therefore considered one of the more expensive materials. Generally it ranges in price from $60 – $100 square foot.