The Pros and Cons of Terrazzo Tile

Terrazzo tile is long-lasting and comes in fun colors—just don't slip.
By: Karin Beuerlein
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Terrazzo is a flooring material traditionally made by exposing marble chips on the surface of concrete and then polishing until smooth. Now, however, you can buy terrazzo in tile form. It’s often used in public buildings because it’s long-lasting and can be refinished repeatedly.

Terrazzo is quite slippery and can cause falls, so it may not be a good flooring choice for families with especially young or elderly members. Ask your contractor about applying non-slip additives to the surface.

Install Yourself? No
Best Uses: Flooring, walls, countertops, backsplashes
Pros: Unique beauty, elegance, longevity
Cons: Expense, can cause slips
Price Range: $7–$10 per square foot

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