Terrazzo is well suited to public buildings, most notably libraries. The high-traffic entryways, hallways and reception areas need more durability than carpeting can supply.
Polished, gleaming terrazzo is beautiful and tough. Terrazzo can withstand heavy weight, does not stain, and can be cleaned with basic cleaning supplies. When properly cared for, a terrazzo floor can last decades.
The unlimited color palette and ability to create free-form patterns not only provides a unique design, but also helps define different sections and gives directional indications to patrons. Moreover, library carts can be pushed quietly and easily over terrazzo, as there are no grout joints in the floor to make noise or carpet to slow progress.
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