Terrazzo is exceptionally durable but as with any stone-based flooring, it is not impossible to crack. If you see a crack in your terrazzo floor, there is no need to worry–it’s actually very easy to repair terrazzo as long as you know how. Terrazzo is not a uniform substance like granite or marble. Therefore, repairing terrazzo means respecting the composite nature of the material and using the right method for the type of repair you need. Professional support ensures that your repair job will not be noticeable.
- Patches. Both epoxy and cement patches are suitable for terrazzo floor repairs. Both types of patches are good for repairing hairline cracks, but epoxy is easier to use whereas cement patches are more durable. If you are determined to do it yourself, an epoxy patch offers the benefit of quickly patching the small area, which also prevents the crack from getting bigger. This method is highly recommended if the crack is small and it is not worth calling for professional help. If the crack is large, or is an actual chip, then a cement patch would be called for and unless you have worked with cement patches before and feel comfortable, a professional terrazzo repair service will leave your floor looking much nicer.
- Oil-based primers. Useful for very fine lines or tiny holes, an oil-based primer is useful when your terrazzo flooring is colored and needs to be painted after the repairs. Because of the need to choose the exact right paint for the floor, it is best to consult with a terrazzo flooring expert who knows the types of paints and the ways their colors will match your floor.
- Preventing problems. Terrazzo is generally easy to maintain, which is one of the reasons why it is a popular choice in flooring. However, there are a few caveats. One is that cleaning terrazzo should not involve the use of white vinegar or other acidic products that will dull the surface sheen. If you have already done this, you may need to repair and buff the surface.
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