Venetian terrazzo is chosen for its great versatility.
The combinations of colours and different materials guarantees the possibility of satisfying even the most modern aesthetic needs. Its variegated composition doesn’t let dirt show and the fact that there aren’t any grooves makes it easy to clean throughout the years. Venetian terrazzo is a handicraft where the manual predominates over the mechanical one. For this reason, when observing a traditional Venetian terrazzo one can note the following particularities:
- it is a conglomerate of marble chips and cement, giving its final aspect, especially if seen against the light it will not appear perfectly homogeneous as a slab of marble or granite; terrazzo’s typical finish is never as shiny as the other types of pavement.
- For the same reasons as described above, on terrazzo’s surface one can find little holes or slightly bigger ones where small chips have come off through the years and which can be refilled by using grout;
- Even is all types of precautions are taken there is no definite method for preventing little cracks which can appear along the years; the causes are numerous and not always assessable from the beginning. In any case it is possible to intervene and restore the pavement’s original aspect.
- The grinding of Venetian terrazzo is done with grinding machines manually manoeuvred; slight undulations in the surface are inevitable, if, of course, they are contained and of acceptable size. Terrazzo naturally tends to slightly rise along the borders: this is due in part to the manual grinding, not easily done near the perimeters of the walls and to the natural withdrawal of the cement binder.