Precast terrazzo tiles vs terrazzo poured on site

Date:Feb 22, 2020


YES, terrazzo is back! New modern designs and styles with endless options and possibilities have reinvented this classic flooring and wall cladding. It is easy to fall in love with this material, but do you know what terrazzo is, where it comes from and how to choose the best terrazzo for your project? In order to help you answer those questions we will post a series of topics related to terrazzo. First of all we will with start by explaining the main two catagories of terrazzo; terrazzo tiles vs terrazzo poured on site, and break down the advantages and disadvantages of each one of them.


Terrazzo is a decorative material made of a mix of marble aggregates and/or other type of inlays casted in either a cement or resin based binder. Once hardened, the surface is polished to reveal the beauty of the decorative chips. As we mentioned earlier there are two main types of terrazzo:

  1. Continuous Terrazzo – casted on site. The liquid mixture of marble and cement (or resin) is poured directly on site. After the hardening phase, which can take up to weeks, the floor is levelled and polished with a buffing machine and abrasives.

  2. Terrazzo tiles – precasted in factory. The tiles are delivered polished and ready to install.

For a more in depth description of the origin and composition of terrazzo head over to our introductory post “What is Terrazzo” which will be followed up with specific posts on installation, maintenance and other topics and trends on terrazzo tiles.

TERRAZZO TILES VS TERRAZZO POURED ON SITE: advantages and disadvantages


  1. Design, design, design! Not even sky's the limit when it comes to terrazzo tiles. Different shapes, sizes, patterns, colours, glass or metal inlays… the creative options and possibilities are almost infinite.

  2. Fast and easy installation. Your contractor or tiler can install them whilst continuous terrazzo requires specialised companies to carry out the work.

  3. Short lead times. Terrazzo tiles in stock are available for immediate shipping and ready to use within a few days after the installation is complete. In contrast, when pouring terrazzo on site, there will be heavy and dirty machinery blocking your construction site for weeks.

  4. Wall installation. Dreaming of a terrazzo feature wall? Terrazzo tiles are the (one and only) way to go as it is practically unachievable for poured on site terrazzo.

  5. Small projects. Terrazzo tiles are perfect for small areas and surfaces. It can be very hard to find “specialised” companies in continuous Terrazzo that will work on small and medium spaces.

  6. Customisation. Need a specific design, pattern or colourway? Yes, you’re right, the answer is: bespoke terrazzo tiles made to order. Rest assure they will take your interior design or renovation project to the next level.

  7. Price. Last but not least. Terrazzo tiles are (2 to 5 times) less expensive than poured terrazzo.

Another benefit with Terrazzo tiles is that they generally perform better than continuous terrazzo when subsoil movement occurs. Poured on site/continuous terrazzo tend to show unexpected cracks and progressive appearance of problems whilst Terrazzo tiles withstand greater stress as the joints between the tiles absorbs/allows for a certain degree of fluctuation.

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