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Use Recycled Glass for Terrazzo Type Floors

Use Recycled Glass for Terrazzo Type Floors

Repurpose empty glass bottles, broken windows, discarded mirrors, and even porcelain plumbing fixtures like sinks and toilets to lessen impact on landfills.

Homeowners, architects, and manufacturers of building materials are constantly seeking construction and remodeling solutions that are durable, eco-friendly, and attractive. Glass and porcelain items that have become damaged or outlived their usefulness can be ground or chipped up and mixed with an epoxy resin, concrete, or another bonding agent to fit the bill.

What qualities make it ideal for areas like the kitchen? It resists bacteria, it’s resistant to corrosion from cleaning chemicals, and to the interior decorator’s delight, the palette of colors and patterns is limited only by the imagination.

For example, when the Nike athletic shoe company was looking for an attractive yet environmentally responsible floor for its NikeWomen store, it turned to the EnviroGlas company for a unique mixture of mirror, glass chips, pigment, and an epoxy binding agent. What can be done for a high-traffic retail space can be applied to any new home or remodeling project.

Glass as a Substitute for Marble Chip Terrazzo

For centuries builders have made use of marble chips when installing terrazzo floors. One modern problem with this approach it the expense of natural stone. Unless you happen to live close to a quarry or stone-cutting facility, just the expense of transporting such a heavy material can drive the price up in a hurry. Glass is an obvious substitution solution when you consider that in the US alone, out of 40 billion glass bottles manufactured annually, an estimated 75% make their way to the landfill.

The method of installing class chip terrazzo is straightforward. Rather than using cement as the bonding agent associated with “old-style” terrazzo, a more pliable epoxy may be substituted, which can eliminate the need for a sand bed and makes it a better choice in locations that are susceptible to big swings in temperature, although cement is better for outdoor applications.

The binding agent is thoroughly mixed with the glass, mirror, and porcelain chips required and then poured a bit higher than what the finished floor is called for on the floor schedule blueprints. Once it has cured, the surface is polished down. It can be poured in sections if a pattern is required.

No-Seal Kitchen and Bath Vanity Countertops

There are a variety of approaches for building one, but generally the process is the same as you would do when you make a concrete countertop. There are several reasons why this is a better way to go than a granite countertop. First, there’s no need for a sealer; it’s not porous as some natural stone is.

The expense can be lower; the final look can be as simple or as complex as the imagination requires. When epoxy is used as the binding agent, chances of cracking are much lower. Finally, it’s much better for the environment and can score 7 points towards LEED certification for recycled content credit.

For more commercial floor ideas, visit The London Floor Company.

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