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Blogging from Hong Kong

Posted by on Mar 30, 2010 in Floor, home, How to and Syle, Miami Terrazzo Restoration, terrazzo | Comments Off on Blogging from Hong Kong

Blogging from Hong Kong

After two days of being outside breathing in the polluted air it was time to find decent quality air and how did I do it?Go and find a Mall! And as always, I look at the floors. This mall  also used terrazzo tiles, as they did in the Mass Rapid Transportation System. As you can see from the photos in the video, the designer wanted to make to floor look fun and he accomplished it by installing two inch wide colorful terrazzo next to the white terrazzo floor. When I first came across this mall the flooring put a big smile on my face. I thought of the Nickelodeon channel. Very colorful something you would design for a kids area. Bringing a very modern and interesting design elements to this mall. And no one can come to Hong Kong without going to one of its many high end malls. That doesn’t mean one has to spend money. So  here I am in this mall I have never been in before and I am admiring the floor. This floor was amazing how it used a combination of different marbles. The white part of the flooring is terrazzo tile. Being a floor nut I had to get on my hands and knees and study the floor. Amazing it was.  So If you are ever considering installing a new floor think about how terrazzo can enhance you vision of a beautiful floor, but if you not going to install a new floor and you have a older Florida home you might be one of the lucky ones that have terrazzo under the dated floor material. A recent trend that I still am in amazement of, during the housing boom people where putting travertine and other soft marble on top of terrazzo thinking of beauty only not longevity.  Many people now in South Florida are removing these soft marble to get to the Terrazzo which requires virtually no maintenance. Just like in Miami, The high end stores also use Terrazzo. In the Art Deco district, Historical Terrazzo abounds. On the sidewalks, in the historical hotels, such as the Essex and Cleavlander. Newly installed Terrazzo is also being used in the new building. Colonial Floor and Stone Care has been serving the Miami/ Dade and surrounding counties to reclaim, restore and polish the unique and durable Terrazzo that has been part of the buildings in our area. My company, as well as I, are proud when we can reclaim Terrazzo that has lied hidden for decades in some of the most beautiful Mid Modern homes in our area. From large estates, to small Bungalow’s, Terrazzo in the 30’s to the 70’s was the floor to have in your home. With the cost of installing new Terrazzo costing $30 a square foot, reclaiming and restoring your Terrazzo floor is the most cost effective way of putting a “new” floor in. Wondering fs you have Terrazzo under the floor in your home from this era?  Easy way to find out is to look at the door threshold and you will see the Terrazzo. It may be dark, dull and far from what it should look like, but if there are speck of color in what you may thing is a foundation concrete may very well be Terrazzo. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I did taking them, and if you have ugly terrazzo in your house or under your current floor call Colonial Floor and Stone Care, we can talk about options like cutting out the boarder area and installing another color, or even creating a terrazzo medallion. We have...

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