Terra Crete Services

Terra Crete Floors combine the aesthetics of old time terrazzo with today’s latest floor polishing technology to bring you a custom designed cementitious hard surface with endless design possibilities, at a fraction of the price of old time terrazzo.

  • Review the available integral carbon and oxide based pigments for concrete and choose one you like.
  • Review the recommended seeded materials list and choose some materials you would like to see combined with your color choice.
  • Pick and choose from the available divider strips.

**Note: sawcuts can be used in place of divider strips; however, neither crack inhibitor will guarantee a 100% crack free surface. Crack suppression systems are always used in conjunction with a forecasted layout of divider strips to attempt crack inhibition. Most cracks can be forecasted and incorporated into the design. Concrete shrinks during hydration and unforseen cracks likely can occur.

Once you’ve decided on your integral color, your seed of choice and your divider strip, email Vancouver Island Decorative Concrete your request along with contact and project info and we’ll make you a custom sample for your next project

Chip Info

The chips used in terracrete and terrazzo can be defined to include all calcareous, serpentine, silicates, porcylin and other rocks capable of being ground and polished. Other materials such as zinc/steel/brass/aluminum/glass/iron/bronze/mother of pearl/bamboo and other hard woods can also be ground/honed and polished.

The chips are graded by number according to size in conformity with industry standards adopted by marble and stone quarry distributors and producers.

The Strips used in terracrete come in standard widths and sizes and range in materials from zinc/plastic/brass/aluminum/and stainless steel.

In old time terazzo… Terrazzo composed of #1 and #2 chips is referred to as Standard.  Compositions utilizing #3 through #8 chips are referred to as Venetian, and larger 3/8” + size chips are referred to as Palladiana.

Moh’s Scale

The Moh’s scale of Hardness characterizes the scratch resistance of various minerals through the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer material… It was created in 1812 by the German mineralologist Friedrich Mohs. The Mohs scale is a purely ordinal scale.

The Mohs scale of hardness is used by Vancouver Island Decorative Concrete to accurately predict wether or not  a certain seeded material is capable of being ground and polished. By determining where on the scale a certain material sits, directly affects the mix design and install specification and material compatibility with concrete itself.