Terrazzo Flooring vs Ceramic Flooring

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Two popular types of hard surface floors are terrazzo flooring and ceramic. Both of these flooring options present you with several unique benefits. However, they both have a few drawbacks as well. If you are trying to consider which floor is better for you between ceramic and terrazzo, here are a few things to consider.


One area where these two floors differ considerably is in their cost. The cost of ceramic is going to be far less expensive than terrazzo in almost every case. You can find inexpensive ceramic tiles for less than $1.00 per square foot at nearly every flooring store in the country. When you compare that to terrazzo, most estimates have the cost somewhere between $9.00 and $50.00 per square foot.


Another big difference between ceramic and terrazzo is in the installation methods. Ceramic comes in tiles and can, therefore, be installed in a variety of different places. With tiles, you could potentially turn it into a do-it-yourself project very easily. Terrazzo is a product that is basically constructed on-site. Therefore, it requires a whole crew of people to properly install it. This extra labor contributes to the huge price difference that was discussed previously.

Design Elements

Both ceramic and terrazzo can provide you with a beautiful floor. Both of them are also very customizable. With tile, you have many different colors and styles available. This allows you to come up with a custom design that is geometric in nature. You can throw in some different sizes and diagonal installation to make it very unique as well.

With terrazzo, you can make an extremely customizable floor that looks different than ceramic. With terrazzo, they are not limited by squares or the shapes of the tile. You can make lines or emblems or anything else that you can imagine as they are constructing the design on-site.


Another common thread that both ceramic and terrazzo share is that they are very durable. Both of them could last many years if taken care of properly. Many ceramic tiles even come with as much as a 25-year warranty now. The drawback to tile durability is that they can crack if you drop something heavy on them, or if the house settles a bit.

Terrazzo is also extremely durable as the majority of it is made out of concrete and some type of stone. Anything can be damaged, but terrazzo stands the best chance of any type of flooring as far as resisting damage. It is also very difficult to stain or discolor because of its construction.


Caring for both floors is going to be quite similar too. You can wet mop both floors with a variety of different cleaners. There are many different brands of ceramic cleaner that you can use to mop the floor if you wish.

The big disadvantage that ceramic has as compared to terrazzo is the grout. Having grout lines does not give you a smooth floor and the grout can get stained. Terrazzo is a solid surface floor that does not present you with this issue.