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Cost of Terrazzo Countertops: How Much You Should Expect to Pay and More

by Jeremy Troetti

Updated on August 29, 2019 04:48:23 PM


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If you are looking to buy a countertop but are not interested in popular types of natural stone, such as granite and marble, perhaps you should consider a terrazzo countertop. While less common in homes, terrazzo is a beautiful material that has been around for ages. Use of the material can even be traced back to ancient civilizations. This guide will provide you with information regarding cost and everything else you will need to know before you buy a terrazzo countertop. 

 

What is Terrazzo? 

 

Terrazzo is a beautiful composite countertop material that is made by combining cement with pieces of granite, marble, glass and additional materials. It is both gorgeous and durable, which makes it a fantastic fit in any home. 

 

What Additional Materials Are Used in Terrazzo Countertops? 

 

The additional materials mentioned above that are used in terrazzo countertops can vary. These materials can have an impact on the appearance of the countertops, so you can choose based on whichever surface you like. The additional materials that can be found in terrazzo countertops include: 

  • Recycled glass chips 

  • Pebbles 

  • Seashells 

  • Porcelain 

  • Marble 

  • Sand 

 

How Much Do Terrazzo Countertops Cost? 

 

Terrazzo countertops generally cost between $50 to $100 per square foot, depending on numerous factors. 

 

How Does the Price of Terrazzo Countertops Compare to Other Options? 

 

Below is a table depicting how the cost of terrazzo countertops compares to other countertop options available on the market. 

Cost Comparison: Terrazzo vs. Other Options
Granite Between $35 to $75 per square foot
Marble Between $40 to $100 per square foot
Terrazzo Between $50 to $100 per square foot
Quartz Between $50 to $120 per square foot
Slate Between $50 to $200 per square foot
Soapstone Between $55 to $100 per square foot
Limestone Between $70 to $200 per square foot
Onyx Between $75 to $250 per square foot
Gemstone Start around $100 per square foot

 

What Factors Impact the Cost of Terrazzo Countertops? 

 

There are multiple factors that have an impact on the overall cost of terrazzo countertops. These factors include: 

  • Size 

  • Edging 

  • Thickness 

  • Installation 

 

Size 

 

The size of your countertop will impact the cost of the project. The more material you require, the higher the cost. However, the majority of terrazzo slabs are 16 linear feet. While you can purchase a half slab, they are harder to find and may be more expensive per foot than the full-size slabs. 

 

Edging 

 

The type of edging you choose for your terrazzo countertop can play a part in the cost of the project. 

 

Thickness 

 

The thickness of the countertop can also impact the cost. Standard terrazzo countertops are 1.5 inches thick. 

 

Installation 

 

As you will find with any countertop option, installation will increase the cost. That being said, you should not attempt to cut down on costs by trying to install the countertop yourself. Terrazzo countertops are incredibly heavy, and you will need to hire a professional to have them installed. Choosing to hire a professional will provide you with the peace of mind that there is a low risk for any damages happening during the installation, as well as no injury risk to you. 

 

Pros and Cons of Terrazzo Countertops 

 

You will come across some pros and cons of terrazzo countertops, just as you would with any other material. Below is an explanation of all the pros and cons. 

 

Pros and Cons
Pros Cons
Beautiful Looks Cost
Durable Maintenance
Environmentally Friendly Must Be Properly Sealed
Scratch Resistant  

 

Pros 

 

Beautiful Looks 

 

One of terrazzo’s main benefits is the high-quality look you will have for your countertop The material is both stunning and unique. 

 

Durable 

 

Terrazzo countertops are a very durable surface, which makes the material the perfect choice for any home. 

 

Environmentally Friendly 

 

The recycled materials used to make terrazzo countertops make them an environmentally friendly option. 

 

Scratch Resistant 

 

Terrazzo countertops are resistant to scratches, which is a major benefit if you install the surface in a kitchen. 

 

Cons 

 

Cost 

 

Terrazzo is not the most expensive countertop material, but it is not the cheapest either. If you are looking for a unique, durable and beautiful countertop, perhaps the cost will not be viewed as such a negative. 

 

Maintenance 

 

You must put in the effort to properly maintain a terrazzo countertop to keep it in good shape. To clean the surface, only use stone cleaner that is suitable for use with terrazzo. 

 

Must Be Properly Sealed 

 

You must make sure your terrazzo countertop is properly sealed. If it is not, it can become susceptible to damages. 

 

 

Terrazzo countertops are a great choice if you are looking for something that is a little bit outside the box yet beautiful. Carefully think through all of the factors explained above before making a decision to purchase a terrazzo countertop. 



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Originally posted on August 15, 2019 10:41:22 AM

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