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Restoring Your Terrazo Flooring

Cactus in small flowerpot on terrazzo floor

Common terrazzo flooring appearance

Terrazzo is a stone that is man-made and created via the use of small pieces of natural stone. In a nutshell, it is a hard surface using stone chips set in epoxy or cement. The name comes from “Terrazza”, which is an Italian word that means, “terrace”. It began back in the 15th century when Venetian mosaic artists utilized leftover bits of marble for surfacing their own terraces at home. The fact that it is steeped in tradition and history makes terrazzo all the more attractive to many people for their homes or businesses.

Terrazzo floors are really quite resilient, but older terrazzo floors may need general restoration for the purpose of restoring them to their original beauty. Pits and holes in places where chips of stone could have come loose and could require filling. A lackluster surface could require the help of a professional to make it shine again.

Terrazzo’s attractive appearance and high level of durability make it an excellent natural stone hard surface for restoration. Generally it contains marble or some other type of natural stone that tends to be capable of maintaining a high shine once polished. Terrazzo can then be maintained by using a penetrative sealer to protect it from discoloration and stains.

Once it has been restored by a professional, maintaining terrazzo in all of its beauty is as simple as regular dry and wet mopping. It is, however, quite susceptible to etching, therefore it’s necessary to prevent any acidic spills or, if any occur, to wipe them up immediately. And, often it is difficult to tell whether a stain is actually a stain or a natural part of the floor itself. The best way to find that out is to ask a professional to look at it and make a recommendation.

If you’re a business or homeowner in Eagle County who has a terrazzo floor in your home or office, and it’s starting to look dull or damaged, then your best bet is to contact certified technicians to re-seal your floor and ensure years of beauty and enjoyment. Don’t make the mistake of trying Do-It-Yourself methods on your floor when you need to remove stains or etching. Trust the professionals to extract those stains and preserve the beauty of your terrazzo floor.

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SteamMaster is now a Lead Safe Certified Firm in all EPA States, Tribes and Territories.

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SteamMaster is now a Lead Safe Certified Firm in all EPA States, Tribes and Territories.

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What causes Ice Dams and detecting leaks

WHAT CAUSES ICE DAMS?

Ice dams need three things to form:

1. Snow

2. Heat to melt the snow

3. Cold to refreeze the melted snow into solid ice

Colorado’s winter weather generally supplies the snow and cold. This is especially so in Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge and the surrounding mountain communities. As little as one or two inches of snow accumulation on a roof, followed by sub-freezing temperatures, are the outdoor conditions that allow ice dams to form. The heat to melt the snow comes from warm air inside the house or apartment building leaking into the attic and warming the roof. The melting snow runs down the roof until it reaches the cold roof edge, where it refreezes. Ice builds up along the eaves, forming a dam that can force water back up under the shingles and even into the ceiling or wall inside the house. Water-stained ceilings and walls, peeling paint and damaged plaster, damaged shingles and sagging gutters are the results.

How does warm air get into the cold attic?

Inadequate or incomplete insulation in the attic is an obvious reason why an attic may not be cold. However, even if the attic is adequately insulated, warm air leaking through hidden pathways can cut the effectiveness of the insulation by 30 percent to 70 percent. Warm air finds many pathways leading from the heated space into the attic. These pathways are called attic bypasses. Fiberglass or cellulose insulation slows air movement, but they don’t stop it. Anything that penetrates the attic is a potential pathway.

DEALING WITH ICE DAMS

Once a house or apartment building has ice dams the short-term solutions have the potential to damage the roof and/or injure the homeowner. Working on or below a roof during winter is dangerous. Chopping the ice or using a roof rake to remove the snow can damage the roof. If you have ice buildup along the roof edge, call a roofing professional to take care of it. The most effective way to deal with ice dams is to prevent them from forming in the first place. Finding and sealing the air leaks that cause ice dams is a big task. For help, contact a Home Performance consultant. These consultants are experts in diagnosing and solving difficult problems like ice dams. To learn more about Home Performance, contact Focus on Energy. Preventing ice dams will save you money in the long run because your roof will last longer. Addressing air leaks also ensures that your insulation can work effectively, thereby making your home more comfortable, safe, durable and energy efficient. For an InfraRed Thermal Inspection please call our In-house Thermographer, David Gardoni who is also the Restoration Manager at 970-827-5555 or email davidg@steammaster.com

SOURCE: http://www.focusonenergy.com (800.762.7077)

To identify energy saving opportunities, or for more information, call or visit http://www.energystar.gov/homeimprovement The Environmental Protection Agency offers a variety of tips and analysis tools that will help you increase your home’s energy efficiency.

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