Durite manufactures and is
in partnership with other companies for manufacturing of polymers.
Acrylic based material polymers for exterior building application
is manufactured in Italy. E-poxy for terrazzo floors, Casting,
and other Rasin polymers are manufactured through US based
companies. Each polymer is engineered differently and has
its own different application. For example not All E-poxy
manufacturers produce the same material characteristics. E-poxy
polymers can vary from one manufacturer to another, in color(
some colors such as black would differ from one company to
another) , strength [compressive, tensile(very important for
floors) & torsion], set-off period (time for working with
the material prior to hardening), air-entrapment (resulting
in pin-hole surfaces when dried). It is the knowledge and
experiment with product of different manufacturers that enabled
Durite to use and manufacture different polymers for casting
and direct surface application of floors, restaurant tables,
kitchen counter tops, cantilevered stairs and other finished
Terrazzo E-poxy Floors
Unlike concrete terrazzo, E-poxy offers superior strength,
waterproofing & infinite true colors. Our terrazzo floors
are on the high end of design combining unique and exquisite
mix of marble, granite, quartz, mother-of-pearls, colored
glass, sea shells, glass mirrors and infinite other material
possibilities. We work with Designers to achieve the desired
look for material used in right setting, creating the proper
environment. Our terrazzo floors undergo tremendous amount
of sub-floor work
to compensate for thermal movements, eliminate concrete cracks
that can travel from the existing structural concrete slab
to the terrazzo floor surface. E-poxy filler is used for floor
leveling rather than concrete or thin-set mortar mix, and
an elastomeric waterproofing membrane is used to buffer the
terrazzo from the layer below. Basically our terrazzo floors
sits on an independent rigid floor, regardless of the receiving
floor, constructed out of concrete, metal-pan or wood flooring.
Recent unexpected construction of a new hi-rise adjacent to
one of our terrazzo floor projects in NYC on Park Avenue South,
resulted in deep excavation and pile driving foundations.
Our terrazzo floors survived the poundings without any surface
cracks, a true testimony to the strength, resilience and rigidity
of our terrazzo floors. This type of work offers quality rather
than quantity, making our terrazzo projects selective work.
In recent years we have joint-ventured with other terrazzo
contractors to assist in providing terrazzo components that
are costly to pour and finish on-site. Such as cove-base,
stairs, and artistic designs, creating and leading a new era
in the terrazzo technology . Durite is currently providing
support and assisting terrazzo contractors.
Concrete E-Poxy Flooring
Durite is currently working on introducing The application
and system of the Concrete E-Poxy Flooring to the floor
industry.This highly stylized, smooth, modern,seamless, crack
free, slush & water free process has advantages of offering
infinite true colors to Designer/Architects. Durite has applied
this type of flooring on numerous projectsranging from high
fashion designer floors to altra-modern restaurants . The
cost-effective economical success along with high esthetics,
uniform floor colors and ability to carry the same material
to Table-tops, Bar-tops,and wall surfaces, no doubt makes
this type of flooring the premiere choice of many Designers/
Architects in the future. Durite is currently providing materials
& training, to licensed contractors for proper application
of this type of flooring.
Terrazzo Floor Repairs
Many terrazzo floors that were constructed since the early
30s to the post-war era, requires patch repairs and
proper maintenance. Durite is constantly requested to match
existing terrazzo floor colors and stone aggregates to repair
broken floor areas or patch holes, etc. Especially in high
visibility areas such as building lobbies and corridors, repairs
becomes necessary. In the past, the majority of terrazzo floors
used colored concrete cement as a binder with stone aggregates.
colors changes with each water/cement ratio pour, and only
when the cement is dried and hardened the true color can be
visible. This repair guess work presents a problem for hit
or miss color match to the existing. In general excellent
patch repairs are not cost-effective, a small or large terrazzo
patch requires mobilization of large cutting machines. In
addition, the existing terrazzo surface oxidize and accumulates
surface dirt over the years. Once the terrazzo surface is
cut for patch repair, the adjacent floor area colors hidden
under the old oxidized surface will also be grinned and exposed.
Now we have to work with the new exposed colors and match
the rest of the old and grim color floor. Obviously this becomes
a larger job than a simple repair. Making matters more complicated
are repairs of terrazzo cracks and terrazzo disintegration.
That may require removal of the surface terrazzo and addressing
the crack and joints below. All of the above explains the
discontentment of many customers that had experienced terrazzo
Usually terrazzo samples are sent to Durite
for matching the colors binder and aggregates proportions.
Durite through spectrum analysis can pre-mix the right amounts
and determine the color of the terrazzo binder. Once the final
sample is approved Durite can prepare the mix for the applicator.
Durites choice of pre-mixed binder is E-poxy since it
offers color stability, fast curing time and hardness(E-poxy
is at 12,000psi, compared to concrete at 3,000 to 4,000 psi.