5 Reasons to Choose Superior for Your Next Terrazzo Project

What makes terrazzo so appealing? It’s beautiful, durable, cost effective, and you can see it in the fabric of our cities – on public transit station platforms in the San Francisco Bay Area, in schools, and in the most elegant hotels and office buildings in the West.

1. Terrazzo stands the test of time.

From old-world Venice to the present, terrazzo makes an elegant, long-lasting, walkable surface nearly impervious to moisture. You can see Superior Tile & Stone’s version of terrazzo in most Bay Area Rapid Transit subway platforms, stairs, and entries, as well as in many public and private architectural projects, some more than 50 years old.

2. Terrazzo is beautiful and cost effective.

Terrazzo is a composite of marble, granite, quartz, and glass cast with binding agents, ground and polished to a smooth, beautiful surface. The best thing about terrazzo is it beats the annual square foot cost of other flooring options by nearly half over a 40-year lifetime. Take a look at the far right column in the chart below. Notice terrazzo’s annual cost compared to other flooring types:

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3. Superior produces highly skilled terrazzo artisans.

Terrazzo installation requires intense training and skill. In this growing economy, there’s a constant need for terrazzo specialists. Superior Tile & Stone has its own training program in its 30,000 sq. ft. warehouse and fabrication facility in San Leandro, California. Master terrazzo mechanics Steve Young and Jeff Young provide customized training in the art of terrazzo for Superior’s apprentices and journeyman.

4.  We’ve earned our reputation.

Superior is directly responsible for countless terrazzo projects in schools, hotel/casinos, federal courthouses, hospitals, office buildings, and restaurants throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Las Vegas, Nevada. In the last 12 months alone, we’ve initiated work on over a dozen terrazzo projects including:

  • Quad Hotel Casino lobby
  • Pacific Union Club
  • St. Ignatius School
  • San Francisco Airport Air Traffic Control Tower
  • Maple Street Correctional Facility
  • De Anza High School
  • VISA

5. Jeff Young & the Terrazzo Division at Superior

Jeff Young, head of Superior Tile & Stone’s Terrazzo Division based in Northern California, directs all terrazzo operations. He supervises the pouring of terrazzo, custom terrazzo stair treads, cove base, and 1cm terrazzo tile in Superior’s fabrication plant. The ability to manufacture pre-cast terrazzo can substantially benefit project schedules and improve budget efficiencies. As with our stone and tile divisions, Superior’s terrazzo division can take a project from start to finish with all the work expertly completed in house.

Please check out our terrazzo projects on the Superior Tile & Stone website.

Joining Forces with All American Tile & Terrazzo

WEB TERRAZZO R1Superior’s history with Terrazzo dates back to the 1950s. Superior installed the tile and stone in the majority of the initial Bart stations throughout the Bay Area and joint ventured with a number of terrazzo specialists to complete the platforms, stairs and entries. Today Superior is directly responsible for the terrazzo installations in a number of schools, hotel/casinos, federal court houses, hospitals, office buildings and restaurants.

Recently, Superior Tile & Stone and All American Tile & Terrazzo joined forces. Jeff Young, former owner of All American, has closed his company and is heading up the terrazzo division at Superior. Jeff brings over 30 years of Terrazzo experience with him. The combination of All American’s and Superior’s experience and financial strength provides customers with the reassurance that when Superior is selected for a terrazzo project, the job will be completed as specified, on time and within budget.


Additionally, every terrazzo project is custom. Even if you are selecting a color, from a standard color-pallet, prior to any manufacturing, samples are produced for your custom floor. Work will not begin until you are completely satisfied with the sample. Contact Superior Tile & Stone for assistance with your custom terrazzo color design. (Samples are provided at no charge to the design community.)

Superior Fabrication

100_1029With over 60,000 square feet of fabrication facilities in Northern California and Las Vegas, Nevada, Superior Tile & Stone has the capacity to meet the most rigorous fabrication schedules while consistently delivering the ultimate in artistic stonework.

Superior shapes the finest granite and marble slabs with a variety of precision cutting machines incorporating precise laser technology and dynamic computer control. These systems assure accuracy and enhance flexibility of design while simultaneously providing enormous cutting capacity.

Superior’s high production water jets are each outfitted with two beds and dual heads to enhance Superior’s ability to meet difficult schedule requirements without sacrificing precision design and fabrication specifications.

Multilple Comandulli automatic multi-spindle belt edge polishing machines are remarkable for their edge quality, performance and production on every kind of material.

Multiple robotic CNC finish and shaping machines working in conjunction with four high speed inline polishers cut, route, shape and polish stone for large and small projects.  These machines provide the capacity to finish thousands of lineal feet per day of the most integral edge designs imaginable.

Before a piece of finished stone leaves Superior’s factory, Superior’s artisans carefully inspect and, where necessary, touch up the finished product by hand to ensure that Superior exceeds its customers’ specifications.

To protect its workers and the environment, Superior performs all of its fabrication using wet processes, and recycles water and stone cuttings – processing over 20,000 gallons of water per day. The net result is environmentally conscious, consuming no more water than an average household!

Efficiency and dedication extend to the shipping department that delivers the finished product, often within 24 hours.

Superior’s team of artists, craftsmen and technicians demonstrate their pride of workmanship in the finished product.  Delicate beauty lies within the world’s strongest materials. Homes, office buildings and hotels enhance their spaces with the charm and durability of granite, marble, tile and stone.