Terrazzo planters are cheap to produce but they don’t meet the durability required for planters. Terrazzo also easily loses its shine when exposed to harsh weather conditions. When compared to fibreglass and GRC planters, one can easily see the vast difference in quality.
Origins of Terrazzo
Some archaeologists say the use of terrazzo dates back to ancient Egypt and Turkey as they have discovered structures made from burnt lime and clay. The general consensus however is that terrazzo was first used by Venetian construction workers. In fact, “Terrazo” in Italian means terraces. These construction workers took discarded marble chips from upscale construction jobs. They set the marble chips in clay to use as a flooring material for their own homes. They used goat milk as a sealer which also helps preserve its marble-like shine and appearance.
Modern Day Uses of Terrazzo
In this modern day, terrazzo is still a popular low-cost flooring material. It is especially popular for terrace designs. It also found use in countertops and backsplashes. No doubt terrazzo would look good on many designs, but it falls short as a material for large planters.
IOTA has made the decision to remove the Terrazzo planters from its product offering. We have tried it over the years because it does come at a good price point, but cheap often ends up being more expensive – they crack and split all the time. We wanted to keep IOTA’s brand image as a company that provides only the best quality planters for commercial or residential use. It was decided that the Terrazzo line of planters does not conform with the brand image that we want to maintain. As an alternative we recommend fibreglass and GRC planters.