The cocciopesto floors represent a practical solution for both interior and exterior cladding. Although the cocciopesto floor was originally conceived as rustic, it is perfectly suited to any environment, managing to give a sense of timeless elegance and beauty.
Today this material is still widely used and used for covering not only floors, but also walls and decorative elements, all thanks to its durability and resistance.
The history of cocciopesto dates back to the Phoenicians, but it was the Romans who perfected and embellished this material. In fact, our ancestors used cocciopesto as a waterproofing agent or as a flooring material, in which the mortar served as a matrix for mosaic tiles, but not only that, the Romans also exploited the scraps of the various processes for the construction of amphorae, tiles and even bricks. Since then, evidence of the use of cocciopesto can be found in all eras, while it is currently used for the consolidation of vaults and the creation of typical Venetian floors.
The cocciopesto is a material that is made through the fragmentation of fired and ground bricks in different grain sizes, where they are beaten and wetted several times and where the mixture is subsequently mixed with natural hydraulic lime.
The name “cocciopesto” derives from its manufacturing process, which, after being mixed, is spread on the surface to be paved to be beaten, finished and finally smoothed.
The cocciopesto has numerous benefits, constituting a more than valid alternative for covering floors.
The main advantages include:
- Use of natural materials; in fact the cocciopesto is a natural compound which therefore excludes the presence of potentially harmful substances.
- Moisture resistance; one of the most appreciated characteristics of this material lies precisely in its resistance to humidity and for this reason it is suitable for floors but not only, also for the covering of bathrooms, kitchens or rooms on the ground floor, which are often subject to humidity.
- Duration over time; cocciopesto is an evergreen in coverings, just as it can be a marble floor or a grit floor at the same time (see previous articles).
- Aesthetic yield; cocciopesto is a versatile material, it blends in and adapts to any style, whether it is sober, elegant or minimalist.
The maintenance of this material is very simple and economical, in fact it consists only in the sanding of the surface, which is carried out directly by a specialized company.
As for cleaning the cocciopesto surfaces, attention must be paid to the use of specific products such as straw oil and cooked or raw linseed oil.
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