Acclimatize– Allowing the wood flooring to adjust to the temperature and humidity of the environment where it is currently being installed.
Antique- A flooring design which is made to make the flooring look old fashioned and traditional.
Asbestos- the six naturally occurring fibrous minerals that have the ability to resist heat, fire and electricity. These particles can easily become airborne and inhaled. Because of their shape the can cling to tissues of the lung causing Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer.
Bamboo Flooring- Flooring that is manufactured from the bamboo plant.
Berber style- A type of carpet style that is very versatile with thicker, heavier loops of yarn. It is known to be easy to maintain and keep clean.
Beveled Edge- When a plank is said to have beveled edge it means that the edges of the plank are not directly perpendicular to the faces of the rest of structure.
Beveled Edge Ex. A
Bowed- A flooring product is bowed when it does not lie flat and there is a non consecutive direction. This can be caused by several reasons one of which is consistent of water seeping into the boards causing a swell against one another.
Baseboards- Base boards are applied to the bottom of walls in order to cover the gap between the floor and walls.
Baseboard Ex. A
Brushed- A style of flooring that gives the plank a textured surface. This style of flooring is produced running a brush, hence brushed, over the top of the surface during the manufacturing process.
Carbide Tipped Blade- A very common material on any sort of cutting tool. This is popular because it is more durable in terms of sharpens then any other cutting material.
Carbide Tipped Blade Ex. A
Click- This is a joining method that enables you to connect planks of flooring like a simple jigsaw.
Construction: The construction of product explains what the product is made out of.
Cupping: Cupping has occurred when the boards surface has achieved a concave shape. This can happen when the side of flooring become more elevated then the center.
Delamination- This is when the veneer separates from the baking.
Distressed- A style created in order to present a more damaged rustic
Dry Dust mop- A mop, characterized by its long handle, that is used to dust floor and walls.
Durability- The ability to withstand conditions without any affect on its appearance.
Eased Edge- A 45 angle on the top edge of a plank or strip. This forms a grove a small V shaped groove when it comes together with another eased plank edge.
Edge Sander/Edger- Small sander that is used to sand areas close to the wall and around pipes and other obstacles.
Embossed- A style technique that consist of giving the plank a textured look and feel. This is often used to give a surface a distressed look.
Emulsion- A word used when describing liquids, such as water and oil, that do not combine on a chemical level.
End Cap- A right angle shaped molding designed to end a floor by covering the top and side of its edge.
End Cap Ex. A
End Joint- When two planks of flooring have been joined together at the ends.
End Matched- A tongue and groove system used on the ends of strips and planks so that when butted together, the tongue of one piece fits into the groove of the next piece.
End Molding/Carpet Reducer- A molding used as transition from hard flooring surfaces to flooring where the reducer is not high enough.
End Molding/Carpet Reducer Ex. A
Engineered Flooring- A plank that is constructed of three layers of wood and plywood. The top layer consists of hardwood veneer while the inner core layers are mostly made of layers of plywood that are glued and pressed together.
Engraving- Used to describe that act of cutting patterns or designs into concrete or wood.
Etching Gel- A gel that is applied to a concrete surface which gently etches the surface.
Evaporation Retarder- A solution which is sprayed on a concrete surface in order to reduce evaporation. The solution usually only lasts a certain amount of time.
Exotic- A term used to describe woods that are more rare and more difficult to find. Usually this type of flooring is imported from across the world which adds on more expenses.
Expansion- The natural intake of moisture by floors causing expansion.
Expansion Gap- a space left around the perimeter of the room in order to allow for the movement and expansion of flooring.
Fabricator- an area of operations in which stone and other material is cut, optimized, and customized to specific dimensions.
Faux Rock- Flooring That is made to resemble natural rock.
Fiber board- A term used to describe a material made from wood and other fibers. Strength of these boards can be classified as low, medium, or high density.
Figure- The natural characteristics of wood such as the grain, rays, and knots.
Filament- One strand of carpet fiber.
Finish Coat- A coating applied to the surface which provides protection to surface.
Fire Decorating- A technique that involves firing decoration onto a flooring surface.
Fire Resistance- A floors resistance, or durability, to fire.
Fixed Lengths- Floor planks in which have the same lengths.
Flat Pry Bar- A hand tool the mimics a lever which is used to forcefully open items and move stubborn objects.
Flat Pry Bar Ex. A
Flush Reducer- A flooring accessory that reduces the flooring down to a different level.
Flush Reducer Ex. A
Grade– A term used to describe the quality and appearance of the raw timber flooring.
Hand Scraped- The texture of definition and uniqueness achieved when the surface of hardwood is scraped by hand.
High Gloss- A floor with a glossy and shiny surface.
Janka Hardness Scale- A measuring spectrum used to describe, or measure, the hardness of a wood species in comparison to another species.
Knot- The knots of wood help to add character and natural charm to wooden floors.
Lacquer Finish- A type of finish which is characterized as smooth to the touch and hard wearing, offering a durable protective layer.
Laminate Flooring- Basically a picture of wooden flooring laminated onto a high density fiberboard.
Maintenance- The task of looking after your hardwood floor.
Matt- A type of finish which has a dull appearance.
Moisture Meter- A meter used to check the amount of moisture present in a sub floor.
Oiling- The process of applying oil to the surface of hardwood floor to change its appearance.
Pipe Cover- A floor accessory used to cover the base of pipework.
Plywood- A strong, thin wooden board made up of different layers to offer durability.
Prime Grade- The highest grade of Hardwood flooring.
Quarter Round- Sometimes known as beading, covers an expansion gap when installing flooring against existing skirting boards.
Rustic Grade- A grade of hardwood flooring that has color variations along with natural grain patterns and knots.
Solid wood flooring- Flooring made from a solid piece of wood.
Species- The natural type of tree that the flooring wood is being produced from.
Stair Nosing- A flooring accessory that covers a 90 degree angle of stair tread.
Sub floor– The existing floor in a property.
T-Molding- A flooring accessory to cover the join between two floors of the same height.
Threshold- a flooring accessory used when installing wooden floor over carpet edges.
Unfinished Floor- Basically another name for the raw material being used. It must later sealed up with a product that protects against dirt water spills.
UV Oiled Finish– The oil which has been added to protect the floor has been cured under an UV light.
Wear Layer-The Solid wood top layer of engineered flooring.
Wood Chisel- A sharp tool that can effectively and quickly modify the shape of wood.
Wood Chisel Ex. A