In this article, we present you flooring glossary of top floor terms. We have chosen for you the most interesting terms for every letter (where it is possible) of the English alphabet. That’s why you ought to read our articles! Let’s start!
Adhesion – the process of sticking one material to another. It is affected by the condition of the surface, which should allow a certain amount of penetration, should be chemically clean and not too smooth, hard, or non-porous.
Brushed Finish – when the planks have been brushed with a steel comb to highlight the grain of the wood resulting in an authentic textured appearance.
Ceramic Tile – made from clay or a mixture of organic materials, ceramic tile is finished by kiln firing. For floors, tiles are set in a cement or mortar type mixture.
Damp Proof Membrane (DPM) – a polythene sheet installed under floors to act as a moisture barrier.
Expansion Gap – an area of perimeter left to account for expansion.
Finish – a protective coating applied to wood floors.
Gloss – shiny finish with light-reflecting ability.
Hooked Rug – rugs made by pulling yarns or fabric strips through a mesh backing.
Kilim or Kelim – a flat, woven rug, usually reversible.
Laminate Flooring – a type of flooring that has a dense fiberboard core with a paper pattern layer sealed both top and bottom under high pressure with a plastic-like substance.
Marble – limestone flooring, known for its elegant appearance created by polishing its very hard surface. Now available in tiles.
Oiled Finish – the kind of finish where oil wax coating retains the natural character of the wood while increasing durability.
Plank Flooring – wood flooring made of long boards more than 3 inches wide.
Quarry Tile – glazed or unglazed ceramic tile made using an extrusion process.
Reclaimed Wood – the kind of wood that has been saved from an old building or structure, refinished and then used for another project.
Sisal Flooring – rugs, mats, and matting made from sisal, a natural plant material.
Terrazzo – smooth, multicolored floor made of marble or stone chips embedded in a cement binder, and then highly polished.
UV (Ultraviolet) Finish – these rays have a chemical effect upon the dried film of finishing materials.
Vinyl Composition Tile – these floor tiles are made from vinyl resins and filler materials to create resilient flooring in assorted colors and patterns.
Wood Flooring – the type of flooring which is made of hardwoods, such as oak, maple, pecan, hickory, beech, and birch as well as beautiful exotic species.
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