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Bark - The outermost layer of a tree trunk, branch, or twig. Cork flooring is made from the bark of the cork oak tree.
- Base Shoe
Base Shoe - Also known as a shoe mold, base shoe moldings are attached to the base molding to cover the expansion gap.
- Below Grade
Below Grade - Any floor that is below the level of the ground.
Think of the volume of a piece of wood that is 12" x 12" x 1" or 144 square inches. A board-foot equals that same volume regardless of its surface area. So, a board-foot of a piece of wood that is over 1" thick will have a smaller surface area and you will need more board-feet than you would square feet to cover the same area. If the wood is less than 1" thick it is counted as 1" regardless. It is a little confusing which is why most flooring is sold by the square feet of the surface area and not by volume or board-feet.
The adhesion of one material to another.
A design inlaid in the floor which can be simple or intricate and visually frames the floor.
- Brush Marks
Marks left in the finish when it is brushed after it has begun to dry.
The ability to apply finish or other material with a brush without leaving brush marks on other uncured layers.
Bubbles in the finish of a floor caused by air entering the finish before curing.
A machine used for fine sanding.
- Build Coat
When extra coats of a finishing material are applied over the sealer or color to build up the fullness of the finished look.
Areas of a floor which experience less foot traffic and are less worn but are coated with finish as often as other areas, leaving a buildup of product and often resulting in a darker appearance.
- Bull Nosing
A molding applied to the front of stairs and landings to create a rounded finish.
- Butt Joint
The end of a plank or strip where it joins with the end of another plank or strip.