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A product added to some finishes to make them more durable.

Chatter Marks

Marks caused by an improperly operated or maintained sanding machine, which appear as a ripple effect on the surface.


When a finish cracks into small segments that appear to resemble alligator hide. This is usually caused by applying coating too heavily or over other coatings that have not cured. It can also be caused by using thinners meant to speed drying time or by applying a layer of finish over another layer with less elasticity.


Chipboard is a type of low-density paperboard used for subfloors. It is not usually recommended for glue-down installations.


A problem caused by poor elasticity or adhesion to the base material where the film of the finishing material chips off in flakes.


The ability of a coating to hold together, also referred to as an inward force.

Color Change

The lightening or darkening of the color of flooring due to exposure to light, a chemical reaction, or deprivation of light and air.

Cork Flooring

A highly durable, natural flooring option made from the bark of the cork oak tree. It is a renewable source of flooring, as the tree is not harmed in its harvesting. It is equal in price to hardwood and less expensive than bamboo. It is available in an array of colors, patterns, and textures.

Cork Oak Tree

Formally known as Quercus suber, it is an evergreen oak native to Europe and Africa. It forms a very thick bark which can be harvested for cork flooring and other products without harming the tree.


To hammer a nail or screw in a screw so that it sits beneath the surface of the floor.


A measurement that describes the square feet of surface area a gallon of product will cover.


Bubbles in the surface of a finish that have popped but have not leveled, leaving a crater-like effect.


Small cracks or checks that interlace in the surface of a finish.


A type of crystallization where the lines join together at a centralized point.


A condition where individual strips or planks of flooring will appear convex where the center is raised above the edges.


A condition where individual strips or planks of flooring will appear concave with the edges raised above the center.


A term that is used when properties of an adhesive or cement are changed by a chemical reaction which allows it to reach its maximum strength. This is generally done by condensation, heat, or another catalyst.

Custom Floors

When a floor is ordered to your exact specifications including species, finish, and design.


When sanding a floor, each time a floor is passed over with a sanding machine it is called a cut.