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Feather Edge

An edge that starts thick and becomes gradually thinner until it forms a point.

Feature Strip

A design feature similar to a border that is used as an accent to enhance a floor.


A broad term used to describe a material made from wood and other vegetable fibers glued together with heat and pressure. There are different levels of density and strength known as low, medium, or high density.


A protective coating which generally adds sheen to the floor and protects it. When finish dries, the layer that rises to the top is called the film.


The coating applied to the surface of flooring to provide protection.

Fire Resistance

The ability of a floor to withstand fire.

Fire Retardant

A chemical used to make a floor more fire resistant.

Flat Finish

A finish that lacks luster.

Flatting Agent

A solution added to a coating to reduce luster and produce a flat finish.

Floating Floor Installation

A common flooring installation method where the floor floats on an underlayment and planks are attach at their tongue and groove edges. Glue is sometimes used in the seams of the tongue and groove, but the flooring is not attached to the subfloor. It is held down around the perimeter of the wall by the base molding


The ability of a coating to spread into a smooth and flat surface before hardening.