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Eased Edge

A wood flooring term which describes the cut of a 45 angle on the top edge of a plank or strip. This forms a small V shaped groove when one plank or strip comes together with another eased edge plank or strip on either side. It forms a slightly smaller groove than a beveled edge.

Edge Sander/Edger

Small hand sander that sands the areas close to the wall and around pipes and other obstacles that are missed by a drum sander.


A term used to describe liquids that will not combine such as water and oil.

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.


The end of a plank or strip where it joins together with the end of another plank or strip.

Engineered Flooring

Engineered Flooring Wood flooring that is made from multiple layers of wood put together in a "cross-grain" format under high pressure. This helps each plank resist expansion and contraction due to moisture and temperature changes. Engineered wood flooring is much more stable than solid wood flooring.

Epoxy Ester

Epoxy Ester A combination of varnish and epoxy creating a hybrid with the advantages of both.

Equilibrium Moisture Content

Equilibrium Moisture Content The ideal moisture content at which wood will not intake or expel moisture.


A term used to describe woods that are rare, difficult to find, and often imported from around the world. They are often very dense species of wood.


The ability of a floor to intake moisture which causes it to expand.

Expansion Gap

A space left around the perimeter of the room and other obtrusions such as pipes and built in cabinets that allows for the movement and expansion of the flooring.

Expansion Spacing

Spaces placed between every two or three feet of flooring to allow it to expand and contract with changes to humidity and temperature.

Expansion Voids

Areas where no flooring or subfloor is installed to provide space for movement.