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Gloss

The ability of a surface to reflect or shine.

Gloss Meter

A device used to measure the gloss of a surface.

Glossing Up

Increasing the glossiness of a floor by rubbing with friction or by using a product.

Glue-less Floating Installation

A type of floating installation that does not require any glue. The boards are locked together with a tongue and groove mechanism and are held down by the baseboard but not attached to the subfloor.

Glued Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring that requires the use of glue in its installation.

Grade

A system for classifying the amount of natural characteristics allowed in a piece of wood. Most common grades are known as clear, select or better, common (No. 1 and No. 2), tavern grade, and cabin grade (also know as country and utility).

Grain Raise

A condition where surface fibers in wood rise due to moisture in the application of finish.

Graininess

Graininess The appearance of grainy particles in a finishing material.

Graining

The appearance of the grain in a piece of wood that is determined by the way it is cut.

Groove

In a tongue and groove installation, the groove is cut out of the side of the piece of flooring to allow the tongue of the adjacent piece to fit in.

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