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Eased Edge

An eased edge has a 45º angle cut on the top edge of the plank or strip, forming a V shaped groove when it comes together with another plank or strip on either side. An eased edge has a slightly smaller groove than a beveled edge.


The process of texturing the surface of a panel, plank, or strip.

End cap

A transitional trim which may also be called a threshold or baby threshold, used to transition to surfaces such as carpet, fireplaces, sliding doors, and so on.

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.

End Molding/Carpet Reducer

An accessory used to transition from hard flooring surfaces to other flooring surfaces where a reducer is not high enough.


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


A term used to describe wood floors that are made from multiple layers of wood. These layers are pressed together in a "cross-grain" formation under high pressure, helping each plank resist expansion and contraction due to moisture and temperature change

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 which allows for the movement and expansion of the flooring.