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Abrasion Resistance

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The ability of a flooring surface to resist abrasion when in contact with abrasive materials.

Absorption

Absorbing or a taking in a liquid or gas.

Acid-Washed Finish.

A finishing method often used on concrete, marble and limestone flooring that gives it a rustic, etched look. It can also be used to diminish shine on surfaces.

Acid/Acidic

A chemical with a pH rating below 7.

Acrylic Resin

A transparent, synthetic resin which is made by the polymerization of acrylic and methacrylic acid and is fairly resistant to external contaminates.

Adhesive

A material, often called glue, that bonds one material to another.

Admixture

An ingredient other than water, cement, and aggregate that can be added to concrete at the site of installation or at the factory to modify its properties in a number of ways. For example, it can lengthen or shorten hardening time.

Agglomerate Marble

Small pieces of marble that are bound together.

Alkali

A chemical substance often used to neutralize acidic substances.

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