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- Back Butter
The act of applying a layer of glue or adhesive to the back of a tile before installation.
- Backing (Stone)
The bottommost layer of the flooring that sits closest to the substrate. In carpet, this is the material that the fabric is tufted or woven into.
A section of wall behind a counter or sink.
- Balanced Cuts
Tile that is cut to fit where full tiles will not.
A word often used to describe tiles that are cut and placed where a baseboard would normally go.
A floor trim similar to a baseboard.
- Beating Block
A block of wood that is often used with a mallet to firmly embed tiles into an adhesive.
- Black Granite
Stone composed of interlocking crystals which has a dark gray or black color. It is actually not true granite as it contains little or no alkalic feldspar.
A term that describes the fullness of a finishing material.
- Border Stone
A piece of stone that is used to create a border and is often a different color or shade than the other pieces.
A type of sandstone used for stone flooring that has large amounts of iron oxide which gives it a reddish-brown color.
- Brushed Finish
A finishing technique that involves brushing a flooring surface with an abrasive brush to replicate the appearance of natural wear.
- Building Stone
Natural rock as it is found in the Earth's crust that can be cut into different dimensions for different uses.
- Bull Nose Tiles
Tiles with built in bull nosing, also known as caps.
- Bull Nosing
A molding applied to the front of stairs and landings, used to create a rounded finish.
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