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Gauged or Gauging

Measuring stone, cement, or other material in order to produce uniform thickness throughout the entire slab.

Glass Mosaic Tiles

Small pieces of glass arranged and mounted on a backing in attractive patterns.

Glaze

A protective coating that is fired onto a flooring surface, often colored for additional decoration.

Glazed Tiles

Tiles that are covered with a glossy or matte glaze which also adds moisture resistance.

Glazing

Firing a protective, sometimes colored, coating onto a flooring surface.

Granite

An igneous stone made of quartz, mica, and feldspar that comes from molten lava. It is extremely dense, has a glossy appearance, and may contain small amounts of other minerals.

Granite Gneiss

A layering within stone that occurs when the rock is compressed in one direction and the crystals in the rock grow perpendicular to the direction of the pressure. This results in what appears to be bands.

Green-Board

A moisture-resistant panel similar to drywall.

Greenstone

Stone that has taken on a greenish color due to chlorite, plagioclase, actinolite, or epidote in its composition.

Grout

A creamy mixture of mortar, cement or other cementious material and water, used to fill joints and grout lines. It often has sand, gravel or other similar material added and is available in a variety of colors.

Grouting

The process of filling joints with grout.

Grouting Float

A trowel that is used to push grout firmly into joints.

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