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Abrasion Resistance

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

Absorption

Absorbing or taking in a liquid or gas.

Acid/Acidic

A chemical with a pH rating below 7.

Acrylic Resin

A transparent, synthetic resin made by polymerizing acrylic and methacrylic acid. It 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.

Alkali

A chemical substance often used to neutralize acidic substances.

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