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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 (Tile)

The bottommost layer of flooring that sits closest to the substrate. In carpet, this is the material that the fabric is tufted or woven into.

Backsplash

The area of wall behind a counter or sink.

Balanced Cuts

Tile that is cut to fit where full tiles will not.

Base

A word used to describe tiles that are cut and placed where a baseboard would normally go.

Battiscopa

A floor trim similar to a baseboard.

Beating Block

A block of wood often used with a mallet to firmly embed tiles into an adhesive.

Body

A term that describes the fullness of a finishing material.

Brushed Finish

A finishing technique that involves brushing a flooring surface with an abrasive brush to replicate the appearance of natural wear.

Bull Nose Tiles

Tiles with a built in bull nosing, also known as caps.

Bull Nosing

A molding applied to the front of stairs and landings to create a rounded finish.

Buttering

See Back Buttering

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