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Calibrated

When a material such as stone or cement is cut or sanded so that it is uniformly thick throughout the entire slab

Cap

See Bull Nosing

Casing

A trim that usually goes around windows, doors, or entryways.

Caulk

A flexible product that is spread into joints to provide a water and air barrier.

Cement Backer Unit / C.B.U.

A layer of material that is placed between a wooden subfloor and cement flooring to provide support and a moisture barrier.

Cement Board

Panels of aggregate cement reinforced on each side with glass-fiber mesh.

Cement Body Tile

Tiles made of cement and sand.

Ceramic

Ceramic tile is the most common type of tile flooring. They are formed from clay and other minerals, and then fired in a kiln. Ceramic tiles are available glazed or unglazed.

Coefficient of Friction / C.O.F.

Refers to a surface's ability to resist objects slipping or sliding across.

Conductive Tile

A type of tile flooring that conducts electricity and can often transmit it safely to the ground below.

Conventional Installation

A tile flooring installation method using cement mortar to affix the tile to the subfloor.

Cove

A tile used as a trim around corners and where a baseboard would go that is concave on one edge.

Crack

A split or separation in the surface of a floor. Often must extend to a specific depth to be considered a crack.

Crazing

Small cracks or checks that interlace in the surface of a finish.

Cure

When properties of an adhesive or cement are changed by a chemical reaction which allows it to reach its maximum strength. This is generally done by condensation, heat, or another catalyst.

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