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A facility or area of operations where stone and other material is cut and customized to specific dimensions.

Facial Defect

A defect on a flooring surface which diminishes the overall appearance.

Faience Tiles

Decorative tiles that have a colorful picture or design on the surface. They are often hand-crafted and may vary from tile to tile.

Feature Strip

A design feature similar to a border that is used as an accent to enhance a floor.

Field Tile

Tiles used for the largest areas of flooring which may be inside a band or border.


The act of filling voids in a surface with a filler.


The coating applied to the surface of flooring to provide protection.

Fire Decorating

A technique that involves firing decoration onto a flooring surface.

Fire Resistance

A term used to describe the ability of flooring to withstand fire.

Fire Retardant

A chemical used to make a floor more fire resistant.

Fire, Bisque

A procedure of firing ceramic flooring.

Flamed Finish

A finishing technique that is often used on stone flooring to achieve a rough, textured surface. The surface is heated by flame until it is very hot and then quickly cooled, causing the surface to pop and chip.

Floating Floor Installation

A common flooring installation method where the floor floats on an underlayment and planks are hooked together by their tongue and groove edges. Glue is sometimes used in the seams of the tongue and groove, but the flooring is not attached to the subfloor

Floor Tile

A tile that is strong enough to be installed on a floor for everyday use.


An object or surface that is level with another object or surface.


A crack or break in rock or another surface.

Frost Proof Tile

A floor tile that is resistant to damage from freezing and thawing.