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Paper and Wire

A tile installation method which involves using wire mesh and tar paper as a backing.

Paver Tile/Pavers

Dust-pressed porcelain or clay tiles that are similar to ceramic mosaic tiles. Also may be vitreous stone, glazed or unglazed.

Pin Holes/Pin Lines

Tiny holes or lines in finish caused by finish sinking into low or less dense areas. This can be corrected by applying an additional coat of finish.

Plucked Finish

A finish texture that is achieved by plucking small particles out of the surface.

Plumb

A truly level surface.

Polished Finish

A finish that has a high degree of shine or gloss and strongly reflects light.

Porcelain Tile

Very dense and smooth dust-pressed mosaic or paver tile.

Porosity

The amount and size of tiny holes or pores in a flooring surface.

Pre-Grouted Tile

Tile that is pre-grouted in sheets and bonded together usually using an elastomeric material.

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