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A Brief Wooden Floor Dictionary

A Brief Wooden Floor Dictionary


Posted in Wood Flooring by Source on October 21st 2011
For all of those keen DIYers, you will know from experience that all areas of DIY have their own little language.  Sometimes it can be difficult to understand what professionals are advising, especially if they use this type of jargon.  In the world of wooden flooring, this is no different, so a brief wood floor dictionary should help you out. Ambering – This relates to a colour change in an engineered wooden floor that develops a yellowish tint, usually due to the wood or the finish. Burl – Describes a twist or a swirl in the grain normally near to a knot, but does not contain a knot. Cross – Directed – refers to a technique of laying the floor, where engineered wooden floor panels are laid perpendicular to those of which they are resting upon. End Joint – this is where two pieces of wooden flooring are joined together end to end. Finish – A protective substance normally used on all engineered wood floors, gives the wood extra protection and durability. Gloss – similar to that of gloss paint, describing if the wooden floor has shiny or reflective properties. Hygrometer – a technical instrument that measures the humidity of the atmosphere where you are laying your engineered wooden floor. Joist – Refers to a supportive series of parallel beams, supporting either ceilings or floor loads. Knot – a part of the wood that has been surrounded by subsequent growth of the stem. Mineral Spirits – a product which is used to clean and to thin specialist to wooden flooring. Parquet – tiles of wood arranged to produce a certain style of wooden flooring.

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