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Glossary of Flooring Terms

Acclimatisation

What does Acclimatisation mean?

Acclimatisation is the process in which flooring is allowed to adjust to the moisture content and climate of the environment it will be installed into.

Basketweave

What is Basketweave?

Basketweave pattern of flooring that's based on basketwork.

Bevelled Edge

Also known as V-Groove, this is the sloping edge on a plank or tile that has been chamfered to create a traditional board look. A 2v bevelled product would have this edging along the lengths whereas a 4v bevelled product would be on all four sides.

Damp Proof Membrane (DPM)

A membrane material used to prevent the transmission of moisture which could ultimately damage your floor.

Door Threshold Bar/Plate

This term is used to describe a product that's used to cover the seperation between two floor coverings in a doorway.

Dryback

Luxury vinyl tiles that are required to be glued down with adhesive.

Click

Flooring that clicks together and works as a floating floor such as laminate and click vinyl tiles.

End Joint

The end section of a plank or tile that will be joined to the next one.

Expansion Gap

The space left around the perimeter of a room to allow for expansion and contraction of a flooring product.

Floating Floor

Specific type of flooring that does not need to be adhered or nailed to a sub-floor. The term floating refers to the installation method ie. Click Flooring.

Herringbone

A geometric pattern consisting of parallel blocks that slope in opposite directions similar to a V shape. Also see Parquet.

Micro-Bevel

Similar to a bevelled edge the micro bevel is a chamfered edge finish however it's much smaller in size offering a more subtle distinction between each plank or tile.

Phthalate Free

Does not include plasticisers that contain significant impurities of orthophthalic acid/anhydride derived molecules. All our vinyl flooring is phthalate free

Ramp Profile

Devised for use with floor coverings that are at different heights a Ramp Profile works to aesthetically finish the tranistion between the two. 

Self-Levelling Compound

Also know as screed this is a chemical compound that's deisgned to level uneven sub-floors.

Square Edge

Opposite to bevelled edge the square edge finish is a 90 degree right angle finish that makes the planks or tiles blend seamlessly together for a smooth looking floor.

Square Metre (m2)

A unit of area which is calculated by multiplying the width and length of that space. ie. 1m x 1m = 1m2

Subfloor

The floor foundation upon which flooring is laid upon. ie. Concrete and Floorboards.

T-Profile

Designed to bridge the gap between two floor coverings that have been installed at the same height level and may aslo be refered to as a cover bar.

Underlayment

Material placed between a flooring product and the sub-floor to create a barrier or foundation for which the flooring can be successfully installed upon.

Wear Layer

A protective layer in the make-up of vinyl flooriing which adds durability whilst also contributing to how a product will wear overtime. The thicker the wear-layer the more hard-wearing the flooring will be.