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Glossary of Laminate Terms

Acclimation: The adaption of the laminate floor to its installation environment.

Backing: The bottom layer which is a plastic layer that helps guard the laminates from moisture and acts as a stabilizer to the planks and tiles.

End Molding: Also a carpet reducer, this is a transition piece from the laminates to another type of flooring.

Laminate Flooring: A manufactured type of flooring that act out the look of natural wood, stone, and many other types of floors.

Moldings: Trim piece that fill the space that is left to allow the floors to expand and move naturally over the subflooring. These trim pieces also can act as a transitional piece from one flooring to another.

Peaking: Can sometimes be seen between the tiles of planks of laminates as a seam.

Plank: A panel of laminate that are usually five or six times longer than they are wide.

Quarter Round: Used wherever the laminate flooring reaches a wall or baseboard.

Reducer: The piece used to transition from laminates to another type of flooring.

Screens: The different variations of the photos used in the looks of the laminates. The more screens a style has the more authentic it will look.

Seams: the location where the panels meet together.

Multi-purpose: used when the laminates meet with carpets or other vertical surfaces that expose an edge (i.e. fireplaces)

Stair Noise: a molding piece coordinating each of the steps of the home.

Tile: Laminate flooring that comes in a square shape rather than a plank.

T-molding: used in doorways to join laminate flooring from two different rooms. It also can be used from laminate to other flooring that is the same height.

Underlayment: A material used under the laminates that act as both a moisture and a sound barrier. This also lets the floor expand and contract with the differences of the temperature.

Wear Layer: The durable top layer of the laminates which provides protection from stains.