Hybrid Flooring Glossary

Get to know these common hybrid flooring terms. It’ll help make your buying process even easier.


The adaptation of the hybrid flooring to its installation environment.


Our special coating applied to help resist scratching from pet claws.

Flooring that is installed by planks clicking together.


Each time a production of material is run, different dye or colour lots are created. Each manufacturing production process cannot re-create the exact same colour lot or dye lot each time.


Raised or relief designs in the surface of hybrid flooring.


How long a hybrid floor will look new and fresh is based on the finishes performance.

A floor that does not need to be nailed or glued to the subfloor.


Reference level to the ground, defined further as follows:

above-grade - above the surface of the ground or above a well-ventilated space with at least 45 cm. between the bottom of the lowest horizontal strutural member and any point of the ground.

below-ground - below the surface of the ground, part or all f the floor is below the ground.

on-grade - in contact with the ground, in contact with the ground or with less than 18 in. of well-ventilated space between the bottom of the lowest horizontal structural member and any point of the ground.


Luxury vinyl flooring that has a rigid composite core.


Height difference in elevation between edges of adjacent planks or tiles.

A marketing term that is applied to resilient floor tile and plank.


Compound used to fill or smooth minor depressions or irregularities in a flooring surface or substrate.

Traction provided for pet paws while they play.

Boards widths that are 7.6 cm width or greater.

Material used in the manufacture of new product that has been recovered from existing materials instead of disposing of the material.

Material recovered before disposal for use in the manufacture of a new product; excluding materials generated from and reused or reworked within the original manufacturing process.


The percentage by weight of post-industrial or pre-consumer recycled material plus post-consumer recycled material.

Another name for Luxury Vinyl floors.

A rigid backing that helps to hide subfloor imperfections.


Resilient vinyl flooring that comes in roll form rather than tile form.

Rough, structural layer of floor beneath a finished floor.

The lowest level of support in a building or structure; in flooring this is what the subfloor is fastened upon.


A material placed under hard flooring to provide a suitable installation surface above the subfloor.


Made from a mixture of polyvinyl chloride and plasticizer, it is usually flexible and non-porous. Pigments are added for colour.


The deterioration caused from use over time of a flooring surface which tends to impair a material's serviceability; examples include abrasion, scratching, gouging and scuffing.

A layer of material applied to the top surface of hard flooring. The thickness of the wearlayer varies with each product collection, or series, and is generally measured in millimetres or about the thickness of a page in a phone book. Premium wearlayers offer superior resistance to stains, scuffs and scratches.