Every branch has its own vocabulary.
Our aim here is to explain a few of the specific terms relating to decorative wood, panelling, parquet flooring and decking.
Butt joint: End to end gluing of two or more strips of solid wood. All structural defects are removed, and it offers great mechanical resistance. This enables large wood lengths to be created thanks to a manufacturing process which glues short pieces connected by joints.
Rough-sawn finish: Soft yet grainy to the touch.
Brushed finish: Enhances and brings out the veins in the wood.
Smooth-planed finish: Silky-smooth appearance and feel, revealing or suggesting the veins of the wood.
Decommissioned: Major material defects.
Finish defect: Minor material defects (knots skipped, cracks etc.) and major varnishing process defects (zoning, lack of stain, brush strokes accentuated after line stop etc.).
Knot: Part of a branch incorporated into the wood.
Panelling: Visible external or internal wall surface. This is also the most attractive side of an item being finished, or the reference side for machining.
D.T.U (CL1) : DTUs, or “Documents Techiques Unifiés” (“unified technical documents”), are documents containing the technical regulations for performing building works. They are recognised and approved by construction professionals and serve as a reference for insurance experts and courts. Failure to comply with these can mean suspension of the guarantees offered by the individual base policies.