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Natural Stone Industry Glossary

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WARPED 
In masonry terms, a natural condition of slates and flagstones that are not treated with rubbing, honing or polishing.
WALL TILE
Tiles that are used for kitchen backsplashes, bathroom and shower walls. 
WASH 
In landscaping, a sloped area where water will run.
WATER BASE 
A solution that contains a water soluble or water dispersible binder.
WATER MARK
Stains on woods, tiles, stones or other hard surfaces caused by acid in water.
WATER OF CRYSTALLIZATION 
The water molecules that form as an essential part of the crystal structure of compounds.
WATERPROOFING 
The process of making a surface impervious to water.
WAXING 
In masonry terms, the process of filling natural voids with shellac or cements.
WEAR 
In masonry terms, the removal of materials from the façade of stones through impact or friction.
WEDGING 
The process of splitting a stone by driving wedges into the planes of inherent weaknesses.
WEEP HOLES 
A drainage opening in joints to allow release of moisture.
WETTING 
The ability of a coating or film to penetrate or spread over a surface.
WEATHERED JOINT 
A mortar joint that has an outward and downward slope to shed water.
WEATHERING 
The process in which the appearance or texture of a surface is changed by natural atmospheric phenomena or by chemical or mechanical processes.
WHOLESALER 
A person or entity that purchases a product for resale.
WIND (WINED) 
The warp in a semi-finished slab of stone that is removed during further fabrication.
WINDOW SILL 
A horizontal shelf like structure below a window frame.
WINDOW STOOL 
A narrow horizontal shelf fitted across the inside of a window opening.
WIRE SAW 
A tool with one or more wire cables that run on a pulley system to cut natural stones into slabs and blocks.
WIRE SAWN 
The method of cutting a natural stone with wire that has been immersed in abrasive liquids to create various effects.
WRAP AROUND 
The ability of a coating or film to cover all areas of a substrate including edges and sides.