Glossary of home renovation terms

Glossary of home renovation terms

Every industry has its own language and terms. These words and phrases can be confusing to anyone who is not part of the daily operations of a specific industry, and the home renovation business is no exception. To help you understand some of the common home renovation terms, acronyms, and phrases regularly used in home renovation, Dash Builders has created this handy reference guide.

Home renovation terms

Here you’ll find valuable information allowing you to comprehend and communicate your home renovation needs effectively. At Dash Builders, we don’t only build quality rooms that last. We want you to be involved in making decisions during your home renovation. This will help us achieve a result that meets your unique needs with precision.


A secondary layer of sheeting (plywood, concrete, etc.) above the structural floor sheeting to smoothen and strengthen different types of flooring area.

Thermofoil cabinetry

Thermofoil is a surface finish applied to cabinets by multiple manufacturers. It is a plastic material which is thermoformed to the profile of an underlying engineered wood core such as medium-density fiberboard. During a kitchen renovation, it can give your custom cabinetry a standout look!


It refers to luxury vinyl plank or luxury vinyl tile flooring. It is a semi-rigid vinyl product that can be clicked together or glued down. There are many shapes and styles available.


An in-wall niche is an indented portion of a wall that can be used as a shelf. We can build a niche as part of any renovation, but they are most commonly part of a bathroom renovation in the shower as a niche for your hygiene products.

Composite Siding

A rigid cement or fiberboard siding product that has a painted or printed face, many colours, and styles. We use composite siding when we’re working on an exterior renovation.


Variance is a request to deviate from current zoning requirements. If granted, it permits the owner to use his land in a way that is ordinarily not permitted by the zoning ordinance. It is not a change in the zoning law, but a waiver from the requirements of the zoning ordinance. While it’s important to obtain permits for all home renovations, we usually require several zoning variances when creating a home addition.


Rough-in is the initial installation of services and usually refers to plumbing or electrical installations.


It usually refers to a wood fiberboard product with a plastic surface layer like flooring or countertops.

So, if you’re considering home renovations anywhere in Winnipeg, reach out to Dash Builders. Also, we service Steinbach, Oakbank, Headingley, Stonewall, Selkirk, Niverville, Beausejour, East St. Paul, Birds Hill, and other surrounding areas. Our goal is to exceed our clients’ satisfaction, and to date, we haven’t received a dissatisfied client.

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