Advice Centre

All the answers to your questions

In our advice centre you will find all there is to know about the different types of flooring we offer. Whether you want engineered wood, solid wood, vinyl or laminate, below we provide a growing resource of helpful flooring advice. We aim to cover everything to do with floors. We have advice on how to prepare your sub floor once you've made the important decision of which floor suits you, to installation tips and guides on care and maintenance.

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A Guide to the Best Pet Friendly Flooring for Your Home

Many of us have a four-legged friend. In fact, approximately 50% of the UK has a pet according to a recent survey. The most popular of these pets are dogs...

Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl Floor Care: How to Clean & Repair Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is a popular home solution due to the fact it’s quick and easy to install, it doesn’t require underlay and it can easily replicate a wood or tile effect while being a fraction of the cost. On top of this, vinyl floor care is incredibly simple, as it’s the easiest type of floor to install and maintain. Good...

Solid Wood Flooring
How To Restore and Care For Your Solid Wood Floor

Solid wood flooring is a sound investment for your home, with its striking good looks holding fast for many years to come. If maintained properly it can last for tens of years, meaning there's no need to think about replacing your floors for a long time once you've installed your solid wood floors. However, accidents happen, and if your solid...

Solid Wood Flooring
How To Lay A Solid Wood Floor

Approaching the task of laying solid wood flooring can make even the most seasoned DIY fan feel a little lost. There's a lot at stake when it comes to fitting this beautiful product in your home, especially as laying it wrong can come back to haunt you in the future. To help get you on the right path to fantastic...

Laminate Flooring
Laminate Installation Guide

Laminate is such a popular flooring solution because it’s so easy to install. Although it replicates the look of solid wood, it’s a fraction of the price and comes with...

Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered Wood Flooring Maintenance and Repair

Engineered wood is becoming increasingly in demand as an alternative to solid wood flooring. This...

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Engineered vs Laminate vs Solid Wood

If you’re looking to obtain the look of real wood...

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5 Floor Trends of 2019 to Transform Your Home

We’d all love to have a home that looks like the pages of a glossy magazine but with interior design trends changing quickly it can be hard to keep up...

Laminate Flooring
How To Clean Laminate Flooring

When it comes to cleaning your laminate flooring, it’s easy to become confused. While laminate is more moisture-resistant than solid wood, you still need to be careful when applying water...

Vinyl Flooring
How To Install Vinyl Floors

We take a look at how to install vinyl flooring, from preparing the subfloor to laying the vinyl and looking after your beautiful new floor.

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The Fictional Furnishings Quiz

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How Many Trees Are There In The World?

According to research by nature.com in 2015, there are 3,040 trillion trees in the world. Read on to see tree population by continent as well...

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A Quick Guide to Choosing the Best Type of Flooring

Vinyl? Laminate? Solid Wood? How do you know what is the best type of flooring...

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How To Design A Restaurant Floor Plan To Entice Diners

The interior design and room layout of any venue is equally, if not more important as the food served or standard service in influencing customer’s...

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Living Room Layout Tricks To Maximise Your Floor Space

Sometimes we get so used to our living spaces that we don't even realise how they...

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Fairy Tale Homes, Re-imagined

While at Factory Direct Flooring you can find a host of flooring solutions for your real-world home, we thought we'd...

Solid Wood Flooring
Sanding Wooden Floors: When and How to Sand Wood Flooring

Although it’s a beautiful type of flooring, which offers more authenticity than laminate or engineered wood flooring, hard wood flooring doesn’t come without its problems...

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How To Install Flooring On Stairs

Installing new flooring in your home is a tricky process which can be lengthy. It...

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Why Do I Need To Acclimatise My Flooring?

It's natural to be excited when your brand new flooring has finally arrived on your doorstop. After the time it takes to decide on getting...

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Everything You Need To Know About Floating Hardwood Flooring

Floating hardwood flooring is a quick solution to installing hardwood floors in your home and is much simpler to install than some other alternatives. If you've ever wondered about what floating hardwood flooring is and how it differs from traditional hardwood flooring then we've got the answers right here. What floating hardwood flooring is Floating hardwood floors are really not...

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Fix Squeaky Floors: Why Is My Floor Squeaking & How to Stop It?

While squeaking and creaking floorboards can let you know who’s roaming about the house in the middle of the night, the constant noises of squeaky floorboards can become irritating very...

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5 Floor Edging Options For Your Home

Once you’ve decided on the perfect floor for your home, taking into account everything from material to colour to maintenance...

Accessories
Do I Need Beading Or Skirting Boards?

Skirting and beading are both types of wooden floor edging. They are used to fill...

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Everything You Need To Know About Wood Floors And Underfloor Heating

Wood floors are an ever more popular flooring option for the home, helping to make many homes look elegant and welcoming. The same can be...

Laminate Flooring
Laminate Flooring Colours & Which Shades Work Best For You

Laminate flooring is a highly popular choice because it can realistically replicate the aesthetics of real wood, but give your...

Laminate Flooring
How Do I Restore My Laminate Flooring?

Laminate flooring is such a popular home solution because it’s highly durable, replicating real wood while being resistant to moisture...

Laminate Flooring
How Much Laminate Do I Need For My Floor Area?

1. Measure the square area of your room in metres...

Laminate Flooring
How Do I Remove Laminate Flooring?

If your laminate flooring has become a little worse for wear, or if you just fancy a home makeover, it’s...

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Which Flooring Direction Should I Lay My Flooring In?

Laying a new floor in your home can be a bit of a daunting task...

Laminate Flooring
Click Laminate Flooring Or Glued? Which Is Best?

Fitting new flooring is a tedious task to tackle alone. So, it’s obvious why easy installation is a high selling point for any type of flooring. Laminate flooring is a popular home solution because installation is so straightforward and it allows even DIY novices to achieve professional results with either its click or glue method. This guide therefore takes a...

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What Is the Best Floor For A Bathroom?

The best floor for a bathroom much depends on your tastes, style and home design but above all your desire to maintain it. The options are plentiful but a general...

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How To Match Wall Colour To Your Floor

After investing in a new and stylish flooring, the last thing you’ll want to do is spoil the room by rushing the paint job. Although it sounds tedious, it’s important...

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How to Lay Flooring on a Concrete Subfloor

As subfloors go, concrete isn’t the easiest to deal with...

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What is the Best Flooring for an Office?

When it comes to your office, flooring can help to complement your chosen look. For example, while carpet adds a warm feel to the office...

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What Is The Best Cleaner For Each Type Of Flooring?

Maintaining your floors to make sure they're as perfectly attractive as the day they were...

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How To Match Your Furniture To Your Floor

When it comes to new laminate flooring, vinyl flooring, engineered or solid wood flooring, it’s difficult to know how to design around it, especially with the vast range of styles...

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How To Protect Any Type Of Floor

As with any type of fitting in your home, your floors can be susceptible to certain levels of wear and tear over time, caused by...

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Understanding Colour When Decorating Your Home

When it comes to interior decorating ideas, you need to take into account the colour of your...

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What Is the Best Floor For A Kitchen?

Whether you're a top chef, an amateur cook, a great...

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What Is the Best Floor For A Bedroom?

Your bedroom should be the cosiest room in your home, your own private space to...

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What Is the Best Floor For A Living Room?

With a living room being the social hub of the...

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What Is the Best Floor For A Hallway?

Your hallway is where visitors get the first impression of your home. As the front...

Accessories
How To Fit Underlay

Learning how to fit underlay is crucial to obtaining the floor of your dreams, It creates the perfect finish and we show you how to install it here.

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How To Cut Around Radiator Pipes and Other Obstacles

We give you the know how on how to cut around radiator pipes and other awkward problems when it comes to installing your perfect flooring.

Accessories
How To Install Skirting Boards

Fitting skirting boards is the ideal way to ensure your floor has the perfect finish and we have the steps to help you achieve it

Solid Wood Flooring
How To Clean Your Solid Wood Floor

We explore how to clean your solid wood floor, from preventing damage in the first place to ow to best apply a cleaning solution.

Solid Wood Flooring
Why Is My Solid Wood Floor Creaking?

We take a look at the thorny issue of solid wood floor creaking, and take a look at some solutions and ways to avoid further creaking.

Laminate Flooring
Why Is My Laminate Floor Lifting?

We explore why you may be seeing your laminate floor lifting, and what you can do to prevent this from damaging your floor.

Engineered Wood Flooring
How to Install Engineered Wood Flooring

Flooring makes a dramatic change to your home. In this article we look at how to install engineered wood flooring for a perfect finish

Solid Wood Flooring
What is the Best Solid Wood Flooring?

Flooring makes a big impression in your home which is why we've taken a look at the best solid wood flooring for you to install

Vinyl Flooring
Why You Don’t Need Underlay for Vinyl

Vinyl is an excellent choice for many homes, being easy to fit and maintain. You also don't need underlay for vinyl and we show you why.

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A Guide to Different Flooring Grades

Whether you're looking at solid wood or engineered, we've got a guide to the different flooring grades to help you decide

Engineered Wood Flooring
What is the Best Engineered Wood Flooring?

The best engineered wood flooring isn't hard to find at Factory Direct Flooring, and we show you which ones we rate highly

Solid Wood Flooring
Solid Wood Flooring Prices & The Cost of Solid Wood

As a luxurious and gorgeous choice for your home, we've examined the cost of solid wood to see if it's the right choice for you

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How to Measure Your Floor

Knowing how to measure your floor is the first step to achieving a beautiful room in your home with perfectly laid flooring

Laminate Flooring
What Is The Best Laminate Flooring?

The best laminate flooring can transform your home completely which is why we've taken a look at the best on the flooring market

Laminate Flooring
The Cost of Laminate Flooring

Hard-wearing, versatile and available in a range of styles, the cost of laminate flooring is extremely budget-friendly for your home

Vinyl Flooring
The Cost of Vinyl

The durability and cost of vinyl means it is perfectly situated to stand up to heavy footfall spaces and still look brand new

Engineered Wood Flooring
The Cost of Engineered Wood Flooring

Flooring can be pricey but the cost of engineered wood flooring is affordable whilst being reflective of its outstanding quality

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The Fictional Furnishings Quiz Answers

Given up on the Fictional Furnishings Quiz? We won't tell if you don't, but here are the answers to all...

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