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Parquet Flooring for Kitchens

More and more people are asking about parquet flooring for kitchens and the best way to approach it, or indeed...

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Can Real Wood Flooring Work in Bathrooms?

Solid real wood flooring brings a touch of warmth and luxury to any room. It’s...

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How Much is Parquet Flooring?

When you’re looking for a distinctive, eye-catching finish for your floors – something that brings a touch of luxury to...

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How to Lay Herringbone Flooring

Over the past few years, herringbone floors have made a huge comeback in new home...

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What Is Parquet Flooring? (And Why You Need It In Your Home)

Parquet flooring is traditionally a type of wood flooring made by laying wooden tiles in a pattern to create a...

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What is Vinyl Flooring?

Vinyl is a fully synthetic floor made from layers of PVC and fibreglass. These materials are easy to produce, making...

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What Is Laminate Flooring?

Laminate is incredibly popular type of flooring by offering the aesthetics of real wood floors...

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Parquet Flooring Styles & Patterns: The Ultimate Guide For Your Home

Imagine stepping into a room and knowing instantly you’re somewhere special. Somewhere luxurious, with a striking look all of its own. Originally an exclusive European flooring style dating back to 16th century France, parquet can transform how you and your family experience a room. Available in a variety of traditional or contemporary materials, allow yourself to be inspired by the...

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What is LVT Flooring?

What is LVT Flooring? LVT, or Luxury Vinyl Tile, is a versatile flooring tile that has the appearance of wood planks or stone tiles, but is more functional for everyday use. Waterproof and durable, it comes in a vast array of colours and styles, making it perfect for most rooms in your home. What makes LVT so Popular? LVT has...

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How to Lay Click LVT Flooring

Click vinyl tiles have seen a large increase in demand over the last few years and now takes its place as the fastest growing flooring in the world. Not only does it allow for a high quality and professional finish, LVT is also incredibly easy to install yourself. What you need to install LVT Flooring; A Tape Measure Builders level...

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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 the cards. Use them well...

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20 Interesting Facts About Wood

As one of our oldest natural resources, wood isn’t something we particularly think about often. However, the 3.04 trillion trees...

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How to Level a Concrete Floor

No matter what type of flooring you are about to...

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Dark Wood Flooring - The Benefits

Flooring isn’t something you want to change too often – it’s a big task and...

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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...

Laminate Flooring
Flooring Calculator: How Much Laminate Do You Need?

Laying laminate by yourself is a surprisingly easy task, which is why this flooring solution...

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How to Lay Flooring on a Concrete Subfloor

As subfloors go, concrete isn’t the easiest to deal with and it can be somewhat...

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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, followed by cats, rabbits and even indoor birds. While there’s no doubt our furry friends improve our lives, the same cannot be said about our flooring. Pets can leave scratches...

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

Vinyl flooring & Luxury Vinyl Tiles are 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...

Real 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

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

If you are wondering how to restore and care for your solid wood floor, you've come to the right place...

Real 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...

Real Wood Flooring
Engineered Wood Flooring Maintenance and Repair

Engineered wood is becoming increasingly in demand as an alternative to solid wood flooring. This is probably because it cleverly consists of a real wood layer on top of a multi-ply core, which offers the authenticity of real wood but with additional durability. Not only this, but it’s also incredibly easy to maintain, which is good news for all us...

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Engineered vs Laminate vs Solid Wood

If you’re looking to obtain the look of real wood in your home but can’t...

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5 Floor Trends of 2019 to Transform Your Home

We’d all love to have a home that looks like...

Laminate Flooring
How To Clean Laminate Flooring

When it comes to cleaning your laminate flooring, it’s easy...

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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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...

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A Quick Guide to Choosing the Best Type of Flooring

Vinyl? Laminate? Solid Wood? LVT? How do you know what is the best type of flooring? And how can you find it without having to learn the ins-and-outs of every floor option beforehand? Finding the best type of flooring for your home improvements can be difficult. And while there is plenty of information out there, it can be rather long-winded...

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How To Design A Restaurant Floor Plan To Entice Diners

The interior design and room layout of any venue are 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 could be improved. The floor layout is always a tricky thing to master, especially if your home has rooms of different shapes and sizes. Take a look at this infographic to see how you can make the most of your living room without having...

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Fairy Tale Homes, Re-imagined

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

Real 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, hardwood flooring doesn’t...

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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 doorstep. After the time it...

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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...

Accessories
5 Floor Edging Options For Your Home

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

Accessories
Do I Need Beading Or Skirting Boards?

Skirting and beading are both types of wooden floor edging used to fill the gap between a newly installed floor and the walls of the room. If your room has neither, you will need to invest in skirting boards to install after your floor is complete. If your room already has skirting, you’ll need skirting board beading to cover the...

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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 said for underfloor heating with their unobtrusive heating systems helping to make any home into a cosy retreat. Whether or not these go together is the issue though, with many homeowners worrying about the combination...

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 further variety when it comes to laminate flooring colours. For example, laminate now offers the effects of real wood, but in shades of grey, black or white. Unlike solid wood flooring which always sticks to the earthy browns. With the...

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...

Laminate Flooring
How Do I Remove Laminate Flooring?

If your laminate flooring has become a little worse for...

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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, especially when you second-guess yourself at every turn. One of the first complications to arise...

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

Fitting new flooring is a tedious task to tackle alone...

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How To Match Wall Colour To Your Floor

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

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What is the Best Flooring for an Office?

When it comes to your office, flooring can help to...

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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 installed doesn't have to be an exact science. In fact...

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How To Match Your Furniture To Your Floor

When it comes to new laminate flooring, vinyl flooring or LVT, it’s difficult to know how to design around it, especially with the vast range of styles and colours around. However, when it comes to furniture, it’s actually easier to match with your flooring than you’d think. Most flooring features a neutral palette, so you don’t have to be an interior...

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How To Protect Any Type Of Floor

As with any type of fitting in your home, your...

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Understanding Colour When Decorating Your Home

When it comes to interior decorating ideas, you need to take into...

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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The Difference Between Engineered, Laminate And Solid Wood

Engineered, laminate and solid wood are all excellent options or your home so to help you decide we've taken a look at the pros and cons of each

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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

Real 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.

Real 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.

Real 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

Real 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

Real 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

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How to Measure A 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 Flooring

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

Real 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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