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A Fitting Thank You After 100 Days of Lockdown

At Factory Direct Flooring, we understand that times have been incredibly difficult over the last 3-4 months during the global pandemic, not only for the general public but also for...

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COVID-19 Business & Operations Updates from Paul Hambidge

Summary of COVID-19 Operations Factory Direct Flooring are trading and operating online with some minor restrictions or changes to service...

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The Fictional Furnishings Quiz Answers

Given up on the Fictional Furnishings Quiz? We won't tell...

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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...

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How to Level a Concrete Floor

No matter what type of flooring you are about to lay in your home or commercial property, it is very important that the subfloor foundation is level. Having levelled subflooring...

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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 comes with a cost. For any room, changing a floor is a big decision 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...

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 is so popular. If you...

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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 difficult to know where to...

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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...

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

Solid 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. 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...

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...

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...

Engineered 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...

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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 the pages of a glossy magazine but with interior design...

Laminate Flooring
How To Clean Laminate Flooring

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

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. Read on to see tree population by continent as well as growth or rate of...

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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 impression of the space. It goes without saying that the interior design of any bar or restaurant needs to be carefully crafted in order to attract customers, increase their dwell time and hit the right...

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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...

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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 take a look at some fairy tale abodes and imagine what it would be like to wander through the stories we know so well. Fairy Tale Home, Reimagined - Transcript Once upon a time, there was a magical kingdom filled with...

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, hardwood flooring doesn’t come without its problems. It doesn’t boast the water-resistant qualities...

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Why Do I Need To Acclimatise My Flooring?

It's natural to be excited when your brand new flooring...

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Everything You Need To Know About Floating Hardwood Flooring

Floating hardwood flooring is a quick solution to installing hardwood...

Accessories
5 Floor Edging Options For Your Home

Once you’ve decided on the perfect floor for your home...

Accessories
Do I Need Beading Or Skirting Boards?

Skirting and beading are both types of wooden floor edging. They are used to fill the gap between a newly installed floor and the walls of the room. If your...

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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 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...

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...

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...

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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 sounds tedious, it’s important to...

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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, wood can add sophistication. However, aside from the general aesthetics, there’s quite a bit to consider when choosing the flooring for such an occupied area. To help you make your decision, we’ve listed things you...

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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, once you know how to...

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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...

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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 account the colour of your floor. Whether you've opted for a light or dark floor, or one that strikes a balance and provides freshness in the summer and warmth in the winter, decorating the rest of the room needs to compliment your choice of flooring. Below we explore the varying undertones...

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

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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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