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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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? 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 and...

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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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4 Brilliant Floor Space Styles in 2017

We’d all love to have a home that looks like the pages of a glossy magazine but sometimes we just don’t feel we have the...

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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...

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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. Floor layout...

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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, hard wood flooring...

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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 often feels like it involves a million steps before you can relax in your home...

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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...

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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...

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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, it’s time to begin the process of fitting it. One thing that you’re likely to be concerned with is ensuring that your floors have the perfect finish once you’ve finished fitting them. One problem standing in the way of this...

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 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...

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. However, like all flooring, laminate can still suffer from some wear and tear throughout its life. From anything such as minor scratches to the bigger problem of peaking, here’s how to restore your laminate flooring to be good as new...

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

1. Measure the square area of your room in metres. To do this, multiply the length of the room by the width.  2. Add 10...

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...

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...

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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...

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How To Match Wall Colour To Your Floor

After investing in a new and stylish flooring, the last...

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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 start when laying any type of flooring on concrete. However...

Engineered Wood Flooring
What Tools Do I Need To Lay Engineered Wood Flooring?

Whether you're completely installing or replacing certain parts of engineered wood flooring, chances are you want the lowdown on what tools are best for the job if you're taking control...

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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 look...

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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 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...

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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...

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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...

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What Is the Best Floor For A Kitchen?

Whether you're a top chef, an amateur cook, a great baker or simply one who regularly visits the fridge, the kitchen is among the most used and most important rooms...

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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 mould and decorate as you wish. This room should completely...

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What Is the Best Floor For A Living Room?

With a living room being the social hub of the family home, it's incredibly important that they're designed in such...

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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 door opens, the eye is drawn to the floor before...

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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.

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.

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
What Is The Best Vinyl Flooring?

Versatile and hard wearing, the best vinyl flooring is a multitasking expert that brings style and functionality to any room

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

Laminate Flooring
Laminate Flooring Installation: How to Install Laminate Floors

Fitting floors can be difficult, which is why we've looked at how to install laminate floors perfectly to give your home the ideal finish

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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