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

Parquet flooring is a type of wood flooring that’s made by laying many small wooden...

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What is Vinyl Flooring?

Vinyl is a fully synthetic floor made from layers of...

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What Is Laminate Flooring?

Laminate is incredibly popular type of flooring by offering the aesthetics of real wood floors without the high cost and need for skilled fitting or maintenance. Laminate allows your floor to be more water-resistant than solid wood, so you needn’t worry about the occasional spill. If the worst should happen and your flooring does undergo extensive damage, a quality laminate...

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Parquet Flooring Patterns: The Ultimate Guide For Your Home

Imagine stepping into a room and knowing instantly you’re somewhere...

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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...

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How to Lay Click LVT Flooring

Click vinyl tiles have seen a large increase in demand...

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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...

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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 on the planet have kept...

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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...

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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...

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 decide to opt for the DIY job, all you need...

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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...

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...

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...

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 easy to install. Although it replicates the look of solid wood, it’s a fraction of...

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 the pages of a glossy...

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 to clean. But why is this? To help you get the most out of your floor, here are our tips on keeping your laminate in good condition. How To Clean...

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 deforestation by continent. Images are free to use under Creative Commons license providing proper attribution is provided via a link to https://www.factory-direct-flooring.co.uk/ under Creative Commons license. Tree population by Continent, 2015...

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A Quick Guide to Choosing the Best Type of Flooring

Vinyl? Laminate? Solid Wood? LVT? How do you know what...

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How To Design A Restaurant Floor Plan To Entice Diners

The interior design and room layout of any venue are...

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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...

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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 we'd take a look at some fairy tale abodes and imagine...

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 come without its problems. It doesn’t boast the water-resistant qualities of other flooring and can be prone to certain stains. However, one of the selling points is that sanding wood floors can remove any surface damage and reveal a good-as-new...

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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 takes to decide on getting new flooring, what floor material...

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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...

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5 Floor Edging Options For Your Home

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

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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...

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 while being resistant to moisture. However, like all flooring, laminate...

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...

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...

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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 complement your chosen look. For example, while carpet adds a...

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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...

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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 anything as mundane as walking, to more severe marks such as gouges. Each type of floor has its own unique benefits and drawbacks, so we've taken a look at the ways in which you can...

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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...

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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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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.

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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

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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