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How To Understand Real Wood Floors Before You Buy | Factory Direct Flooring


Real wood floors can look and feel fantastic, but there are a few things you really need to know before you buy. One thing in particular that you need to be aware of is the different grades on offer. This is actually a very important factor to consider as the grade determines exactly how the floor will look. Below you’ll find out everything you need to know about the grading system in order to make the best choice for your home.

Understanding the grading system

If you’re new to the world of real wooden flooring, you might be a little confused by the different grades available. It gets particularly confusing because different companies use different names for each grade of wood. At Factory Direct Flooring we stick with the European grades to keep it simple. This is because the majority of the real wooden floors that we sell are manufactured using European oak. Therefore, it makes sense to use the European terms.  So what exactly are the different grades and what do they mean?

We stock three different grades and they include:

Rustic grade – Available in numerous different shades, rustic grade floors are actually the most popular sold in the UK. They feature plenty of character and are known for their natural flaws such as various sized knots and small splits. When the planks are installed, together they form a very beautiful, natural look that is similar to the picture below.

Hardwood floors for family life.

Another reason why rustic grade real wood floors are so popular is because they are also much cheaper than other grades. This is because less time needs to be spent selecting each piece of timber. It’s ok for the planks to contain various imperfections. If you do choose this grade, we recommend you allow for enough wastage to be as selective as you like when installing the floor.

Natural grade – Our natural grade floors have much smaller knots than the rustic variations. They are typically no bigger than a £2 coin. There is also less difference between the individual planks and no sapwood at all. Due to its lack of imperfections, this grade is more expensive than rustic grade flooring and it tends to be the most common grade used in European countries.

Select grade – The most expensive grade in our real wood collection, select contains no sapwood or knots and there is very little difference between the planks. It tends to provide more of a ‘laminated’ look which makes it the least popular grade in the UK. As there are virtually no imperfections, it has a very clean look. It also means the raw materials available to create it are incredibly limited and the sorting process makes it pretty expensive to manufacture.

As you can see, there is a lot of difference between the three grades. Now when you browse through our selection of real wood floors you will have a much better understanding of what you are buying. They each function the same, so really it is a matter of personal preference which one you opt for.

New Colours Added To The Aqua Plank Range, Take A Look! | Factory Direct Flooring

New colours added to the Aqua Plank range.

The sensational Aqua Plank collection has gained nine new colour variations. This impeccable range continues to be one of the leading laminate floors on the market. It was the first to offer a completely waterproof design; enabling you to install it in areas previously deemed unsuitable for wooden floors. As every plank is 100% moisture resistant, it can safely be installed in bathrooms, restaurants, kitchens and even commercial washrooms.

Introducing the new distinctive, stylish colour options

It doesn’t matter whether you are hoping to achieve a sleek modern design or a more traditional look; the new colour options have something to suit everyone. Find out more about each new colour option below.

White Oak – With its luxuriously sleek and modern design, the white oak aqua plank floor looks especially stylish in the kitchen or dining room. Adding a bright, minimalistic style to the room, the floor’s easy clean surface ensures any spills are removed quickly. Within the planks you’ll find a distinctive textured design that helps to really captivate your attention and it adds to the authenticity of the floor.

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Barn Oak Dark – The striking textured finish and warm tones give the Barn Oak Dark a very rustic, almost antique design. This makes it an excellent choice for the living room or even the conservatory. If you’re looking for a floor that will stand out, this is definitely a good contender.

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Cast Oak Grey – Another rustic design, the Cast Oak Grey is a more subtle, neutral colouration. Offering a timeless look, this floor makes an ideal choice for the utility room, conservatory or hallway. It would also look great in a café setting.

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Natural Golden Oak – With a smooth, sensual look, the Natural Golden Oak flooring has a less distinctive textured pattern compared to the others. Its beautiful warm golden colour really adds a touch of elegance to the room, creating a relaxing ambience.

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Pale Oak Light – This stunning colour is perfect for any room. Thanks to its neutral design, it will blend in brilliantly with any existing décor. It offers a professional, flawless look with an eye catching textured surface.

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French Oak – A great choice for those who prefer the more classic laminate design, the French Oak is a warm, richly toned floor, ideal for use in the living room. You can barely tell where the planks begin and where they end, ensuring a more seamless look.

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Grey Oak – Grey flooring is bang on trend at the moment so this Grey Oak colour is sure to be a big hit. It offers a fantastic stylish design that would look especially good in a restaurant or hotel lobby as it would in the living room.

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Limed Oak – Keep it simple with the chic Limed Oak edition flooring. Offering a bright, classy design, this floor will look good in any room.

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Modern Oak Light – Last but not least is the extraordinary Modern Light Oak. It features a grainy design that really captures the attention. Its light colouration gives it a more elegant style and provides a look that will be on trend in years to come.

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Factory Direct Flooring is proud to offer these new luxurious colours. Why not check out the full Aqua Plank range today?

On Trend: Sales of Grey and White Flooring Soar

Sales of grey and white laminate soar.

Sales of grey and white flooring have increased significantly over the past year. Whether choosing laminate, solid wood, vinyl or engineered flooring, if you’re looking to update your home with the latest look then greys and whites are the colours you should be looking at.

Offering a sensual, calming design

One of the main reasons whites and greys have overtaken darker, warmer toned floors is because of the tranquillity they provide. Whitewashed style floors have become particularly popular, especially in the laminate sector. Offering a more antique look, whitewashed floors have a softness about them and offer a more casual design. The Loire Emotions White Lacquered Click Engineered Flooring is a great example of this. We’ve seen a huge increase in sales of this particular floor. Offering a distressed look, it adds a beach house style design whilst offering incredible durability. A 30 year guarantee ensures your new floor will last for many years to come.


Modern or Traditional – Whatever you want it to be

Another reason why greys and whites have become so popular is because they offer a neutral look. This means they will blend in with literally any existing home décor. You can use them to create a more antique, traditional style room or a sleek, contemporary design.

If you’re looking to create a more classic style, the Prestige Northland Oak Grey Laminate is a good option. With a 2-sided bevel profile the planks have a defined look, yet they offer a very uniformed, classy design. It has a heavy textured surface, creating the antique effect grey and white floors are more commonly associated with.


On the other hand, the Prestige Plus Real White Oak Davos Plank Laminate Flooring is one of the more modern designs in the spectrum. Its barely visible texture creates a smoother, minimalistic look that is popular in modern designs. It looks especially good in the kitchen or dining room.


So if you’re looking for a floor that gives you complete flexibility to create whichever look you desire, grey and white tones are the perfect option. It’s unlikely this trend is going to go away anytime soon. It’s been one of the leading trends for the last quarter of 2015 and is sure to continue right through 2016 and beyond.

Factory Direct Flooring has a wide range of grey and white floors to choose from. Our flooring experts are also on hand to discuss your flooring needs. We’ll help you to determine which type of floor is best for your home. Take a look at our full range of greys and whites today and see why so many of our customers are choosing these sensual colours for their home.

CSP Engineering Introduces Brand New Automatic Filler for Parquet Flooring


Parquet flooring is about to get even better thanks to a new automatic filler machine launched by CSP Engineering.  Manufacturers can now ensure the surface of their Parquet floors are knot and crack free.  Known as PAR-Filler, this machine is set to revolutionise the industry.

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What is it?

The automatic Par-Filler is available to suit both large and medium capacity production lines. What makes this machine unique is the brand new CosmetiWood filler. It is completely solvent free and benefits from excellent adhesive properties. The filler dries quickly and is absorbed nicely into different coloured and oiled finishes. It is also designed so that it rarely shrinks.


How it works

The PAR-Filler starts by scanning the floor’s surface. It is capable of scanning in both 2D as well as 3D and all images are processed within just a fraction of a second. It is capable of picking up even the tiniest of flaws in each individual board. This is far more than what a human can do.

Once a flaw has been detected, the scanner determines the precise dimensions of the flaw and exactly how much filler is needed to repair it. This doesn’t just improve the aesthetic results, it also ensures no filler is wasted throughout the repair process.

Connected to the production line, the machine works to repair the boards without the need to remove them from the line. When the planks are filled, they are done so under pressure. The filler is the exact same hardness of the floor to ensure best results. It is applied via two servomotor driven applicators and works continually; moving on to each board quickly without pause.


Why it benefits parquet manufacturers

The PAR-Filler comes with a range of benefits, including the fact it doesn’t require any special skills to use it. Only one operator needs to be at the machine at any one time and it is capable of handling a high capacity of planks. This means it will not only speed up the manufacturing process, but it will also reduce costs as there will be a lot less planks that need to be redone. The machine is also incredibly easy to set up and colour changes are quick and easy too.

Overall the PAR-Filer is the next generation of automatic parquet floor fillers. CSP Engineering have really set the bar with this machine and it is set to change the industry, resulting in fewer imperfections and better quality floors.


Factory Direct Flooring Launches Brand New Website

Factory-Direct-Flooring launches brand new website

Whether you are a DIY expert or simply someone who is interested in home improvement projects, chances are that you will have heard about Factory Direct Flooring. If you haven’t, this is the perfect opportunity to learn more about us, as we have just launched a new website to help you make all your flooring projects easier to carry out!
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How to Care for a Solid Wood Floor

When you install your new solid wood floor, it is essential that you keep on top of the maintenance. You do not want to look back a few years down the line and regret not making a little more effort to take care of it. Here at Factory Direct Flooring, we supply high quality solid wood for your property in a variety of different colours and styles. We want to make sure that you care for the floor in the correct way, so that you can enjoy a beautiful and pristine floor for years to come. Continue reading

Laminate or Solid Wood: Which is Best for Me?

Laminate or Solid Wood: Which is best for me?

When you are deciding on a new floor, you generally know the style that you want to go for. If you want a wooden floor that brings in warmth and a contemporary style to the room then you can be stuck with the decision of whether you want laminate or solid wood flooring. At Factory Direct Flooring we know that there are benefits to both types of flooring, and that the decision entirely depends on your requirements. Continue reading

Light Wood Vs. Dark Wood – Which Should You Choose? | Factory Direct Flooring

Lighter wood vs. darker wood - Which type to choose?

It is a debate that has long been raging when it comes to choosing wood flooring for the home; should you go for a stylish dark wood or a more neutral, lighter tone? Dark wood flooring is very much in style at present, with homeowners choosing this type of flooring as it can be used effectively when aiming for a contemporary or traditional look and feel within the space. Continue reading

Do You Have to do Any Preparation for Underlay?

Do you have to do any preparation for underlay?

When laying a new floor you should always take preliminary action before the floor arrives to make sure that you get the best result. You should give yourself time to prepare the floor before you can fit the underlay and then finally your stunning floor. At Factory Direct Flooring we have some advice on how to prepare efficiently. Continue reading

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