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Content by Paul Hambidge

Paul Hambidge, Managing Director

Paul has 32 years of flooring industry knowledge & experience from both an installation and manufacturing perspective. He started out as installer of very large commercial flooring projects for multiple retailers. As director of Factory Direct Flooring Ltd, he has been involved in all aspects of flooring and has worked with some of the largest producers of wood flooring, vinyl flooring and laminate floors.

Advice Centre, Herringbone Flooring
Parquet Flooring for Kitchens

More and more people are asking about parquet flooring for kitchens and the best way to approach it, or indeed if it’s possible at all. The answer is yes, but...

Advice Centre, Real Wood Flooring
Can Real Wood Flooring Work in Bathrooms?

Solid real wood flooring brings a touch of warmth and luxury to any room. It’s got a sophisticated look and feel that’s difficult to match, and can add value (as well as enjoyment) to your property. Using wood flooring in a bathroom, therefore, would seem like an obvious choice to enhance the air of comfort and relaxation, and many homeowners...

Advice Centre
How Much is Parquet Flooring?

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

Advice Centre, Herringbone Flooring
How to Lay Herringbone Flooring

Over the past few years, herringbone floors have made a huge comeback in new home starts and remodelling projects across the country. And given that it’s available in real wood...

26th July 2021 | Company News, Inspiration
Sustainability at Factory Direct Flooring

At Factory Direct Flooring, we put sustainability at the heart of everything...

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

Parquet flooring is traditionally a type of wood flooring made...

Advice Centre
What is Vinyl Flooring?

Vinyl is a fully synthetic floor made from layers of PVC and fibreglass. These materials are easy to produce, making this type of flooring incredibly cheap – especially when compared to real wood products. Much like our premium LVT Click and LVT Glue Down floors, vinyl flooring cut from a roll is easy to install, often waterproof, and designed to...

Advice Centre
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...

Advice Centre, Herringbone Flooring
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...

1st April 2021 | Company News
Instagram Giveaway

£500 Herringbone LVT Giveaway! From 1st April 2021, our Instagram Giveaway will...

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17th February 2021 |
Why 2021 will be the year that LVT overtakes Laminate

Well, what a year 2020 proved to be. During the chaos caused...

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28th October 2020 | Product Releases
Our new Aqua Plank Herringbone Range

We’re thrilled to launch our new herringbone click range, the latest addition...

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Advice Centre
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...

Advice Centre, Vinyl Flooring, Vinyl Flooring Guides, LVT
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...

3rd July 2020 | Company News
A Fitting Thank You After 100 Days of Lockdown

At Factory Direct Flooring Ltd, we understand that times have been incredibly...

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Advice Centre
How to Level a Concrete Floor

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

Advice Centre
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...

Advice Centre
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...

Advice Centre
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...

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

Vinyl flooring & Luxury Vinyl Tiles are a popular home...

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. 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...

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...

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 the price and comes with...

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...

Advice Centre, Laminate Flooring
Engineered vs Laminate vs Solid Wood

If you’re looking to obtain the look of real wood in your home but can’t decide between a laminate, engineered or solid wood flooring, then...

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.

Advice Centre
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...

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...

Advice Centre
Why Do I Need To Acclimatise My Flooring?

It's natural to be excited when your brand new flooring has finally arrived on your...

Advice Centre
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 floating hardwood flooring is and how it differs from traditional hardwood flooring then we've got the answers right here. What is floating hardwood flooring? Floating hardwood floors are really not...

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 used to fill the gap...

Advice Centre
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...

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...

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 wear, or if you just fancy a home makeover, it’s time to be out with the old and in with the new. Removing laminate flooring can easily be done as a DIY job and because laminate flooring is usually installed using the floating floor method and no glue, it can...

Advice Centre
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...

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 popular home solution because installation is so straightforward and it allows even DIY novices to achieve professional results with either its click or glue method. This guide therefore takes a...

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.

Advice Centre
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.

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

Advice Centre
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

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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