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Guides 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, 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.

Company News
COVID-19 Business & Operations Updates from Paul Hambidge

Summary of COVID-19 Operations Factory Direct Flooring continue to trade and operate online with some restrictions in place: Our Showroom...

Advice Centre
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...

Advice Centre
Dark Wood Flooring - The Benefits

Flooring isn’t something you want to change too often – it’s a big task 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 roaming about the house in the middle of the night, the constant noises of squeaky floors can become irritating very quickly.  So, if your footsteps are starting sound more like a family of mice than a shuffle across a solid wood floor, it’s maybe time to fix it. What Can...

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, concrete is compatible with all floors. So, whether you go for vinyl or wood, here is a handy guide to laying flooring on concrete. 1. Prepare the Subfloor This sounds...

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 and it can easily replicate...

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...

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 fan feel a little lost...

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 a handy click system. If you’re planning to install yourself, here are the tools and the know-how you'll need for laying laminate floors without the hassle. What tools do I...

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...

Advice Centre
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 we’re here to help. Read...

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.

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...

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 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 doorstep. After the time it takes to decide on getting new flooring, what floor material...

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...

Accessories
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 completed 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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.

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

Advice Centre
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

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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