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Sanding Wood Floors - Why & How

Wood flooring looks beautiful, oozing sophistication and authenticity no matter where it's installed.

As with most things in life, however, wood floors do occasionally need a bit of TLC to stay looking their best. More specifically, sanding is often recommended for solid wood floorboards that have become damaged - today, we're going to address both the why and the how of sanding your wooden floor.

Why sand a wood floor?

There are several reasons why people choose to sand their wood floors, ranging from maintenance to cosmetic improvement. Sanding your wood floor improves its condition by removing any surface damage, and it's also a good option if you're looking to change the finish or colour of your flooring. You just have to be careful not to sand too much or too often. 

The option to sand makes hardwood flooring a surprisingly versatile option for the home. You don’t need to replace and refit new flooring - you can simply revamp your wooden floors via sanding to keep them looking fantastic.

How to sand a wood floor

Before you start sanding your floor, we advise that you clear out all furniture from the room. You don’t want to keep stopping and starting once you get going.

We also recommend you hire a drum sander and a corner sander from a reputable supplier - these machines are far more efficient than sanding by hand!

With that in mind, here's how to sand your wooden floor:

  1. Firstly, make sure there are no loose or protruding boards. If you find any, sort them out before continuing.

  2. The sandpaper you use will depend on the condition of the floor. The more damaged your floor, the coarser the paper you'll need to use. It's a good idea to start with coarse paper and progress to finer sandpaper as you near completion. Have plenty of spare paper handy so that you're able to swap the sandpaper regularly - this ensures that you are actually sanding and not just dulling your floor.

  3. Start in the middle of the room and work your way to the edges (swapping to the corner sander when you get to the corners), following the grain of the wood. Guide the machine carefully around the room at a steady pace, making sure not to leave it in one place for too long.

  4. Repeat the process using finer sandpaper with less grit. The coarser paper will remove the damaged surface, while the paper with less grit will leave you with a nice finish ready for varnishing or sealing.

  5. Once you've sanded the floor down to a smooth finish, be sure to sweep and vacuum away any leftover debris.

That's it! Now your floor is all ready to be sealed, varnished or painted. If you have any further questions about wood flooring and how to keep it looking beautiful, feel free to get in touch with the Floormaker team.

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Conservatories feature in many, many homes nowadays, and it's easy to see their appeal. If you're thinking of adding a conservatory, sunroom or orangery to your property, it's important to pick the right type of flooring for the job.

Best Flooring for a Conservatory

Pictured: Palazzo Tile Effect Laminate Flooring

In order to choose the best flooring for your conservatory, you first need to decide how you intend to use the space. This will allow you to identify potential problems that your conservatory floor might face.

For instance, does your conservatory lead onto a garden? If so, there may be a lot of muddy shoes crossing your conservatory floor. Or perhaps the room will be a bit of a sun trap, meaning that the floor could be affected by the heat and sun exposure – lovely for you, but not for certain flooring materials!

With that in mind, we would recommend laminate flooring as the best type of flooring for a conservatory. Solid wood flooring can be used in a conservatory, but proceed with caution because hardwood flooring can react badly when exposed to extreme temperature changes (which make it expand and contract) and intense sunshine (which can cause the colours to fade).

Here's a closer look at the best flooring options for a conservatory.

Best flooring materials for conservatories

  • Laminate flooring is highly resistant to the heat and UV rays that are commonly present in conservatories, especially during the summer months. Laminate flooring is also more affordable than solid wood and tends to require less maintenance. A hard-wearing, low-maintenance floor is ideal for a sunroom, especially if it backs onto a garden as this will make it easier to clean up the inevitable mud and dirt. We have a beautiful range of laminate flooring designs available here at Floormaker, so you'll have no problem finding the perfect flooring to suit your style.

  • Carpet tiles can also be a great, low-cost option for the conservatory, giving you a lot of freedom to be adventurous with texture and colour. If this is a room in which you're planning to spend a lot of time relaxing, carpet tiles make a good choice as they can make a room cosier while remaining durable and hard-wearing.

 

For more flooring advice, please get in touch with the Floormaker team today!

Wood-effect vinyl plank flooring can make just about any room look fresh and modern. Available in a range of different styles, luxury vinyl planks combine the authentic look of solid wood with the practicality of durable, hard-wearing vinyl.

If you've ever been in a bathroom that looked like it was floored with hardwood floorboards, there's a pretty good chance that you were in fact standing on luxury vinyl planks. Solid wood is not especially suitable for bathrooms, but vinyl is: it is resilient and water-resistant, and this is what makes luxury vinyl such a great choice for all kinds of bathrooms and kitchen spaces.

As luxury vinyl planks are made from a compound of plastic materials, they are also scratch- and mould-resistant. So if you're looking for a floor that will last, luxury vinyl is definitely one to check out!

To help persuade you further, we've put together a list of some of our favourite luxury vinyl plank flooring designs (all of which can be found in our Luxury Vinyl department):

Our luxury vinyl planks:

White Wash Pine Luxury Vinyl Planks

Luxury Clic White Wash Pine Vinyl Plank Flooring

This whitewashed wood design is fantastic for brightening up a room without using plain old white tiles. This product has a realistic solid wood texture, and each plank differs and mixes light tones of grey and white throughout. The subtle mix of tones and textures means that these luxury vinyl planks can either become the statement piece of the room or quietly complement the other parts of your interior design.

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Coffee Oak Vinyl Plank Flooring

Luxury Coffee Oak Vinyl Flooring

Looking for a darker wooden look in your home? This gorgeous coffee oak vinyl floor will add a touch of sophistication to any room. With added texture and tones, these vinyl planks are practically indistinguishable from real wood. Warm in tone with lighter oak details, your brand new floor will make your home into a haven. Suitable for almost any room, and perfect for those with young children or pets!

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Grey Smoked Oak Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

Grey Smoked Oak Vinyl Plank Flooring

For a more modern tone, we would recommend our luxury vinyl grey smoked oak planks. These unique vinyl planks are very on-trend with their gorgeous grey colour, and they're sure to look beautiful in all seasons. Their superior durability makes them an ideal fit for any part of your home, particularly the places with higher footfall. The grey smoky tones also match beautifully with all sorts of different interiors - perfect for adding that extra touch of elegance you've been looking for!

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Want to see more luxury vinyl flooring designs? Browse our full range here!

If you have the space for it, working out at home is a great option. Having your own home gym means that you don't have to pay for gym membership, and it also means that you can work up a sweat in privacy.

When designing your home gym, it's important to get your flooring choice right from the get-go.

home gym flooring ideas

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Your home gym flooring options will depend greatly on what kind of equipment you plan to have in this room and what kind of exercise you plan to do. Here are some home gym flooring ideas that we recommend:

cork flooring

Cork Flooring

Cork flooring isn't just renewable and eco-friendly, it's also the perfect material for your home gym's flooring. It is non-slippery and soft to the touch, making it ideal for a workout space. Cork tiles also look attractive and are a natural insulator, making them great for a converted garage and other potentially chilly environments. Cork even offers a certain level of shock absorption if you plan to lift weights in your home gym - just be careful when dragging equipment across the floor.

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carpet tile flooring

Carpet Tiles

Carpeting is an affordable, durable option for a home gym. Less likely to scratch than other materials, a good-quality carpeted floor should last you throughout the years. Carpet tiles (like those we sell here at Floormaker) are especially durable, and if you do find that your flooring needs updating or replacing, this is a cost-effective option that you won't have to worry about being too precious with.

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luxury vinyl flooring (coffee oak)

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl is another cost-effective flooring option, and if you plan to use your home gym for light exercise it can be a very good choice indeed. Vinyl flooring is appropriate for those wanting to use their home gym primarily for exercises such as yoga and Pilates, although it can cope with more vigorous workouts as well.

Luxury vinyl flooring from Floormaker >

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If you have any questions about which flooring would best suit your home gym project, please feel free to get in touch with our expert team.

Looking for flooring for a commercial gym? Try our Commercial Flooring department!

Flooring calculator

Here at Floormaker, we pride ourselves on being transparent with our customers. This is important when it comes to things like prices - no one wants to deal with hidden costs when buying flooring. It can affect the way you view your budget, and this can affect your whole redecorating process!

That's why we designed an easy-to-use flooring calculator that can be used to figure out exactly how much flooring you need to purchase - and, more importantly, how much this will cost! On all of our product pages there is a breakdown of costs, along with our trusty flooring calculator tool, so you know exactly how much you'll be spending. 

To work out how much flooring you need, all you need is the dimensions of your room. Simply enter the square metres or feet, and the calculator will do all of the work for you.

flooring calculator

All you need to do is work out the area of the room you're reflooring.

How to calculate the area of a room >

Once you've got the area, simply type it in (in square metres or square feet) and the calculator will do all the work for you. We've even made sure to account for wastage, so as long you've got your measurements right, you shouldn't have to make another order because you didn't purchase enough.

We sell our flooring in packs, so we will calculate the minimum packs you will need to complete your project. Once we have calculated this, simply add your packs to your basket and proceed with your order - what could be simpler?

Find your new floor and buy online

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about our flooring calculator tool or how to order from the Floormaker website.

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The hardest part of redecorating is very often the decision-making stage! With so many fantastic flooring choices on the market, it is no surprise that customers are often torn between different materials. Two of the most popular flooring choices are laminate flooring and carpet, and you may be wondering which of the two is more cost-effective.  

Both carpet and laminate can be very cost-effective choices - they are both substantially cheaper than other flooring materials such as hardwood planks and stone tiles. But whether you should choose laminate or carpet comes down to more than just the initial price of your floor; it's also important to consider which one will better suit your lifestyle. So let's see how these two options compare:

Cost-effective laminate flooring options

Laminate Flooring

  • Laminate flooring comes in a range of qualities and therefore a range of prices. On average, though, laminate is still one of the most cost-effective flooring options available. Depending on the style you want and your budget, laminate flooring usually costs around £8-£25 per square metre; however, there are cheaper and more expensive options on the market as well.
  • One of the key benefits of laminate above everything else is how incredibly low-maintenance it is. Most spills can be removed with a wipe from a cloth or a mop, unlike carpet which stains more easily.  It also doesn't hold onto dust and mould in the same ways as carpeting can, can so it's great for anyone with allergies
  • Laminate also needs to be replaced a lot less frequently than other floors - with proper care (which is minimal), a good-quality laminate can last decades

Blue carpeting

Carpet

  • One of the most cost-effective choices on the Floormaker website is our range of carpet tiles, which cost between £8-9 per square metre. Simple and fuss-free, these carpet tiles still look great in all kinds of different rooms. With a range of available colours, you can brighten up your space with ease.
  • Carpet tiles are very easy to install, unlike other carpeting products (e.g. roll carpet). So there's no reason to be hesitant about adding these to your property.
  • Carpet requires more maintenance than laminate flooring (hoovering, shampooing, etc.) but it is still relatively easy to care for. Low-pile carpet tiles in particular are a walk in the park, and they're great for households that includes kids and/or pets, and carpet tiles are very easily replaced if necessary.

Need any more flooring advice? Feel free to get in touch with the Floormaker team today!

We have a huge range of flooring to choose from here at Floormaker, and one of our best-sellers is our range of wooden flooring.

Now, wood flooring has been popular for centuries, and it's still incredibly popular and sought-after today. Still, with so many other options now on the market, you may wonder: Why choose wooden flooring?

In this blog post, we will discuss why wooden flooring makes for such a great choice in any home, and what types of wooden flooring we have on offer. 

Why Wooden Flooring?

Why Wooden Flooring?

Wooden flooring is not only beautiful, it is also highly durable and easy to clean. Whereas other flooring materials eventually have to be replaced, a wooden floor can last decades. Any damage that is inflicted on solid wood flooring can usually be remedied by sanding and resealing, which is much more cost-effective than having to refit an entire carpet. 

Wooden flooring is diverse in design, too - whatever your taste, there's sure to be a wood floor to suit it. Light, medium and dark woods are now all available in a range of colours, so whether you want something traditional or more modern, wooden flooring can still suit your style. Plus, it almost always adds to the value of the property it's installed in!

Engineered Flooring Range

What Types of Wooden Flooring Are There?

We sell two different types of wooden flooring here at Floormaker:

Solid Wood Flooring

Solid wood flooring is made from 100% real wood. Its authenticity means it has a naturally beautiful appearance that will last for decades. Solid wood (also known as hardwood) is easy to clean and is a fantastic natural insulator.

Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring is created by gluing 1-5 layers of plywood together and topping them with a real wood wear layer. This gives the flooring the look and feel of solid wood, as well as making it as easy to install as laminate flooring. This hard-wearing flooring choice is also less susceptible to moisture and temperature changes.

If you have any questions about our wooden flooring or which product will best suit your project, feel free to get in touch!

If you've ever worked in a restaurant, you will be fully aware of how difficult it can be to keep a place like that clean. With various foods and drinks constantly spilling onto the floor, you want to be sure that whatever flooring you lay down in your eatery can handle it. Whether we're talking about pasta sauce or red wine, you'll need a flooring material that can recover from these messes without being permanently covered in mark and stains.

Restaurant Flooring

This is why Floormaker's Commercial Flooring range is such a fantastic option for any restaurant flooring project. Our commercial collection includes both vinyl and laminate flooring products, both of which are recommended for commercial properties due to their hardy characteristics.

Here are some reasons why our commercial flooring products are great for your restaurant:

Looks Beautiful

It can be hard to find a floor that is both beautiful and practical enough for a busy restaurant. Luckily, our commercial range has a huge selection of designs to choose from. Whether you want light, dark, wood-look or stone-effect flooring, we're sure to have something that will suit your aesthetic. The right flooring design can really add to a room's atmosphere, so we supply flooring that is beautiful as well as hard-wearing.

Built to Last

Our commercial flooring range is durable and built to last year after year after year. For instance, our commercial vinyl flooring is 100% waterproof, so it won't absorb any liquids spilt on it – perfect for restaurants where this is a regular occurrence. Laminate is another flooring material that is resilient and doesn't take in too much moisture. Both are able to cope with the mess and the heavy footfall that restaurants tend to experience.

Easy to Maintain

Why waste hours cleaning up after the restaurant has closed? Our commercial floors are easy to clean - for most spills, you can simply wipe up the mess. It's easy to keep laminate and vinyl floors looking great with little more than the occasional mop / sweep.

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The idea of using flooring on the walls may sound rather topsy-turvy, but covering your walls with flooring materials can actually bring a beautiful, contemporary twist to your home.

This fun interior design technique is a great way to make your living space both modern and stylish. Here at Floormaker, we have a product range that's designed to give the effect of cork flooring on the walls: our decorative wall panels!

Flooring on the walls

Cork, which makes for an excellent flooring material (you can view our range here) also makes for a great addition to the walls. Cork is a very eco-friendly material (since cork is harvested from the bark of the cork oak and does not require the tree itself to be cut down), but that's not the only reason to love our decorative cork wall panels:

Cork flooring on the wall

They look beautiful

Of course, if it’s going on the walls of your property, you want it to look nice. We have a wide selection of wall panel designs on offer, so you can choose a cork panel that suits your home perfectly. To view all the beautiful patterns we have on offer, please click here. Furthermore, the natural texture of cork gives a lovely 3D effect, which makes a great focal point in a room. It can be also be accessorised just like an actual cork board - our panels are perfect for mood boards, etc. 

They're a natural insulator

Cork panels create a thermal barrier which can actually save your money on your energy bills. Cork will not only retain heat but also the cold, so whether you are using a heater or air conditioning, the cork will enhance the temperature.

They have soundproofing properties

Thin walls? Well, cork has natural sound absorption properties, making it one of the best materials for soundproofing. Whether you have a home music studio, or just want to hear less of what your neighbours are up to, cork wall panels are a great home decor idea.

They can be used anywhere

Unlike some materials, cork wall panels can be used in virtually all rooms, from bedrooms to bathrooms. The panels are resistant to water and rot, so they really are diverse enough for any place in your home. With very little maintenance required, your walls will remain pristine.

For more information on our decorative wall panels, or for any further inspiration for your home decor, feel free to get in touch with our expert team.

Painted Floor

It's normal to feel like your home needs a revamp. Everyone loves a freshly-decorated space, so perhaps you've been looking for ideas as to how to spruce your property up a bit. After a few sessions on Pinterest or Houzz, you may have come across some beautiful examples of painted laminate flooring, and now you're considering whether this is something you'd like to mimic in your own home.

However, as with most things on the Internet, it’s probably not all it’s cracked up to be. Yes, you can paint laminate flooring, but it's not necessarily something we would recommend.

Painting your laminate flooring may give you an attractive new design for a while, but it's not such a good idea in the long term. Laminate floors simply aren't designed to be painted - paint often doesn't stick to laminate flooring like it does other surfaces, so it is likely to chip and scratch off. Painting your laminate floor may give you your desired effect for a while, but it's very likely that you'll have to put in a lot of time and effort to maintain it by re-painting it every time it starts to degrade.

Besides, we believe laminate flooring is beautiful without being painted, and with so many designs to choose from you should be able to find the perfect floor for your home without then having to go through even more effort to paint it. Don't believe us? Just browse our own extensive range of laminate flooring designs!

Laminate Flooring Designs

If you want any advice on your flooring, feel free to get in touch with our customer service team today.