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It's easy to see the big picture when you're giving your house a makeover, but as we all know, the devil is in the detail. If you're replacing the flooring in your home, you may have overlooked the question of how to transition flooring in a doorway.

transition flooring

Although it may seem like a minor thing, a sloppy transition from one room to the next can really catch the eye (and not in a good way - you want people to notice your epic interior design skills, not focus on the threshold).

Read on for expert advice on transitioning your flooring in a doorway.

Agura Tile Laminate Flooring

When two rooms collide

If you have two adjoining rooms without a doorway it is a good idea to use complementary flooring materials. You don't want two clashing patterns or colours to distract from one room or the other. If you do have a beautiful feature floor such as our Agura Tile Effect Laminate Flooring (pictured above) then why not choose something more neutral for the adjoining room? That way your tiles will really stand out. Just allow the flooring to meet in the middle of the threshold of the two rooms.

A change in elevation

If your new floor is a different height to the existing flooring in the next room, it is important to take the necessary steps to correct this. You can either level out your new flooring using sheets of plywood or similar, or use a reducer to bridge the difference. Just be sure to use one that won't prevent the door from closing!

wood flooring

When wood flooring changes direction

If you have wood flooring in adjoining rooms, it may be hard to know what direction to lay the boards in. This is actually much simpler than you might think. A general rule for wood flooring is that if you plan on changing direction in the other room, lay one of the wood flooring planks straight to create a visual threshold before you change the wood direction. If you want to lay both floors in the same direction, you can skip this step.

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Summer Flooring Sale

The summer holidays are in full swing, and while the weather is looking typically British right now, we're still in a good mood here at Floormaker. So good, in fact, that we've decided to have a BIG summer sale!

We've reduced the price of EVERY floor on our website, from our lovely laminates to our sumptuous solid wood and our tremendous vinyl tiles. Some of our products have even been cut by as much as 25%, so if you've been thinking of re-flooring your kitchen or giving your bedroom a beautiful new look, now is the perfect time to do it!

To browse our budget-friendly flooring products, please select one of the following options - don't forget, you can order FREE samples of up to 3 Floormaker.co.uk products to help you make your final decision!

Laminate flooring from £5.91 per m²

Laminate flooring is a versatile, durable choice that comes in all sorts of spectacular styles and designs!

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Engineered wood flooring from £18.61 per m²

The best of both worlds: engineered flooring features a stunning real wood surface with a sturdy construction underneath. Beautiful yet robust!

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Solid wood flooring from £31.22 per m²

Sometimes you just can't beat solid wood. Our hardwood range has something to suit every homeowner's tastes.

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Luxury vinyl flooring from £16.19 per m²

Luxury vinyl flooring looks and feels amazing, and its water-resistant properties make it perfect for kitchens and bathrooms (as well as commercial spaces).

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Decorative cork panels from £14.16 per m²

A recent addition to our range, these cork wall tiles are great for putting a unique twist on all sorts of different interior design projects.

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Hardwood flooring is traditionally beautiful, but wood-effect luxury vinyl flooring is very much on the rise right now. Both options can completely transform your home, and both have their own unique benefits. To help you decide between these two great choices, here are our pros and cons for luxury vinyl vs hardwood. 

Luxury Vinyl

Luxury Vinyl Pros and Cons

A few decades ago, vinyl was considered a cheap and low-quality flooring choice. However, with the rise of new luxury vinyl ranges - also known as LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) - this couldn't be further from the truth. Luxury vinyl provides all the aesthetic appeal of hardwood flooring, but with a number of added benefits.

Pros:

  • New technology makes wood-look LVT almost indistinguishable from genuine hardwood boards
  • 100% waterproof so can be placed in bathrooms
  • Scratch and stain Resistant
  • Easy to maintain 
  • Variety of styles (e.g. wood and tile effect)
  • Cheaper than hardwood

Cons:

  • Cannot be sanded down in the unlikely event that damage does occur
  • Does not have the same all-natural effect as hardwood

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Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood Flooring Pros and Cons

Hardwood flooring is timeless, making it one of the preferred choices of flooring for many centuries. And this is not without reason! Hardwood has a multitude of benefits that are hard to match. 

Pros:

  • Hardwood Flooring comes in a variety of different styles and tones
  • It can be oiled or lacquered to provide different finishes
  • If damage occurs, it can be sanded down to restore original state
  • Can sustain a heavy footfall 
  • Can last decades if properly maintained

Cons:

  • Hardwood flooring does not cope well in high-moisture environments such as bathrooms
  • Boards can be scratched easily if not lacquered or oiled
  • Contributes to deforestation

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Any further questions about your flooring? Feel free to contact us for expert advice from the Floormaker team!

Tiles are a perfect flooring choice, particularly for kitchens and bathrooms, but installing them can sometimes be a bit of a hassle. The problem is that using grout, glue or any other adhesive can be a messy, time-consuming process which may put you off replacing a floor that’s past its prime!

grout

Quick and painless installation

Luckily, we at Floormaker supply quality tile-effect laminate floors which are the perfect alternative to traditional tiles. Our laminate flooring can be snapped together and installed without any adhesive at all, so it’s easy to install a brand new floor without waiting for it to set!

 

black tile flooring without grout

Pictured: 8mm Night Black Slate Laminate Flooring

Long lasting beauty

Another positive factor of having a tile floor without grout is that you won’t get the unsightly discolouration that often happens. It’s often the case that grout gets darker over time, and as it becomes dirty, it can give the illusion that your whole floor is unclean. Laminate flooring gives the effect of lots of tiles without the risk of colour fade.

 

tile flooring without grout

Pictured: 8mm Bottocino High Gloss Cream

Low maintenance flooring

Furthermore, if your laminate flooring does get dirty, it’s quick and easy to clean - often, a wipe-over with warm soapy water is enough to remove damage from a spill. If you use traditional tiles and grout then you may find yourself scrubbing between the gaps of your tiles, trying to remove any grime that gets caught in there.

We have a great range of tile-effect laminate flooring in stock, so whatever your style, we're sure to have something that will take your fancy.

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Traditional wood flooring has always been a beautiful choice for interiors, but sometimes it can be difficult to match it to your furniture and other decor - particularly if you like switching up your style!

Grey wood flooring is the perfect solution to this problem. It creates a base that's subtle enough to complement any furnishings, whether they're neutral or bolder in colour.

Here are some of our favourite grey wood floor designs:

Makro Oak Natural Grey Lamiante FLooring

12mm Longboard Makro Oak Natural Laminate Flooring

This grey wood-effect laminate floor has a light, crisp colour that's perfect for bringing a bit of wintry beauty to your living space. The boards look great with other grey/white furnishings (as shown in the photo above), but they also contrast very nicely with bright primary colours.

 

 Grey Wood Look Floor

Kronotex 12mm Longboard Tower Oak Grey Laminate

This longboard laminate floor boasts a darker shade of grey, along with a pocked, weathered-looking design that will really appeal to fans of rustic and shabby chic decor. This grey wood-look floor makes a real statement, yet the colour is neutral enough that it won't overpower the rest of your interior design scheme (whatever that may be).

 

Graphite Grey Wood Floor

13.5mm Graphite Grey Oak Engineered Flooring (148mm Wide)

 If you don’t want to fully commit to having a grey wood floor in your home, subtly grey-toned wood boards can bring a similar coolness to your room while still retaining the traditional appeal of a regular wooden floor. Our Graphite Grey Oak Engineered Flooring (pictured above) is a real wood surface that is both beautiful and durable, with just a hint of the wintry appeal that has made grey wood flooring such a popular interior design trend.

If you want any advice on the best flooring for your project, then feel free to contact the Floormaker team. We are happy to help with any flooring query you may have!

Underfloor heating is a a great way to keep your home warm and cosy, distributing heat evenly around your rooms and removing the need for wall-mounted radiators. It's especially popular in rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens, where floors are prone to being cold underfoot - underfloor heating makes these spaces warm and inviting at any time of year. 

Those who are unfamiliar with the logistics of underfloor heating may be a little daunted when it comes to making this change in their home, especially with regards to fitting a new floor above your heating system. If you're considering installing underfloor heating but are worried that your flooring options may be limited, you'll be happy to know that most types of flooring are suitable for underfloor heating, with a variety of options available to suit all tastes and budgets.

In fact, the only flooring options which present major suitability issues for heated floors are solid wood and thick carpeting. Hardwood boards are unsuitable due to the way they react to temperature changes, which can lead to the floor becoming warped. Carpets with thick materials or underlay present a problem due to their insulative properties, which can actually prevent the heat from making its way to the surface effectively.

This still leaves you with lots of options that perform brilliantly with underfloor heating. Here's a closer look at just some of the flooring products that we can supply for underfloor heating:

Engineered Flooring

Engineered Flooring

If you want to underfloor heating AND an authentic wood floor, engineered flooring is the way to go. Those boards cope well with changes in temperature (more so than their solid wood counterparts), and the real wood veneer will look absolutely stunning once the floor has been laid.

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Black Parquet Flooring

Parquet Flooring

All of the floors in our Parquet collection use engineered wood boards, so they are compatible with underfloor heating systems too. Choose from the traditional oak look or a boldly contemporary black design.

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 Laminate Flooring

Laminate Flooring

Most laminate flooring products are suitable for installation on top of underfloor heating, and luckily enough, there are all sorts of great laminate designs for you to choose from. Rustic wood, high gloss tiles, colourful patterns...whatever look you're going for, there's sure to be a laminate for you! Laminate flooring is a great choice if you're looking for an affordable, practical alternative to wood flooring that's hard-wearing and easy to keep clean.

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Want to know whether your chosen floor is compatible with underfloor heating? Just look for this symbol as you browse the Floormaker website:

suitable for underfloor heating

If in doubt, feel free to contact us for advice.

V-groove flooring is a type of laminate that's designed to offer the appearance of a hardwood floor by mimicking its look and feel more closely than other synthetic flooring products. V-groove laminate floorboards slot together very easily, so installation is a doddle, and they are available at a far lower price than most solid wood floors.

V-Groove Flooring

Pictured: Kronotex 7mm V-Groove Summer Oak Laminate Flooring

Who Should Use V-Groove Flooring?

V-groove flooring is a great choice for those who want to achieve the authentic look of a real wood floor, but with a material that is more practical and hard-wearing than traditional hardwood.

Is V-Groove Flooring Easy to Maintain?

Yes! While it may be designed to emulate the appearance of real wood, V-groove laminate flooring is a durable product that requires far less maintenance than hardwood flooring. To keep your V-groove flooring clean, simply use a well wrung-out mop and warm soapy water to give it a once-over every so often.

Where Can V-Groove Flooring Be Used?

V-groove flooring is suitable for:

  • Kitchens
  • Living rooms
  • Conservatories
  • Stairs and hallways
  • Bedrooms
  • Rooms with underfloor heating

What Does V-Groove Flooring Look Like?

Here are some of the V-groove laminate floors available here at Floormaker.co.uk:

V-Groove Laminates

  • Middle: Riffel Oak Laminate - A sandy-coloured laminate that's ideal for brightening up small spaces.

Want to see more floors like this? Click here to browse all Floormaker laminate flooring - remember, you can order up to 3 FREE samples to help you make up your mind!

Getting the right balance between your flooring and furniture can be a tricky business, particularly when you already have a wooden texture in your home.

What flooring goes with oak cabinets?

Photograph courtesy of pexels.com

Oak cabinets look sophisticated and can really lighten up a room, but what flooring goes with oak cabinets? Here are some suggestions from the Floormaker team:

Atlas Oak Laminate Floor

Make it match

You’ve already decided that oak is a great look for your cabinets, so why change your mind with your flooring? The combination of oak cabinets and oak-effect flooring can really open up your space, creating a smooth transition throughout the room. Whether you’ve gone for light oak colour or a slightly darker shade, we at Floormaker will have something to match your cabinets.

Pictured above: Kronotex 12mm Atlas Oak Coffee Laminate Flooring

Black Oak Flooring

Keeping up with contemporary

However, interior designers who favour a more contemporary look may prefer using contrasting colours for a dramatic effect. Black wood floorboards (like those shown in the image above) share the same texture as your cabinets, but the darkr shade really makes the lighter oak of the cabinets pop! After pairing these contrasting shades, you’ll be desperate to show off your revamped room.

Pictured above: Westco 18mm Onyx Oak Solid Black Oak Flooring (Random Length, 120mm Wide)

beige vinyl floor

Toy with textures

Just because your cabinets are oak doesn’t necessarily mean you need wood-look flooring. One fantastic, low-maintenance alternative (that's especially ideal for kitchens and bathrooms) is vinyl flooring. Our Beige 4 Square Vinyl Tiles have the appearance of rustic stone, which complements oak cabinets beautifully. The warm tones of the stone look bring out the textures in the wood, allowing for an aesthetically pleasing result. Wood and stone can look great together, and vinyl has the added bonus of being easy to look after - you can't go wrong.

Browse our range and find your new floor:

When you're choosing a flooring material for your home, it's important that you choose the right product for the space you're renovating. If you need something that's extremely durable - but also stylish and attractive - then vinyl may just be the perfect choice. We have a great range of luxury vinyl floors and self-adhesive vinyl tiles here at Floormaker.co.uk, and we do consider ourselves the experts on all things flooring, so if you're wondering just how durable vinyl flooring actually is...well, read on to find out!

Durable vinyl flooring

Durable

Vinyl is a highly durable material that can last between ten and twenty years if installed and maintained correctly. Vinyl flooring products are made by laminating a plain PVC backing to a tough, transparent wear layer. Even if you scratch a tile, the floor's pattern is protected by that clear wear layer.

Vinyl tiles are water-resistant, so it is also very difficult to stain them as any spills can be easily wiped away. This makes durable vinyl flooring the perfect choice for bathrooms and kitchens!

Vinyl is also a perfect choice for commercial environments because of how durable it is. Vinyl flooring can cope with the increased footfall of a busy commercial space – it's a flooring choice that you won’t have to constantly worry about!

Low-Maintenance

As previously mentioned, vinyl flooring is water resistant – meaning it is very easily cared for. You can easily mop up stains and spills, and most other messes can be swept away from the smooth surface of the tiles without issue.

Attractive vinyl floor tiles

Attractive

As you can see, vinyl flooring comes in plenty of patterns and designs. Whether you want a stand-out design or a nice, neutral wood look, we are sure to have something that will suit your style. You can have the appearance of your preferred flooring (e.g. wood, stone, ceramic) without the maintenance required to keep that material in prime condition. A perfect compromise!

Inexpensive

We provide high-quality vinyl flooring at great prices. Vinyl is a much cheaper choice than stone or hardwood flooring, yet it can still mimic the appearance of those materials. It's great option for anyone who doesn’t want to spend all their entire interior design budget on flooring.

If you're wondering what flooring choice is best for your project, why not give us a ring? Our team is happy to help with any query you may have - contact us today!

Dark grey flooring is a popular choice for many interior designers. It’s neutral whilst still making a stylish impact in just about any room. Dark grey tones can add a contemporary flare to an area, and unlike some shades of brown and beige, dark grey tends to look clean and sophisticated – also, it’s less likely to clash with any wood furniture you might have in your home!

Dark grey laminate flooring is the perfect choice if you need an affordable, practical surface that will still make a great impression on guests. Floormaker's laminate flooring is hard-wearing and comes in a diverse range of styles and designs, including many shades of grey - here are some examples of our beautiful dark grey laminate flooring products:

Dark Grey Wood Look Laminate Flooring

Dark Grey Wood Look

If you want a wood-look floor but in a material that is much easier to deal with than hardwood, then a dark grey wood-look laminate flooring may be perfect for you. This Highland Oak floor has the beautiful appearance of wood, and the coolness of the grey will compliment any furniture you have.

 

Grey Laminate Flooring Tiles

Pretty Grey Patterns

If you want to make an impression with your dark grey laminate flooring then this Palazzo Tile Effect flooring ticks all the right boxes! Add some Mediterranean elegance to your home with these beautiful monochromatic laminate tiles. 

 

Glossy Dark Grey Laminate Tiles

Sleek & Shiny

Simplicity has never been so stylish as our Petrol High Gloss Tile effect flooring! The glossy finish of the tiles brings a modern feel to any space, while the cool tones exude a glamorous aesthetic. Perfect for any room in the house, these dark grey laminate tiles make for a beautiful addition to the home.

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