Top carpet tips to help you love coming home

Top carpet tips to help you love coming home


Does your floor say welcome home or wear & tear?

How does walking through the door make you feel? Your home is perhaps the one place you can realise your interior design dreams, flex your creative muscles and build a space you feel completely, perfectly at ease.

It’s a space you love.

All too often though, our carpets don’t reflect this. Years of wear & tear, dirt and dust, spills and stains, all take their toll on our floors and leave them looking worn and faded. Unlike, for example, curtains, fittings or wallpaper, our carpets bear the brunt of everyday life and suffer for it.

Heavy foot traffic and moving furniture treads down the pile, and they soon start to leave their original vibrancy and charm behind. Many of us don’t change our carpets for many years after they’ve deteriorated, failing to notice the gradual decline and just falling gradually out of love with our home interiors, little by little, without quite realising why. A good carpet has a distinctive feel and look, and has the power to change the way we feel in our homes. Literally every step you take through your home can be improved by a high quality floor- meaning if you’ve overlooked upgrading your carpet for a few years- it could be the answer to falling back in love with coming home.

At Pyramid we specialise in helping people find the carpets that make them love coming home. That’s how we’ve become South Yorkshire’s favourite carpet store, with our Sheffield showroom visited by thousands of homeowners who have left ready to give their home interiors a new lease of life with a vibrant and stylish carpet. Here are some things to look for to help you find a carpet that will make coming home the highlight it should be.

  1. Choose one that’s durable

Imagine the feeling of stepping onto a brand new carpet that cushions & warms, springy and comfy at the same time. Bright and stylish, it captures the eye and creates a feeling of light and space to the room. This is what great carpet should do. Now imagine if this effect was not a new carpet at all, but one that’s been in place for years. Even after years of wear, it’s still just as attractive and comfortable as it was on day one. That’s the importance of choosing a durable carpet. Two, five or even ten years later- you want to experience the same comfort & quality you get on the day you fit your carpet. We recommend using a specially-designed, ultra-durable material such as synthetics, which stand up well to wear & tear and keep their colour better than natural fibres.

  1. Comfort is king

Choosing the right thickness of carpet for your floor means getting the right balance of comfort, warmth and depth for your needs. Bedrooms and living rooms, where comfort is typically most important, often benefit from both a deeper carpet and a thicker underlay, which both helps heat retention and makes the floor more comfortable. It allows you to stretch out in comfort in front of the TV, walk around in bare feet in the night and enjoy warmth and luxurious softness even on the coldest winter’s day.

  1. Go stain resistant

Nothing reflects more poorly on the state of your carpet than a great big stain. Whether it’s pets, children, food, or a glass of red wine gone rogue: it only takes one lapse in attention for your carpet to come off badly, quickly. As we’ve previously discussed on our blog, it’s possible to save your carpet from stains, but knowing the right way to fight the different spills, mess and marks can be tricky. If you’re worried about your carpet being marked, using an advanced synthetic fibre for your carpet helps avoid staining and limits the spread of bacteria, meaning mildew and smells are kept at bay.


If you’re still looking for the right carpet for your home, why not speak to the team at our Sheffield showroom? With a huge range of carpets on offer- from budget options to premium brands- we’re a one-stop-shop for all types and scales of home interior redesign.

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How to Prevent Dents and Scratches on Your Hardwood Floors

Once you have a beautiful hardwood floor installed in just the perfect color and finish you’ve been dreaming of, the last thing you want is for it to be covered in scratches and dents. A good hardwood floor from Floor Craft Sanding will last the life of your home, but it will look a lot better along the way if you take a few precautions to keep it in tip-top shape.


How to Prevent Dents and Scratches on Your Hardwood Floors

1. Vacuum and sweep your floors regularly.

Removing debris is the first step toward preventing scratches. Make sure your vacuum is on the “hardwood floors” or “linoleum” setting so the bar doesn’t scratch against the floor.

2. Lay down mats and install furniture protectors.

Put down mats at doorways to act as a first line of defense. They’ll prevent dirt and other corrosive substances like salt from getting onto your floors. Remember to vacuum and shake these out regularly. On furniture legs, use felt protectors (not plastic), protective pads, or barrel-type coasters. Replace these often, as dirt and debris can become embedded on the pad and act like sandpaper on the floor surface.

3. Beware of pets and shoes.

Beware of sports cleats and high heels that will dent your hardwood floor, because they focus most of a person’s weight on small areas. It’s OK to ask your family and guests to remove their shoes when they come into your home. Also, keep pets’ nails trimmed and filed to prevent them from scratching the floor.

4. Consider regular maintenance from Floor Sand Crafting.

Yearly wood floor refinishing is a great way to keep your home’s hardwoods looking brand-new while protecting them from the wear and tear of everyday traffic. Refinishing hardwood floors is a wonderful way to increase the value of your Indianapolis home, showcase your artistry, and enhance the elegance of any room. Give us a call today at (317) 759-2575 to request a free consultation.

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What is Luxury Vinyl Tile / LVT Flooring?

What is Luxury Vinyl Tile / LVT Flooring?

LVT Flooring can perfectly recreate the look of a real wood floor or stone tiled floor but at a fraction of the cost to purchase and install.

Luxury Vinyl Tiles are a type of multi-layered flooring which are created entirely without any wood, making them entirely waterproof. So they are perfect for your bathroom and kitchen. LVT floors can be made in a number of different ways. The most common types are created predominately from Limestone or PVC which is then mixed with plasticisers to add extra strength and protection.

What are the benefits of LVT Flooring?

The main benefit of LVT flooring is its practicality. Because they are crafted without any wood they can be 100% waterproof, enabling you to have the look of a real wood floor in your bathroom or kitchen!

The strong core within LVT flooring ensures that they are very resistant to damage. Our Hyrdo Regenerate range is even self-repairing!

The multi-layered construction consists of a soft sound-absorbing layer which helps to improve the acoustics of the room and reduce the sound of footsteps. This layer also ensures that you won’t feel the cold from it while walking barefoot, unlike a stone tile floor.

LVT flooring is also super easy to clean. To clean your vinyl floor it is easy to sweep or vacuum up the loose debris and wet mop the floor.

The built-in wear layer, that is scratch and stain resistant makes it perfect for those high traffic areas of your home as well!

Our most popular LVT floors

We have an extensive range of Luxury Vinyl Floors that are available for you to sample today and are available for next day delivery.


Quick Stone Wood Effect - 5mm LVT Flooring - Grey Steel Oak

Quick Stone Wood Effect – 5mm LVT Flooring – Grey Steel Oak

Grey flooring is one of the most popular flooring trends right now. Its popularity is due to its ease of use, it easily integrates with most decors and can help to add a modern yet timeless touch to your home.


Hydro Regenerate - 5mm Tile Effect Laminate Flooring - Black Slate

Hydro Regenerate – 5mm Tile Effect Laminate Flooring – Black Slate

Our Hydro Regenerate comes in a range of wonderful tile and wood effects. In addition to being a water-resistant laminate, this floor surface enables any indentations to return to their initial shape after pressure is applied. So any marks left by furniture, for example, disappear within a short space of time.



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Herringbone Laminate Flooring – 2019 Herringbone Flooring Range

Brand new for 2019, our herringbone laminate flooring range combines the beauty of herringbone flooring with the practicality of a laminate floor. Coming in six colours, it’s versatile in its design to fit into any home’s décor.

Speak to anyone about interior design trends, and herringbone wood floor will be at the forefront of many people’s minds.

Its distinctive pattern often comes in the form of real wood or luxury vinyl tiles. To make the options available to you even greater, we’ve introduced a brand new range of parquet laminate flooring in a desirable herringbone style.

Espresso Oak Herringbone Laminate Flooring
Espresso Oak Herringbone Laminate Flooring

The herringbone laminate range

The herringbone laminate flooring range is a tough and durable choice for fast-paced family homes. Here’s a brief rundown of what you need to know:

  • 8mm plank thickness
  • 133mm plank width
  • 665mm plank length
  • 23m² pack size
  • Moisture resistant
  • Real wood feel textured surface
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Eco-friendly
  • AC4 rating
  • 20 year residential warranty
  • Antibacterial coating


Our range of herringbone laminate comes with six colours to choose from. From the look of dark stained wood to a light and bright whitewashed style, there’s a design for you.

Bayside Oak

The golden tones of Bayside Oak flow through each plank of this herringbone flooring. Darker grains and authentic-looking wood knots create a simply beautiful laminate floor that ties together any design.

Elegant Oak

Elegant Oak is a lighter wood-style laminate flooring. It given a raw wood look that is incredibly popular in modern interiors. Rustic grains add character to a herringbone laminate floor that’s already eye-catching due to its pattern.

Espresso Oak

A dark brown palette with hints of caramel. Perfect for more traditional interiors, Espresso Oak oozes elegance through every edge of its herringbone design. If you’ve got a modern interior, this flooring suits minimalist contemporary spaces as well.

Palazzo Oak

Palazzo Oak features light brown tones to add a rustic warmth to your home’s décor. Although organic lines and knots are more muted in this flooring when compared to the darker Espresso OakPalazzo Oak is a cleaner and more modern laminate floor.

Pearl Oak Herringbone Laminate Flooring
Pearl Oak Herringbone Laminate Flooring

Pearl Oak

The light colouring of Pearl Oak creates a modern-looking herringbone flooring. The strong whitewashed style is complemented by grey and brown grains that flow freely across the floor’s surface.

Regency Oak

A beautiful brown surface features stunning grain patterns that enhance this parquet laminate flooring. Light coffee tones and deeper authentic-looking wood knots make for a floor that’s perfect for any décor.

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How is it different to a herringbone wood floor?

People often think of real wood when looking for herringbone flooring. While this is its most common form, new technology allows us to bring you a herringbone laminate range.

Firstly, there’s the price difference. Laminate flooring is widely regarded as a cost-effective alternative to real wood. While there are cheap wood herringbone ranges, the price of our herringbone laminate flooring is significantly less than its real wood counterpart.

Bayside Oak Herringbone Laminate Flooring
Bayside Oak Herringbone Laminate Flooring

Our parquet laminate flooring is moisture resistant, whereas real wood isn’t. This means that our new range has a wider suitability in your home. It’s even suitable for installation in bathrooms!

Laminate flooring features a scratch-proof wear layer, which also features an antibacterial coating. Therefore, it’s perfect for busy family homes and even copes well in areas with heavy foot traffic. That’s why it’s been given an AC4 rating, as well as a 20 year residential warranty.

Maintaining your new laminate floor couldn’t be simpler. All it needs is a regular sweep and once-over with a slightly damp mop, or alternatively you can buy an all-in-one floor cleaning kit which makes tackling even the dirtiest of laminate floors a breeze.

How to fit herringbone laminate flooring

The fitting process of herringbone laminate is quite different from the installation of regular laminate flooring. The same can be said when comparing with real wood herringbone parquet.

Regency Oak Herringbone Parquet Laminate Flooring
Regency Oak Herringbone Parquet Laminate Flooring

Whilst parquet is often a painstaking and long process, our herringbone laminate flooring is incredibly easy to install.

As with many ranges of laminate flooring, our herringbone range features an innovative click system. This means that each plank simply clicks together in place, with no glue needed.

As well as reduced costs in buying your flooring, there are savings to be made when using a professional fitter. Installation takes less time due to its easy fitting mechanism.

If you’re opting for a DIY installation, and would like more information on how to fit herringbone laminate flooring, watch this handy video from Group THYS.

Why choose herringbone laminate flooring?

There’s an undoubted beauty to herringbone flooring; especially when you consider the benefits on laminate flooring, such as increased durability and lower costs.

When you combine the distinctive patterns of a herringbone wood floor with these benefits, then herringbone laminate can be a clear winner when choosing the right flooring for you.

It’s the perfect middle ground between luxury and cost-effectiveness. That’s why we’re so proud of this new range.

What next?

Order up to four free samples by checking out the herringbone laminate flooring range, or reach out to our helpful team for more advice. Simply call on 03308 088777, or email [email protected].

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Luxury Vinyl Flooring – Click vs. Glue

When choosing your luxury vinyl flooring, commonly referred to as luxury vinyl tiles (LVT), you’ll often be presented with two options: click, or gluedown. Both share common ground when it comes to their quality, but there are distinct differences between the two, which we’ll cover in this guide.

Click vinyl flooring is perfect for quick and easy DIY installations, and is fitted as a floating floor. Gluedown LVT is cheaper, which in part is due to a lower tile thickness, although professional fitting is recommended. Gluedown can also be combined with feature strips to create grout-style border around each tile.

Click LVT Flooring

  • Easy and quick to install
  • More expensive and thicker than gluedown
  • Cheaper to fit than gluedown
  • No glue needed
  • Best for DIY

Gluedown LVT Flooring

  • Cheaper product than click
  • Needs a flat subfloor for installation
  • Use feature strips to create borders
  • More expensive to fit than click
Turin Click Dark Grey Oak Luxury Vinyl Tiles
Turin Click Dark Grey Oak Luxury Vinyl Tiles

When choosing between click or gluedown luxury vinyl flooring, there are a number of different considerations before making a final decision. There are many benefits to luxury vinyl tiles, many of which are applicable to both types. However, as well as personal preference, practicality is also called into question. The room’s environment, budget and installation methods all come into play.

We’ve outlined each of the factors you need to be wary of, and how each type of luxury vinyl tile weighs up in each category.


The composition of luxury vinyl flooring remains relatively similar, no matter if you favour on the side of click or gluedown.

The composition of luxury vinyl flooring

The main difference comes in the thicknesses of the two. Click LVT has thicker tiles than gluedown, in order to accommodate the click-lock fitting mechanism. With this being said, the wear layer protecting the design of the flooring is the same whichever you choose.

Room Suitability

One of LVT’s key benefits comes in its room suitability. It can be installed in almost any room in your home, meaning more versatility when compared to real wood flooring.

LVT Flooring Room Suitability

Whether you choose gluedown or click luxury vinyl tiles will depend on the room you intend to lay it in.


Gluedown requires a flat and even subfloor. This is because it’s being glued directly to the underneath surface, and any imperfections could show on your flooring. Long-term, an uneven subfloor will cause damage to the underneath of your tiles. The same is true for subfloors with high level of moisture. Over time, the moisture could seep in the tiles and cause disfigurements to your flooring.

Luxury Vinyl Flooring Underlay for LVT
Timberlay Luxury Vinyl Tile Underlay

Click LVT is less restricted when it comes to the subfloor. However, that isn’t to say that you shouldn’t still take proper care in preparing or repairing your damaged subfloor. Because click is normally installed using underlay, it’s better at hiding subfloor imperfections. Using an appropriate luxury vinyl tile underlay will help to keep moisture at bay.


Rooms with fluctuating temperatures will be better-suited to gluedown LVT. This is because it’s glued firmly to the subfloor, meaning there’s less room for the flooring to expand and contract, which can lead to the floor rising over time. However, you shouldn’t encounter these issues with click flooring in a room where the temperature is stable and controlled.

Foot Traffic & Room Size

Another consideration when making your choice is your room’s foot traffic. Click flooring will be more comfortable, due to the extra thickness and underlay. However, gluedown is less likely to move and feel the effects of increased foot traffic if it’s firmly attached to the subfloor. For this reason, we’d recommend using gluedown LVT in these areas that see heavy footfall.

Woman Walking Over LVT Flooring

Room size also plays a big part. Due to its greater stability, gluedown flooring is recommended for larger rooms. Such rooms will have less joint stability if they’ve been installed with click luxury vinyl. Using gluedown ensures the flooring remains adhered to the subfloor, meaning it’s much less likely lift, or to show vulnerabilities at the seams.

Aesthetics & Comfort

When shopping for LVT flooring, aesthetics and comfort are at the forefront of many homeowner’s minds. Will the flooring look realistic? Will it feel too hard underfoot without underlay? These are important questions you may be asking yourself.

When it comes to the look of your luxury vinyl flooring, there’s often little to no difference between using gluedown or click. The design is the same, and both have textured surfaces to ensure a real wood feel.

Florence Tile Gluedown Vinyl Flooring with LVT Feature Strips
Florence Tile Gluedown Vinyl Flooring with LVT Feature Strips

The main difference comes in the use of LVT feature strips, often referred to as design strips. Feature strips fit in-between each tile, creating a grout-like design that creates a beautiful border. They aren’t compatible with click LVT, as it doesn’t fit between the tiles when the click system is in use. Use feature strips if you’re looking to enhance the look of your luxury vinyl for a more defined finish.

When it comes to comfort, click vinyl flooring can have underlay fitted underneath it. This, paired with the higher thickness, often means it’s more comfortable underfoot than gluedown.

Luxury Vinyl Flooring with Underfloor Heating

With this being said, both options are warmer underfoot than their real tile counterparts. Plus, they’re both compatible with underfloor heating systems, meaning a warmer floor all-year-round.

Installation & Maintenance

Now we get to the real differences between click and gluedown LVT flooring. The clue’s in the name, after all!

As well as the differences, however, there are some similarities. For example, both click and gluedown need to be acclimatised for at least 24 hours prior to installation.

Click luxury vinyl flooring is better-suited to DIY installations. This is because it’s much less time consuming to fit; not the mention, much easier.

Fitted as a floating floor, click isn’t attached to the subfloor. Whilst this is slightly less stable than a floor that’s glued directly to the subfloor, it allows for the use of underlay and is often more comfortable underfoot.

For gluedown luxury vinyl flooring, installation requires each tile to be adhered to the subfloor. This makes the fitting process more time consuming and less DIY-friendly. For this reason, we’d always recommend finding a professional fitter for this type of LVT flooring.

LVT Flooring Maintenance is Easy with a Damp Mop

The maintenance of both floors is relatively simple. Because if their robust nature and water-resistance, you can keep to your own cleaning schedule without worrying about damage from everyday dirt or spillages.

To keep your flooring looking pristine, simply brush or vacuum your flooring on a regular basis. Then, you can use a damp mop or specialised cleaning kit to get rid of stubborn marks and kill any bacteria.

Luxury Vinyl Flooring Cost

Finally, we wanted to compare the cost of both click and gluedown LVT.

Whilst click luxury vinyl tiles are more expensive, this isn’t to say your flooring project as a whole will be. Whilst the materials are more expensive initially, a DIY installation will save you a lot of money. Even if you were to hire a professional fitter to do the job for you, it would take them much less time. This means less installation costs as a whole.

Roma Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring
Roma Gluedown Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring

Gluedown luxury vinyl flooring is less expensive than its click counterpart. This is, in part, due to the lesser tile thickness. However, in reflection on installation costs, you may be required to pay more for a fitter to complete your project. This isn’t to say that the cost will end up being the same as if you bought click flooring, as each project is different. You should consult your fitter if you’re looking for a true representation of how much the flooring and installation will cost you.

Depending on your room size, your new LVT flooring may be a significant investment. However, with fantastic warranties across all of our LVT ranges, you can rest easy knowing you’re covered should there be any faults with your flooring.

To Summarise

Making a decision between click and gluedown LVT flooring may be a difficult one. For some, it can be much simpler. It all depends on your specific needs and personal preference.

If you prefer DIY installations, then click is the obvious choice for you. Similarly, if you’re laying flooring in a room with fluctuating temperatures and high moisture levels, gluedown is the way to go.

If you’re unsure on which is right for you, we’re here to help. Get in touch by calling 03308 088777, or email [email protected] for advice from our professionals.

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How can you carpet your bathroom?

What’s the secret to carpeting your bathroom?

Carpeting bathrooms is a controversial choice- most homeowners shrink in fear from the moisture-trapping potential of carpet in such a wet environment. But there are ways you can enjoy the warmth and luxury of a carpeted bathroom- without needing to worry about spills and condensation damaging your floors.

  1. Limit moisture

This is fairly straightforward- if you can, leave a space around your bath and shower covered in LVT or vinyl, and remember to always use a large, very absorbent and plastic-backed mat around the edge of the bath, shower and toilet. Don’t use your carpet as a substitute for a bath mat- doing this will definitely expose you carpet to water.

  1. Use a water-resistant carpet

This is not a catch-all solution, but it will definitely help limit water absorption, while also providing peace of mind for the future. This means using a synthetic fabric such as nylon, which is mildew resistant and extra durable, which will definitely reduce the risk of moisture building up. Wool, on the other hand, while great elsewhere, should definitely be avoided.

  1. Choose a shallow pile

Speed of drying is a big factor in the fight against moisture build up. Ensuring good temperature control and ventilation will definitely help- but your chances of keeping your carpet dry will definitely improve with a shallow pile, where the water can escape more easily.

There are other steps you can take to protect your carpet, such as using carpet tiles, which can be more easily removed, or adding a sub-floor to help prevent water passing through, and using waterproof carpet glue. All of these are worth considering (especially the latter) however they’re more suited to damage control than prevention- if you’re relying on a sub-floor layer, too much water is passing through the carpet. Prevention is better than the cure, and if you take care with your carpet and reduce moisture, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a luxuriously-carpeted bathroom.

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What Is AC Rating For Laminate Floors?

Laminate Floors and Vinyl Floors come with an AC rating which indicates how much traffic, stains, impact etc they can withstand. To receive an AC rating the laminate flooring must pass a series of tests. So when you buy a Laminate Floor or Vinyl Floor with a certain rating you know beforehand if it will stand up to your lifestyle. At Discount Flooring Depot we only sell floors with a rating of AC3 or higher. This ensured that any floor you buy from us with be able to withstand average household use. 


What Is AC Rating For Laminate Floors?

When looking to buy a new laminate floor or vinyl, the thickness of the laminate or the length of the warranty offered isn’t always the best measure of its durability or lifespan. Most laminates are now graded with an AC rating, which is a much more accurate measure of how tough and durable a particular laminate is. AC stands for Abrasion Class, and it was introduced by the European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF) who must be a fun bunch of people at parties. Most European laminate flooring manufacturers belong to the EPLF.

They develop and regulate industry standards as a means to help consumers understand the differences between the vast array of laminate flooring types out there and make informed purchases to get the perfect floor, just for them.


What Are The Different AC Ratings?


AC1 – Moderate Residential

Floors with this rating are suitable only for moderate residential use such as a bedroom or a closet. We really can’t recommend using an AC1 rated floor for any room of your home, as even the average bedroom gets a fair amount of traffic. The inside of a closet or walk-in the area would probably fare decently with an AC1 floor, but as we said above, we always recommend AC3 or higher.


AC Rating Gravity Falls Twig Lift

Pretty much an AC1 floor…

AC2 – General Residential

AC2’s are suitable for “Normal residential” applications, such as living rooms and dining rooms. They’ll stand up to the average day to day foot traffic, though I’m sure that most of you will agree that the kind of wear and tear your floor goes through in your home could in no way ever be classified as “normal”!


AC Rating Corgi Stampede

“Normal wear and tear”


AC3 – Heavy Residential/Moderate Commercial

Good for all residential applications, and the lowest grade of laminate flooring we stock here at Discount Flooring Depot. This will do the job for the average home and will withstand daily wear and tear easily in any room in line with the wear and stain year guarantee, as long as it’s treated right and cleaned properly. If you want a little more durability out of your laminate or vinyl floor, then read on – you’re looking for an AC4 or AC5.

An AC3 will also do the business in business, too. A moderate commercial environment will be just fine for the AC3 variety. “Moderate” generally means something around a hotel room or a small office. The floor here in the DFD office is an AC3 and three years later it still looks good as new, despite the footfall from nervous pacing, and the wheeling of chairs across it. Common sense prevails here, and a floor that frequently has chairs scraped across it, receives a lot of traffic from high heels and boots, and isn’t properly cleaned and maintained will face problems.

For peace of mind, go tougher.


AC Rating AC3, Sydney Grey Oak

Sydney Grey Oak – Our Best Selling AC3 Laminate

AC4 – General Commercial

Now we’re talking. An AC4 is good for any and all residential applications, within reason. It’s also perfect for general commercial applications, such as offices, boutiques and cafes. Be aware that while an AC4 laminate can be good in a bar, cafe, or restaurant, not all laminates are water resistant, and spillages, heavy duty mopping, or steam mopping will cause severe damage to the floor and could cause it to squeak, or even worse, buckle.

For more on this, check out our blog posts on Why is My Floor Creaking? And Why Is My Floor Lifting?

Premier Elite – 8mm Laminate Flooring – Black Smoked Oak AC4


AC5 – Heavy Commercial

More than enough for all residential applications. Plus it’ll do the business for heavy commercial applications like public buildings, department stores, and so on. Just be aware once more that AC5 means that the laminate is thicker and more durable, but it has little to no effect on the laminates ability to resist water, so care will have to be taken when washing or mopping the floor.


Our ever popular Quick Stone Tile is a wonderful waterproof AC5 flooring option.


Or To Sum It Up…

AC Rating Diagram

Laminate Tips


1 – If water resistance is the issue, thicker floors will only help a minimum amount. Spillages and high moisture will still cause issues, making a laminate relatively unsuitable for bathrooms or kitchens, unless great care is taken. For this reason, we can’t recommend using a laminate for a busy commercial kitchen or bathroom.If you’re set on a laminate, check out our Hydro Guard range. which are fully resistant. Alternatively, we’d recommend our Vinyl floors, which are all fully water resistant and come in a range of styles, from tiles, through to wood and stone effects.


2 – Make sure you’ve got a floor strong enough for what it’s going to be used for. Don’t think that you can skimp and get an AC3 floor for heavy commercial use. Your floor will wear away and break before too long and the money you saved on a cheaper product will be wasted when you have to replace it.


3 – Get the correct underlay.


4 – Leave expansion gaps in your laminate to allow for moisture and swelling, and make sure you leave it to acclimatise before you lay it. The strength of your floor doesn’t mean much if it buckles because there wasn’t an adequate space for expansion left. Spend a little time and effort on correct installation and you’ll reap the rewards from a longer lasting floor.


Have you got any further questions about AC Ratings or installing a laminate floor, or do you have any other great advice for our readers? Let us know in the comments below!

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High Gloss Laminate Flooring!

Say Hello To High Gloss Laminate Flooring

If you’re looking for a floor that’s as bright as you are, then you’re looking for high gloss laminate flooring. This floor is shiny enough to almost see your reflection in if you were so inclined, and while you can see yourself in this floor, can you see it in your home?

All joking aside, if you’re looking for a floor that’ll stand out, then our range of High Gloss flooring is perfect for you. We have a huge range of high gloss laminate flooring that really is a cut above the rest.

These high gloss floors come in a range of effects, from ever-popular grey laminate flooring to high-quality tile effect and wood effect. These high gloss floors give the impression of a beautifully lacquered real wood floor and high gloss marble and tile.

These super shiny floors are available in 8mm and 10mm thickness with a gorgeous glossy coat that will look wonderful in your living room and keep in shining all day long, no matter what the weather is like outside.

The finish on these high gloss laminate floors could easily be mistaken for a high polished and meticulously kept the solid or engineered board. While our high gloss marble laminate flooring will give the impression of genuine tiles.

Glossy Varnished - 8mm High Gloss Laminate Flooring - Grey Wood

Glossy Varnished – 8mm High Gloss Laminate Flooring – Grey Wood

How Is High Gloss Laminate Flooring Is Made?

The manufacturing process of a high gloss laminate is the same as with all laminate flooring. A high-resolution photograph of the desired wood, tile or stone design adheres to the top of each laminate plank. It’s then sealed under a tough, high gloss coating. This finish reflects the light beautifully, giving the room a unique, unrivalled shine. It’s perfect in small rooms without much natural light, as it can emphasize what little light you’ve got and really bring out the character of the room.


Premier Select - 10mm High Gloss Laminate Flooring - Auckland Walnut - 1.882m2

Premier Select – 10mm High Gloss Laminate Flooring – Auckland Walnut – 1.882m2

Laminate flooring has a range of advantages over other floors. We have a wide range of high gloss laminate flooring and It’s got a low price starting from just £7 per m2. It’s got an easy, glueless installation. This means the installation is quick, cheap, and with no mess, and it also means if you’re careful with the tongue and groove or click system, you can potentially lift the floor at a later date and refit it, though we wouldn’t necessarily recommend this.

Plus, a high gloss laminate requires the fraction of the maintenance that a solid wood floor needs. Your high gloss laminate flooring does not need to be waxed, polished, sanded or resealed to maintain it’s shine. A regular sweep, vacuum and mop will remove any dirt or grit and leave your floor clean and polished.

Does High Gloss Laminate scratch easy?

If you treat high gloss laminate flooring right, it’ll remain gorgeous in your home for years to come. Just make sure to be careful with furniture, heels, and small stones and debris on the floor. Your glossy sheen is thick and will last a long time, but carelessness can easily scratch the gloss coating and dull some of the sheens.

High Gloss - 8mm Tile Effect Laminate Flooring

High Gloss – 8mm Tile Effect Laminate Flooring

What High Gloss Laminate Floor is best for me?

For an entirely unique look, you’ll want to have a look at our next gloss floor. It’ll fit perfectly into the most modern of homes. It’s a floor that’ll definitely be a talking point when you’ve got guests over, for all the right reasons. Our Emperor Gloss Frost Oak is really something else.

Walnut Wood – Glossy Varnished Laminate Floor

Introducing our fabulous glossy varnished range of wood effect laminates. This dark high gloss laminate floor will create a refined polished looking finish which will compliment any interior design scheme.

Glossy Varnished - 8mm High Gloss Laminate Flooring - Walnut Wood - 2.02m2

Glossy Varnished – 8mm High Gloss Laminate Flooring – Walnut Wood – 2.02m2

Grey Marble – Tile Effect laminate flooring

Our tile effect dark high gloss laminate floor is perfect for your home if you are looking to have the look for a marble floor but with the added benefit of being much warmer underfoot. It is also much cheaper and easier to install!

High Gloss - 8mm Tile Effect Laminate Flooring - Grey Marble

High Gloss – 8mm Tile Effect Laminate Flooring – Grey Marble

Grey Wood – High Gloss Laminate

If you are looking for a high-quality grey high gloss laminate floor then this is the floor for you! This Grey Oak wood floor is perfect for adding a modern twist to your home.


So what do you think? If you see a floor you like, why not head on over to our website and order yourself a free sample? Go on…


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Spring Clean Your Hardwood Floors

In Central Indiana, winter is quickly waning, spring sports will be starting up soon, and your entire family is chomping at the bit for the weather to warm up. You may be noticing areas in your home that need a little more TLC, or maybe you’ve made a 2-week plan to spring clean your home. Got your sights on your hardwood floors? We’ve put together a few tips and guidelines to spring clean your floors. Do your floors need some major work? The hardwood flooring experts at Floor Sand Crafting have extensive experience in refinishing, installing, and repairing hardwood floors. Request a quote today by calling (317) 759-2575.

Clean Hardwood Floors 

Hardwood Floor Cleaning Schedule

In reality, most surfaces in your home need more than a once-a-year deep cleaning, and your floors are no different. So while it’s good to do a seasonal deep clean right now before spring starts in earnest, you can keep your floors looking their finest with more care on a regular basis. 

Every Day Maintenance

Mop up any water or spills as soon as they happen. Don’t allow water or other liquids to remain on your floors for long. 

Every Week Spruce-up

Sweep or vacuum with a hard floor attachment at least once a week. Use a little Bona floor cleaner to clean more stubborn soil marks. For sticky substances, use an ice cube to harden the spot and then lightly rub with a dull plastic scraper. The key is to not damage the finish of the floor. When you’re in spring cleaning mode, use Bona for the entire floor. 

Every 3-5 Years Power Cleaning

Hardwood floors are beautiful, but they’re not immune from regular wear and tear. To protect your investment, consider having your floors sanded and refinished every 3-5 years. This process will remove gouges and scratches, keeping it in great shape for the life of the house. 

For a job like this in Indianapolis, hire the experts at Floor Sand Crafting. With our experienced crew at your service, you can rest assured knowing everything will be done precisely and to your specifications. Request a quote today by calling (317) 759-2575.

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Caring for your floor

Now that you’ve finally installed the laminate, solid wood floor or engineered wood flooring of your dreams, you’ll want to look after it for as long as possible so that looks great for years.

There’s more involved in protecting your wooden floor than just taking your shoes off before you walk over it (although that does help!), so here is your full guide to protecting your wooden floor properly and making sure you guard this beautiful investment in your home.

Daily Wood and Laminate Floor Care

  • Dirt and debris are quickly noticeable on a wooden floor, even more so than a carpet where the dirt gets engrained in the fibres, so it’s important to sweep or hoover every few days to lift the surface dirt. Make sure you’re using the right setting on your hoover so that the bristles aren’t too low to scratch or scrape your floor when you vacuum. A microfibre mop is also a wonderful investment


  • Use a soft mop to wash the floors once a week with a diluted cleaning solution which won’t cause any discolouration or damage to your floors. Always check the manufacturer’s recommendations for diluting ratios, or make your own natural floor cleaner from everyday household ingredients.


  • Try to remove shoes before you walk across your wooden floors and especially high heeled shoes which can leave marks and indentations in the floor. If you have small children playing in the room with your new floor, a rug or a playmat might be a good idea to protect your floor, and their knees.


  • Heavy furniture should have felt pads attached to the feet so that you don’t accidentally scrape or scratch the floor when moving the furniture or cleaning. These are really cheap to pick up and take seconds to apply.

Different floor types have different maintenance and care practices to keep them in great condition, so make sure you’re following the right advice for your floor type. In addition to the general care points above, here are the essential tips for maintaining the type of wooden floor you might have at home.

Caring for Laminate Floor:

  • Never use a buffer or polishing machine on a laminate floor – this will ruin it entirely.
  • Dry your floors after you’ve washed them to ensure they retain their lustre and don’t show any ugly watermarks.
  • It’s also really important to never leave liquids on your floor as they can stain, especially if your floor is a light colour. The liquid can also get into the floors click system and cause damage to your laminate flooring as well.

For all the information you’ll ever need to look after your laminate floor, check out this handy guide on our website.


Caring for Real Wood Floor:

  • Never leave liquids on the surface of your solid wood floor, as this can cause the boards to swell and buckle.


  • Sunlight can bleach your floors causing them to discolour and look shabby. Tilt the blinds in your room to avoid these shafts of light causing noticeable colour differences, and if you plan to put a rug down on your floor, try and move it around regularly so that the colour differences are more evenly spread across the floor.


  • Solid and Engineered wood floors naturally require more care and maintenance than laminate flooring – they will need to be sanded, oiled or lacquered consistently over their lifetime to retain the same gleam they had when they were first installed. However, they also can last for generations when looked after properly, so a little bit of extra attention on your part is definitely worth it.

For everything, you need to know about the long term upkeep of a solid wooden floor, see our comprehensive guide on the website.

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