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Z is for Zig-Zag Bar

What is a Zig-Zag Bar? A Zig-Zag Bar, or Z-Bar for short, is a carpet to hard flooring bar used where there is a height difference between the surface layer of the product and the subfloor. What range of height difference can they cover? Generally speaking the standard Z-bars (usually aluminium or synthetic brass) work… Read More »Z is for Zig-Zag Bar

Y is for Yarn

Yarn is the material used to produce the surface layer, or pile, of the carpet.  In this week’s guide we look into yarn in more detail. What is Yarn? Yarn can be described in many ways but at its most basic it is a single strand composed of fibres. What is Yarn made of? Yarn… Read More »Y is for Yarn

X is for (e)Xtras

Simon’s note: “I apologise for the terrible spelling, but having been through X in the dictionary our options were to either skip this week or mutilate a word!” For this week we will be looking at the (e)xtras offered by Grimley Flooring that make us stand out from other flooring companies, and why we should… Read More »X is for (e)Xtras

W is for Woven Carpets

What is a woven carpet? A woven carpet is any carpet, either made by hand or machine, that is constructed on a loom weaving the yarn in with the backing to create a strong, durable and beautiful carpet. Why choose a woven carpet? Woven carpets are made to the highest standard and offer a quality… Read More »W is for Woven Carpets

A small black and white pattern in a vinyl floor

V is for Vinyl

What is Vinyl? Vinyl (Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC) is a versatile plastic.  In flooring terms Vinyl is a hard-wearing floor covering that can come in sheet or tile form. What are the key differences? LVT is a higher quality product in tile form, our previous article explored this in more detail. Sheet Vinyl is the… Read More »V is for Vinyl

U is for Underlay

What is Underlay? Underlay is a layer of material installed underneath your floor covering. As with selecting a carpet, choosing the right underlay can be an important decision and one that will help your new carpet perform it’s best for many years to come. Why do I need Underlay? Underlay is a key factor in… Read More »U is for Underlay

T is for Tufted Carpet

What is a Tufted carpet? Most carpets today are classed as tufted.  This is a manufacturing method where short pieces of yarn (tufts) are punched through the primary backing using a needle.This is a completely different method of manufacture to a woven carpet which we will cover in a future article.  Why choose a Tufted… Read More »T is for Tufted Carpet

S is for Smoothing Compound

What is a smoothing compound? A smoothing compound is a thin layer applied on top of the subfloor to remove any imperfections in the finish.  As with many projects the preparation is key to ensuring a perfect installation, flooring is no different. Smoothing compounds are normally applied to a concrete subfloor, although in special circumstances… Read More »S is for Smoothing Compound

Small set of steps with a runner

R is for Runners

What is a runner? A carpet runner is a piece of carpet that runs the length of an area leaving a surround of exposed flooring (usually floorboards) as opposed to being fitted to the sides.  Similar to a rug, runners are normally used on stairs or in corridors rather than in rooms. How are runners… Read More »R is for Runners

Q is for Questions

This week we are looking at a few common questions that are asked on a regular basis and their answers. Why is my carpet no longer flat and has ridges appearing? Whilst there are several reasons why this has happened it all comes down to a single factor: the carpet is no longer under the… Read More »Q is for Questions