Flooring FAQs

Prestige Flooring

We have a wide range of flooring products available including hardwood, luxury vinyl tiles, carpets and laminate. Use our flooring FAQs resource page to help answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, why not give our friendly team a call on 01454 851 492.

Flooring FAQs


What areas does Prestige Flooring serve?

We serve the entire Bristol area including South Gloucestershire

What is the difference between luxury vinyl tiles and laminate flooring?

Luxury vinyl tiles are made from PVC which is softer to touch whilst being firm and extremely waterproof. Laminate is made from layers of thin wood and fibreboard which is generally more rigid which means it can be installed without being glued to the ground.

Can I have hardwood flooring with underfloor heating?

Yes, this is perfectly fine but you must use engineered hardwood as this particular kind of hardwood flooring option is constructed to react to heat and remain stable without warping or changing shape. Pure hardwood planks would not be able to cope with the regular temperature changes without contorting and bending.

What kind of surface finishes are available for hardwood flooring?

Depending on the specific look you wish to go for there are many options such as:

Tung Oil Sealed – This brings out a low-gloss natural looking finish that enhances the grain characteristics of the wood.

Hard-Wax Oil Seal – Provides a warm protected finish and is easy to apply. This is a great option for wooden flooring in high areas of traffic and where stains and spills are likely to occur.  

Water-Based Polyurethane Seal – This is one of the most used finishes on most hardwood floors. It has a light finish which protects and dries very rapidly.

Will heavy furniture mark luxury vinyl flooring?

Luxury vinyl tiles are soft due as they are made from multiple layers of polyvinyl chloride. The weight of heavy furniture being concentrated over small areas (eg a sofa leg) can make marks in the tiles if enough weight is exerted. We recommend putting down pads which will diffuse the weight and protect your vinyl flooring tiles.

What are the different kinds of carpet fibres available?

Nylon – A great hard wearing option that has the ability to resist getting compact by heavy traffic or furniture. Nylon carpets are often used in busy areas such as lobbies, corridors or halls.

Polyester – This material is hailed for its stain resistance and ability to retain colour over time.

Wool – Wool is a natural material made from lams. It is luxuriously soft and tough which makes it suitable for high traffic areas also. It feels heavenly underfoot but will require regular maintenance

Can Karndean be laid over underfloor heating?

Yes, luxury vinyl tiles can safely absorb heat without changing shape or warping.

Do you offer residential carpet cleaning services?

Unfortunately not at this time.

What is underlay?

This is the smooth thin material that sits between your flooring and the ground. It is used to smooth out the surface of the floor so that your vinyl tiles, wood, laminate or carpet can sit evenly across the floor with full structural stability. The underlay material will depend on the type of flooring but types include DITRA membrane, Foam Laminate Underlayment, Felt Hardwood Floor Underlayment or rubber carpet underlayment.



Carpet Brands


Based in Kidderminster, award winning family business Adam Carpets have been manufacturing high quality wool carpets for over 90 years. With a wide range of colours and styles on offer, all of which are made at their factory in Kidderminster, you won’t be stuck for choice. They manufacture long lasting, stylish carpets for both residential and commercial purposes. Experts in design, custom dyeing and manufacturing, Adam Carpets are leading industry manufacturers. They also offer a bespoke carpet manufacturing service for spaces over 200 metres squared. At Adam Carpets, you are guaranteed to find a style and design to suit your taste.

Adam Carpets sources the majority of the wool for their carpets from British sheep farmers. British wool is known for its bulk and springy feel and is extremely hard wearing. The company operates a rigorous testing procedure for every carpet they manufacture. They have ISO 9001:2015 certification, meaning their processes meet the highest standards of production. They are committed to sustainability and are members of the Enco Environmental Network, aiming to reduce waste in their production processes. The company has won multiple awards, including Best Carpet Silver Award Winner House Beautiful Awards 2013, Outstanding Performance Interiors Monthly magazine 2014 and Best UK Flooring Manufacturer Interior Monthly magazine 2015.

Visit their website to find out more and to see some excellent design inspiration:


Alternative Flooring

Alternative Flooring is known for its stylish yet quirky design and unique, innovative patterns when it comes to both carpets and natural flooring. For over 20 years, they have been manufacturing quality rugs and carpets using both natural materials such as sisal, coir and wool, and synthetic materials. Alternative Flooring have worked in partnership with big name design companies and interior designers such as Margo Selby, Ashley Hicks, Ben Pentreath and Liberty Fabrics, creating beautifully designed carpets, rugs and runners. Their latest collection is the Quirky B range which features bold, ‘kooky and fun’ patterns that would look stunning in any home. Alternative Flooring’s design team took home the prestigious House Beautiful 2017 Gold Award for Best Carpet or Rug for their collaboration with Liberty Fabrics on the Quirky B collection. With a host of other awards to boot, Alternative Flooring is certainly a star in the carpet design industry and definitely one to watch.

All of Alternative Flooring’s Quirky carpets are designed and made in Britain. Other collections include stunning Natural, a selection of natural flooring sourced from sustainable resources around the globe, from India to Vietnam, to the Gulf of Mexico, and eco-friendly Barefoot, which is made from 100% natural wool that is hand woven and is biodegradable, the first of its kind here in the UK.

The company also offers bespoke flooring options for commercial projects. To find out more, visit their website or speak with one of our friendly team. For design inspiration and interviews with designers, stylists and bloggers visit Alternative Flooring’s blog, or follow on Instagram or Pinterest for more style advice:



Axminster carpets have been around since 1755 and have been a staple throughout history, while still being popular today. You can find original Axminster Carpets™ in Chatsworth House, Derbyshire (which featured in Pride & Prejudice and Netflix’s The Crown) and the Brighton Royal Pavilion, as well as countless luxury hotels, and even some royal residences. Axminster carpets are some of the finest carpets in the world. The team at Axminster Carpets™ are responsible for weaving stunning designs, including some exclusively for the Royal Household. With over 20 different collections, each one as beautiful as the next, plus options for bespoke designs, the range of possibilities for an Axminster carpet is endless.

Axminster Carpets have even designed an exclusive range for retailer John Lewis. Axminster designs are available in a range of colours and styles to suit every home. The company was recently awarded the prestigious Design Guild Mark, awarded by the Furniture Makers’ Company, recognising their contribution to raising the profile of British design and innovation through their excellence in carpet design and manufacturing Axminster Carpets™ also supply commercial carpets for a variety of sectors, including transport, hospitality, historic houses and other public spaces. Their designs are attractive and functional, perfect for making a great first impression on customers and visitors. To find out more about Axminster’s range of carpets, visit their website. Or come to our showroom to see some examples of their carpets in stock:



BMK Flooring is a supplier of quality carpets, wood and laminate flooring, based in Leeds. BMK is one of Britain’s best known carpet brands. They stock a wide range of 80% wool, 20% synthetic carpets in a multitude of modern colours, plus a stylish range of loop pile carpets in 70+ colours. The BMK Vogue 100% wool collection features striking striped patterns in a range of fantastic options. Other collections include Royal Highland, a luxurious 80/20 carpet in natural shades, Kurl Twist, a multi-shade carpet with coloured flecks in the design and Muirdale, another 80/20 classic, comfortable carpet. To see their range, visit our showroom.

All BMK carpets are made in Britain. Speak to one of our friendly flooring experts to find out more:


Edel Telenzo

Carpet manufacturer Edel Telenzo’s roots go back nearly a century ago to Northern Holland. The company has been supplying top quality natural and synthetic carpets to the UK since the 1970s. They use only the best materials to create their range of stylish carpets, with designs ranging from textured naturals, to neutrals, to stripes. Their striking and sophisticated designs are available for both domestic and commercial use, having supplied a range of sectors including but not limited to hotels, restaurants, offices, care homes and hospitals.

Their carpets are practical and hard wearing, and come in a range of colour combinations. Edel Telenzo pride themselves on manufacturing superb products, using the latest technology, that are especially created for a demanding market. In each of their carpets they take into account important factors such as durability, ease of maintenance, colour fastness and light resistance, anti static and fire proofing properties. They oversee their manufacturing process from start to finish, ensuring consistent quality. The company is ISO 9001:2008 certified, adhering to rigid international quality standards to produce some of the best carpets in the UK.

Visit the website to find out more. At Prestige Flooring, we stock a wide range of Edel Telenzo carpets. Come down to our showroom to see some examples.


Kingsmead Carpets


For over 40 years, Scottish company Kingsmead Carpets has been producing outstanding carpets that are designed and made to last. Offering both choice and flexibility, plus a variety of colours, you are bound to find a carpet to suit any room in your home, at a price you can afford. All Kingsmead Carpets’ British wool products are 80% wool, 20% synthetic twist piles, available up to five metres in width. Their Wolltec ranges incorporate their own ‘Everlon’ polypropylene fibre, which gives the appearance of wool and carries a ‘lifetime stain warranty’. And for a traditional, 100% British made carpet, see their Glen Shee range, using an exclusive blend of specially selected Scottish fleeces.

Kingsmead Carpets operate under the Wool Owners Warranty (WOW) initiative; all their wool carpets carry a warranty to ensure they look as clean as when they were first fitted, giving you extra peace of mind. Kingsmead Carpets is a proud licensee of the British Wool Marketing Board and a member of The Carpet Foundation. They have won multiple industry awards for their stunning wool, wool mix and synthetic creations.

To see some of their ranges, visit their website. Alternatively, you can visit our showroom and our friendly team will show you the great designs we have in stock.



Based in the foothills of the South Pennines, for over 40 years Penthouse Carpets have prided themselves on manufacturing quality carpets that are the height of comfort, warmth and durability. Using the finest British and New Zealand wool, as well as man made synthetic fibres in their carpet production, Penthouse offer a range of luxuriously soft carpets in a variety of rich colours. Penthouse Carpets sets itself apart from other businesses in that every member of its 80-strong staff team owns a share in the company. This instills a sense of pride which is evident in every step of the process to making a quality Penthouse carpet. Despite a rich background and history, Penthouse Carpets is firmly facing forward, with their commitment to research and development, using the very latest technology and machinery to make their carpets.

The team at Penthouse ensure consistently high standards throughout their manufacturing process, ensuring that customers are guaranteed a superior product every time. Penthouse Carpets boast 16 stunning ranges in both wool and sturdy synthetic fibres. Their Wentworth design is the epitome of elegance and sophistication, while Springtime showcases pure natural beauty with its range of undyed wool carpets. See their website for inspiration and browse their collections.

Penthouse Carpets support the Campaign for Wool, championing awareness of the natural renewable material and its myriad benefits:




For carpets with real stain resistant power, it has to be Regency. Featuring affordable luxury carpets that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional for busy homes. Regency produces a range of wool and synthetic material carpets. Manufactured for easy cleaning, all Regency Carefree carpets are bleach cleanable, without sacrificing the wear or the colour of the carpet. Visit the Regency website to see some of their amazing stain resisting work in action.

Regency carpets come with up to 20 years stain and wear warranty, for complete peace of mind. Ideal for active homes, Regency offers contemporary styling with a choice of over 25 different carpet styles in both Twist and Saxony options. See their stunning selection, featuring designs including the stylish Trident Pastelle, classic Opulence and rich Harmony collections. Suitable for any room of the house and appropriate for heavy use areas, Regency carpets are guaranteed to last. Regency carpets are manufactured in the UK.

Visit their website to see the range and for helpful advice on carpet care and maintenance. If you see a design you like, visit our showroom for an up close view of some of Regency’s finest carpets and discuss your requirements with one of our friendly, expert team:



Brintons specialise in beautifully woven carpets that are practical and hard wearing as well as attractive and luxurious. Their two types of 80% wool, 20% synthetic carpet, the textured, simple wilton carpet and the sumptuously patterned axminster carpet, are some of the finest carpets available. Brintons uses only the best fleeces in their carpet making, and the quality truly shows in every carpet they make. The company has been manufacturing high quality carpets in Kidderminster since 1783. They develop all carpet designs and shades in their own studios in Kidderminster, controlling the manufacturing of each carpet from beginning to end. With their strict quality standards and the fact that each carpet is inspected twice and finished by hand before it is sent out of the factory, you can be sure you are getting a superior, reliable product that will last for many years.

Brintons were the deserving recipients of the Best Carpet Award 2014 at the House Beautiful Awards and Best Flooring Brand 2014 from Interiors Monthly magazine. They have supplied carpets to royals, including Queen Mary, wife of King George V. In 1958 they were granted the Royal Warrant in recognition for supplying carpets to royal residences. Brintons are supported of the Campaign for Wool, of which HRH Prince Charles is patron, and British Wool. Bring your home to life with Brintons Carpets.

Find out more on their website:



Bronte Carpets has been manufacturing high quality carpets in their East Lancashire mill since 1982. Synonymous with quality and service, Bronte Carpets pride themselves in creating individual carpets that will look beautiful in any property. Their products include 100% wool, wool/nylon classic twist and loop pile carpets. Bronte also produce hand crafted borders in a range of classic and intriguing designs. They use the finest New Zealand wool in their carpets, known for their luxurious, soft and springy feel, with a resilience that will mean your carpet will last for many, many years.

Bronte offers a special dye service for their carpets, to match any colour, meaning your Bronte carpet will be truly unique to you, fitting in perfectly with your home’s existing decor. Bronte carpets come in widths up to 12 metres and can be made to the specifications of the room, ensuring there is no wasted excess material and you aren’t paying for more than you use. Visit their website or follow on Pinterest to see some of their fabulous design range and be inspired. At our showroom in Bristol, we stock a variety of Bronte Carpets. Come in store today to see some of our high quality samples:



Lancashire based Cavalier Carpets create beautiful berber and luxurious loop pile carpets in a wide variety of styles and colours. A leading British carpet manufacturer Cavalier Carpets offer high quality, choice and a range of attractive colours with their carpet ranges. Cavalier’s sumptuous and long lasting berber carpets are designed with heavy fleck, which is ideal for heavy traffic areas. Style and performance perfectly intermingle with Cavalier’s stunning selection of carpets, with over 25 different ranges available. With their state of the art machinery, rigorous development processes and precise manufacturing, you can be sure that a Cavalier carpet is one that is made to last, as well as looking utterly flawless in your property. Cavalier produce high quality carpets for both homes and commercial clients, serving across a range of sectors, from sport and leisure to hospitality and residential developments.

The company also carries out bespoke orders. All Cavalier’s carpets are designed and produced in Britain. With their team of dedicated professionals and a commitment to high standards, it’s no wonder they pride themselves on so many satisfied customers.

For more information, and to see their ranges, visit their website. Or, visit our showroom to see some samples:


Crucial trading

For over 30 years, Crucial Trading has been producing award winning carpets and natural floor coverings, incorporating bold innovation with quality design, making them a leading UK carpet manufacturer. Passionate about sustainability, Crucial Trading uses the very best natural materials, from wool to seagrass to coir. The company boasts a range of over 100 different floor coverings, with thousands of possible combinations, meaning your Crucial Trading floor covering will be unique to you, blending in beautifully with your home’s design. Crucial Trading are always at the forefront of innovation. They pioneered the use of Sisool in the UK, an innovative blend of soft wool and hard wearing sisal, creating a luxurious feeling natural floor covering. They also experiment with bold colours, creative textures and artistic weaves, winning awards for their Mississippi and Fabulous ranges. The company creates carpets and bespoke rugs for residential and commercial clients, particularly the hospitality sector, producing long lasting, hard wearing carpets that look fabulous.

Crucial Trading are proud to be members of The Carpet Foundation, adhering to strict standards of service and consumer codes of practice, approved and monitoring by the Trading Standards Institute. To find out more about Crucial Trading, visit their website.

Or come to our showroom to view some of their natural carpet samples:


Stairrods UK

Stairrods UK has been providing high quality carpet accessories to customers worldwide for over 30 years. Based in County Durham, with offices throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Stairrods UK is a global suppliers with a passion for quality and innovation. All Stairrods UK carpet accessories and designed and manufactured in house, giving them full control and ensuring only the finest quality products leave the warehouse. Offering their expert services to both domestic and commercial clients, Stairrods UK products include:

Carpet Rods
Stairrods UK offers a wide range of stair rods in a choice of finishes and styles, making your staircase stand out. Their stair rods are suitable for both runner carpets and full fitted carpets. Stairrods UK’s carpet rod collections feature antique, ornate and classic designs, plus so much more. They even produce traditional Victorian style stair clips. Visit their website to see examples.

Carpet Trims
For a range of door bars and carpet trims for doorways and room dividers, see Stairrods UK’s selection in a variety of styles and finishes including Chrome, Brass, Antique Bronze, Pewter and Nickel. With a choice of lengths to suit both wide and narrow spaces, these trims can offer a luxurious finishing touch to any carpet.

Carpet Binding
Stairrods UK’s Easybind carpet binding is a stylish, time saving alternative to traditional carpet binding or whipping. There are up to 38 different colours to choose from, creating an attractive border to any carpet. See their website for more information.

Skirting Board Corner ProtectorsStairrods UK skirting board corner protectors or ‘skiffers’ are a stylish, decorative way of preventing damage and scuff marks on skirting board corners, a problem all too commonly caused by furniture and regular vacuuming. These attractive accents are both functional and classy.

Carpet Studs
Carpet studs are a great feature to add to carpet runners in hallways and on landing areas, adding a nice detail that is subtle and stylish while tackling the issue of visible carpet underlay. Stairrods UK carpet studs are available in Brass, Bronze, Chrome, Pewter Black and Satin Nickel finishes. For more information,visit the Stairrods UK website. Or come to our showroom for a first hand look at some of Stairrods UK’s quality carpet accessories we have in stock.


Thomas Witter


Award winning carpet brand Thomas Witter creates eye catching carpets to suit all tastes and budgets. Using only the best raw materials and pure British wool, Thomas Witter carpets offer style and durability, while retaining value for money. Their durability means that Thomas Witter carpets can be fitted in any area of the home, including heavy use areas.

The leading carpet brand features 11 different tufted collections. Accolade features a range of naturally inspired shades including Blue Sky, Hazelnut and Hedgerow, while the Discovery range includes elegant shades such as Wild Forest, Mineral Mist and Chardonnay. For subtle stripes, view the latest Urban collection, which is perfect for carpets and stair runners. Their Manufacturers Wear Guarantee offers peace of mind and assurance that your Thomas Witter carpet will last far into the future.

For advice on carpet care, including daily maintenance, stain removal and long term care, visit the Thomas Witter website to learn more and to ensure your Thomas Witter carpet looks good and lasts even longer. Thomas Witter are supporters of the Campaign for Wool and British Wool. To see some of their ranges, visit their website. Or come in to our showroom and speak to one of our helpful flooring experts.


Weston Hammer


Hammer Carpets have been producing high quality carpets for consumers since 1948. With 70 years of carpet expertise and specialist flooring design solutions, Hammer are world renowned for their artistic craftsmanship, infusing their carpets with warmth, comfort and a unique identity. From humble beginnings in Denmark, Hammer Carpets are now a leading internationally recognised carpet brand, with offices in over 20 countries.

Hammer carpets use both pure wool and synthetic fibres in their exquisite carpets. They are passionate about sustainability, ensuring their design and manufacturing standards are both environmentally and socially responsible. Quality is key, with Hammer Carpets taking a strict approach to ensure the best quality carpets, combined with flexibility and speed to meet customers needs. The use state of the art technology and machinery to bring their beautiful designs to life from their in house design studio of specialist carpet designers.

As well as domestic carpets, Hammer Carpets also supply commercial carpets, mainly for the hospitality sector, including four and five star hotels and cruise ships. All carpets are developed and rigorously tested to meet stringent international quality standards.

For more information and carpet design inspiration, visit the Hammer Carpets website. Or find our showroom and view a range of samples.



We have a wide range of both natural wool content and synthetic fibre carpets, so you are bound to find a carpet from our extensive range of suppliers that will be suitable to meet the needs of all areas of your home.


Decorative Tiles

Luxury vinyl tiles have been around for many years and are used extensively for both commercial and domestic flooring installations. Designed to look convincingly.


Natural Flooring

A very popular choice as an alternative to carpet, natural materials such as sisal or seagrass offer great wear capabilities and give the natural appearance and tones.


Wood Flooring

Wood is a material whose natural and unique beauty speaks for itself. With a range of gauges, plank sizes, textures and finishes there really is something for everyone.


Vinyl Flooring

A popular choice for Kitchens, Bathrooms, Cloakrooms and En-suites due to the ease of cleaning and resistance to splashes and spills. Modern vinyl and cushion floors are.


Laminate Flooring

Relative ease of installation has always meant that laminate is a good DIY choice for flooring. However, you can still benefit from professional installation. Many of the materials.



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Flooring Showroom Bristol 

Welcome to our showroom! Navigate your way through our showroom where you can find the best deals on top flooring and carpet brands like Amtico, Moduleo, Axminster and many many more! Based in Thornbury, North Bristol, our vast showroom has been running since 2008 and features an in house team of carpet and flooring specialists who can help with any queries you may have.

Why Did We Create a Showroom Page?

At Prestige Flooring we know how difficult it can be deciding what type of flooring you would like in your home especially when there is such a wide variety of materials, starting from carpet to luxury vinyl tiles to hardwood and much more. Walking into a flooring shop with little to no idea of what your looking for can be daunting. This is why we decided to create this showroom page. It allows you to have a look around our showroom and see all the different brands, materials and colours.

See Something You Like? Get In Touch!

If you spot a particular brand, material or manufacturer that you like, then you can always read more about it on our dedicated website pages:

Residential Carpets 

Commercial Carpets

Commercial Flooring

Vinyl Flooring 

Industrial Flooring

If you have any further questions then feel free to contact a member of our team today on 01454 851 492. Alternatively, you can send us a query and we will get back to you as soon as possible.