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Unit 7, Blaydon Trade Park,
Toll Bridge Road, Blaydon,
Newcastle Upon Tyne NE21 5TR

TEL: 0191 499 0755
Email: sam@doorsfloorsdirect.co.uk

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2A North Tyne Industrial Estate, Whitley Road, Benton,
Newcastle Upon Tyne NE12 9SZ
TEL: 0191 266 3777

Email: benton@doorsfloorsdirect.co.uk

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It’s that time of year again! - December 2017

We can’t believe it is almost the end of 2017 the year has flown by… we still have plenty of flooring to take away the same day for those of you who fancy a new floor for Christmas. Both our door suppliers are still delivering to us in December so there is no excuse! For those of you who would rather wait until the New Year and don’t want to brave the Christmas sales you can rest easy as we offer our best prices all year round.

In 2018, the Blaydon shop will be celebrating its 8th year of trading and the Benton shop its 5th. Where does the time go? We are proud to say that the Blaydon shop has withstood a rough economic climate because of our commitment to excellent service, value for money and not forgetting our loyal customers!

We would like to thank our brilliant staff and the joiners that fit for us for all of their fantastic hard work over the year.

We’d also like to wish all of our customers a very Happy Christmas and New Year – hope to see you all in 2018.

Fancy a coffee and cake? - September 2017
RFC photoWe are supporting the Macmillan charity on 29 September - please pop into either shop for a coffee and a cake! Don’t worry Sam hasn’t made any! The tea and coffee is hot and, as you can see, there's a lovely selection of the sweet stuff available so don't miss out!

 

Changes at Doors and Floors - September 2017
While the nights are still light until 7 o’clock, there is still time for those of you who love DIY to think about new flooring or doors for your home. We display and stock the new 8mm and 12mm Elka laminate range – the colours are fantastic and also benefit from having the Uniclic (Quickstep) fitting system.

Both shops continue to have a wide range of products on special offer. We have also re-vamped our door displays with further doors being added to our new display in both shops. Look out for the on promotion!

We are open 6 days a week (Closed Sunday), so we hope to see you soon!

A New Face at Doors and Floors - August 2017
Phil Alderson joined Doors and Floors in August. Phil has joined us at Blaydon as our driver/warehouse person. In his past life, Phil has worked down the mines, ran his own motorbike school and pest control business. Phil is a keen biker, practices yoga and enjoys music festivals. Phil has 2 older sons and 2 granddaughters. We wish Phil all the best in his new role.

Changes at Doors and Floors - August 2017
Richie our driver at Blaydon after nearly 3 years is moving to new opportunities.  We wish Richie and his is family all the best and we will be staying in touch.

Spring 2017
RFC photoWe are proud to announce that we have shirt sponsored Gateshead RFC under 13s rugby team.  Paul’s son, Callum, plays for the team and Paul is now a coach. We hope the new shirts bring them loads of luck and future wins!  We will keep you up to date with their progress.

We have some great specials for Spring with engineered and laminates on offer at both shops.  Since the Brexit vote and the weak pound the news is full of doom and gloom. Hopefully, our great offers will put a smile on your face and get everyone in the mood for some Spring redecorating!

Happy New Year!
Will 2017 be the year when you decide to redecorate your house with new doors and flooring? Hopefully. If so, why not call into to see us.

To help you get the most for your money we have secured some fabulous products, with excellent prices - adding to our engineered flooring and laminate range.

We have added a lovely golden brushed and lacquered oak, a dark smoked stained and a wide natural brushed and lacquered to the engineered flooring range. Not only do they look fantasic, they are available at great prices too!

We have also updated our laminate range and have some great deals for you, including Quickstep Elite 8mm V groove laminate. Best of all, most of our laminate range can be taken away with you the same day.

Hope to see you soon
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The end of another successful year!
Well, it is almost the end of 2016 and while I say this every year I can’t believe another has gone by. We have had a really busy year and I would again like to thank all of the lovely customers we have worked with this year.

Scott has been a great addition to the Benton team, which is continuing to grow and Steve will have been with us 3 years in January and Scott (Jockey) 4 years! It's hard to believe that in the Spring of 2017 the Benton shop will have been open for 4 years.

Wow, the Blaydon shop is approaching its 7th year next year - time really does fly! My son is now a teen!
Neil, Paul, Liam and Richie continue to do a fantastic job. And, whilst I’ve just congratulated Scott on the birth of his new daughter, Richie’s daughter will be having her first birthday on this month. Neil also has some exciting news as he moves into his new house over the Christmas holidays.

Both shops are revamping the showrooms over the next few weeks and we are increasing and updating the laminate ranges. The Benton showroom has the new waterproof range from Quickstep called Majestic which will be available from January 2017 – Blaydon’s stand will be updated soon. Quickstep Vinyl is doing really well and is expected to grow through 2017. Don’t forget we have a Quickstep approved fitter who can provide a Quickstep warranty on fitting Quickstep Laminate and Vinyl. Other fantastic news is that we will have another approved fitter as Tom Turner is going to the Quickstep academy in the New Year!

Staircases and the made to measure doors available through XL joinery have been really popular. We thank the skilled joiners who have fitted these for our customers.

Finally, can we wish everyone a great Christmas and New Year – all the best for 2017 from us all at Doors and Floors Direct Ltd.

Hope to see you again in 2017!

Doors and Floors Baby number 2 – another Girl!
We are delighted to say that Scott’s 3rd child, Jessica, was born on Thursday, 24 November - everyone is doing well – great news!

Brexit - the story so far - August 2016
As a small business, and consumers ourselves, we were worried about what Brexit would mean for us. Whilst the economic climate is uncertain, we've continued to focus on keeping our prices low and have been working hard with our suppliers to ensure we can still offer our customers the same fantastic products at our usual low, low prices. Rest assured, this will always be the case. So, when shopping with us you can relax, safe in the knowledge that we're working hard behind the scenes to make sure you're getting the best flooring prices around. Our customer service is as excellent as always, and that's not something we charge extra for!

Blaydon Shop Turns 6! - June 2016
We can't believe Blaydon has been open for 6 years – where has the time gone! Sam and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers and everyone who works with us who have helped make Blaydon, and Benton, a success.

New Employee at Benton - April 2016
We would like to welcome Scott Whitmore to our Benton branch to work alongside Steve, Scott and myself. Scott joined us in April as his family have just moved to the North East from Mansfield. During his working life, Scott has worked in similar industries to this one and has 30 years experience dealing with trade and retail customers – we all look forward to working with Scott.

Time flies when you're having fun! - March 2016
Congratulations and thanks to Paul and Liam at our Blaydon branch who have been with us a year this month!

A good start to 2016 - February 2016
Finally the lighter mornings and evenings are gradually coming back and Spring will be here soon. I hope 2016 has started well for everyone.

We also stock QuickStep Livyn Vinyl. QuickStep's Vinyl is unique to other brands and certainly should not be mistaken for lino or other similar products. Their Vinyl has many unique features which can only be found with the QuickStep brand – including a totally closed surface which means the QuickStep product does not have to be resealed yearly like many of its competitors (as vinyl does become porous over time). QuickStep's Vinyl also has a revolutionary stain guard against the toughest stains, such as paint, nail varnish and marker ink which can all be removed from the QuickStep Vinyl.

Work has started in both showrooms with new laminates, engineered and solid woods being added to our already large range. Hope to see you soon.

Doors and Floors first baby born! December 2015
Richie our driver at Blaydon is a dad for the first time - born today 6th December At 14:46 weighing 7lbs 8oz. Name Felicity! Love and best wishes to Richie and Jade  

Special News! November 2015
Blaydon's driver, Richie, is due to be a father any day now - thanks to all our customers who took their deliveries early. Also big thanks to Jeff - Sam's old boss - who will be doing Blaydon's deliveries whilst Richie is on paternity leave.

Where has the time gone? August 2015
Can you believe Blaydon has been established for over 5 years and Benton over 2 - where have the years gone? Our son starts comprehensive school in September so there's big changes for him; Paul and Liam have both settled in well and many of you will have met them during your visit to our shops.

Our Benton shop continues to grow and therefore we have decided to recruit another person to our great team. This will allow us to visit suppliers who are always inviting us to view their ranges and ensure you continue to get the best possible deals in store. As for the shops, we are always making changes and updating our ranges to keep ahead of any competition. The impressive Quickstep waterproof range is doing fantastically well and so it should, being the only waterproof laminate on the market. With a range of 16 colours, there is something for everyone. The 12mm AC5 rated board is just what the commercial market needed.

We still continue to stock all the top brands in laminates including Kronoswiss - Krono Robusto - Quickstep - Elka - Krono. We are now a preferred distributor and stockist of the Spanish laminate called Finsa offering around 20 colours. While all the laminate ranges that we sell have great fitting systems, for those of you who love the uniclic system you will be glad to know that Finsa are using this fitting method on all of their ranges - they also have a lot of AC5 rated laminates too!

New For May 2015!
Looking for new doors? Our Blaydon shop is pleased to announce that we have added over 15 doors to our current door display - come along and take a look! XL have launched some fantastic new designs and have extended their pre-finished range. We are also displaying a selection of external doors and can now offer external door stain for the perfect finish.

We are proud to add Brooks Bros to our list of flooring suppliers, ranges include:
  • Timbertop
  • Balmoral
  • Buckingham
  • Balmoral
  • Blenheim
We're giving you more choice than ever by adding to our laminate range considerably! Our new laminates are available in 8mm, 10mm and 12mm with AC ratings of 4 and 5. New wall displays are being added every day.

New faces at Doors & Floors! March 2015
Anthony Sanderson will be leaving us shortly after accepting a promotion within a large PVC company. We wish him all the best.

On positive note, Paul Munsey and Liam James will be joining us towards the end of March – both Paul and Liam have a wealth of experience in retail and face to face selling. They will also receive in-house training from our suppliers including Quickstep, Elka, XL and Timba.

We have known Paul and his family since our sons joined toddler group 10 years ago and Liam worked with my wife's best friend and comes highly recommended. They will both be a great addition to the Doors & Floors team.

Our weekend service just got even better! December 2014
About 9 years ago my best friend and his wife and two sons (Colin, Joanne, Luke and Finley) left England to spend some time in France.  After a very successful time out there, and 3 house renovations later, they are back!  Luke their oldest son, who is 16, decided that he would like Saturday job and we were more than happy to oblige!  Luke has started working with me and Steve at Benton on Saturdays.  Luke is fluent in French so for any of our French customers who have to ask  "Parlez-vous français?" we can now answer.

It's the most wonderful time of the year! November 2014
Well, the countdown to Christmas has started again - 7 weeks left! Can you believe it?!

It is our 5th Christmas at our Blaydon shop and our 2nd Christmas at our Benton shop - both shops have some fab offers for you to take away in time for Christmas. Drop by and take a look.

Thinking of updating your home? October 2014
Now the summer holidays are over our thoughts head towards Christmas.

For those of you who prefer leading brands for updating your home, our Benton shop is now stocking Quick-Step Castello and Palazzo range.

Quick-Step Hardwood Castello planks are characterized by a subtle V-groove on the longest edge to give more depth to the room. Whichever interior style you choose, the wide assortment of wood species, structures and finishes allows you to create an inviting atmosphere.

The Quick-Step Hardwood Palazzo collection is wood in all its glory. Beautifully proportioned, these long and wide planks will add warmth and character to any room. All designs have a subtle V-groove on the longest side of each plank.

Quick-Step launch their new waterproof laminate available in 8mm (Impressive) 12mm (Impressive Ultra) – fantastic colours and finishes – suitable for all rooms including bathrooms.

In addition to the Quick-Step engineered flooring, we always stock the Quick-Step laminate range and still have the excellent 8mm V-groove Illustra range on offer at £13.99/m2 inc VAT. We also have some great engineered and solid lacquered flooring on offer at both shops.

Great offers instore this summer. May 2014
It is hard to believe we are nearly through the first part of the year although weather wise you would think it was Autumn. While some of you will be thinking about your Summer holiday some of you will be hopefully thinking about new doors, floors and stairs. With that in mind, we have some excellent offers instore!

Our laminates start from £6.99m2 and engineered and solid hardwood flooring from £21.99m2. We also have an 8mm V groove Quickstep laminate for £13.99m2 including VAT.

Many doors styles are on special for the next few months and the catalogues can be downloaded from our website through the door section.

With help from Steve we have started to use Facebook properly and we regularly post special offers on our page. It's worth liking our page!

We hope to see you soon.

Welcome Steve, our newest member of staff! February 2014
Those customers who called into our Benton shop in January may have met our newest staff member Stephen Taylor. Steve worked for another flooring and door shop a few years ago and, after a few years of doing something totally different, he thankfully applied for the position with us. With Steve's background he is very familiar with all our products and suppliers so has fitted straight in.

Both shops have new laminates, engineered, solid flooring and doors on display so if you are thinking of carrying out any home improvements it's well worth paying us a visit.

Christmas is nearly here! November 2013
As Christmas is nearly upon us, we'd like to remind you that the Benton shop will be closed from 7.00pm on Thursday, 12 December 2013 re-opening at 8.30am on Friday, 3 January 2014.

However, the Blaydon shop will remain open until 5.00pm on Monday, 23 December 2013 and will reopen at 8.30am on Friday, 3 January 2014. Please note: the Blaydon shop will be unable to process any refunds on behalf on the Benton shop during this time. If you are waiting until the Christmas/New Year sales before buying your doors or flooring there's really no need to wait - our prices are always affordable and very competitive ALL YEAR ROUND. Don't wait, call in now!

We can't believe this is our 4th year! Where has the time gone? We'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you very soon.

T'is the season to get busy! October 2013
As we approach Christmas and the end of the year (we can’t believe it's here already!), it is traditionally a time to carry out some sort of home improvement.  With a huge amount of solid, engineered and laminates on display in both shops, most of which can be taken away the same day, there is still enough time to get the whole job completed before 2014!

We are trying to be active on Facebook and have recently posted some lovely photos and will continue to do so. If there's anything you'd like us to feature on the page, do let us know!

New Shop, New Stock in August 2013
Well five months have passed and our Benton shop is now well and truly open. The showroom is looking fabulous and the final touches to be added over the next two weeks or so. Those touches are stair displays which will be ready to view soon, featuring various oak and laminate stairs. Despite us not having any stair displays at the moment, we would like to thank all of our customers who have recently purchased staircases from us and those of you who have shared pictures with us - they all look beautiful.

We are also adding some new engineered, solid and laminate displays at our Blaydon showroom. The new ranges are very affordable but very select - you won't find them in every flooring shop you visit. For those of you visiting our shops for the first time, our Blaydon shop is joined on to Lord Tool hire, the Benton shop is two doors away from Pennine Windows. Facebook… yes, Facebook! We have finally opened a Facebook page and we have had great support so far, 100 likes in less than week! Whilst we're not familiar with Facebook, our much younger colleagues are, so we'll be seeking a helping hand on the odd occasion. We feel it's a great addition to our site and enables us to share information about new stock and special offers as well as providing customers the opportunity leave us a review or share any general feedback they have. The exciting news is… we have signed a lease on shop number 2 and have almost finished renovating Unit 2A, North Tyne Industrial Estate, Benton, Newcastle, NE12 9SZ (Tel: 0191 266 3777)
We are open! Although the showroom isn't quite complete, nearly all the flooring samples are now on display.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people who have given us so many hours of free labour. Without their help it would not have been possible to complete the showroom within the timescale (5 weeks) or the available finances. We also wouldn't have such a beautiful shop. We are truly grateful.

It has been huge job, however,I would like to say everyone has given us 100%. Some of you I have only known since opening Doors & Floors in June 2010:

  • Sean Stoker – joiner from SWS Joinery
  • Neil Gardner – joiner from NRG Joinery
  • Scott Mason – sales/warehouse at Benton
  • Maurice Young – father-in-law
  • Neil Howard – sales at Blaydon
  • Richie Raine – driver/warehouse at Blaydon
  • Ann Young – mother-in-law
  • Jonathan Scott – our son for knocking down the wall…..

The new showroom is just off the roundabout next to the Asda hypermarket. We are two doors away from Howdens. The shop is in a great location for people who live in Whitley Bay, Jesmond, Gosforth and the surrounding areas. The showroom/warehouse is similar to our Blaydon Shop. As we have designed this showroom from scratch, we had the opportunity to display more doors. This is fantastic and we are working with our suppliers, XL Joinery and LPD, on the display.

I will be running the new shop and will be working with Scott Mason. I have known Scott for nearly twenty years - he and his wife Gillian are two of our best friends. Gillian is an accountant and does the bookkeeping and accountancy work for us. Maurice and Ann, my mother- and father-in-law, have yet again offered a helping hand. Of course, Neil, Sam, Maurice and Richie are staying at the Blaydon shop and we are pleased to announce that we have been joined by Anthony Sanderson. Previously, Anthony worked for Howdens for several years and is very familiar with the door and flooring industry.

Exciting news for 2013
There are exciting developments next year for Doors and Floors - watch this space for details.

December 2012
Can't believe December is here again! We have, as always, some fab special offers which of course can be taken away before Christmas. We are closed on Sunday 9th and 16th December, so we can get our Christmas shopping done. The shop will be closed over Christmas from Saturday, 22nd December reopening on Thursday, 3rd January 2013! Please don't worry about missing out on any sort of gimmicky sale – we will continue to offer affordable prices as always in 2013.

From all of us at Doors and Floors - Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year.

Advertising with Easy Jet! – August 2012
For those of you who are lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere hot over the next few weeks with Easy Jet, please look out for our advert in the 'in-flight magazine'- page 142.

We were approached by Easy Jet following a recommendation from 'Quickstep'. Easy Jet wanted to advertise North East Companies within their DIY themed pages. 'Quickstep' recommended us as a North East business that was knowledgeable within the flooring industry, customer focused, with competitively priced products and an excellent display of flooring within a showroom. Thank you Quickstep!

The advert is in the Easy Jet 'in flight' magazines through August and can also be seen in their online version. Let us know if you see us.

New Employee – July 2012
My father-in-law Maurice offered a 'helping hand' in April 2010 when we decided to open the shop, 2 years later and he is still helping… 5 days a week. It is hard to believe Maurice is 68 years old later in the year. Thankfully, Maurice is only going to reduce his days down to 3, the extra days will allow him to continue with flying school inspections for the RAF.

In July, we employed Richie to look after the warehouse and our deliveries. Richie lives local to us and we have mutual friends. Richie will be working 5 days a week and this will enable us to be more flexible with our deliveries.

A temporary change in our opening hours - July 2012
As the school holidays are approaching we have decided to close on a Sunday (only) from the 20th July until further notice. We haven't made this decision lightly but our 8 year old son is giving us earache about going to all of the theme parks etc during the 6 weeks holidays.

We hope you won't be disappointed, please visit us during the week where we are open until late, 6pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday and 7pm on a Thursday. Saturday we are open from 9.30am until 5pm. We have loads of flooring in stock at affordable prices - we look forward to seeing you.

Off to a good start - April 2012
2012 has started well and, as planned, we have been reviewing the range of flooring, doors and accessories we display in the showroom. Our laminate and door displays have been updated and we will be reviewing our engineered, solid and door hardware ranges over the next few weeks.

We are really pleased with the suppliers who have decided to make us their preferred stockist in our area. Suppliers include - Parador, Timba, Carlisle Brass, XL Joinery to name a few…

And, we'd like to say a huge thank you to all the local businesses who have recommended us to their customers. This is really appreciated and great for the local economy, the favour will be returned!

Finally, we hope to be adding further information to our website over the next few months, so please keep dropping by.

Busy, busy, busy! - January 2012
We have been very busy over the last few months as everyone prepared for the 'silly season' (house renovation and decoration before Christmas). Thank you to all of you who bought your doors and floors from us.

We would also like to thank everyone for the 'thank you' cards and emails – it is really appreciated. We also made a family decision for Sam (my wife) to leave her job in Human Resources and start working for the Company full time. This wasn't an easy decision as the business is still very new but we thought it was necessary to help us grow. I would like to continue sourcing new products to add to the excellent range we currently have on display.

We plan to review our current showroom displays in the early part of 2012 to ensure that we offer an unprecedented range at affordable prices and we hope to stock over 90% of the range.

A big 'thank you' from us - December 2011
As we approach the end of 2011 we would like to thank everyone who has purchased from us and then recommended us to friends and family – we really do appreciate it.

We are now offering the Timba range to our ever increasing list of excellent suppliers. The showroom is continually being updated with the latest ranges of flooring and doors so it is always worth calling in. We continue to have special offers on certain items and will always try an offer the best price possible. If you cannot see what you are looking for in the showroom please let us know and we will always try to source it for you.

We are stockists of Laura Ashley and Timba Flooring (both exclusive to the North East), Balterio, Parador, Cheetah, Kaindl, Quick Step and many others. Hardware stockists of Fortessa, Marcus, Carlisle Brass and many more.

One year on - July 2011
It is a year since we opened and we can't believe how quickly the time has passed. We would like to thank everyone who has purchased from us and then recommended us to friends and family – we really do appreciate it.

We would like to especially thank those of you who purchased from us in our first few months of trading, when we were unable to take payment because the card machine was not in place. We actually gave all our flooring away in the first few months on goodwill … everyone came back and paid, thank you all so much.

The promising start to our business continued and Neil Howard joined us. Whilst we are not related, I had worked with Neil in the past; he has been with us for 10 months now. Neil strongly shares our belief in giving our customers excellent service and great prices.

The showroom is continually being updated with the latest ranges of flooring and doors so it is always worth calling in. If you can't see what you are looking for in the showroom let us know and we will always try and source it for you.

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