Quick Checklist for Choosing Carpet

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With today’s advanced flooring technologies, carpet is softer, stronger, and more stain-resistant than ever before. Carpet comes in a variety of colors, patterns, and styles and is a key design element for your room remodel.

Since carpeting is one of the largest investments you’ll make for your home, doing some basic research, comparing, shopping, and working with one of our reputable sales people, will all help you buy carpeting that fits your needs. It will also give you confidence that you’re getting a quality product for a good price. There are two simple steps to take when purchasing carpet:

#1: Check the fiber

Carpet is made using four main types of fiber: nylon, Triexta, polyester, and wool. Each has advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the right fiber type for your home and lifestyle will determine the performance you receive from your new carpet.

Nylon 

Nylon outperforms all other fibers in durability, resilience and easy maintenance. This is a good choice if you want your carpet to last a decade or longer, for high-traffic areas, and in homes with kids and pets. Besides stain resistance, there are other reasons why nylon fiber has the largest market share of the man-made fibers. Nylon carpet comes in a wide variety of colors and styles. It is very resilient. This means that when you walk on it, the fibers “bounce back”. Nylon is tough- it wears well. Besides resisting stains, it cleans easily. It has low static levels. You can use it in any type of home and anywhere in the home — low traffic rooms, high traffic areas, budget homes, fancy homes.

Triexta 

Trietxa is a newly classified fiber derived partly from corn sugar. It has excellent, permanent anti-stain properties (nylon must be treated with stain protectors over its life span). It also has good resilience, but it’s too soon to tell whether it will match the durability of nylon in high-traffic areas. Because of its superior stain resistance, this is a good choice if you have young kids or pets. It is available in a huge range of colors and styles. And it is as resilient as nylon fiber while generally lower priced.

Polyester 

Polyester (or PET) has a great “green” story. Most of the polyester used in carpets is made from recycled bottles. In fact, billions of bottles each year are diverted from landfills, melted, and turned into carpet fiber! Polyester is stain resistant, very soft and luxurious underfoot, and is available in deep and vibrant colors. However it’s harder to clean, tends to shed and isn’t as durable as nylon. It’s best used in low-traffic areas (like bedrooms) and in households without kids or pets. A nice, cushy choice if you like to exercise on the carpet. Polyester carpet fiber has a few drawbacks. It does not have the same resilience as nylon. Once badly crushed, it will not “bounce back” like nylon.

Wool

Wool, used in rugs for centuries, is the only natural fiber used in wall-to-wall carpeting today. It is the fiber to which all the others are compared. Wool is soft and luxurious, it wears and cleans well, and its fiber structure hides dirt. It also comes in a wide variety of styles and colors and is hypo-allergenic. Wool is scarce and therefore can be expensive. It is common to see wool blended with other fibers, such as nylon or acrylic, so that you still get the characteristics of a wool carpet with a lower cost. Unfortunately, though it can cost more, wool stains easily. It also must be made in heavier weights as compared to the synthetic fibers to wear equally as well.

#2: Check the style

Level Loop

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Loop carpet consists of yarns that are looped and uncut on the carpet surface. The pile height can vary from low, tightly constructed to a more luxurious high-level pile. Loop carpet has strength and inherent soil-hiding capabilities. Its shadings also resist traffic patterns, while making colors appear rich. This carpet type is ideal for heavy traffic areas.

Pattern

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A combination of high cut tufts and lower loops create a variety of sculpted patterns. Patterned carpet is often tough and durable, offering good performance in areas that see a lot of activity. Patterned carpet also adds a dimension of texture within a room and hides traffic patterns.

Frieze

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Friezes are often called ‘Twists’ and include Shags and Cables; which are extreme versions of a Frieze. Highly twisted yarns give frieze carpets a contemporary look and make them a smart choice for any active part of your home. Best of all, they’re less likely to show vacuum marks or footprints than other cut pile styles

Plush

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Plush carpet is sometimes called velvet because of the velvet or velour appearance usually obtained by using high-density construction. This type of carpet provides a more formal appearance than other cut pile constructions. A plush carpet has a dense, deep pile. They are subject to revealing vacuum cleaner sweeper marks and footprints due to light reflection. Delustred (non-shiny) yarns may reduce this shade variation.

Texture

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Textured cut piles also may be called “trackless” or “foot-print free”. These names describe the tendency of this construction to show fewer footprints and sweeper marks than other cut pile constructions. These constructions are obtained by a kinked or curled yarn. This curling of the fiber reduces light reflectance, thus reducing the appearance of footprints.

Trends for 2017

Large Format Tile

Tile in larger formats, ranging from 16 x 16 to 36 x 24, will be increasingly popular in 2017. This format will be found in all rooms of the home, and commercial sites, on the floor as well as on the wall.

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Emser: Crystal

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Vinyl Plank Flooring

Vinyl flooring has developed into an optimal choice for flooring with its incredible ability to mimic wood, stone, and tile. It can be used in just about any application, even in the bathroom or kitchen, due to the waterproof nature of the material.

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COREtec LVP

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Multi-tonal Carpet

Carpet with a heathered look is a smooth way to incorporate colors into the room without being too bold. This is great for those who want to add dimension and texture while remaining timeless.

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Stanton: Abbey Hill Antique

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Bold Patterns

For those who are living on the edge, bold patterns are always a great option. Patterned carpet will be found in many homes this year, with bold tile patterns taking the lead.

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Stanton: Alpha Dusk
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Cementine Tile

Contrasting Cabinets

Why use a single color on your cabinets when you can utilize two? Two-toned cabinets have popped up, using one color for the bottom cabinets and a different one up top, or using one for the cabinets and another for the island. This look is a great way to incorporate both of the colors you cannot choose from.

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Wellborn Cabinets

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Smart, Organized Cabinets

Thanks to our cabinet line, Wellborn Cabinets, there are SO many ways you can customize your cabinets to meet your needs. Anything from corner drawers, pull outs, hidden cutting boards, the possibilities are endless.

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Wellborn Cabinets: Drawer with Hidden Cutting Board
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Wellborn Cabinets: Corner Drawers
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Wellborn Cabinets: Baking Sheet Storage
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Wellborn Cabinets: Pot and Lid Organizer

 

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Wellborn Cabinets: Cooking Utensil Organizer

 

Featured Flooring: COREtec Luxury Vinyl

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COREtec: Natural looks and premium comfort for any room in the home

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Luxury vinyl flooring is certainly one of the best-performing flooring options for any home setting. It offers a combination of style, performance, and comfort that you simply cannot get with anything else. But, not all luxury vinyl options are created equal. In fact, one option seems to stand tall above the rest: COREtec. COREtec offers enough natural style, performance, and comfort for any area in your home!

Style

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COREtec is specially-engineered to look exactly like real wood or stone flooring. In fact, these looks are all so authentic that it’s often difficult to determine whether or not a new COREtec floor is actually hardwood or stone! Also, most COREtec flooring options, including COREtec Plus and COREtec Plus HD, feature embossed-in-register technology for real-life surface textures.

Performance

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Performance is really what sets COREtec apart from other flooring options. Every COREtec floor has COREtec’s unique core structure, which is made from recycled wood, bamboo dust, limestone, and virgin PVC. With this core structure, COREtec floors are extremely strong and stable so they can handle heavy foot traffic and other potential impacts much better than hardwood, laminate, and other hard surfaces.

In addition, because of the core structure, COREtec is 100% waterproof! Any spills can simply be wiped from the surface without any long-term consequences. Moreover, the COREtec planks will never expand or contract under moist or humid conditions; therefore, COREtec is suitable for below, on, and above ground settings, including kitchens, bathrooms, and basements.

Comfort

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Every COREtec floor (with the exception of COREtec One) includes an attached cork underlayment. Cork is flexible compared to wood and stone, and it also remains warm to the touch regardless of environmental conditions. Given this cork construction, the cork underlayment; therefore, provides COREtec with extra softness and warmth, so COREtec is rather comfortable underfoot. The cork underlayment also resists mold and mildew, so it helps keep COREtec healthy enough for any home setting.

To learn more about everything COREtec has to offer, be sure to visit Dalton Carpet One Floor & Home in Athens, GA.

Buying Guide: Tile

BUYING GUIDE: TILE

The many shapes, sizes, colors and textures of ceramic tile make it easy to create custom, one-of-a-kind patterns. Cost varies widely, and you’ll find tile priced anywhere from $1 to $100 per square foot. Complimentary decorative trim pieces and mosaic inlays quickly raise the total price of a tile installation. Expect to pay experienced tile-setters $4 to $12 per square foot.

Ceramic tile is made from a mixture of clay and shale that is baked and hardened in a kiln. Dry pigments added to the mixture gives the tiles earthy tones that range from ocher to deep red. Be sure to purchase tile that is only rated for use on floors.

Ceramic flooring tile comes as one of four basic types:

  • Glazed ceramic has a glass-like coating that is applied prior to firing. The coating gives the tile an unlimited variety of colors and textures and makes the material virtually maintenance-free.
  • Quarry tile is unglazed ceramic tile. Colors come from pigments added to the clay mixture. Quarry tile has a slightly rough texture that provides better slip-resistance than glazed tile.
  • Porcelain tile is fired at extremely high temperatures. The result is a tile that’s especially hard and durable. Porcelain tile is resistant to staining and is a good choice for exterior applications. It’s available either glazed or unglazed.
  • Terracotta is an unglazed tile with earthy colors and rustic appearance. It is not as durable as other tiles and must be sealed periodically to prevent staining.

Some ceramic floor tiles come with an anti-slip finish that provides excellent traction even when wet. Choose tiles that meet the slip-resistance standards of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Pros: This classic material tends to resist wear, moisture, scratches, dents, and stains.

Cons: Tiles can crack and some grout can stain. Dropped cups and dishes break more easily. Tile is also relatively expensive and hard to install. While some can now be floated without the usual cement and grout, that makes replacing cracked tiles more of a challenge.
Waterproof – so it’s good for use in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements

  • Low-maintenance
  • Natural stone tile increases a home’s value for improved resale
  • Natural stone tile offers consistent color throughout the tile, not just on the surface
  • New styles, colors, and textures, like wood-look tile, make it an attractive option for every room
  • Relatively easy repair – only replace damaged pieces, not the entire floor
  • Easy installation

Best Floor for Pets

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When building a new home or remodeling an existing home, flooring choices are everything. With pets present, this becomes even more important, because pets are just as hard, if not harder, than people on flooring surfaces. What are the best flooring choices for pets in the home?

Vinyl

Vinyl flooring is a popular flooring option for families with pets. Luxury vinyl and vinyl sheet are highly durable, long-lasting, and resistant to moisture, scratches, and dents. They are also easy to maintain. And here’s another benefit of vinyl: it softens the sound of your pet’s nails when they walk across the floor.

Earthscapes

The unique construction of Earthscapes™ Vinyl Flooring provides a comfortable and long-lasting choice for carefree everyday living. With beautiful designs and textures that so closely mimic hardwood, tile, and stone, we promise you’ll be tempted to reach out and feel these floors.

LVT/LVP

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The breakthrough new flooring – giving you waterproof protection, tough as nails durability and high-end, handcrafted designer looks. Backed with a warranty that includes LIFETIME coverage for wear, fade, stain, gauges, dents, water and more – Invincible™ H2O™ Luxury Vinyl offers the ultimate peace of mind. Carpet One Floor & Home’s premier luxury vinyl tile collection, Invincible™ LVT features cutting edge technology to give you a floor that is so realistic, yet is super tough and virtually care-free. This means no expensive or time-consuming maintenance for you!

Laminate

Laminate for LIFE

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Laminate is an excellent choice if you have a pet who has the run of the house. The easiest care, lowest maintenance flooring available – you get the luxurious great look of authentic hardwood or tile but you also get to keep your life easy – with the maintenance or hassle of the real thing. Not only will you have a beautiful floor – but you’ll you more time to enjoy it. Why spend another minute on tedious maintenance?

Hardwood

Hardwood flooring and pets aren’t typically a marriage made in flooring heaven. If your pet creates any spills or puddles on your hardwood floor, you have to mop them up immediately because the boards can stain and warp from moisture. Pet nails and toys can also wreak havoc on a hardwood floor.

Invincible Hardwood Collection

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Utilizing the most advanced milling and finishing techniques, the Invincible™ Hardwood Collection brings authentic distinction of hardwood flooring to your home in a product designed to withstand years of use. Intensity Surface Shield™ is engineered with multiple layers of aluminum oxide infused with nano-particles offering the strongest resistance to scratches, scuffs, and wear.

Carpet

When it comes to pets, carpet is likely the worst flooring choice one can make, simply because it is easily damaged by pets. Even normal wear and tear on carpet in a pet-free home happens faster than with other flooring options. If carpet is the only choice because it is the most cost-effective option for home flooring, the best thing to do is choose a carpet without loops as pet nails can snag on the loops and cause the carpet to wear faster.

Relax It’s…Lees

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Lees® is the toughest carpet, offering both stain resistance and style. It repels spills to make cleanup quick and easy. So it stands up to everyday life – the parties, spills, messes, even new puppies – while ensuring a beautiful-looking carpet for years to come. Only Lees® combines the product performance technologies, after-sale assurance and historical track record that allow you to relax know that you’ve made the best purchase for you and your family.

Bigelow Stainmaster

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One of America’s premier carpet brands, Bigelow Stainmaster offers the assurance of Bigelow’s long-standing reputation for quality and Stainmaster’s trusted stain-protection technology. Together, this carpet provides you with the best possible choices for your home.

Tigressa H2O

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From kids to pets, life can be tough on your floors. Tigressá® H2O™ is the revolutionary new carpet offering waterproof construction, that prevents liquids from soaking into the carpet padding and subfloor. Perfect for young, active families, Tigressá® H2O™ carpet is exceptionally durable and easy to clean.

Smart Strand Forever Clean by Mohawk

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The most durable, easiest-to-clean carpet on the planet just got better. SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet now features All Pet Protection and Warranty, the only pet-friendly carpet protection system that covers all pets, all accidents, all the time. Now SmartStrand is an even smarter choice for pets and pet owners.

  • 0% moisture absorption to reduce pet odors in the carpet fiber
  • Nanoloc™ spill and soil shield for quick and easy cleanup
  • 3X easier to clean dirt, hair, and pet dander
  • Lifetime, built-in stain protection

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While budget and ease of installation will be factors impacting the flooring decisions of a home, taking the time to consider the best flooring options for pets beforehand may save money in repairs and frustration in the long run. Cutting corners on flooring to save money is not a good choice if the flooring needs to be replaced in a few months or even a year due to the wear and tear from the pets.

Buying Guide: Vinyl

BUYING GUIDE: VINYL

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Vinyl tiles and sheet goods are called resilient flooring — they’re flexible and slightly soft underfoot. They’re tough, durable and virtually maintenance-free. Vinyl comes in an array of colors and patterns at relatively modest cost. Although you’ll pay as little as $1 per square foot, there are fewer style options among the less-expensive types.

Vinyl products are backed with a layer of felt. Cushioned vinyl is backed with a thin layer of foam that offers an extra measure of comfort and safety. In general, a thicker vinyl surface means better quality and higher price. Thicker vinyl can have a textured surface that looks like real stone and wood.

Vinyl flooring has a wear layer on its upper surface that helps resist stains and scratches. The best vinyl products provide warranties on the wear layer of as much as 15 years, and you can expect good-quality vinyl to last 20 years.
Pros: Especially good at fending off wear, dents, scratches, discoloration from sunlight, and stains. Easy installation, particularly for tiles or planks, and more color and design choices are available these days.

Cons: While the premium brands can mimic the look of stone, tile, and even oak, even the best products still look like vinyl up close. Top-of-the-line vinyl can cost as much or more than the best solid hardwood and laminate floors.

Waterproof vs. Water Resistant

Knowing the difference can save  your floors

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It doesn’t seem like there is much of a difference, but there is. Waterproof means that it can withstand any amount of water, from a small spill to a flood, and be just fine. Water resistant means that it can take on a little water for a short time. Anything after that will more than likely cause damage.

Many types of vinyl flooring are waterproof and/or highly water resistant. Laminate, on the other hand, is made out of recycled hardwood, so it is not waterproof.  Due to its melamine wear layer, it has a tough finish, which resists scratches and may have minor protection against a small amount of water. But, like hardwood, laminate does not do well with standing water or high humidity, regardless of whether this water is topical (on top) or seeping into the subfloor from below. If laminate floors become really wet, they will get ruined and buckle.

Water resistance in flooring means that the particular element of flooring has been designed to withstand water better than it normally would. With hard surfaces, most flooring is designed to be able to have some water on top for a while before it will soak through, giving you time to take care of the spill before it can affect the floor. Just about every laminate product claims this. The aluminum oxide coating most of them have is pretty much waterproof, but the seams or gaps between planks, aren’t, so the floor isn’t. In those gaps, you usually have an exposed core, and may eventually soak in water.

So, laminate flooring is NOT waterproof.  There is a common misperception out there that laminate is waterproof, and I believe this is due to the fact that many customers mistakenly confuse vinyl and laminate flooring.

If you feel that hardwood is not a good option for an area due to water or humidity, it is also a good idea to avoid laminate.

Laminate warranties usually do not apply to water damage, including but not limited to water damage caused by flooding, standing water (water that remains on the floor longer than 30 minutes), leaking pipes, mechanical failures, appliance leaks, or pet urine. be aware of what you are getting yourself into before purchasing!

BONUS: Scratch Proof vs. Scratch Resistant

The terms scratch proof and scratch resistant are different by definition, but used synonymously by manufacturers to promote their products. Scratch proof, if taken literally, would mean that the product is able to withstand any kind of abrasion and not bear any scratches. Scratch resistant, on the other hand essentially means that the product is able to withstand minor scratches. Scratch proof, therefore, stands for more durability than scratch resistant products.