Trending: Wood Grain Tile

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The look of wood with the durability of tile

Tile flooring that has the appearance of wood is rapidly earning a reputation for its greater durability versus its natural counterpart. Wood grain tile flooring products are designed with a focus on performance and durability, which makes them perfect for any room in commercial or residential projects. Some disadvantages to wood are that it can get scratched and dinged easily, and it also must be protected from contact with water. One of the best features of wood grain tile is that you can install these tiles where real wood isn’t recommended, like kitchens, bathrooms, and other wet areas. Tile is easier to clean and maintain than real hardwood, and thanks to refined manufacturing techniques they are durable enough for long-lasting enjoyment.

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Details that make for a great overall look

Thanks to advancements in technology and manufacturing processes, wood grain tile flooring offers a lot of design possibilities with a wide range of colors in a spectrum of styles, from hand-scraped rustic to smooth and distinguished, that is loved by designers and homeowners. Textures and colors range from natural, earthy tones to colors that many homeowners would never dream of staining in hardwoods, such as washed-out whites and light grays. These colors have become increasingly widespread, especially in contemporary homes with open, light-filled spaces that bring out the tile’s visual wood-grain texture. Many of these products look so real that to the naked eye that it is nearly impossible to know what you’re seeing is not real wood.

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A style for every taste

There is a massive selection of wood grain tile that meets just about all needs. Whether contemporary, rural, traditional, or modern, wood grain tile can fulfill your most creative designs. When style is combined with the wide range of available colors and sizes, the design opportunities are almost endless. Be sure to get creative with patterns! Wood grain tile can be laid with a herringbone effect or with a plank effect instead of the simple straight-lay pattern where the grout lines all line up. You can also find wood grain tile in styles like reclaimed wood, painted wood, and even cross grain. These textures are just the beginning of what we will see in the future for tile.

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At Dalton Carpet One, we have a broad selection of wood like tile from brands like Daltile, Esmer, and others. Wood grain tile flooring products come in a variety of colors, each carefully chosen to mimic the hues and textures of real wood. There is a multitude of sizes as well, with some of our largest planks stretching a few feet in length. No matter what your needs, we’re sure you’ll find the right size and color combination to make your project a success.

For more information on Dalton Carpet One, stop by the showroom at 3690 Atlanta Highway, Suite 108 in Athens, Ga., call 706.353.0547 or visit

Carpet vs Hardwood

Which is better for your space?

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New flooring can bring back the life to a space by adding a clean new glow with warm colors, glossy finishes, and a uniform appearance without stains, wear marks, or other ugly spots old floors may have.

When you are recovering the floor in a space of your home, there are many decisions that to be made. Not only do you need to decide where to buy the flooring, but you also have to decide if you will do the work yourself, how high the quality of flooring you should purchase, and the color and style. Hardwood and carpet are the ultimate favorites of homeowners because of their favorable characteristics. Choosing between the two can be tough because they do each have their perks.

In this article, we want to help decide if you want to use carpet or hardwood. This can be a tough decision as each floor covering brings with it different benefits and challenges. We think that depending on your space and what you want to do with it, we will help you make the best decision for your home.



Carpet has been a floor covering option since the late 18th century. If you choose the right colors, carpet can look great and timeless. There have been some great advancements in technology recently that makes modern day carpeting much more attractive than some of its predecessors. Materials such as advanced nylons, special coatings, and even advanced polymers made to resist stains completely make modern day carpeting surprisingly easy to care for.

The biggest benefit of carpeting is going to be the warmth and softness. If you want to walk on soft and padded floor, then carpet is a better choice for you. This is ideal for bedrooms and living room areas where comfort and relaxation are sought. The cold surface of hardwood won’t shock your feet in the winter if you have carpet flooring, which will feel like blanket to your feet. Due to the padding and pile, nothing is going to make you want to snuggle up on the floor like brand new carpet.

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Hardwood has been used in homes ever since houses were built. It is a widely available natural resource and there isn’t much to the process of producing it into flooring.

Hardwood floors are available in different grains, colors, sizes, and finishes. Hardwood is easy to clean, durable, and mostly hypoallergenic. If properly cared for, hardwood can be expected to last 100 years or more, making it a nearly permanent feature for your home. Hardwood can be a little more expensive than carpeting, but it is considered a great investment given how long it may be in your home. The biggest benefit of hardwood flooring is its timeless beauty and elegant feel, helping the space feel more sophisticated.

Weighing the pros and cons

Carpet may seem cheaper than hardwood, but carpet has a shorter life and will need to be replaced every few years. Modern day carpets can be expected to last for 5 to 10 years and some luxury carpets may last up to 20 years- it all depends on traffic and how well it is cared for. If properly maintained, hardwood flooring can be expected to last a lifetime or even more, making it a better investment in the long run. Simply refinishing the hardwood if it’s damaged or stained will make it look good as new.

Hardwood is more sensitive to noise and tends to creak, so people downstairs can hear footsteps from the upper level. Carpet is padded and insulated so sounds don’t travel very far. Because it of the padding, children can enjoy kneeling and getting down on a carpeted floor because of its soft cushions. They also are less likely to hurt themselves if they fall onto carpeted flooring.

Traditionally, carpeting is used in rooms like bedrooms and family rooms while hardwood is used in entryways, kitchens, and dining rooms. If you are looking to make your room feel more refined, easy to clean, and you don’t mind spending a little more now for a greater return in the long run, hardwood flooring is the ideal option. If you are looking for a warm cozy-feeling room with less upfront cost, then carpeting is your best option.

What have you decided?

Hardwood and carpet both have their pros and cons, and it is really a matter of preference when it comes to deciding which one to install. If it’s cushioning you want from carpet but prefer the beauty of hardwood, a quick solution would be placing soft area rugs in high traffic areas on the hardwood floor so you still get the best of both worlds.

Carpet and hardwood can do much more than cover your floors. It can be the foundation of a decorating plan, inspiring other ideas. Or, it can be selected to complement existing walls and furnishings. Above all, the floor covering you choose should reflect your personality and bring comfort to your home.

For more information on Dalton Carpet One, stop by the showroom at 3690 Atlanta Highway, Suite 108 in Athens, Ga., call 706.353.0547 or visit

National Karastan Month

Live Beautifully with luxurious Karastan carpet and rugs, up to 20% off until June 7th
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Karastan is proud of its past—the rugs and carpets they designed and the processes they invented. Karastan has always taken flooring in bold new directions. The superior talents of their forefathers are forever entwined in the brand, as is their innovative spirit, vision, and passion. Still, this is only the beginning of their story. Karastan’s history is in the making. They are always moving ahead with new ideas, new colors, new fibers, and new techniques to make your home a beautiful—and more personal—place in which to live.


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Karastan first started producing broadloom carpets in the 1930’s. Not only did they play a big part in introducing American households to the very concept of walking in comfort, they provided the impetus for mass appeal by introducing yet another innovation in 1948: the Kara-Loc® method of weaving.


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They have been rug innovators since 1928, the year American retailer and textile manufacturer Marshall Field built a loom capable of recreating the detailed craftsmanship of a hand-woven rug. From the moment the first Karastan came off the loom (2:02 p.m., April 8, 1928), their name became synonymous with elegant machine-made rugs that rivaled their handmade counterparts.

Fill your home with the quality, craftsmanship, and design of Karastan carpets and rugs. You can save up to 20% on Karastan carpet and 10% on Karastan rugs right now until June 7 at Dalton Carpet One.

For more information on Dalton Carpet One, stop by the showroom at 3690 Atlanta Highway, Suite 108 in Athens, Ga., call 706.353.0547 or visit

Home Inspiration: Cinco de Mayo

Decorate your home with some Mexican flair


Cinco de Mayo is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. In America, we celebrate by eating Mexican food, drinking margaritas, and attempting to speak Spanish.

At Dalton Carpet One, Cinco de Mayo brings ideas of Mexican interior decorating. Mexican will always be a great inspiration if you want to have a colorful result. It shows a great energy as well as a good vibe.

Bright Colors

Bright pink, bright blue, bright yellow- all remind me of the Mexican culture. In Mexico, whole buildings will be painted with bright colors and it can be stunning, yet also a bit too much.

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Add bright colors with festive patterns to your home with an area rug, throw pillow, accent piece, or blanket. This is a great way to add this pop of brightness without overwhelming the space.


Mexican Tiles

From orange/brown Saltillo Tiles to colorful blue and green patterned tiles, this is a common trend among Mexican homes. Lay your kitchen with these huge Saltillo tiles adds warmth to the home. It is rustic, yet luxurious.

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Add a splash of color with these Talavera tiles. They can be used in the bathroom, kitchen, entryway, or any room in the house, really! They come in so many beautiful colors and patterns; you won’t know which to choose.

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Florals can be found in tile, textiles, pottery, and even furniture in a traditional Mexican home. Of course, these flowers are bright pink, red, and yellow. Mexican flair can be added with a piece of pottery with bright flowers painted on it, an accent piece of furniture, or a blanket with floral embroidery. The take away here is bright and bold- add these elements and you have achieved traditional Mexican décor!
Now it’s time for chips, queso, and a margarita. Ole!