Ten Flooring Mistakes to Avoid

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Avoid these 10 mistakes when shopping for your new floors

Shopping for new floors can be filled with worries that you will make an expensive mistake. Don’t feel alone- this is common! We understand that this is something you have probably never done before, that there are so many choices, and there is so much information to absorb. Here’s a list of our top 10 flooring mistakes to avoid:

1. Choosing floors that don’t fit your lifestyle
There is no universal best type of flooring for everybody, so try not to choose a floor simply because it looks good. Your flooring should fit your lifestyle. Think about whether the room has high amount of traffic, if there are or will be kids or pets in the home, or if you like to host parties frequently. How often you plan to replace your floors or redecorate should also be considered. Be open to products you have not thought of or did not know existed!

2. Hiring a general contractor or handyman rather than a flooring specialist
The argument for the handyman or general contractor is that he can be cheaper.  That should be red flag right there! Generally, someone who is cheaper is cheaper because his or her skill level is lower. Flooring is a very specialized trade and it is very easy for a non-specialist to make a mistake. These mistakes are often costly, like the flooring needs to be completely ripped up and replaced.

Some customers are completely remodeling their kitchen, and they are already working with a general contractor, so hiring more people may seem like more work. These non-specialists can make amateur mistakes, such as gluing when they are supposed to nail, not allowing enough time for wood to acclimate, and taking short cuts.

So, yes, it may be simpler to use a general contractor, but often the results are inferior. You may not even realize it until six months to a year later.

3. Going too trendy
Being current and up to date is good thing, but some trends change- quickly. Make sure you plan for the future. How long will you be in the house? When do you plan to sell, if at all? Make sure you don’t lock yourself into dating your floor (or the entire space). This happens most often with tile. Tile trends and materials come and go and ripping up tile can be very costly.

4. Falling for advertising gimmicks
There are lots of claims that big box stores will make to get customers in the door, like “buy one room, get two free” or “free installation” as examples. These places are set up to attract the price shoppers. Companies that advertise these things are not giving you anything for free. The cost to cover the “two free rooms” is hidden somewhere else in the price of the one room you are paying for, or in the labor charges. This is why it’s important to look at the total cost of the project and not just the cost of a particular line item. It is also good to get more than one estimate and make sure you are comparing apples to apples.

5. Not understanding what you are buying
There are hundreds of different products to choose from which can make picking a new floor a daunting task. You want to make sure you are getting the best quality product for your budget. Learn all you can about different types of flooring- what is the difference between 30 ounce polyester carpet and a 50 ounce nylon carpet? Ask questions! The more you know, the easier it will be to make the choice that’s best for your home.

6. Using the wrong cleaning products
Back in the day, floors used to be waxed. That was before polyurethane was invented and used to protect the floors. There is no need to wax floor anymore, as waxing actually degrades the poly and causes you to refinish the floors sooner. Using a steam mop on your hardwood is also never a good idea, as the moisture and heat can cause the planks to buckle. Use the cleaner that the manufacturer recommends.

7.Choosing based off a small sample
Deciding on the right color and shade of your new floor is very important. You want it to complement your home and create a visually pleasing setting. It is very difficult to get an accurate idea of what a color will look like based on a two-inch sample. Whenever possible, you want to see a larger piece of your carpet, wood, tile, etc. to really see how the color will work with the house.

8. Not accounting for carpet seams
A seam in a carpet is needed when two pieces of carpet have to be laid together. The type of carpet plays a large role in how difficult it is to hide the seams. For example, a berber style is the hardest to hide and a shag is the easiest. Patterned carpets should be given a little more thought in regards to seams, because you want the patterns to match up with each other. Some types of carpet (and vinyl) will require more carpet to be purchased in order to provide the most aesthetically pleasing results, which will add to the cost of the project.

9. Not planning ahead/not allowing enough time for hardwood refinishing
Most homeowners do not realize the amount of time that is involved in installing and refinishing hardwood floors. It may take 3-5 days, sometimes longer, to get the work done. It can then take as long as four days before furniture can be moved in or drop cloths used. Some people also don’t realize that you need to be off the floors the entire time, which often means they need to be away and out of the house, especially if the area to be done includes steps or the pathway to get to the bedrooms.

10. Not checking moisture content
The moisture content needs to be checked before installing hardwoods because moisture can cause wood to swell or warp. If moisture is too high and is caught before installation begins, steps can be taken to correct the issue before the wood is put down.

New flooring is a big investment in your home. Be sure to do your research on the right type of flooring and best contractors to use. Ask questions, check references, and choose who you think will do the best job for you.

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 www.daltoncarpetone.com.

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Home Inspiration: Summer

Five ways to add summer’s brightness to your home

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Hot summer days filled with sunshine and bright blue skies that end with relaxing sunsets are here. A refreshing, cold iced-tea (sweetened, of course) makes for the perfect break in the afternoon. Just thinking about juicy watermelon slices have my mouth watering! From summer fruit to flip-flops, bright colors are everywhere you turn. Why not bring this bright summer feeling into your home? Here are 5 quick and simple ways to go bright in your home this summer!

Window Treatments

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Use bright curtains or shades to dress your windows up for the season. Make it fun and floral! Window treatments can also help protect your room from that blazing summer sun and even keep a room cooler.

Accessories

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One of the simplest ways to add brightness to your décor is with fun accessories. It’s also the safest way to experiment with bright colors since you can easily swap out accessories if they’re not working. This is a great option if you already have a neutral room. From throw blankets to lamps, you’ll find plenty of lively options to embellish your room.

Paint

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Go big, bold, and bright! Pick your favorite vivid color and paint an accent wall in your room. You’ll get maximum impact with minimal investment. You’ll be amazed how far a little bit of paint can go!

Accent Furniture

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If you’re looking for something a little more permanent but not ready to commit to a standout wall, you can add some brightly-colored furnishings. An accent chair, a side table, or a brightly colored sofa can add the excitement you crave this summer.

Floors

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Whether it’s wall to wall bold or a striking accent rug, don’t forget that your floors can be a great place to add color. If you plan on going bright on the floors, remember to keep the rest of the room fairly neutral. An outdoor space is the perfect place to experiment!

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 www.daltoncarpetone.com.

Dalton Carpet One Expands Showroom

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DALTON CARPET ONE CONTINUES TO GROW WITH ATHENS SHOWROOM EXPANSION

ATHENS, Ga., June 16 — Dalton Carpet One, Athens’ best place to purchase flooring and home needs, announces the expansion to their showroom on Atlanta Hwy to include cabinets and kitchen and bath.

The showroom now includes an expanded tile center, cabinets, and countertops from brands such as Daltile, Wellborn, and Emser. Displays by DCO designers include bathrooms, kitchens, a mud room, and even a man cave.

Mike Blanton, President and Owner of Dalton Carpet One, said, “We are so excited about the additional showroom space. Our retailer’s needs are changing, and buyers are looking for various product categories. This expansion allows us to highlight all of our divisions and meet the needs of our customers.”

With a full staff of interior designers and certified installers, home improvement and redecorating projects are always easier at Dalton Carpet One. You’ll find a gorgeous selection of options in our Athens, Ga., showroom including carpet, hardwoods, ceramic or stone tile, luxury vinyl, laminate flooring, area rugs, and now cabinets and countertops. You will always find the strongest warranties, the lowest prices and the highest quality installation at Dalton Carpet One.

ABOUT DALTON CARPET ONE FLOOR & HOME

Dalton Carpet One Floor & Home is a locally owned flooring retailer serving the Athens area.  They are part of North America’s leading floor covering co-op. Their showroom is known for carrying a broad selection of beautiful carpet, wood, laminate, ceramic tile, vinyl, and area rugs including exclusive brands like Bigelow and Lees. They offer a unique customer experience with the exclusive SelectAFloor merchandising system that simplifies the shopping experience and The Beautiful GuaranteeTM, which guarantees that the customer will be 100% happy with their floor. For more information visit http://www.daltoncarpetone.com/

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Are you looking to renovate or update your space with cabinets and/or countertops? We would love to take part in your project! We can work on your bathroom, kitchen, closet, mud room, laundry room, or anywhere you may need cabinets! Fill out this questionnaire and one of our representatives will reach out to you at their earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you soon! 

Floor Coverings for Commercial Use

Great floor covering options for your business

Flooring may not be the top aspect people consider when designing a new commercial space, but it is actually quite an essential design element to consider. Attractive, durable flooring is essential for establishing and sustaining a professional environment. Below are a few options you may want to consider when designing or redesigning your business.

Carpet Tile

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Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel — Murphy, N.C.

Carpet is a great commercial flooring selection, mainly because of the noise insulation it provides. It can also help to soften a room, giving it a warmer and more inviting feel. Many businesses worry about being able to maintain and keep carpet clean due to spills that cause stains. Carpet tiles offer the flexibility of replacing one tile at a time in case of a stain or tear.

Rubber

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Chico’s — Winder, Ga.

Rubber flooring is perfect for the office as it is both durable and sustainable, which makes it an excellent choice for high-traffic areas. Rubber flooring provides a high level of walking comfort and doesn’t strain joints as much as a harder surface might. In addition, rubber flooring is extremely resistant to stains and easy to clean and maintain.

Hardwood

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Crate & Barrel — Alpharetta, Ga.

Hardwood flooring is not only aesthetically pleasing, but durable as well. It is a great long-term flooring option that will give your business a classic and professional look. Hardwood floors are also easy to clean and maintain. They are not naturally resistant to moisture, but pre-finished hardwood options seal out any moisture, allowing your floors to last for years.

There are many other options, but these are our favorites. Our commercial division would be happy to discuss the various other options we have available. Our very own commercial floors can be found all over the nation in government, higher education, health care, multi-family, hospitality, and many other types of buildings. Visit our Commercial Flooring division website here: www.dcocf.com

Tile Application: Your Bathroom

What is the best tile for your bathroom?

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Your bathroom has to stand up to wet conditions, frequent cleaning, and still look good while doing it. Not only does a fully tiled bathroom make it more water-resistant, it is a stunning design statement as well. How do you know what tile to choose for this application?

First, let’s go through basic terms that are important in choosing your bathroom tile.
The following water-proof ratings were developed by The American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The tests to get these ratings consists of first boiling the tile for five hours then immersing the tile in cold water for another 24 hours and then measuring its gain in weight from the original dry state. The amount of absorption is stated as a percent of change from the dry weight.

Non-vitreous
Water absorption of more than 7.0% by volume. These tiles are mainly used in dry areas of the house.

Semi-vitreous
Water absorption of more than 3.0%, but not more than 7.0%. A semi-vitreous tile is less porous than a non-vitreous tile.

Vitreous
Water absorption of more than 0.5%, but not more than 3.0%. A vitreous tile is less porous than a semi-vitreous tile because more of the tiny spaces between clay particles have been filled with glass.

Impervious
Water absorption of 0.5% or less. An impervious tile is the least porous — in fact, it is essentially waterproof — but instead of calling it super-vitreous or waterproof, the creators of the test settled on impervious. It is sometimes referred to as porcelain.

Coefficient of friction
For floor tile, this Coefficient of Friction (COF) ranking is important. The test establishes how much force is required to move an object across the face of the tile, dry or wet. It tells you how resistant a tile is to slipping.

For safety in wet areas or in flooring applications where accessibility is a concern, look for a tile with a high coefficient of friction. This property is measured on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the most slip-resistant, or just “wet” or “dry.”

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Want the look of wood but the durability of tile? Check our last post: Wood Grain Tile

Now how do these apply to your bathroom application?


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Walls

Tiles for your bathroom walls do not need to have a very high coefficient of friction. It really doesn’t matter how slip-resistant they are! Walls only get wet on occasion, so the tiles used on the walls can be non-vitreous to semi-vitreous. A personal favorite of mine is subway tile- it goes with everything!

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The tiles you use on your floor need to have a dry coefficient of friction, meaning you won’t slip and fall while hopping out of your shower. These tiles should be semi-vitreous to vitreous, holding in little to no water, as it is possible to experience constant or standing water. 

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The driest and lowest water absorption tiles need to be placed in your shower. I’d say vitreous to impervious, though impervious tiles aren’t completely necessary. They can be more expensive and will outlast your house, you, your children, your grandchildren, and beyond. No need for that, don’t you think? Those tiles can be saved for an outdoor application! Stick with vitreous tile and your wallet will thank you!

Still not sure what tile to use? We can help! Our staff of interior designers and tile specialists would be glad to assist in choosing the right tile for your bathroom (or any application!). Our new Tile Center will be opening at the end of this month, but don’t wait until then to come see us 🙂

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 www.daltoncarpetone.com.