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.

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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.

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.

Bare Feet Wanted

Featured Product: Schluter DITRA-HEAT

ditra-heat-1Now that it’s getting cold, wouldn’t it be soo nice to wake up, go to the bathroom, and have warm floors touching your bare feet? At Dalton Carpet One, we have installers who specialize in warming up your tile. There’s even a thermostat to adjust the temperature to your liking. Add a touch of luxury and comfort to your home with Schluter Systems DITRA-HEAT.

“Schluter®-DITRA-HEAT incorporates customizable electric floor warming with the functions associated with DITRA: uncoupling, waterproofing, vapor management, and support to ensure a long lasting installation.

  • The stud structure of DITRA-HEAT is specifically designed to allow for the easy installation of DITRA-HEAT-E-HK heating cables
  • Nominal 1/4″ (5.5 mm) thickness minimizes tile assembly thickness and reduces transitions to lower surface coverings
  • Self-leveling compounds are not required to encapsulate the cables into the membrane
  • Available by the roll or by the sheet to accommodate various room sizes
  • Quick and easy to install and few tools are required
  • U.S. Pat. No. 8,950,141, and U.S. DES. PAT. No. D706459 / Canada Ⓓ Schluter Systems L.P. and other patents pending

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Floor Warming

DITRA-HEAT combines the flexibility of loose heating cables with the ease of installation of mat systems. Cables can be placed wherever heat is desired, without creating height differences in the floor. Self-leveling compounds are not required to encapsulate the cables, significantly reducing installation time and effort.

Uncoupling

Tile has been successfully installed for thousands of years by incorporating an uncoupling layer, or forgiving shear interface, within the tile assembly. DITRA-HEAT provides uncoupling through its geometric configuration, which allows for in-plane movement that effectively neutralizes the differential movement stresses between the substrate and the tile, thus eliminating the major cause of cracking and delaminating of the tiled surface.

Waterproofing

DITRA-HEAT provides reliable waterproofing. Its polypropylene composition protects the substrate from moisture penetration, which is particularly important in today’s building environment where most substrates are moisture-sensitive.

Vapor Management

The free space on the underside of DITRA-HEAT provides a route for excess moisture and vapor to escape from the substrate that could otherwise cause damage to the tile covering above. Thus, DITRA-HEAT effectively manages moisture beneath the tile covering.

Support/load distribution

When placed on a solid foundation, columns or pillars can support tremendous loads. The same physical principle applies to DITRA-HEAT installations. Column-like mortar structures are formed in and between the studs on the surface of the matting. Loads are transferred from the tile covering through these column-like mortar structures to the substrate. Since DITRA-HEAT is virtually incompressible within the tile assembly, the advantages of uncoupling are achieved without sacrificing point load distribution capabilities.”
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Content adapted from SchluterSystems.com

Buying Guide: Carpet

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Carpet is one of the most versatile of all floor covering options, featuring more colors and textures than any other type of flooring. When judging carpet quality, a simple rule of thumb is to ask about the density of the fibers used to make the carpet. The more fibers per square inch, the more durable the carpet.

Most carpet is made by pulling the fibers through a woven backing, then additional layers of backing are glued on to provide strength and thickness. Carpet pad adds cushioning and helps prolong the life of the carpet. Indoor/outdoor carpeting withstands weather and usually is installed without a pad.

Wool carpet is the standard of quality. It’s naturally durable and resistant to moisture and stains, and it’s considered to have the best feel against hands and bare feet. With the exception of wool, most carpets are made of synthetic fibers. Various types include the following:

  • Nylon – exceptionally strong and resistant to wear. Make sure the carpet you buy is treated to reduce static electricity
  • Acrylic – has physical properties that approximate wool. It resists wear, crushing, and mildew, and it’s inhospitable for insects
  • Polyester – produces bright colors and is highly resistant to moisture, but stains can be difficult to remove
  • Polypropylene olefin – used for indoor/outdoor carpeting. It’s extremely resistant to stains, moisture, and mildew

Some of the benefits of carpet include:

  • Soundproofing qualities make it the quietest flooring choice
  • Insulation properties may lower energy bills
  • Comfortable for bare feet and creating that cozy, right-at-home feeling
  • Cushions a fall with toddlers or seniors
  • Creates style flexibility courtesy of countless colors, styles, and piles
  • Affordable
  • Covers uneven subfloors and adjusts to uneven walls easily