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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

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DCO Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are here!

Which of course now means you are graced with the joys gift-giving. This can be stressful, so we at Dalton Carpet One have made it easy for you this season. As always, we got you covered.

New Hardware for your Cabinets $

20161130_155459Hardware can change the look of your entire space. These small details aren’t something that many think they would notice, but once the project is complete, you have a refreshed look that won’t break the bank.

Dalton Carpet-7913Stair Runner $$

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The entrance to your home is the first impression. Make a significant impact with your foyer’s appearance, as well as with your spouse, with little effort.

Area Rug $$

20161130_1543521Add some coziness to your living space, bedroom, or even dining area. The warmth of a new area rug can make a dramatic difference. The fact that you can change them out with the seasons is also a plus.

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Carpet for your bedrooms $$

20161130_155847The carpet in your bedroom hasn’t been changed in years. It’s worn, starting to peel up, and wasn’t any good from the start. Upgrade to incredibly soft, incredibly durable carpet. BONUS: use one of our super cushioned carpet padding for a luxurious feel beneath your feet. You’ll never wear shoes in your room again.

room_41312Hardwood for your living room $$$

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Give the gift that is classic, timeless, and rich. Hardwood has been the choice for living spaces for as long as floors have been around.
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Tile for your kitchen and bathrooms $$$

20161130_155746Impress your spouse with removing that hideous pink tile that still covers the walls of your shower-tub and replace it with one of our many options. While you’re at it, replace the floors with a superb slip-resistant tile that will make the neighbors jealous. Oh, don’t forget about the backsplash in the kitchen! This is another great way to make a huge impact without redoing the entire space. BONUS: add a heating unit for your floors. We have Schluter DITRA-HEAT you can try for yourself in store.

dp_bruce-rosenblum-transitional-round-bathroom_s4x3-jpg-rend-hgtvcom-616-462Window treatments $$$

20161130_160048Still stuck with those cheap plastic blinds that your cat has clawed through? Time for an upgrade! We have beautiful shades and blinds that are remote-controlled. Yes, it’s true. Lazy or luxury? I’ll let you be the judge. Test them out in store today!

skandia-110Countertops $$$$

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Granite, quartz, or whatever you think is necessary, any of your choices are sure to please your partner. Especially if you’re still working with Formica.

traditional-kitchen-countertopCabinets $$$$$

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Get ready for the gift of the century! Yea jewelry can be nice, but new cabinets for her kitchen will stun and amaze. Cooking and entertaining will be changed forever.

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Buying Guide: Laminate

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Low-maintenance laminate flooring offers an enormous variety of styles, colors, and patterns. It’s similar to engineered wood in that a top wear layer is backed by layers of plywood or compressed fiber backing that is extremely stable. The big difference is that the top layer is not real wood but a plastic coating applied over a photograph. The photo-realism technology that’s used produces look-alike finishes indistinguishable from real wood and other materials such as stone, ceramic tile, even stained concrete. It is amazing how far we’ve come and can replicate other materials so well! Textures are also mimicked, making them look and feel like the real thing more now than ever.

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Laminate comes as planks or tiles. Most are floating floor systems, meaning they can be installed directly over old existing flooring without glue or nails — no tear-out is necessary. Laminate is a popular DIY flooring, but it’s wise not to overestimate your skills as installing around corners and between door jambs takes patience and ingenuity.

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Constructed of dense fiberboard with a photo beneath a clear-plastic protective layer, laminate flooring can mimic nearly anything. Laminate is low-cost and a great value, as the best laminates resist scratching and discoloration from sunlight better than most wood products. It is also incredibly low maintenance, it is easy to clean and stain-resistant.

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

General Floor Buying Guide

Today’s choices in flooring are more varied than ever, running the gamut of styles, finishes, and installation options. Product innovation is clearly blurring the lines between many flooring categories, and the raw materials used to create flooring types include gin bottles, corn sugar, and the staves from old wine barrels. The winner in this underfoot mash-up is the consumer, who benefits from an astonishing array of choices that fit any lifestyle and budget.

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Sampling is Smart
Before you buy, bring home samples of your top flooring choices. Compare them side-by-side where they’re going to be installed. Getting an opinion from a salesperson, who is trained in interior design, is always ideal.

Measuring Avoids Mistakes
To determine how much flooring you’ll need, a member of our sales staff will measure the room’s square footage (at no charge!). We recommend that you buy 7 to 10 percent more than what is measured. This allows for possible mistakes and bad pieces. Plus, a little extra flooring on hand is great for repairs down the road.

Location
Carefully consider the location of your new floor. Is it below-, on- or above-grade? Basements are susceptible to ground moisture, so your flooring choice may be different from a bedroom on the second or third floor. Likewise, kitchens and bathrooms are prone to water damage and humid conditions, which should be a heavy factor in your decision-making process.
Also, be sure to observe the space throughout the day. Does it get a lot of direct sunlight? UV light can fade or darken certain flooring, so look to purchase resistant products for these spaces.

Function
Common high-traffic areas are entryways to rooms and to the house itself. If you have pets or kids, the family room can also be a busy place. These spaces require flooring that can stand up to the wear.

Ways to Save
Cooperatives work together to gain buying power and scale. This allows independent, family businesses, like Dalton Carpet One, to provide the most competitive pricing and value. Together, our cooperative of over 1,000 member store owners is the largest buyer of floor covering in North America. This means that we can negotiate great prices and pass those savings on to our customers- you.

Questions to Ask Yourself

A number of flooring choices are available for every room, so it pays to ask yourself the right questions:

  • How long will you live in this space?
  • What is the look you want to achieve in the room:  rustic, traditional, contemporary, elegant, cozy, chic?
  • Will this floor be installed on, above (second floor) or below grade (basement)?
  • Do you have or plan to have children or pets?
  • Are seniors or those with physical disabilities living in or regularly visiting your home?  What sort of modifications will you need?
  • Does anyone in your home have allergies?
  • Is this a floor you’re willing to repair or replace over time?
  • What type of routine cleaning are you willing to do?
  • What is the room’s function:  the first stop from outside, catchall, family night, entertaining?
  • Have you factored trim, thresholds, padding, waste, etc. into your budget?
  • Have you factored installation costs into your budget?

$1,596 Donated to Alzheimer’s Association

Money raised during Private Sale Event was donated to Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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Dalton Carpet One donated $1,596 to Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, an event held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This money was raised at the Fall Private Sale that took place on October 20-22. Customers received a free carpet installation when they donated $38 to Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

DCO vs. The Big Box Store

Why should you choose DCO over big box stores?
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Dalton Carpet One has very knowledgeable staff that is more than willing to help you. We also pride ourselves in excellent customer service, ensuring your satisfaction (we even have a Beautiful Guarantee!). Our pricing is also very straightforward, unlike many big box stores.

There are quite a few drawbacks to big box stores (Lowes, Home Depot, Empire Today, Lumber Liquidators, etc). One disadvantage is that many are notorious for getting you in the door with a deal that sounds irresistible, but by the time you get the final bill, a bunch of “fine print” charges make the final cost more than you would have paid somewhere else. They’re also known for being unhelpful. Their sales staff may not be properly trained in carpet, or worse, might be incentivized to sell a certain type of carpet, rather than what’s best for you. Most of these stores contract out installation. This wouldn’t matter except when it comes to a problem with your carpet, many people have found that these large retailers put the blame on someone else (eg. the installer or manufacturer) and won’t help with your problem.

Here are some questions to consider when determining whether to use a big box store or a local store, like Dalton Carpet One:

Who is measuring your home?
The person who measures your house typically does not work for the big box store. They work for another company that is contracted by the store. They tend to know nothing about the person they are sending into your home. At Dalton Carpet One, your sales person will come to your home and measure the space. This person will be your main point of contact throughout the sale and installation.

Who is installing your flooring?
Usually, the big box stores do not know very much about the people they are sending into your home to install your floors. The actual installers that show up at your house may have very little experience or a questionable background. Most of the installers here at Dalton Carpet One have been employed by us for many years and carry their own insurance and bonds. We are also 5 Diamond Installation Excellence Certified.

Did you read the small print?
A lot of these big box stores have hidden fees in their small print that can really empty your wallet. For example, the deal may read, “10% off!” but in small print it reads “installation only”, which can only actually be a few cents per square foot, saving you virtually nothing.

Do they charge you for an estimate?
Big box stores will charge anything, usually about $50.00, to measure your home. Then the person who measures (third party contractor) will not tell you how much your total is. The estimator will not tell you how many square yards / square feet they came up with until you go back to the store to buy. They often inform you of these extra charges after they have collected the estimate fee. At Dalton Carpet One, our estimates are always free!

Do you have to pay in full prior to installation?
What if they do a bad job, fall short on material, or never show up? Most stores, including us, ask for a deposit on the order and ask for the balance to be paid on completion of the job, once it is done to your satisfaction. We also offer payment options!

How long will the installation take?
Big box stores have a standard wait time from the date you place your order to the installation date that can take up to 4 – 6 weeks! At Dalton Carpet One, it depends on the product, but we can usually get it done in less than half that time. In-stock carpet can be done within a couple of days.

Is the installation guaranteed?
The registrar of contractors holds companies responsible for two years, but many big box stores say that it is guaranteed for only one year. At Dalton Carpet One, we offer an installation guarantee on your carpet for the lifetime of the product.

How are you treated?
Many times when you call a big box store, you will be directed to an automated system, then asked to “Press 1,” etc. When you finally got a human on the phone, you ask for the flooring department. After a few minutes on hold, you finally got an associate on the phone. You ask a question, then you get placed on hold…again. Minutes later, a different associate comes on the line. You ask this person the same question. Your total time invested is more than 10 minutes to answer a very simple question. The same phone call to Dalton Carpet One would have taken under one minute from start to finish.

Is the staff informed and knowledgeable?
The person in the flooring department at the big box store may have just transferred from the plumbing department or garden department. Each member of our staff at Dalton Carpet One has the experience, proper training, and knowledge needed to answer all of your questions and help you select the flooring you are looking for. They even have the ability to help design and can give suggestions on décor.

Are you buying more material than you need?
YES, you are! The big box stores add around 10% more square feet / square yards than you actually need. They will say that it is for cut allowance or overage. Every time we measure a home that has been previously measured by a big box store, we have come up with less material needed. EVERY TIME! That means you are being charged too much by the big box stores.

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