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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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

 

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.

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.

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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: 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.