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.

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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.

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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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?

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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Hardwood vs. Laminate

Things to consider when deciding which to purchase for your home.

Before we begin, let’s define the difference between the two:

Laminate is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product. The core layer of laminate flooring is manufactured primarily from melamine resin and fiberboard material. The top layer has an imprinted textured image made to look like real wood.

Engineered hardwood flooring is a type of wood floor that consists of several layers of wood or plywood. The bottom and middle layers are manufactured from cross-laid solid wood or plywood planks. The top layer consists of a solid sawn wood lamella, often stained and prefinished in a factory setting.

Solid hardwood flooring planks are produced from single pieces of wood that can be purchased unfinished or prefinished.
Basically, while solid or engineered hardwood flooring is manufactured from real wood and preserves the unique textured grain and appearance of natural wood, laminate flooring is only an imitation.

The advancements in laminate and hardwood flooring make the decision between the two more challenging than ever. Technological and structural improvements in each option have led to increased demand for both types.

Years ago, the decision was usually based upon budget- but not anymore! In order to make the best flooring decision for your home or business, the laminate vs. hardwood flooring debate must incorporate an objective and informed analysis of six fairly broad elements.

  1. Lifestyle or Usage – Homeowners and business owners who impartially assess their lifestyle or usage are more likely to make the right decision. For example, households with young children and a number of pets or a business that experiences high traffic, might find the durability of laminate flooring more productive. However, advancements in hardwood manufactured finishes and maintenance allow hardwood flooring to work in busy offices and in hectic households that take preventive measures, such as clipping pet’s nails and using rugs.
  2. Maintenance Commitment – Regular maintenance is important and no floor can survive without responsible maintenance. However, if your maintenance budget is tight, and if excessive accumulation of dust, dirt, and wear and tear is likely, laminate is easier to maintain. More thorough hardwood floor maintenance cannot be put aside, but laminate can survive quite well with only regular sweeping and vacuuming.
  3. Climate and Exposure – Homeowners and business owners must again be objective about the exposure of the floor. Where the floor will be installed is a big consideration. For example, if a bathroom tends to accumulate moisture on the surface, laminate is the more prudent choice. Hardwood floors do not thrive in damp climates with significant temperature swings. Solid hardwood floors should never be installed below grade, which is a popular setting for laminate flooring.
  4. Aesthetic Appeal – Laminate has an amazing likeness to hardwood floors. But, there really is nothing as authentic and durable as an authentic solid hardwood floor. Hardwood flooring can also increase the value and demand for your property, be it residential or commercial. If you feel the authenticity of your flooring is important to attract clients or buyers or for the elegant luxury your home requires, hardwood is the right decision.
  5. Environmental Considerations – Hardwood gets the nod for renewability and sustainability as it is drawn from carefully managed forests. But, laminate flooring basically eliminates the destruction of any trees. Yet, laminate floors are made from non-renewable sources. In order to assess environmental concerns, remember that hardwood has a much longer life cycle than laminate. Hardwood floors can last hundreds of years, which is a plus.
  6. Budget – The cost of laminate flooring is lower than the cost of hardwood flooring. Laminate has a shorter life expectancy but is tough, practical, and durable. However, the return on investment is usually better with hardwood flooring. How tight is your budget? Can you afford to invest in hardwood and maintain it to achieve your maximum return? For a majority of buyers, this is the biggest concern, but certainly not an exclusive consideration.

Many hardwood floor owners say that because of its authenticity, the “real feel” and exclusiveness of hardwood flooring, it is more desirable. However, as we can see, there are situations that indicate laminate is the wiser choice. Be sure to consider all the factors and prioritize your needs before deciding.

The Dalton Carpet One Difference

Even More Reason to Purchase from Us

Locally Owned and Operated
When you shop at Dalton Carpet One, you are among neighbors. We live side-by-side with you, shop in other local stores with you, and send our children to the same schools. So we are dedicated to our customers and we care about our community.

Competitive Prices
We are a member of a cooperative, a larger company owned by us and other independent, family businesses like us. Being a member of the Carpet One Floor & Home® cooperative gives us the scale and buying power to offer you, our customer, the most competitive pricing, service, and innovative flooring in the industry, all while maintaining our local and independent identity.

Cooperatives work together to gain buying power and scale. This allows independent, family businesses like us 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 you, our customers. We also benefit from shared best practices and business tools that help us run our business better and provide extraordinary service.

Exclusive Brands
We have more than 20 brands exclusively offered through Carpet One, as well as others. These brands include Bigelow, Lees, Tigressa, Innova, Resista Cutting Edge, Invincible Hardwood and LVT, Rustic River Hardwood, Vero Stone, Laminate for Life, and more!

Leading Flooring Experts
When it’s time to choose a new floor for your home, there are many things to consider. Whether you’re looking for a carpet perfect for active families or a hardwood that stands up to moisture, knowing and understanding the different products and attributes available can help you narrow down the selection. Our amazing sales staff can provide the information you need to understand the different types of flooring materials and the installation process. Dalton Carpet One has more than 1,000 years of combined flooring experience!

Community Focused
As an independent family business supported by our membership in a cooperative, we are dedicated to giving back to our communities and helping others. We live, work, and play in this community, just like you. We are fully invested in keeping our community vibrant and strong. We are your neighbors, friends, and family. In addition to giving back directly to our community, we provide local jobs and a positive work environment.

Every year, we hold two 3-Day Sale events- one in the spring and one in the fall. We offer to install carpet in your home for free if you donate a designated amount to a charity chosen by us. On Oct. 20 – 22, come out to support The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s with our $38 whole-home carpet installation.