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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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

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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What Inspired Our Core Purpose

What inspired our Core Purpose is what inspires us daily: you.

Our Core Purpose is what defines us as a company. It serves as a reminder to why we are here: We exist to make it easy for customers to confidently create functional and beautiful environments.

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Our number one focus is you, our customer. We want you to know that we are here to help simplify the process of purchasing floors or cabinets for your home. It isn’t always easy renovating, remodeling, building, or even decorating your home – especially when you have the interior design talent of a shoe (like my poor mother…)! Luckily, we have a full staff of interior designers who are here to guide you through your inspirations to make your vision come to life.

Our talented sales staff work hard to make sure the vision you have for your space lies within your budget and your lifestyle. We do whatever it takes to make sure you are comfortable and confident with the decisions you make for your home.

The time, energy, and money you invest into your home should never be wasted. The environment you create with us will be functional as well as beautiful. Our installers are some of the best in the area and we assure you that you will be completely satisfied. We even have a Beautiful Guarantee for our floors!

In our follow-up call, we welcome any feedback as we are constantly striving for improvement. We take pride in knowing that you will always receive the best service from everyone at Dalton Carpet One.

Since 1978, we have instilled these values of remarkable customer service, relationship-building with our customers, and superior installations. This is what makes us stand out. This is what sets us apart. This is why we are still here and growing exponentially after 38 years.  This is what makes us Dalton Carpet One Floor & Home.

Best Flooring For Your Kitchen

Hardwood, Rubber, Tile, LVT, or Laminate?
Kitchen options to fit all needs.

Floors take a beating, even in fine environments, but nowhere more so than in the kitchen. Command central for preparing dinner, math homework, family gatherings, and more, it’s important to find a kitchen floor that can endure continuous traffic and make the style statement you want.

In your search for kitchen floors, durability, affordability, maintenance, and softness should be considered. Because of the possibility of water, spills, and messes, water-resistance and friction should also be taken into consideration. You wouldn’t want to slip in a puddle of water while holding the main entrée!

Just about any interior design style can be complemented with tile or wood. Because of their versatility, durability, color and texture variation, and timeless beauty, they make up 72% of kitchen installations (Builder Practices Survey).

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Tile

Tile makes up about 41% of kitchen installations. In the event that a tile does crack or chip, it can easily be popped out and replaced. Tile can cost anywhere from 99 cents to $30 per square foot, depending on the quality of the tile. The great thing is that tile has a wide variety of colors, styles, shapes, sizes, and textures. Even cheaper tile can be glazed to mimic certain looks, like marble or wood planks. Tile does just fine when it gets wet, so cleaning it is a breeze.

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Hardwood

Making up about 31% of kitchen installations, hardwood flooring comes up second on kitchen flooring. Unfortunately, hardwood is not quite as durable as tile, as it can scratch and dent. Another downside is that it doesn’t do well when it gets wet. In the event a child adds dish soap to the dishwasher by mistake (guilty!) you would have to completely replace your floors. Hardwood has such a naturally gorgeous appearance, it can be hard to pass up!

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Stone

A more expensive option, but only because it is very durable. Stone (quartz, slate, granite) does not absorb very much water and is also very easy to clean. A great option for a luxurious kitchen.

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Laminate

As with most things, laminate made with higher quality materials will be more durable. The better-made it is, the more expensive it will be. Most options are fairly cheap, though. Laminate typically comes in a pattern that mimics the appearance of wood. It is fairly easy to clean, just use a damp mop.
Contrary to popular belief, laminate is not waterproof! If there is a leak from a burst pipe, you will most likely have to replace your floors. Fortunately, it can be so cheap this may not that big of a deal. It was time to replace that pattern anyway!

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LVT/Sheet Vinyl

Luxury vinyl tiles or sheets are a very versatile option, as it comes in a wide selection of colors, patterns, and sizes. Like laminate, vinyl is more durable as the quality goes up. Vinyl tiles or sheets are a very cheap option for flooring, especially for how durable and versatile it can be. It is very easy to clean and is more water-resistant that laminate.

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Rubber

Used mostly in commercial space, rubber is making appearances in residential homes. Rubber flooring can be expensive but is so durable it is worth it. It is resistant to water and slips, making it a great option for your kitchen. Rubber floors come in a wide assortment of colors, textures, and can be cut into pretty much any shape you may desire. Even that fleur-de-lis I am so fond of! One of the few downfalls is that it stains easily with oils, but it is easy to clean otherwise.