Featured Product: Chosen by Mallory Cash

Mallory Cash joined Dalton Carpet One in 2015. Specializing in tile merchandising and interior design, she is very familiar with the exclusive tile products available at Dalton Carpet One.

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Her Featured Product pick is BlendArt, a beautiful balance of the character of real wood and the durability and low maintenance of tile. The worn yet charming look of vintage reclaimed wood is realistically reproduced in this collection. Bring out the look of rectified wood to any project, indoors or outdoors, while appreciating the incomparable durability of porcelain tile.

“The chic look of Blendart wood grain tile creates a luxurious, yet rough aesthetic to any space,” says Mallory. “This flooring is the perfect blend of rustic, chic, and indulgence. It combines the timeworn appearance of painted wood planks with the lavishness of porcelain stoneware.”

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PRODUCT DETAILS

  • Product Name: BlendArt
  • Color Name: Natural White
  • Finish: Natural
  • Style: Farmhouse/Rustic Luxury
  • Sizes: 6” x 48” | 12” x 48” | 16” x 48” | 24” x 24” | 36” x 36” |
  • Material: Porcelain Tile
  • Color Variation: Moderate Variation
  • Price: $7 – $12/sq ft

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Mallory was brought aboard as a part-time assistant to both the Merchandising and Interior Design departments. Soon afterward, she joined Dalton Carpet One as a full-time member of the Merchandising team. Since then, she has become a part of the Kitchen and Bath Interior Design team, specializing in tile and cabinets.

Mallory graduated from Athens Technical College with an Interior Design degree in 2011, and earned a Marketing Specialist Certificate in 2015. She traveled abroad to several cities in Italy in 2009 to study history, architecture, and to brush up on her sketching skills.

Mallory’s many areas of expertise include space planning, FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment), interior design, and project coordination.

She lives in Commerce with her husband Drake and their son, Landon.

Office: 706.353.0547
Email: mcash@daltoncarpetone.com
www.daltoncarpetone.com

For more information on the products shown here or any other flooring or cabinet products available at Dalton Carpet One, visit our showroom on Atlanta Highway in Athens or call 706.353.0547.

 

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Tile Application: Your Bathroom

What is the best tile for your bathroom?

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Your bathroom has to stand up to wet conditions, frequent cleaning, and still look good while doing it. Not only does a fully tiled bathroom make it more water-resistant, it is a stunning design statement as well. How do you know what tile to choose for this application?

First, let’s go through basic terms that are important in choosing your bathroom tile.
The following water-proof ratings were developed by The American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The tests to get these ratings consists of first boiling the tile for five hours then immersing the tile in cold water for another 24 hours and then measuring its gain in weight from the original dry state. The amount of absorption is stated as a percent of change from the dry weight.

Non-vitreous
Water absorption of more than 7.0% by volume. These tiles are mainly used in dry areas of the house.

Semi-vitreous
Water absorption of more than 3.0%, but not more than 7.0%. A semi-vitreous tile is less porous than a non-vitreous tile.

Vitreous
Water absorption of more than 0.5%, but not more than 3.0%. A vitreous tile is less porous than a semi-vitreous tile because more of the tiny spaces between clay particles have been filled with glass.

Impervious
Water absorption of 0.5% or less. An impervious tile is the least porous — in fact, it is essentially waterproof — but instead of calling it super-vitreous or waterproof, the creators of the test settled on impervious. It is sometimes referred to as porcelain.

Coefficient of friction
For floor tile, this Coefficient of Friction (COF) ranking is important. The test establishes how much force is required to move an object across the face of the tile, dry or wet. It tells you how resistant a tile is to slipping.

For safety in wet areas or in flooring applications where accessibility is a concern, look for a tile with a high coefficient of friction. This property is measured on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the most slip-resistant, or just “wet” or “dry.”

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Want the look of wood but the durability of tile? Check our last post: Wood Grain Tile

Now how do these apply to your bathroom application?


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Walls

Tiles for your bathroom walls do not need to have a very high coefficient of friction. It really doesn’t matter how slip-resistant they are! Walls only get wet on occasion, so the tiles used on the walls can be non-vitreous to semi-vitreous. A personal favorite of mine is subway tile- it goes with everything!

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Floor

The tiles you use on your floor need to have a dry coefficient of friction, meaning you won’t slip and fall while hopping out of your shower. These tiles should be semi-vitreous to vitreous, holding in little to no water, as it is possible to experience constant or standing water. 

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Shower

The driest and lowest water absorption tiles need to be placed in your shower. I’d say vitreous to impervious, though impervious tiles aren’t completely necessary. They can be more expensive and will outlast your house, you, your children, your grandchildren, and beyond. No need for that, don’t you think? Those tiles can be saved for an outdoor application! Stick with vitreous tile and your wallet will thank you!

Still not sure what tile to use? We can help! Our staff of interior designers and tile specialists would be glad to assist in choosing the right tile for your bathroom (or any application!). Our new Tile Center will be opening at the end of this month, but don’t wait until then to come see us 🙂

For more information on Dalton Carpet One, stop by the showroom at 3690 Atlanta Highway, Suite 108 in Athens, Ga., call 706.353.0547 or visit www.daltoncarpetone.com.

Trending: Wood Grain Tile

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The look of wood with the durability of tile

Tile flooring that has the appearance of wood is rapidly earning a reputation for its greater durability versus its natural counterpart. Wood grain tile flooring products are designed with a focus on performance and durability, which makes them perfect for any room in commercial or residential projects. Some disadvantages to wood are that it can get scratched and dinged easily, and it also must be protected from contact with water. One of the best features of wood grain tile is that you can install these tiles where real wood isn’t recommended, like kitchens, bathrooms, and other wet areas. Tile is easier to clean and maintain than real hardwood, and thanks to refined manufacturing techniques they are durable enough for long-lasting enjoyment.

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Details that make for a great overall look

Thanks to advancements in technology and manufacturing processes, wood grain tile flooring offers a lot of design possibilities with a wide range of colors in a spectrum of styles, from hand-scraped rustic to smooth and distinguished, that is loved by designers and homeowners. Textures and colors range from natural, earthy tones to colors that many homeowners would never dream of staining in hardwoods, such as washed-out whites and light grays. These colors have become increasingly widespread, especially in contemporary homes with open, light-filled spaces that bring out the tile’s visual wood-grain texture. Many of these products look so real that to the naked eye that it is nearly impossible to know what you’re seeing is not real wood.

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A style for every taste

There is a massive selection of wood grain tile that meets just about all needs. Whether contemporary, rural, traditional, or modern, wood grain tile can fulfill your most creative designs. When style is combined with the wide range of available colors and sizes, the design opportunities are almost endless. Be sure to get creative with patterns! Wood grain tile can be laid with a herringbone effect or with a plank effect instead of the simple straight-lay pattern where the grout lines all line up. You can also find wood grain tile in styles like reclaimed wood, painted wood, and even cross grain. These textures are just the beginning of what we will see in the future for tile.

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At Dalton Carpet One, we have a broad selection of wood like tile from brands like Daltile, Esmer, and others. Wood grain tile flooring products come in a variety of colors, each carefully chosen to mimic the hues and textures of real wood. There is a multitude of sizes as well, with some of our largest planks stretching a few feet in length. No matter what your needs, we’re sure you’ll find the right size and color combination to make your project a success.

For more information on Dalton Carpet One, stop by the showroom at 3690 Atlanta Highway, Suite 108 in Athens, Ga., call 706.353.0547 or visit www.daltoncarpetone.com.