Flooring FAQ's

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Vinyl and laminate flooring is best for busy homes with children and pets. The durability of both options is unbeatable. If you’d like to look into this more, take a look at our blog on the advantages and disadvantages of different flooring types.

This is a great question! The answer is that it’s different for everyone. We know that’s not the answer you were looking for here, but we do have details on how to figure out what determines the cost. You can read more about that here.

This is based on how many rooms you are getting new flooring, the condition of your home and current flooring, and what type of flooring you purchased. Our managers are happy to give you an estimated time based on your situation. Our goal is to always get your new floors installed as quickly and efficiently as possible!

When you’re looking for soft carpet, it’s best to determind what feels best to you during your in-home consultation. Just because you want your carpet to be soft, doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll prefer the softest carpet that is sold. We suggest going with a type of carpet that is most comfortable to your touch. If, after that, you would like to add an element of more softness, a nice faux fur or luxe shag rug is the perfct touch!

Frequently, people struggle between choosing between colors because they’re afraid their new flooring will will quickly go out of style. Luckily, there are colors that encompass many of the most recent styles in one. Our gray and tan mix-toned vinyl flooring is a great choice because you get both brown and neutral tones so if one becomes more popular than the other,  you can decorate accordingly and the matching tone will stand out in your floors. 

The major difference between laminate and vinyl flooring is their core materials. Vinyl floors are made out of all synthetic materials and the core of laminate is made from wood products. While laminate is more natural looking, vinyl has a better resistance to moisture. For your bathroom and kitchen, vinyl is best and laminate works well in your living room or bedroom! 

There are both advantages and disadvantages to installing floors yourself. While doing it yourself allows more flexibility and cost effectiveness, hiring a professional can save you time and ensure that the job is done safely and correctly. Take a look at our blog to learn more information on this! 

Different types of floors require different methods of cleaning. For example, your hardwood floors should be dusted and polished with a soft mop, and your carpet should be vacuumed and periodically deep cleaned. But regardless of what type of flooring you have ing your home, it’s important to implement a regular cleaning schedule to make sure they are well cared for and will last a long time. For advice on cleaning for all types of floors, check out our guide here.  

Absolutely! Carpet can add a sense of style, comfort, and value to most rooms and also has practical appeal as well. It can provide extra insolation to reduce your heating costs and absorb echos and sounds to make your home less noisy. There is no other type of floor that gives you the softness, comfort, and warmth like carpet can! We have a carpet buying guide to help you choose which is best for your space. 

Each type of flooring has a different lifespan. For example, carpet normally lasts around 10 years, but laminate, wood, or tile can last around 25-30 years if well-maintained. Look out for the typical wear and tear signs to know that it’s time to replace your floors. Rips, tears, stains, water damage, cracks, and peeling are all common signs that it is probably damaged beyond repair and it’s time to call us! 

During your consultation, our flooring professionals will discuss measurements, cost estimates, design, and scheduling your installation. We will make sure to have everything covered before starting on your new floors!

Making sure your carpets are well maintained is the best way to ensure that you’re getting you money’s worth and to keep them looking nice for many years! It’s important to minimize dirt, vacuum regularly, and spot clean to keep carpets looking great. For more information, check out our blog post on caring for your carpet here.

Vinyl flooring is one the most durable options and also has waterproof properties. Rooms like kitchens, bathrooms, or basements are prone to spills and waterproof floors can be very helpful and easy to clean! Vinyl is also a great choice wherever there is a lot of outdoor traffic in your home like entryways or mudrooms. 

While it may be tempting to save some cash when undergoing major home improvement projects, making the investment in high-quality floors will pay off long term. Lower quality floors are known to show signs of wearing earlier and can also be less aesthetically pleasing. Check out our blog on the benefits of quality floors to learn more! 

A lot of the common options for flooring are great choices to use on your stairs. Some of the best options are hardwood, laminate, tile, and carpet. Regardless of your choice, the most important thing to consider is the durability and easy maintenance. The choice ultimately comes down to your lifestyle, the traffic the area gets, and design style & preferences. 

Also commonly known as luxury vinyl plank or luxury vinyl tile, luxury vinyl is a waterproof flooring with a wood-like appearance. It usually has great warmth and texture to it and is durable and wear-resistant. 

Using floor protectors on the bottom of your furniture and appliances is a great way to avoid scratches and wear and tear. Area rugs and floor mats near your doors are also a good option to stop people from tracking dirt, mud, water, etc. inside. 

When you’re choosing flooring for your kitchen, it’s important that whatever option you decide is durable and spill-proof! This is a high traffic area of many homes and it’s prone to moisture. Some of the best options are laminate, vinyl, tile, and hardwood. Check out more info on this in our blog post on kitchen floors! 

Short answer, yes! When you have pets around, you’ll need to be more vigilant with cleaning up messes as soon as possible to avoid stains and making sure odors are eliminated so they don’t linger. Having your carpets cleaned regularly can also help eliminate any stains that might happen along the way. 

While both are great options for almost any room, porcelain tile floors are slightly more durable and ceramic tiles are a more cost-effective option. They are both easily customizable and come in a wide variety of patterns and colors. 

Both vinyl and laminate have options that are waterproof, but vinyl has more that are similar or even better than laminate. Vinyl is made from mostly synthetic materials and laminate from mostly wood which makes laminate more susceptible to water damage.  

Indents in your carpet can come mostly from heavy furniture and lots of foot traffic. To avoid them being long lasting, rotate the position of your furniture, try to work them back with a hard edge, or use a steam cleaner.  

With pets, especially dogs, you’ll want a floor that’s both durable and comfortable for your furry friends! Make sure that whatever you choose isn’t too hard on their paws or slippery while also cozy. We can help you make the right choice when you come by our showrooms. In the meantime, check out our blog on the advantages and disadvantages of popular flooring types. 

At Dalton Flooring, we  recommend and sell a few quality brands such as Shaw, Mohawk, Dream Weaver, Bruce, and more. We believe that choosing quality is key with your floors and they will last longer when you do. Check out our blog post on what brands we sell and why high quality flooring is usually your best option here.

Solid hardwood is exactly what it sounds like, a solid plank cut to size. Engineered hardwood has many layers of which the top is finished hardwood and the base layers are plywood or wood substitutes. One major benefits of engineered hardwood is that it prevents the floor from warping because of moisture.

Even on the most scratch resistant floors, it’s a good idea to still use a mat to protect them! Over time, scratches and marks can happen which will shorten the life of your floors. We say use a mat to prevent the wear and tear.

It’s recommended that you have your carpets cleaned once every year and a half to keep them clean and looking as fresh as possible! If your carpet is walked on frequently or there are regular stains, consider having them cleaned more often. 

One of the most important features for your bathroom floor is to make sure it’s waterproof! A few great choices for this are tile, luxury vinyl, or waterproof laminate. This can also be said for your kitchens since it’s a water-prone area of the home.

Regular cleaning is important to take care of your grout! To prevent dirt from accumulating, using a mop and mild soap works well enough but there are also products on the market to help seal the lines.

It is recommended that you do not sand or refinish engineered hardwood to avoid permanent damage to them. Traditional hardwood is where to look if you want to refinish your floors in the future.

Large area rugs can run on the expensive side but there are many pros! They are currently very trendy and can add a pop of color to any room. They’re also great for warming up or making a hard surface more comfortable or cozy. Show off your sense of style with a rug! 

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