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How to shop for carpet flooring

Shopping for any flooring, whether it’s carpet or a hard surface, isn’t something that’s done often. It’s going to be one of the largest, if not the largest, investments you make in your home. Here’s how to get it right the first time.

Dalton Discount Floors & More is a family-owned and operated licensed business that has been around for 23 years. We have strong community ties, especially with our owner living here for 50 years. That means we're well-known and familiar with all the local trends and business practices. We have the highest standards of quality and professionalism.

Make a list of your wants and needs

Be as detailed as possible and share them with the pro when you are shopping for your new carpet store in Grayson, GA. There are the basics, such as large vs small family or pets. Go a little deeper; what is the room in which it's to be installed? What is the overall decor of your house? What is your goal? Are there any challenges?

Know basic terms

Density is what determines quality, not weight. It refers to how closely the fibers are tufted together. If you bend back a sample card and see a lot of white space, ask why. It can sometimes, but not always, indicate a lesser quality.

Pile refers to fiber loops, such as high piles with long, loose fibers like shag or frieze. Low pile means short, tightly woven fibers like the Berber style or any cut and loop carpet flooring. Saxony falls somewhere in between and comes in different styles. Twist can also be an indicator of quality. It means how many times the fiber is twisted in a one-inch length. More twist means greater durability, but it applies mostly to high pile rugs, not cut piles.

Stretch means how firmly the rug fits against a wall. Most manufacturer warranties require that rugs be power-stretched; a power stretcher is a long tool with tines at the head. It grips the rug and pulls it to the wall. Knee kickers also stretch the carpet, but they should only be used in small spaces, such as closets. When not stretched properly, it becomes loose with wrinkles and rolls.

For more information about carpet flooring, visit the Dalton Discount Floors & More showroom in Grayson, GA. We serve Grayson, Snellville, Loganville, Lawrenceville, Dacula, Lilburn, Duluth, Gainesville, Suwanee, Buford, and Norcross, GA. Ask about our estimates.