Monday, March 30, 2009

Discount HandScraped Oak, Prefinished Hardwood Flooring in stock

Most people think of Beckler's Carpet as one of the best places in the country to buy discount carpet. However, we we have been flooring America since 1949 with all types of floorcovering, including hardwood.

A style of hardwood flooring that has gained in popularity is handscraped oak. Oak is the king when it comes to hardwood floors, but it typically has a smooth, even planed finish. The handscraped look gives a more realistic, custom, rustic look to the floor. You can buy authentic handscraped or machine scraped that emulates the real thing. Chances are if you are not an installer or wood specialist you would never know the difference (expect in the price! authentic hand scraped is very expensive).

Handscraped oak flooring, comes in factory, prefinished versions which give you a superior finish compared to unfinished wood flooring. Prefinished handscraped hardwood floors also come in several widths, usually 3-5" wide being standard.

Beckler's Carpet stocks several brands and styles of Handscraped Oak hardwood flooring. Be sure to or call 1-800-232-5537 for more information or a sample of one of our hardwood flooring deals. For the best Dalton, Ga flooring information, stay tuned to FlooringandMore!

Monday, March 23, 2009

The basics to buy carpet

So it's time to buy carpet? There are some basic things you will need to know. I'll touch on these things to get you started in the right direction. I'm not planning on making you an expert, but if I can get you thinking about more than just "is it the right color and how does it feel?" than we've accomplished something together!

First, before I jump into specific flooring information, think about your home and current situation. How long do you plan on staying at your current home? Why are you replacing the carpet? Or if you are a property manager, how long do you want the floor to last? If you're a builder, is this a spec home or higher end job? Try to get a feel for the performance that will be expected of the carpet. If you are only going to be in the home for 6 months, it may not make sense to get a higher end carpet style. Be sure to relay this type of information to your salesperson, whether over the phone, email or in person.

Once you have an idea of your need, then it's time to get into the nitty gritty. There are several different styles of carpet:
  • Plush/Saxony-Very formal and elegant but tends to show tracks. Comes in solid colors
  • Berber-can look casual or formal depending on decor, usually made out of olefin so it can mat down somewhat over time, also with Berber, the fewer the seams the better because it's a loop product and the fewer the seams, the fewer the loops that can become pulled at the edges. Comes in solid and flecked colors, hides surface dirt well if flecked colors
  • Semi trackless/textured plush-imagine a plush, but the fibers are slightly twisted to give a still somewhat formal look but shows less tracks than plush. Comes in solid colors but the appearance can change slightly depending on the light
  • Frieze- highly twisted, irregular fibers that resemble shag, but are thinner tighter fiber strands. Comes solid or flecked, and like Berber, can hide surface dirt well
  • Sculptured/cut loop/high-low- has a pattern with high and low loops or a mix of some loops that are cut and some are pulled tight against the backing. There is a high variation in these styles of color mixes, yarns, looks etc
  • Level loop-usually a commercial looking style with short, tight loops of carpet, made for high traffic, usually don't see in homes

There are also different types of yarn used in carpet. Nylon is king. It has a nice feel and has superior wear and "memory". Nylon also resists soil and stains well. Another yarn is Polyester. Polyester may have one of the best "feels" out of all of the yarns. It is also very stain resistant. Polyester may have more "fuzzing" than other yarns though. The third yarn is Olefin. Olefin is a polypropylene blended product. It is extremely stain resistant. It does wear well but can tend to mat down over time. Wool is another option, but very rarely used anymore. Lastly are the Eco yarns. The most popular is PET. PET stands for (polyethylene terephthalate). PET fiber is made out of recycled plastic bottles. It is also extremely stain resistant. DuPont has also introduced Sorona, which can be made into carpet yarn. Sorona is mainly produced from corn syrup.

Keep these various styles and yarns in mind when looking to buy carpet. Be sure to match the right style and yarn for your specific application and need. As always, when shopping for carpet prices, check or call 1-800-232-5537.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Mohawk Carpet and Eco Flooring

Mohawk Carpet is leading the way in the Eco floorcovering market with green flooring solutions. The Eco flooring market is made up of several aspects. The primary aspect is flooring such as carpet, laminate and hardwood that are either developed from sustainable resources or are environmentally friendly. Mohawk tackles both with their Everstrand and Smart Strand with Dupont Sorona fiber.

Everstrand has been a popular carpet product with consumers. Everstrand is made 100% from recycled plastic bottles with a fiber called PET (polyethylene terephthalate). These PET chips are ground up, heated and extruded into fibers and used instead of other synthetic or man made fibers like Nylon, Olefin, Polyester or Wool.

The newest product from Mohawk Carpet is called Smart Strand with Dupont Sorona. Smart Strand is made primarily from a polymer based on corn syrup (yup, corn). It also takes less energy to produce and is inherently stain resistant as well. Give a call at 800-232-5537 to ask about more features and information on this exciting new carpet option! This product gives us a double whammy because it not only uses a sustainable resource, but saves energy in the manufacturing process as well. It's definitely worth looking at!

Eco flooring is a rapidly growing trend and Mohawk is one of the leaders in the carpet and flooring industry. Keep an eye out for more exciting news about Green and Eco flooring information from the blog and!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Where to buy home theater and media room carpet and rugs

If you are one of the many that have built a home theater room or media room and feel that there is still something missing, look no further! The right floorcovering and carpet in a home theater or media room can put that extra touch that will make your friends go "Wow!" give you that special look to the room and make your big screen really pop and stand out.

Home theater carpet can be purchased from in several ways. You can get standard rug sizes, custom rug sizes, or go for the big time look and feel of the silver screen with wall to wall carpet.

The 3 prints for home theater and media room printed carpet are Silver Screen (shown in picture- Charcoal color), Cinema, and Showtime. Joy Carpets in Dalton, Ga is the manufacturer for these products. Joy Carpets is a great line for us at Owen Carpet and we sell as much or more media room and theater carpets and rugs as anyone in the nation. Along with the 3 prints and styles, there are several different colors within the styles to choose from to match any layout or color scheme.
So if you are thinking about or have started a home theater room, movie room or media room and are looking for a discount media room rug or home theater carpet/rug be sure to check out or call 800-232-5537.

Monday, March 9, 2009

The buzz about frieze carpet

So what's all the craze in floorcovering about frieze carpet?

Frieze is a "new" twist (great pun!) on what was previously know as trackless carpet. It is has a look that hides trackmarks, shoeprints and vacuum marks. It is sort of a blend between a trackless and the old shag style of the 1970's.

Frieze carpet's look is created by infusing an somewhat irregular twist in the yarn structure. As compared to shag carpet, the yarn in Frieze is tighter and appears thinner. Frieze flooring also usually has a shorter pile height (overall height of the yarn) than the older shag versions.

You can get cheap frieze carpet in various styles. Solid colors are available as well as "flecked" options. The flecked options tend to hide dirt and tracking better than the solids in my opinion, but it's up to you what you like the look of better in your floorcovering.

Different Frieze styles come offered in all of the major yarn types. Nylon (best overall), Olefin (polypropylene), and Polyester. (I'll cover these different yarns in an upcoming blog with more flooring information).
For more flooring information about Frieze carpet and floorcovering visit or call 1-800-232-5537 for great options and pricing on Frieze or Shag carpet!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Discount carpet in Dalton Ga

Why is Dalton, GA the place to look for discount carpet? In the early 1900's a nich market took place along Hwy 41 with local citizens selling handcrafted Chenille bedspreads along the roadside and small storefronts. With the advent of better technology in the mid 1900's the production of bedspreads became more industrialized and product could be produced on equipment much faster than older methods. Small companies were built to produce the bedspreads in higher quantities. These same companies started experimenting with other ways to use this method of textiles to manufacture new products, hence the birth of carpet. With the majority of both carpet manufacturer's and carpet and textile equipment oem's located in Dalton, Ga, the little town in North Ga became the discount carpet capitol of the world.

With so much discount carpet flooring produced locally, retail/wholesale flooring stores and outlets began to boom. These stores, since located close to the manufacturing, could get material quicker and cheaper than stores located farther away. With the exponential growth in business due to their locale, the stores could stock more as well as they were selling more than out of town stores. With more annual sales, their buying power increased and therefore they get access to special deals on overruns, seconds, off color goods, promotional flooring, special private labeled floorcovering etc. It's a productive cycle for both the retailer and the manufacturer.

An interesting thing happened in the 1970's. Discount Carpet stores in Dalton, noticed that when consumers purchased carpet, they also wanted to purchase their vinyl/linoleum, hardwood flooring, tile flooring etc from the same outlet. Dalton carpet retailers and wholesalers embraced this and became the consumer mecca for all types of cheap flooring.

Up until the late 80's or so, there were a bazillion (actually hundreds) of carpet manufacturer's. Some had big plants, some were in chicken houses. By the late 1980's early 90's, All of the manufacturing companies had been bought or merged into 3 companies. Those 3 being (in no particular order) Shaw, Mohawk and Beaulieu. All three still have a majority of their manufacturing based in Dalton or close by.

If you need discount carpet, keep Beckler's Carpet in mind. has been flooring America since 1949. You can call us at 1-800-232-5537 for the best prices on flooring in the country!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Why consider Luxury Vinyl Planks and Tiles

A recent trend in flooring is the advent of Luxury Vinyl Tile and Luxury Vinyl Plank. These products are not your Momma's kitchen floor! This style is also not to be confused with the Vinyl Peel and Stick products you find for .$99 at the big box stores. Luxury Vinyl is typically manufactured from virgin PVC, has a tough wearlayer, and also has a more robust backing system than standard vinyl sheet goods.

Why consider Luxury Vinyl Planks or Tiles?

First of all, durability. The products will not chip or dent as easily as a real wood product or even some laminates. The surface should hold up as well or better than anything else for most pet's nails too. They also hold up better than hardwoods and laminates in potentially wet areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, mud rooms, etc (no laminates in the kitchen please, from my own personal experience!). If you aren't using Ceramic tile in the wet areas, Luxury Vinyl is the way to go. To give you an example of durability, the next time you are in W**mart, go to the clothing section and look at what you are standing on. If it looks like a wood plank, but doesn't sound quite like you are walking on wood, that's Karndean's Luxury Vinyl Planks. If it is good enough for that kind of traffic, it should hold up in a home just fine.

Second is the look and feel. These are textured to look like the real thing, Wood, Ceramic, or Stone. In our Kardean Vinyl center at Beckler's carpet, people are blown away by the look. Unless you have seen it yourself, it's hard to believe. You can do anything from formal to rustic. Even add designs and floor borders. When you walk on Luxury Vinyl, it doesn't have as much of that "cold" feeling as Ceramic or Hardwood. Some consumers even say it is "softer" and more quiet to walk on.

There is a drawback. I would not recommend this as a do-it-yourself project. A heavy roller is required for installation and to make sure you fully get the warranty, you need to follow installation instructions to the letter.

The three leaders in Luxury Vinyl are Karndean International, Nafco Vinyl, and Eartherks. When comparing the three be sure to check specifications on wearlayers, warranties, and design versatility.

Luxury Vinyl may never outsell some of the other floorcovering options, but it is a heck of an alternative that makes sense and is here to stay.

Please call us at, 1-800-232-5537 for great deals on all brands of luxury vinyl tile and planks!