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If you haven’t shopped flooring lately, then you’ll be blown away with all the different options available that put fashion at your feet. At DCO Flooring we offer a wide selection of carpet and flooring at affordable prices that will help you achieve a look that will have friends and family bragging about your sense of fashion. You’ll be wowed at the new designs and brilliant finishes that accompany both hardwood and laminate flooring as well as the new colors, patterns and styles available in carpeting. Click on our PRODUCT links above and view hundreds of samples from our manufacturer’s websites. We also have a huge selection of Carpet, Vinyl, Laminate and Tile in stock in our warehouse for even better deals or the do-it-yourselfers. Come in now to see the first new carpet fiber since 1958 – SmartStrand Triextafrom Mohawk & Dupont – featuring stain resistance that never wears off.
Your Carpet & Flooring Brand Headquarters in Leesburg Serving The Villages to Clermont & Eustis to Sumter County
We offer the brands you’ve come to know and trust because they offer style, quality, value, and the best warranties in the business. On display we have a great selection of quality carpet, ceramic and porcelain tile, hardwood floors, laminate flooring, bamboo, vinyl and more from names you know and trust like
– Carpet – Laminate – Tile – Hardwood
– Laminate – Hardwood
– Hardwood – Laminate
- Tile Kingdom
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We have everything you need from start to finish:
- A friendly, knowledgeable staff
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Pet Friendly Carpet – New Stain Resistant Carpets Now Available
We’ve got great news for pet owners. New innovations in carpet fibers, backings and even carpet cushion now make it easier for pet owners to handle those little accidents. We’ve also got rugged yet beautiful laminate flooring designed to handle the larger four legged creatures that may have done a number on your existing floors. Come in and explore the many options that will make your life easier and your home more beautiful. Go to the link for Mohawk and look at the newest carpet fiber – first since 1958 – called Triexta SmartStrand.
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Flooring Experience You Can Trust
Our staff offers the years of real-world flooring experience and knowledge not often found in the large national chain stores. Because we are locally-owned, we want to help you make the right flooring and installation decisions for your home and ensure your satisfaction for years to come. We pride ourselves on our customer satisfaction and rely greatly on our satisfied customers being our best advertising.
Russ & Steve Hietpas started what is now known as DCO Flooring in 1988 as Discount Carpet Outlet. We have always operated with the idea that we will always treat our customers the way we would want our own family to be treated. Our installers have all been with us for over 12 years each and they take a great deal of pride in their work and craftsmanship. You will not see us running many advertisements announcing big sales events because we give you the fairest prices everyday. Please come in and visit our new showroom and large warehouse and experience our top quality service.
Buying Tips for Resilient Flooring
Why Buy Resilient Flooring?
Resilient flooring is an amazing material if you’re looking for something that is both a great value and long lasting. It is softer under foot than ceramic tile and wood, which makes it a great choice in kitchens where you’ll spend a lot of time standing. Its ability to hold up under the harshest of conditions is why it is used frequently in commercial settings.
Resilient flooring is a great solution for residential applications as well. Breakthroughs in digital printing allow manufacturers to create the look of expensive stone, wood and ceramic floors with stunning realism at a fraction of the cost of the real material.
Another huge benefit of using resilient flooring is the easy maintenance. It is highly water and stain resistant. You will only have to sweep up dirt and debris periodically. If you need a deeper clean, you only need to use a damp mop. Follow all manufacture cleaning instructions.
Types of Resilient Flooring
There are different materials available depending on the setting you will be using the flooring in. For example, if you are looking to floor a residential area like your home kitchen you will likely choose one of the following materials:
- Residential sheet vinyl
- Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
- Vinyl Tile
If you are in need of flooring for a commercial setting you will have some different options. Your material options for a project like that will include:
- Commercial Sheet Vinyl
- Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT)
- Bio-Based Tile (BBT)
- Rubber Sheet
- Rubber Tile
We sell only the best brands of resilient flooring available. Call or stop in today to see our selection of resilient flooring.
Buying Tips for Cork Flooring
Why Buy Cork Flooring?
Cork is a progressive design option that offers high-end durability. Cork is a highly resilient flooring because it has elasticity and gives on impact. This makes cork a great option for comfort and sturdiness.
Cork is also known for its abundant design options. The versatile material allows for stains in many shades and it can also be painted. You can have the benefits of cork and still match any décor you choose.
Cork Flooring is Good for the Environment
If you are looking for an environmentally friendly option, cork is the perfect choice. This is because cork can be harvested from a tree without damaging the tree or stunting its growth. This makes cork the most naturally renewable resource for flooring.
What Type of Cork is Best?
It really all depends on your needs. Use plank-shaped cork if you are installing over existing flooring, but use tile-shaped if you need to glue it down. We can help you determine which is best.
Cork texture will greatly impact the look of your cork flooring. Small granules give your floor that traditional cork flooring look you are likely used to. A peeled cork texture gives it a beautiful natural cork look. There are many other textures and designs to choose from. Contact us today and we'll make sure you get the right one for your home's needs..
Buying Tips for Bamboo Flooring
Why Buy Bamboo Flooring?
Bamboo flooring is one of the best ways to get a combination of beauty and durability. It is most known for its strength and stability, making it a great choice for flooring that lasts for many years. Although bamboo is actually a type of grass, it can be harder than oak, giving you a long lasting material.
Bamboo vs. Hardwood
It has a lot of the same benefits of hardwood plus a few more. It has less risk of damage due to expansion or contraction. It is also particularly resistant to insects and mildew growth. Bamboo is one the most recent materials to be used as flooring, but it is also one of the most environmentally friendly. It is a rapidly renewable resource that can be harvested every 5-7 years. An oak tree takes 60 years or more before it’s ready to be re-harvested. This makes bamboo a great choice for environmentally conscious consumers who are concerned about sustainability.
What Type of Bamboo to Buy?
There are a few color options to choose from to get the look you want. You can do a natural bamboo color are get a direct print bamboo to create bamboo flooring that looks like an entirely different type of floor.
There are different grain types for different looks. Vertical grain gives you a uniform, smooth look while horizontal grain helps display the bamboo's random growth rings. The hardest of the grain types is strand-woven which also gives a random look revealing the natural character of your bamboo floors. Contact us today, so we can help you make the right decision when purchasing your new flooring.
Buying Tips for Laminate Flooring
Why has this new product category been such a hit? Laminate products feature a newer type of wear surface that resists scratching, denting, and burns better than many existing products. They also offer extended product warranties to back up these claims for superior performance. Much of the styling is done in wood grain patterns taking advantage of the popularity of hardwood. Still other styling resembles natural stone like you would find in ceramic tile. Laminates offer a popular trade-off for people wanting wood or ceramic. Laminate floors are more scratch resistant than most regular hardwood finishes and easier to clean than the grout lines associated with ceramic tile installations and they are softer to walk on.
Laminates also require less demanding preparation of the subfloor because they are not glued directly to the subfloor. All of these products are snapped together over foam padding. This feature has made laminate flooring popular in areas where vinyl flooring traditionally was installed. Custom floor design is also very easily done with products that offer planks and squares that mix and match together.
High pressure laminate vs. direct pressure laminate
You’ll hear conversation on this difference but both products perform equally as well in most situations. The high-pressure products have greater chipping and impact resistance. High-pressure laminates also have a separate wear surface protecting the pattern, where as the pattern and the wear surface is the same with direct pressure products.
Laminate flooring in wet areas
Many of the products are not recommended for wet areas, because the core is made of wood fiber. They can be installed in these areas but extra care has to be taken to make sure they stay dry.
Finishing touches are important
Look for products that can provide the needed accessories like reducer strips, stairnose, and T-molds that either match or coordinate with the flooring.
Buying Tips for Vinyl Flooring
The new generation of vinyl floors have new finishes, different construction and new types of backing. They are designed for better wear, clearer pattern definition, and easier to maintain and install. Manufacturers have gone primarily to cushioned products with wider widths to reduce the number of seams. New innovations in backing have made the today’s cushion vinyl floors more resistant to rips, tears and back staining. Most residential sheet flooring offer no-wax performance and a wide variety of colors and patterns–more than any other flooring product and generally speaking, cushion vinyl flooring is the most economical of all flooring choices.
Some products are designed to help you reduce subfloor preparation costs
Next to ceramic tile, vinyl flooring installation demands properly prepared subflooring. Most felt back or cushion vinyl products are thin and when they are installed with a full spread of adhesive over a poorly prepared subfloor, irregularities can telegraph through. New products designed for perimeter or loose lay installation will greatly reduce the effects of subfloor irregularities while lowering subfloor preparation costs. In fact, many of these products can be installed over your existing flooring.
Luxury Vinyl Products
Manufacturer’s have raised vinyl flooring to a whole new level when it comes to luxury vinyl product offerings. New technologies have led to greater realism in design and structures every bit as rugged as older inlaid products, and all of this without giving up the easy no-wax maintenance that is desired.
Special considerations when choosing sheet vinyl flooring
Beware of asphalt driveways as asphalt can react to certain conditions and transfer into the vinyl resulting in permanent staining. Be careful when moving or dragging heavy objects across the cushioned flooring as it often results in permanent damage to the surface.
Buying Tips for Hardwood Flooring
Factory Finish vs. Custom Sand & Finish on Site
You should feel comfortable with either choice. However, factory finishing offers many nice advantages. Factory finished flooring is inspected for defects at the mill so you receive first choice every time. On-site finishing depends on the quality of the workmanship that day.
Factory finished flooring usually installs more quickly and without the dust and odors that are involved with on-site finishing. However, even though factory finished flooring comes in a variety of colors, on-site finishing allows for closer color match with existing woodwork or cabinets.
Both factory finishes and on-site finishes are available in either high gloss or matte. Both types have exciting new finishes developed with space age technology. These finishes are not like grandma's old wood floors because they require no waxing.
Engineered products install where no solid hardwood dares to go
Prior to the development of engineered hardwood flooring, hardwood products could not be installed on slab or in your basement without a special subfloor system. Now you can enjoy real hardwood flooring in those areas without all that fuss and expense. A special cross-ply construction eliminates the problem of expansion and contraction usually associated with solid hardwood.
Don't become overly concerned with thinner or thicker top wood layers associated with engineered products because it's the finish you are walking on. Generally speaking you won't need to re-sand and finish these products; just re-coat them unless you need to change the color.
Special considerations when selecting hardwood flooring
Direct sunlight can affect the color of hardwood stains, therefore closing curtains or shades during peak periods will reduce damage. Area rugs left in place for extended periods of time may expose a shading difference once they are removed from the remainder of the floor.
Large pets with sharp toenails can also damage even the best finishes.
Ceramic & Porcelain
Buying Tips for Ceramic Tile
The correct subfloor structure is critical to performance
Ceramic tile, more than any other form of flooring, requires the proper subfloor system and setting materials. A double subfloor system with the total thickness of 1-1/4″, over floor joists 16″ on center is required. The top subfloor layer should be exterior grade plywood or an underlayment specifically designed for ceramic tile installation like cementous backerboard. Special setting materials are available which will allow ceramic tile installations over existing floors that are solid and already meet the above requirements. Failure to provide a sturdy base can cause grout to crack and release or tile to crack.
Although many ceramic tiles look the same, there are quality differences
The quality of raw materials, the firing process, and the sophistication of glazing applications as well as the variations in each tile that create realism will determine the quality of the finished product. These quality differences are often reflected in the price.
Selecting the right surface glaze is an important step when selecting floor tile Floor tiles are rated for glaze wear and slip resistance, which are important factors to consider. Glaze ratings should exceed 3 for residential applications with the exception of bath areas that can use tiles rated 2. Tiles with a slip resistant rating of 0.5 or better should work well in most indoor residential applications. Use caution when selecting tile for installations outdoors. Unglazed quarry tiles, tiles with heavily textured surfaces, or porcelain paver tiles, all with slip resistant ratings of 0.6 or greater are possibilities. They must also be frost resistant.
Special Caution Dropping objects on ceramic tile–particularly heavy ones–can chip even the best tiles.
Carpets & Rugs
Buying Tips for Carpet
Don’t take the quality of your carpet cushion lightly The performance of many carpets will hinge on the performance of the cushion. Spending a few extra dollars on cushion can mean extra years of performance for your carpet. Some carpet warranties also hinge on the grade of cushion you select. Carpet cushion affects the luxury feel underfoot, quietness, resilience, cleaning, insulation, and, ultimately, the life of your carpet. Crushing or flattening of your carpet fiber causes it to look ugly long before it’s useful wear life is over. Quality cushion will help resist this condition. Another aspect of cushion you will want to consider is moisture barrier cushion. When you have spills on your carpet and after having it cleaned the stain comes back it is not because the stain is in your carpet, it is actually in your pad. When the stain soaks through your carpet it gets absorbed into the pad and when the pad gets wet (during cleaning for example) the stain is wicked back up into the carpet and the stain reappears. With a high quality moisture barrier pad such as Mohawk’s SmartCushion and Shaw’s Triple Touch Pad the spill will stay on top of the pad until it is either wiped up or extracted and once it is gone you know it will not be reappearing in your carpet again.
Don’t judge the quality by feel alone
Thick and luxurious carpet can fool you at times. Determine the performance you want and the conditions effecting your carpet. You cannot compare the price of two different products on the feel and look alone because the type of fiber is a bigger factor. A tighter twisted fiber doesn’t feel as soft but it will generally give you better performance over the life of the carpet. A tightly twisted yarn will resist soiling, matting and crushing. When a yarn is not tightly twisted it may feel more luxurious but it will tend to crush and flatten out more quickly.
Continuous Filament vs. Stapled products
A continuous filament carpet will never shed and fill up your vacuum cleaner but a stapled yarn product will shed for the first six months to a full year and you will have to empty your vacuum cleaner frequently while cleaning. A continuous filament carpet will cost more but it is important to consider if you don’t want the shedding.
Most carpets are now treated with some type of stain resistant product. The most popular names are Scotch Guard and Stainmaster. There are new products now that have different names or have built in stain resistance that is as good or better than the popular names. Shaw has R2X which is topically applied just like Scotch Guard and Stainmaster but Shaw’s ClearTouch products also have R2X applied while the yarn is being produced so it is also in the fiber, not just on it. Mohawk has introduced SmartStrand which is made from the first new fiber classification since 1958 called Triexta and it is naturally stain resistant without any topical application. The biggest difference between the topical applications and the SmartStrand is that the topical applications will wear off with cleaning and traffic over time. After a cleaning you must have the topical treatment reapplied in order to keep the stain resistance.
Read the labels
Generally speaking you can review the stain resistance, anti-static claims and wear warranties right on the back of the sample. You also will see the type of fiber (nylon, polyester, polypropylene, triexta, etc.) and warranty information.
There is no substitute for a knowledgeable sales person
As you can see there are a wide variety of issues to resolve in buying the best carpet for your needs. The performance and quality characteristics of carpet vary more widely than that of other flooring materials and a knowledgeable sales person will help you match up your performance needs.
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For those of you who want to do it yourself, we have a large selection of Carpet, Vinyl, Laminate, and Tile in stock in our warehouse. You can take it with you and do it yourself. We also have most of the supplies you will need to get the job done right. Come in and take a look at our huge selection.
Since it was introduced in 2004, SmartStrand with DuPont Sorona polymer has quickly become one of the most successful brand launches in Mohawk's history. The performance has proven itself with high customer satisfaction levels, virtually no claims and thousands of happy retailers.
But to take that happiness one step further, Mohawk and DuPont offer the SmartStrand Rhino Challenge. This ultimate test of SmartStrand pits the carpeting against one of the biggest, fiercest and messiest zoo animals -- a 2,800-pound Black Rhinoceros named Ricko.
This is your one-stop shop for everything SmartStrand related including this challenge.
In early 2009, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission approved triexta as the sub-class generic for PTT saying, "Having reviewed the test results, the [FTC] commission's expert confirmed that they demonstrate that carpets made from PTT fibers significantly outperform carpets made from PET."
When you add in SmartStrand with DuPont Sorona renewably sourced polymer, SmartStrand really is in a class by itself! Brought to you exclusively by two market leaders -- Mohawk and DuPont -- SmartStrand with DuPont Sorona renewably sourced polymer is made from 37% renewable ingredients instead of depletable natural resources.
By choosing to purchase this product, you will be saving energy and conserving delicate natural resources.
Now that's SMART.
Floor Cleaning Products
We carry the full line of Mohawk FloorCare Essentials cleaning products. We have Carpet Care Kits, Laminate and Hardwood Care Kits, Tile Care Kits which include everything you need to get started properly caring for your floors. We also have replacement pads for the mops and individual bottles of cleaners and Odor Eliminator. All of the Mohawk FloorCare Essentials products are completely natural and non-toxic so they are safe for use around children and pets.
As carpet manufacturers warranties specify, you must have your carpets professionally cleaned every 12 months. For these professional cleanings we recommend Van's Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning. They are prompt, courteous, and most of all good at what they do. Please contact Van's for all of your flooring and upholstery cleaning needs and let them know that their friends at DCO Flooring sent you.
For more information on the proper FloorCare Essentials cleaning products to use on your floor please click on the links below.
Ceramic & Porcelain Tile Cleaner