Choosing the Right Marine Flooring for your Boat

Just like your home, you want the floor of your boat to have a comfortable feel under foot. However, unlike your home, the carpet on the floor of your boat gets much more concentrated wear and tear and will need to be replaced more frequently.

There are a few questions you will need to answer before selecting the right marine flooring for your boat:

Is there carpet currently on the floor?
Did you like it when it was new?
Was the color and / or style exactly what you want?
Do you want a new look?
Is the carpet/flooring adhered to the floor, or is it removable?
What is the width and length of the area you will cover?
Once you have answers to the above, the process of selecting the right boat carpet is easy.  Keep in mind; there is no right or wrong answer in choosing the best marine flooring for your boat, but there are some general guidelines.

Because some boats have such a large surface area, typically marine flooring will have a subtle pattern. This helps to disguise traffic areas and staining.  If you are looking to adhere the new flooring to the boat’s subfloor, and then re-install existing furniture on top of that, you will need to veer towards woven vinyl or cut pile. Unfortunately Berber styles don’t work well in this particular application because the ends are easy to pull both during the installation of the carpet and the furniture.

However, if your floor is covered with a removable mat, the options are limitless. You could choose a plush and dense cut pile for the ultimate comfort after a long day of water sports, or you could choose the ease of cleaning provided by woven vinyl, or even the ultimate luxury exemplified by a specialty Berber.

One thing is certain, regardless of the color or style you select, you will want a UV stabilized marine grade flooring, not just any residential floor covering.  Marine carpet is designed to withstand the harsh direct rays of sun while you enjoy your boat and your company. Corinthian Marine flooring is also designed to resist heavy exposure to water and moisture in general. Residential carpet will degrade and fail under these conditions.

An excellent source to start the process of choosing new boat carpet is on our website. On our site you can sort by color and or style so that you can narrow down the options to make the selection process easier.   We highly recommend that you try samples in your boat before you purchase, to be sure that you are getting the exact color and style you want.  Not only do computer monitors vary, the different elements and accents in your boat’s upholstery and trim could affect how the flooring looks. On our site, you can order up to three samples at one time. You can choose any of our offered carpet solutions, whether you are looking to glue down or order custom made mats for your boat.