The frequently asked questions listed below cover general topics related to boat flooring and should help you figure out where to start the process for your boat.
Why Corinthian Marine Flooring and AquaMat® Custom Fit Boat Mat?
The team at Corinthian Marine has been involved in the design and manufacturing of marine carpet and flooring since the late 80’s. In fact, we were the first to develop the AquaMat® drop-in or snap-in boat mat system for fiberglass boats. We have been around the industry for a long time and have the most experience under our belts of any marine carpet and flooring aftermarket supplier. So while you cannot buy life vests, fishing poles or other gear from Corinthian Marine, you can be confident that when you talk to us about boat flooring you are getting years of expertise. All of us are dedicated to what we do which is making sure you get The Best Walk on Water.
What makes marine carpet and flooring different from standard residential carpet?
Marine grade carpet and flooring is designed to withstand the tough marine environment without fading or degrading. It is produced from solution dyed fibers enhanced with UV stabilizers that protect it from extreme sun, salt and moisture. The backs applied to marine flooring are also uniquely designed for the application - whether to wrap around pedestals and boat contours, or to lay on top of a finished fiberglass floor - the quality backings Corinthian applies are as important as the beautiful face of the flooring.
Do I need Glue Down Marine Flooring or an AquaMat® Custom Fit Boat Mat?
This is the question that perplexes boat owners the most. Before you check out colors and styles, it is vital that you determine whether you currently have glue down flooring or a boat mat. Hopefully, this simple comparison will help you figure out which is right for you, but if you aren't sure, please contact us and we can help guide you in the right direction!
Glue Down Marine Flooring is sold to replace boat flooring that has been glued to the boat floor. It is permanently adhered to the surface and cannot be easily removed. It must be "torn out" for replacement. New glue down marine flooring is designed to be cut on site and installed with an adhesive directly to the surface of the deck. Much of our glue down marine grade flooring is moldable for the contours of a boat and hatches but is not suitable for binding or snap-in boat mat applications.
AquaMat® Custom Fit Boat Mats are designed to lay on top of fiberglass liners and are usually held in place with snaps. They are cut to shape and bound on the edges. When you receive your new AquaMat® it will be ready to be placed directly onto your boat floor. Most of Corinthian Marine's AquaMat® flooring utilizes our exclusive AquaLoc® backing that provides unbeatable durability and unparalleled skid and slip resistance.
What are my options for replacing worn out marine grade carpet on my boat?
If the worn boat carpet is glued to the boat floor, replacement requires tearing out the existing boat carpet and installing the new marine carpet of a similar style and color. For more information, check out our Glue Down Flooring section.
Glue Down Flooring
Replacing a removable drop-in or snap-in mat is easier. You may template the existing mat if it is in good shape, make a new template from the boat floor (click here for our easy to follow template instructions) or select one from our template library. Corinthian will make an AquaMat® custom fit boat mat to your exact specifications.
How do I know which marine carpet or flooring style to choose?
There really is no wrong answer. The only vital considerations are your width requirements and whether you have tight fitting hatches or lids that may not close with higher pile boat carpet. Other things to consider are more based on your lifestyle, rather than boat type. Give us a call and our marine specialists will be happy to help you select the best marine carpet for your needs.
Will marine carpet or flooring get mold / mildew?
It depends. The fibers and yarns will not promote mold or mildew growth on their own. However, the right combination of organic matter (dirt and spills), moisture and trapped heat can cause mold or mildew growth. The simple solution is to clean up dirt and spills before you cover and put the boat away.
Will my marine flooring get hot?
Some colors are hotter than others, however, all the flooring is cooler than a bare fiberglass deck. Heat absorption tests indicate there is some heat but nothing too hot to touch or for bare feet.
How much will it cost to replace my boat flooring?
The cost to replace your boat floor depends on the size of the floor you want to cover and the type of material you select. Corinthian prices by the square foot so you can calculate an estimate:
Direct Glue Down
Standard width of material you choose x length of the floor area you are covering (bow to stern) X sf price = Cost of material
Measure the length x the width of all the pieces nested together x sf price = Cost of an AquaMat
Corinthian Marine has an estimator on each glue down product page to assist you in calculating cost, just plug in the length and the price will calculate for you based on your individual dimensions. Our specialists are happy to guide through the estimating process without any obligation or commitment on your part.
For a finished AquaMat estimate, there are a lot of variables involved. Please contact our customer service department and we can do our best to quote or estimate the costs for you.
We understand this isn’t a project you do every day and it can be a bit confusing. We are here to help so hop on a chat with us, email, or give us a call: 866-785-6507 ext 500.
How do I care for marine flooring?
Corinthian Marine carpeting and flooring is easy to maintain. It requires occasional hosing off and vacuuming. When necessary, use a non-solvent based, high-quality carpet cleaner to remove stubborn stains, always being careful to remove all cleaner residues with water. It's also best to avoid pressure hoses and harsh bristle brushes (even nylon, if its too stiff - soft bristles only)
The frequently asked questions shown below relate specifically to "snap-in" or "drop-in" style removeable mats.
How do I make a template for an AquaMat® Custom Fit Boat Mat?
Are your patterns from the manufacturer?
Many are. And some are from our certified partners who are expert pattern makers. Either way we will provide you with a drawing of the layout for your sign-off so you can see the exact specifications we will produce.
Will snaps be included with my new AquaMat®?
We do not install snaps in your new AquaMat® because snaps require exact placement to match up with existing studs. We can sell them and offer a tool for rent to assist you.
For an even easier method, check out our exclusive Snapless Installation System.
How do I install snaps on my new AquaMat® Custom Fit Boat Mat?
It is pretty easy to do – click on this link for our easy it is to do by making a little video showing us using the tool we have to loan out. It is very homemade, so bear with us, but it will greatly ease any trepidation you may be having!
How do I install Corinthian Marine’s exclusive SNAPLESS System?
We want your AquaMat® to look beautiful when it is installed, and traditional snaps don’t always look the best. That’s why we invented a hook and loop attachment system just for the marine environment – the easiest AquaMat installation ever! and it's invisible!! Tried and proven by leading ski boat manufacturers. Here’s how it works:
1. We sew the hook and loop into the binding.
2. When you receive your mat, you lay it into the boat exactly as you want it.
3. You clean the fiberglass with rubbing alcohol in the areas where the Snapless System will stick to the floor.
4. Once the fiberglass is clean, you pull back the areas of the mat where the attachment is, peel off the “sticky” components and adhere them to the floor.
5. Let it cure for 24 hours and that’s it: a perfectly installed AquaMat that will stay in place. Yet it still can be removed for cleaning or drying or whatever you need.
Perfectly easy Snapless installation system!
How do I clean my AquaMat® Custom Fit Boat Mat?
Basic upkeep is the best defense to keep your AquaMat® carpet or flooring looking new. Maintain marine grade carpet face by hosing off or vacuuming regularly. Do not pressure wash.
Use a non-solvent based, high-quality carpet cleaner to remove stubborn stains, always being careful to remove all cleaner residues with water. We do not recommend any harsh chemicals such as bleach and suggest that you test in a small area first. If you use a bristle brush, make sure to use soft bristles only, especially with the new AquaWeave materials. Stiff bristles and hard scrubbing may damage the surface texture and coatings.
Lastly, an AquaMat® boat mat should dry completely before storing. When storing, always roll your AquaMat® boat mat carpet face out and NEVER fold.
Glue Down Questions
These frequently asked questions are specific to flooring that is glued down or permanently adhered to the floor of your boat.
Do I need to tear out my glued down flooring?
For the optimum installation it is best to replace the existing flooring with new flooring to a prepped floor – just like you would in your home. However in some cases you can opt to template the floor and purchase a removeable AquaMat to lay on top. This route works well to cover EVA foam installations.
How do I measure to determine how much glue down marine flooring I will need?
To minimize any seams in your marine flooring, measure the length and width of the area to be covered. Be sure to add additional material for hull sides, locker areas, and under seats. Make sure the marine carpet and flooring you choose is wide enough to meet your requirements.
Other Popular Questions
The questions below cover a broad range of topics not covered in the sections above.
How do I get samples of your boat flooring?
We understand how important it is that you see your new marine carpet and flooring in your boat before making a decision. Whether you need samples for a new AquaMat®, or to glue down on your boat, you will find instructions directly above the color swatches. Basically, you just click on a picture of flooring you like and select the "Add Sample to Cart" button. Once you have the 3 you want, click the shopping cart icon and check out. Super Easy!!! You may request up to 3 boat flooring swatches for free. We know you will be impressed with our boat flooring quality and beauty.
Do you ever have sales?
Corinthian Marine will periodically offer some pretty great deals. Join our email list & follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see special offers. Also check with your owner's group to see about membership rewards. These offers are valid for the time period mentioned, on new orders only, and cannot be combined with other offers. You must mention the promotion code when you place your order to receive the offer. Some prices are so low that shipping is not included.
To see our latest offers, check out our specials page.
What do I do if there is a problem with my order?
We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase from us. Please let us know right away if there is a problem and follow these important steps.
How much does shipping cost?
We offer FREE standard ground shipping within the contiguous 48 states. Some items may incur oversize charges. Click here to check out our full shipping policy.
Need help? Contact us today, and one of our boat carpeting experts will be able to assist you.