Can carpet be installed over concrete?

Yes, it can be installed over concrete, but we keep a few things in mind: We make sure it's the correct type of carpet and that the subfloor is smooth and dry. We also use tan epoxy adhesive, so it's not affected by any moisture. So come into our showroom to learn more about the Completely Floored installation services when you want it done right.

When would I install over concrete?

Concrete subfloors are often seen in basements, but they're sometimes in first-level homes that don't have basements. In Washington State, most older homes do have them, but the newer ones don't. So if you're thinking about a basement apartment, family, or game room, you might want carpet.

How we install a rug over concrete

First and foremost, you’ll need to be sure it’s the right kind of carpet. When you walk into our flooring store, you'll see hundreds of samples with different styles and constructions, all from various mills. As for style, the rug can be looped (such as in a Berber-style), cut pile, plush, etc., but fiber does matter, so be sure it's synthetic like an olefin (most associated with Berber styles).

Fiber does matter heavily, however, so be sure the rug and its backing are both synthetic. Synthetics have better water resistance and nylon, when clean and dry, actually deters mold and mildew growth. If you're installing outside, be sure you're getting outdoor carpeting, and, for indoors, you might also want to think about carpet tile since they, too, have better resistance to liquid.

Seal the concrete before installation; it ensures that the subfloor is clean, dry, and level and eliminates moisture. Also, pay attention to padding; a good choice is rubber padding with antimicrobial properties. Sometimes, also the padding and carpet combination is incompatible, deteriorating after being stepped on repeatedly. Talk to experts who can guide you to the best combination for a quality pad and carpet layer when choosing flooring installations in Everett, WA.

If you wonder if carpeting can be installed over concrete, visit us to learn more (and get a free flooring installation quote) at Completely Floored in Everett, WA. We work with homeowners and businesses around Everett, Marysville, Lake Stevens, Monroe, Arlington, and Mt. Vernon.