Choosing Marine Carpet Easily For Your Boat
Choosing carpet for you boat can be an overwhelming experience. There are lots of different styles, types, and colors to choose from. However, with this guide, choosing your boats carpet can be simple and painless. First thing is getting to know your marine carpet:
Regular marine grade carpet is a UV stabilized piece of carpet made from polypropylene. Polypropylene is a material which is considered an engineered plastic. Meaning that not only will your marine carpet not stain but it is also mold resistant. Another benefit of marine grade carpet is that many manufacturers include a rubberized backing. This is perfect for snap-in carpet because not only can air flow throughout the bottom of it, but also help stabilize the carpet inside the boat without the need for snaps. Marine carpet also comes without the rubberized backing for glued down applications. Marine carpet usually comes in widths of 6 ft, 8 ft, and 12 ft.
Another option many people go with is indoor outdoor carpet. This can be beneficial because it isn’t labeled with the “marine” tag which often costs much more money. There are many different styles and more options of indoor outdoor compared to marine carpet. Indoor outdoor is often UV protected and mold resistant as well. However, indoor outdoor carpet usually has a plastic look compared to marine carpet. Careful when ordering indoor outdoor types for your boat as some comes with a latex backing which will break down when water is repeatedly placed onto it. Indoor outdoor carpet usually comes in widths 12 ft and 15 ft but can sometimes be found in widths of 8 ft.
Lastly, the option of placing regular home carpet on your boat is available. This type of rug is rarely UV protected as well as almost always having a latex backing. This type is available in nylon (easily stained), wool, and polypropylene as well as others. Using regular carpet should always be a last option because it will rarely last longer than a couple of months when exposed to the environment. If you want the carpet on your boat to last a long time and always looking beautiful it is best to choose a marine grade carpet. However, if the carpet is to be glued down; indoor outdoor carpet is always an option.