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Installing carpet in your garage, is it worth it?

Carpet installed in your garage is not a new idea, people have been doing it for many years. It's seen as a flooring option that insulates the space during colder weather and creates a warm atmosphere. If you are deciding whether this option is right for you, read ahead to find out the pros and cons of laying carpet in your garage, while also considering safety and what carpet is best for this environment.

Garage Floor Carpet Concerns

If history has shown us anything, it's that shag-carpeted garage floors may look good on paper but after about a year or so it's no longer looking shaggy but more like daggy from wear and tear. This hasn't deterred people though as garages are still being carpeted, but what they aren't aware of are the problems associated with carpeting a garage. We have identified these issues for you:

  • Standard carpet isn't safe or designed for garage spaces because it can create mould, and is difficult to clean and remove oil stains from.
  • It is a fire hazard. A small spark can start a fire in the garage because of petrol soaked carpet.
  • Some councils don't allow indoor carpeting of a garage due to the potential fire hazard.

Carpeting Options

You still want to carpet your garage even though you are aware of the potential hazards, so what do you do? The answer is simple, using a carpet that is designed for outdoor, marine or automotive use. This carpet is made out of polypropylene fibres or synthetic olefin fibres and is commonly referred to as indoor outdoor carpet. Another item made out of this material is fabric garage floor mats. This carpet is perfectly designed for a garage space as it is resistant to mould, staining. U.V. fading and abrasion.  

It's best feature is that it is more fire-resistant than regular household carpet. When it is exposed to a flame, it is more likely to melt than catch alight.

The carpet comes in a variety of colours and textures, just like regular carpet. Generally, it comes in 2m and 3.66m width, and the price is dependent on the quality of the carpet. Where can I buy this product?

At Foam & Rubber, we are an Australian owned and managed business that can meet your needs when it comes to indoor outdoor marine carpet for your garage space. We have a large range of styles & colours available. Get in touch for a free quote or colour sample - 07 5596 1221. We ship Australia Wide. 

DIY Installation

To install your indoor outdoor carpet, you are required to glue it to the concrete surface (if you own our property). If you are renting manufacturers suggest taping it down, it is a relatively easy DIY project that can be completed over a few hours or a weekend.

Maintenance

For standard care, all that is required is a vacuum. However, for tougher stains, particularly oil, it needs to be cleaned with dishwashing detergent in warm water and a soft brush. Harsh chemicals will cause the backing to deteriorate so avoid using them to clean your carpet.

Due to the nature of the carpet, oils will generally not stain it, but it can take a few goes at cleaning it for it to go because of wicking properties on the marine carpet. If a previous stain reappears, this is because remaining oils have made their way up from the carpet backing to the surface. 

WE ALSO OFFER A SUPPLY & LAY SERVICE - GET A FREE QUOTE TODAY * Gold Coast and Brisbane areas

Garage Carpeting Pros and Cons

Although carpeting the garage floor is a popular choice among many, it may not be the best choice because of how you use your garage. For general use such as parking the cars, tinkering in the workshop, doing laundry or using a storage place, carpet is a lovely feel underfoot and may be the right choice.

If you are more hands-on in your garage and are working on car repairs, doing woodworking projects and other big things, carpet is no the right choice. Removing wood and metal chips from carpet is difficult, and constant exposure to car chemicals will slowly deteriorate the backing of the carpet.

Pros

  • Absorbs noise
  • Anti-slip protection
  • Soft underfoot
  • Easy to clean with a vacuum
  • Easy DIY installation
  • Insulates the floor from the cold

Cons

  • Chemicals can cause deterioration of the backing and glue
  • Will not stand up to large garage projects
  • Big fluid spills aren't easy to clean up
  • More effort to clean with large messes
  • Not good where there are moisture issues
  • Machinery and toolboxes harder to roll on the carpet
  • Replacement areas due to damage are noticeable

We highly recommend marine outdoor carpet to lay in garages or outdoor areas. 

IT’S WINTER .. who needs an extra room for the teenagers?

 

Installing carpet in your garage, is it worth it?

Carpet installed in your garage is not a new idea, people have been doing it for many years. It's seen as a flooring option that insulates the space during colder weather and creates a warm atmosphere. If you are deciding whether this option is right for you, read ahead to find out the pros and cons of laying carpet in your garage, while also considering safety and what carpet is best for this environment.

Garage Floor Carpet Concerns

If history has shown us anything, it's that shag-carpeted garage floors may look good on paper but after about a year or so it's no longer looking shaggy but more like daggy from wear and tear. This hasn't deterred people though as garages are still being carpeted, but what they aren't aware of are the problems associated with carpeting a garage. We have identified these issues for you:

  • Standard carpet isn't safe or designed for garage spaces because it can create mould, and is difficult to clean and remove oil stains from.
  • It is a fire hazard. A small spark can start a fire in the garage because of petrol soaked carpet.
  • Some councils don't allow indoor carpeting of a garage due to the potential fire hazard.

Carpeting Options

You still want to carpet your garage even though you are aware of the potential hazards, so what do you do? The answer is simple, using a carpet that is designed for outdoor, marine or automotive use. This carpet is made out of polypropylene fibres or synthetic olefin fibres and is commonly referred to as indoor outdoor carpet. Another item made out of this material is fabric garage floor mats. This carpet is perfectly designed for a garage space as it is resistant to mould, staining. U.V. fading and abrasion.  

It's best feature is that it is more fire-resistant than regular household carpet. When it is exposed to a flame, it is more likely to melt than catch alight.

The carpet comes in a variety of colours and textures, just like regular carpet. Generally, it comes in 2m and 3.66m width, and the price is dependent on the quality of the carpet. Where can I buy this product?

At Foam & Rubber, we are an Australian owned and managed business that can meet your needs when it comes to indoor outdoor marine carpet for your garage space. We have a large range of styles & colours available. Get in touch for a free quote or colour sample - 07 5596 1221. We ship Australia Wide. 

DIY Installation

To install your indoor outdoor carpet, you are required to glue it to the concrete surface (if you own our property). If you are renting manufacturers suggest taping it down, it is a relatively easy DIY project that can be completed over a few hours or a weekend.

Maintenance

For standard care, all that is required is a vacuum. However, for tougher stains, particularly oil, it needs to be cleaned with dishwashing detergent in warm water and a soft brush. Harsh chemicals will cause the backing to deteriorate so avoid using them to clean your carpet.

Due to the nature of the carpet, oils will generally not stain it, but it can take a few goes at cleaning it for it to go because of wicking properties on the marine carpet. If a previous stain reappears, this is because remaining oils have made their way up from the carpet backing to the surface. 

WE ALSO OFFER A SUPPLY & LAY SERVICE - GET A FREE QUOTE TODAY * Gold Coast and Brisbane areas

Garage Carpeting Pros and Cons

Although carpeting the garage floor is a popular choice among many, it may not be the best choice because of how you use your garage. For general use such as parking the cars, tinkering in the workshop, doing laundry or using a storage place, carpet is a lovely feel underfoot and may be the right choice.

If you are more hands-on in your garage and are working on car repairs, doing woodworking projects and other big things, carpet is no the right choice. Removing wood and metal chips from carpet is difficult, and constant exposure to car chemicals will slowly deteriorate the backing of the carpet.

Pros

  • Absorbs noise
  • Anti-slip protection
  • Soft underfoot
  • Easy to clean with a vacuum
  • Easy DIY installation
  • Insulates the floor from the cold

Cons

  • Chemicals can cause deterioration of the backing and glue
  • Will not stand up to large garage projects
  • Big fluid spills aren't easy to clean up
  • More effort to clean with large messes
  • Not good where there are moisture issues
  • Machinery and toolboxes harder to roll on the carpet
  • Replacement areas due to damage are noticeable

We highly recommend marine outdoor carpet to lay in garages or outdoor areas.