Carpet in North Clearwater, FL from Carillon Floor Center

Carpet Installation: What Surfaces Can it Go Over?

When it comes to installing carpet, many homeowners wonder whether it can be laid directly over existing flooring or if it requires a subflooring foundation. Let's break it down:

  1. Carpet Over Concrete

Concrete surfaces are a common substrate in many homes and commercial spaces. The good news is that carpet can indeed be installed directly over concrete floors. However, it's essential to ensure that the concrete is clean, dry, and free from any cracks or imperfections. Additionally, a moisture barrier may be necessary to prevent any moisture from seeping into the carpet over time.

  1. Carpet Over Wood Subflooring

For homes with wooden subflooring, carpet installation is typically straightforward. The carpet can be installed directly over the wood subfloor, providing a comfortable and cozy flooring option for your space. However, it's crucial to inspect the subfloor for any signs of damage or unevenness that may need to be addressed before installation.

  1. Carpet Over Tile or Vinyl

In some cases, homeowners may wish to install carpet over existing tile or vinyl flooring. While this is possible, it's essential to ensure that the surface is smooth, clean, and level before laying down the carpet. Depending on the condition of the existing flooring, additional preparation such as smoothing compounds or underlayment may be required to create an optimal surface for carpet installation.

  1. Carpet Over Laminate or Hardwood

Installing carpet over laminate or hardwood flooring is generally not recommended. These types of flooring provide a sturdy and stable foundation but may not offer the ideal surface for carpet installation. In most cases, it's best to remove laminate or hardwood flooring before installing carpet to ensure proper adhesion and longevity.

Trust Carillon Floor Center for Expert Advice

At Carillon Floor Center, our team of flooring experts is dedicated to providing you with the knowledge and guidance you need to make informed decisions about your flooring projects. Whether you're considering carpet installation or exploring other flooring options, we're here to help every step of the way.

Visit one of our two showroom locations in Clearwater, FL, to browse our extensive selection of carpets, hardwoods, laminates, tiles, and more. With over 55 years of experience serving the Clearwater community, you can trust Carillon Floor Center for all your flooring needs.