Can Carpet Be Installed Over Concrete?

Can carpet be installed over concrete
Homeowners favor carpeting for stairs and bedrooms, and it's a top flooring choice for living rooms and family rooms, too. With careful product choice and proper installation, the carpet can successfully be placed on a concrete slab located on or below ground. The knowledgeable flooring specialists at Young Interiors Flooring Center, a carpet store in Longs, South Carolina, can help you find the best carpet for your home.

Carpet fibers

Olefin, also called polypropylene, is hydrophobic, which means that it does not absorb liquid. This fiber resists mold growth and bacteria. It's highly stain-resistant, but it has poor soil resistance and resilience, or the ability to bounce back after compression. Therefore, olefin carpet is best for low traffic areas like the basement. A low pile, tightly looped styles are most durable. Any natural or synthetic fiber can be used on the ground level of the home.

Carpet installation

For optimum performance, carpeting should be installed on a cement slab that is in good condition. Installers will make repairs before installation, if necessary. Carpeting is stretched across the room and attached to tack strips that are positioned around the perimeter. Padding, which absorbs footsteps, must be placed beneath the carpet to ensure maximum durability. Padding that includes an attached moisture barrier can be used if needed.

We’re here for all your carpet questions

Besides a large selection of floor coverings and a flooring installation service, locally owned Young Interiors Flooring Center offers design consultation, free in-home measurement, and more. We have been serving the following South Carolina communities, along with surrounding areas, since 1989: North Myrtle Beach, Carolina Forest, Calabash, and Ocean Isle Beach. Call, email, or stop by our showroom in Longs to begin your flooring installation upgrade. We offer a 60-Day Satisfaction Guarantee.