Garage Floor Carpet: Ultimate Buying Guide (Reviews & Pics)

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Red wine spilt on white carpet
Most garage carpets are waterproof and stain resistant.
Depending on the type of carpet you decide to install in your garage, it may or may not be waterproof. Heavy-duty garage carpets are typically 100% waterproof, flame retardant, and even oil-resistant. These types of carpets are also more expensive, though, so often not the number one choice. If you want waterproof carpet in your garage, then the marine carpet used on boats is an excellent choice. it’s affordable, comes on rolls, and repels water or chemicals. One word of warning, though. Just because a carpet is waterproof, doesn’t make it resistant to mold and mildew. Even a moist waterproof carpet can be a breeding ground for these microscopic fungi. It’s always a good idea to remove as much of the water as possible, then allow the room to get lots of fresh air. The Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet is one of many excellent waterproof products that work well in garages, and you can search for the color and type of carpet you’re looking for.


Why Put Carpet in a Garage?

Few people realize the excellent advantages that carpeting a garage has to offer. If you ever fell victim to the attack of a cold floor in midwinter, you understand the first reason: warmth. Carpeting a garage provides insulation and prevents it from becoming icy cold. If you’re using your garage as a living space or home gym, you might be appreciative of the warmth that a good carpet can give. Carpeting your garage can make it easier to clean, since most carpets suitable for garage use are almost immune to oil stains, and have short fibers so they’re easy to clean. Some of the products are also waterproof, which makes them easy to wash with a carpet cleaner or wet and dry vac. The many advantages of garage carpet also include adding grip to your garage floor. Carpets make it easier to drive into your garage by adding more traction than the smooth flooring gives.


What Is a Garage Carpet Made Of?

Most garage carpets have synthetic makeup because they’re intended for outdoor use or automotive use. The synthetic fibers often undergo treatment with flame retardant and other substances which cut down on safety concerns like fire hazards. While you may be able to find a garage version of natural flooring you must consider the possible risks. Most natural fibers burn quite easily, so only incorporate a natural-fiber carpet in your garage if you plan on using it as living quarters or something along those lines. Natural carpet tiles or rolls are a bad idea in a workshop or garage where you park your car. The best garage carpets for a working garage consist of artificial fibers that are waterproof, stain-resistant, and fire-resistant.


Where Can I Buy a Garage Carpet?

As garage carpets gain popularity, more and more dealerships are selling carpets that are suitable for garages. Many companies sell all-purpose outdoor carpeting which is waterproof and designed to work in high-traffic areas where there’s a lot of wear. The internet also is a wonderful place and offers many opportunities to buy these types of carpets. These are my top three online product recommendations:
  1. For waterproof carpeting: Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet
  2. For easy Installation: Pakoula Garage Car Floor Mat
  3. For portable efficiency: RV Mats
Many carpet dealerships have also moved their businesses online, and a quick Google search for garage carpet, outdoor carpet, marine carpet, or waterproof carpet will deliver many hits. While shopping online has many advantages, there’s also a downside. You don’t get to feel the texture of the fiber and see what it looks like in person. The comfort and appearance that carpets bring are part of the appeal after all. The other disadvantage is that, if you don’t plan on installing the carpet by yourself, you don’t have the benefit of asking the dealership to do the installation for you. With a new product like garage carpeting, your best bet is to buy from a professional dealership that can answer your questions and handle the installation for you.


Tips for Keeping Your Garage Carpet Clean

Once you’ve decided to install carpeting in your garage, the eternal struggle to keep things clean begins.
Housekeeper vacuuming a dirty carpet
The right tools make cleaning carpets easy.
I’ve wrapped up some of my top tips to help you keep things tidy:
  • If you spill oil or other chemicals, even on an oil-resistant and waterproof carpet, clean them up straight away using a decent grease or oil remover.
  • If you have carpet in your workshop garage, vacuum daily to prevent a build-up of wood chips and metal shavings in the threads.
  • Invest in a heavy-duty carpet cleaning machine or a water filtration vacuum if you do a lot of projects in your garage.
  • Never use a carpet cleaning machine to remove large oil stains or chemical spills. Clean most of it by hand, then use the device to clean the remaining residues.
The reason: Chemical reactions can be hazardous, so don’t risk mixing two chemicals in your cleaner accidentally by sucking up chemical spills.
  • If you install a garage floor mat, move it often to clean underneath it.
  • Installing a waterproof liner will prevent oil and chemicals from seeping into the cement floor, even if they make their way through the carpet.
There’s so much more to learn about carpets and garage carpets, and it’s next to impossible to learn it all in one go. Our posts about cleaning carpets may also be useful to you. I hope you’ve enjoyed this article about garage carpets. If you have, you might want to check out my other articles, like the article about basement flooring options. There are many similarities between basements and garages, after all. What are your thoughts about having carpets in the garage? Let us know in the comments below.
jute and bamboo carpet being used indoors
Jute and bamboo makes excellent indoor carpeting, but you may want to think twice before using them in the garage.
Again, we’d only suggest natural fiber carpets if you’re using your garage for something other than storing your car or a workspace.


Pros of Garage Carpet

There are many reasons why carpet tiles, rolls, and mats are an excellent choice for your garage floor. Here are some of the pros:
  • Garage carpet’s easy installation.
  • Putting carpet on your garage floor protects it from automotive fluids and even provides a buffer against things falling on it.
  • Products like olefin synthetic fibers provide a protective layer which makes these carpets easy to clean, even with tougher spills like heavy oils.
  • Carpeting a garage floor gives your garage grip and means that people, cars, and other things won’t slip as easily, even in wet environments.
  • When you install carpet, it doesn’t matter whether you use the area as a living space or to park your car. It provides warmth and comfort either way.
  • Many excellent brands of carpet are made in the USA (just like these vacuums), which supports local businesses.


Cons of Garage Carpet

As with anything, there are potential downsides to installing carpet in your garage. Let’s have a look at a few of them.
  • Many types of carpets work in the garage, but the wrong carpet can create a safety hazard (such as a slipping hazard or fire risk).
  • Standard carpeting isn’t fire resistant so it may catch fire or be a fire hazard in some environments. Always use industrial, garage, or heavy-duty commercial carpets like the ones I recommended above.
  • Some carpet types can be sensitive to mold and mildew. This is true of most natural fibers, and even some waterproof varieties.
  • If you use your garage as a work area, wood chips and sawdust may become tangled in the carpet.
  • For carpet tiles to work properly, they must be installed with great attention to detail.
  • A high-traffic garage requires more expensive garage carpeting.


Is Garage Carpet a Good Idea?

When it boils down to it, the question that everyone wants answered is, “Is garage carpet a good idea?” The basic answer is yes! In most cases, adding garage floor mats or installing carpet tiles or rolls, is an excellent idea. The more complicated answer involves a lot of consideration. As with anything, there are many factors to consider before deciding if you should install carpet in your garage. I’ve come up with a few questions to help guide you to the right answer.

What do You Use Your Garage For?

What you do in your garage makes all the difference when deciding if installing carpet is right for you. If you use your garage as a carpentry workshop or something along those lines, installing carpet may not be the best. Wood chips and metal shavings can get caught in the carpet fibers, and be a nightmare to remove again. It’s easy to remove everyday dust and even oil stains from garage carpeting, but it’s still a carpet. If the garage in question is a showroom, then installing carpet is great, but you’ll need heavy-duty garage carpeting to accommodate the constant in-and-out of cars and people. You don’t always have to use a carpet that’s branded for garages, and many stain-resistant commercial or heavy-duty brands work well. However, standard carpeting can catch fire if you’re welding or grinding and there’s a constant warm atmosphere. It’s best to consider a product like Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet, which undergoes intensive treatment to make it safe for most environments (including wet ones). Garage-specific carpets like the Pakoula Garage Car Floor Mat also have the wherewithal to withstand intensive work environments.

Does Your Garage Leak and How’s Your Climate?

Another excellent but underrated question is, what’s the climate like? If you live in a warm environment, with plenty of rain and your garage floor gets wet often, then mold and mildew may be a factor. These tiny fungi thrive in damp, warm areas. While the rubber marine backing of some carpets prevents water from seeping into the subfloor, it also keeps it trapped in the fiber. The Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet, for example, is excellent at keeping water off the subfloor. In time, even this trooper may become moldy if it stays wet, though. Sure, you can use a wet-dry vac or carpet washer to remove the water, but will you want to? If you live in a very cold climate, then having the right carpet in the garage can make all the difference between chilly feet and a warm reception. Consider a product like the RV Mats for warmth and comfort. There’s something mesmerizing about setting foot in the garage and stepping on the soft warm carpet rather than a cold cement floor.

Do You Have the Right Cleaning Tools?

Below, we’ll give you details about which cleaning devices are best for garage carpets. While it’s possible to clean garage carpeting with little more than a soft brush and the occasional bucket of water, few people want to take that much time to clean a carpet. Cleaning can take a significant chunk of time out of your life if you allow it. Consider whether you have, or are willing to get, the cleaning tools you’ll need to clean a carpet in the garage. You probably want at least a high-strength home vacuum, if not an industrial one, to clean carpets in a working garage. It’s also a good idea to have a high-strength carpet cleaner that can reach deep into the fibers to remove dirt and debris.


How Much Does it Cost to Carpet a Garage?

While you may expect a dramatic difference between the price of garage carpeting and standard carpeting, nothing could be further from the truth. If you’re buying an expensive high-grade, garage-specific carpet, then the price may be a bit higher. Generally, carpet installers consider installing carpets in average garages to be small projects. Larger projects, like commercial garages and the like, can be considerably more expensive. The average price for standard carpeting is around $2 to $4 per square. If you’re buying commercial or outdoor carpeting or something with a rubber marine backing, expect to pay $3-$6 per square foot. Professional installation costs around $2 per square foot, so all in all you may expect to pay between $5 and $8 per square foot. If you buy heavy-duty garage flooring, the total may be up to $12 per square foot. In the US, garages per average have a square footage of anything from 162 square feet to 384 square feet. That means you can expect to pay:
  • $810 to $1920 for affordable carpeting and installation.
  • $1296 to $3072 for high-grade standard carpet and installation.
  • $1944 to $4608 for specially designed or heavy-duty garage carpeting.
As you can see, there’s no precise answer for the pricing of garage carpets. Depending on the product you choose, where you buy it, and how expensive your installer is, the price shifts. You could come in higher or lower than these price ranges, as they’re calculated from averages to give you a general idea of the cost of installing carpet in your garage.


Is Garage Carpet Waterproof?

This is a more complex question than you might think at first. Carpet isn’t waterproof by nature, as it usually consists of soft, absorbent fibers.
Red wine spilt on white carpet
Most garage carpets are waterproof and stain resistant.
Depending on the type of carpet you decide to install in your garage, it may or may not be waterproof. Heavy-duty garage carpets are typically 100% waterproof, flame retardant, and even oil-resistant. These types of carpets are also more expensive, though, so often not the number one choice. If you want waterproof carpet in your garage, then the marine carpet used on boats is an excellent choice. it’s affordable, comes on rolls, and repels water or chemicals. One word of warning, though. Just because a carpet is waterproof, doesn’t make it resistant to mold and mildew. Even a moist waterproof carpet can be a breeding ground for these microscopic fungi. It’s always a good idea to remove as much of the water as possible, then allow the room to get lots of fresh air. The Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet is one of many excellent waterproof products that work well in garages, and you can search for the color and type of carpet you’re looking for.


Why Put Carpet in a Garage?

Few people realize the excellent advantages that carpeting a garage has to offer. If you ever fell victim to the attack of a cold floor in midwinter, you understand the first reason: warmth. Carpeting a garage provides insulation and prevents it from becoming icy cold. If you’re using your garage as a living space or home gym, you might be appreciative of the warmth that a good carpet can give. Carpeting your garage can make it easier to clean, since most carpets suitable for garage use are almost immune to oil stains, and have short fibers so they’re easy to clean. Some of the products are also waterproof, which makes them easy to wash with a carpet cleaner or wet and dry vac. The many advantages of garage carpet also include adding grip to your garage floor. Carpets make it easier to drive into your garage by adding more traction than the smooth flooring gives.


What Is a Garage Carpet Made Of?

Most garage carpets have synthetic makeup because they’re intended for outdoor use or automotive use. The synthetic fibers often undergo treatment with flame retardant and other substances which cut down on safety concerns like fire hazards. While you may be able to find a garage version of natural flooring you must consider the possible risks. Most natural fibers burn quite easily, so only incorporate a natural-fiber carpet in your garage if you plan on using it as living quarters or something along those lines. Natural carpet tiles or rolls are a bad idea in a workshop or garage where you park your car. The best garage carpets for a working garage consist of artificial fibers that are waterproof, stain-resistant, and fire-resistant.


Where Can I Buy a Garage Carpet?

As garage carpets gain popularity, more and more dealerships are selling carpets that are suitable for garages. Many companies sell all-purpose outdoor carpeting which is waterproof and designed to work in high-traffic areas where there’s a lot of wear. The internet also is a wonderful place and offers many opportunities to buy these types of carpets. These are my top three online product recommendations:
  1. For waterproof carpeting: Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet
  2. For easy Installation: Pakoula Garage Car Floor Mat
  3. For portable efficiency: RV Mats
Many carpet dealerships have also moved their businesses online, and a quick Google search for garage carpet, outdoor carpet, marine carpet, or waterproof carpet will deliver many hits. While shopping online has many advantages, there’s also a downside. You don’t get to feel the texture of the fiber and see what it looks like in person. The comfort and appearance that carpets bring are part of the appeal after all. The other disadvantage is that, if you don’t plan on installing the carpet by yourself, you don’t have the benefit of asking the dealership to do the installation for you. With a new product like garage carpeting, your best bet is to buy from a professional dealership that can answer your questions and handle the installation for you.


Tips for Keeping Your Garage Carpet Clean

Once you’ve decided to install carpeting in your garage, the eternal struggle to keep things clean begins.
Housekeeper vacuuming a dirty carpet
The right tools make cleaning carpets easy.
I’ve wrapped up some of my top tips to help you keep things tidy:
  • If you spill oil or other chemicals, even on an oil-resistant and waterproof carpet, clean them up straight away using a decent grease or oil remover.
  • If you have carpet in your workshop garage, vacuum daily to prevent a build-up of wood chips and metal shavings in the threads.
  • Invest in a heavy-duty carpet cleaning machine or a water filtration vacuum if you do a lot of projects in your garage.
  • Never use a carpet cleaning machine to remove large oil stains or chemical spills. Clean most of it by hand, then use the device to clean the remaining residues.
The reason: Chemical reactions can be hazardous, so don’t risk mixing two chemicals in your cleaner accidentally by sucking up chemical spills.
  • If you install a garage floor mat, move it often to clean underneath it.
  • Installing a waterproof liner will prevent oil and chemicals from seeping into the cement floor, even if they make their way through the carpet.
There’s so much more to learn about carpets and garage carpets, and it’s next to impossible to learn it all in one go. Our posts about cleaning carpets may also be useful to you. I hope you’ve enjoyed this article about garage carpets. If you have, you might want to check out my other articles, like the article about basement flooring options. There are many similarities between basements and garages, after all. What are your thoughts about having carpets in the garage? Let us know in the comments below.
beige synthetic fiber carpet
Synthetic fibers often undergo intense treatments to ensure that they’re waterproof and fire-resistant.
There are several reasons for this:
  1. Most synthetic carpet fibers get a treatment to prevent them from being highly flammable. Ideal if you’re using your garage as a workshop.
  2. It’s easier to waterproof artificial fibers and make them oil-resistant, so it’s cheaper to produce garage-worthy products.
  3. Manufacturers can precoat each fiber with protective chemicals without compromising the soft, cozy feel of the overall carpet.
  4. Many synthetic fibers are much softer than their natural counterparts, thanks to the conditioning process used in the manufacturing process.
The choice is always yours in the end, but the safety, comfort, and affordability of synthetic garage carpets are hard to beat.

Natural Fiber Garage Carpet

While you may be able to find garage-friendly versions of natural products, there are several things you ought to consider before buying a natural fiber carpet for your garage.
  1. Most natural fibers are extremely flammable unless treated and will be a fire risk if you use your garage as a workspace or automotive area.

    Some fibers, like wool, are fire resistant, but others (like bamboo) aren’t. Look for hardy, fire resistant fiber types if you choose natural carpet.
  2. Natural fibers are sensitive to mold and mildew since the fungi would naturally decompose them in the wild.
  3. Not every natural fiber is eco-friendly, and some natural fibers are farmed at great cost to the environment—always dig deeper.

    For example, bamboo carpets may consist of bamboo unsustainably harvested from the habitat of giant pandas, or specially grown in ground flooded with harmful pesticides.
  4. Natural fiber carpets are more likely to appeal to pests like mice and silverfish than industrially produced materials.
  5. Most naturally produced fibers are highly absorptive which could lead to a problem if there’s some kind of chemical leak.
Despite all my warnings, I love natural materials. While I don’t have a specific product to recommend in this instance, I’d be keen to hear of any you love in the comments at the end of this article
jute and bamboo carpet being used indoors
Jute and bamboo makes excellent indoor carpeting, but you may want to think twice before using them in the garage.
Again, we’d only suggest natural fiber carpets if you’re using your garage for something other than storing your car or a workspace.


Pros of Garage Carpet

There are many reasons why carpet tiles, rolls, and mats are an excellent choice for your garage floor. Here are some of the pros:
  • Garage carpet’s easy installation.
  • Putting carpet on your garage floor protects it from automotive fluids and even provides a buffer against things falling on it.
  • Products like olefin synthetic fibers provide a protective layer which makes these carpets easy to clean, even with tougher spills like heavy oils.
  • Carpeting a garage floor gives your garage grip and means that people, cars, and other things won’t slip as easily, even in wet environments.
  • When you install carpet, it doesn’t matter whether you use the area as a living space or to park your car. It provides warmth and comfort either way.
  • Many excellent brands of carpet are made in the USA (just like these vacuums), which supports local businesses.


Cons of Garage Carpet

As with anything, there are potential downsides to installing carpet in your garage. Let’s have a look at a few of them.
  • Many types of carpets work in the garage, but the wrong carpet can create a safety hazard (such as a slipping hazard or fire risk).
  • Standard carpeting isn’t fire resistant so it may catch fire or be a fire hazard in some environments. Always use industrial, garage, or heavy-duty commercial carpets like the ones I recommended above.
  • Some carpet types can be sensitive to mold and mildew. This is true of most natural fibers, and even some waterproof varieties.
  • If you use your garage as a work area, wood chips and sawdust may become tangled in the carpet.
  • For carpet tiles to work properly, they must be installed with great attention to detail.
  • A high-traffic garage requires more expensive garage carpeting.


Is Garage Carpet a Good Idea?

When it boils down to it, the question that everyone wants answered is, “Is garage carpet a good idea?” The basic answer is yes! In most cases, adding garage floor mats or installing carpet tiles or rolls, is an excellent idea. The more complicated answer involves a lot of consideration. As with anything, there are many factors to consider before deciding if you should install carpet in your garage. I’ve come up with a few questions to help guide you to the right answer.

What do You Use Your Garage For?

What you do in your garage makes all the difference when deciding if installing carpet is right for you. If you use your garage as a carpentry workshop or something along those lines, installing carpet may not be the best. Wood chips and metal shavings can get caught in the carpet fibers, and be a nightmare to remove again. It’s easy to remove everyday dust and even oil stains from garage carpeting, but it’s still a carpet. If the garage in question is a showroom, then installing carpet is great, but you’ll need heavy-duty garage carpeting to accommodate the constant in-and-out of cars and people. You don’t always have to use a carpet that’s branded for garages, and many stain-resistant commercial or heavy-duty brands work well. However, standard carpeting can catch fire if you’re welding or grinding and there’s a constant warm atmosphere. It’s best to consider a product like Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet, which undergoes intensive treatment to make it safe for most environments (including wet ones). Garage-specific carpets like the Pakoula Garage Car Floor Mat also have the wherewithal to withstand intensive work environments.

Does Your Garage Leak and How’s Your Climate?

Another excellent but underrated question is, what’s the climate like? If you live in a warm environment, with plenty of rain and your garage floor gets wet often, then mold and mildew may be a factor. These tiny fungi thrive in damp, warm areas. While the rubber marine backing of some carpets prevents water from seeping into the subfloor, it also keeps it trapped in the fiber. The Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet, for example, is excellent at keeping water off the subfloor. In time, even this trooper may become moldy if it stays wet, though. Sure, you can use a wet-dry vac or carpet washer to remove the water, but will you want to? If you live in a very cold climate, then having the right carpet in the garage can make all the difference between chilly feet and a warm reception. Consider a product like the RV Mats for warmth and comfort. There’s something mesmerizing about setting foot in the garage and stepping on the soft warm carpet rather than a cold cement floor.

Do You Have the Right Cleaning Tools?

Below, we’ll give you details about which cleaning devices are best for garage carpets. While it’s possible to clean garage carpeting with little more than a soft brush and the occasional bucket of water, few people want to take that much time to clean a carpet. Cleaning can take a significant chunk of time out of your life if you allow it. Consider whether you have, or are willing to get, the cleaning tools you’ll need to clean a carpet in the garage. You probably want at least a high-strength home vacuum, if not an industrial one, to clean carpets in a working garage. It’s also a good idea to have a high-strength carpet cleaner that can reach deep into the fibers to remove dirt and debris.


How Much Does it Cost to Carpet a Garage?

While you may expect a dramatic difference between the price of garage carpeting and standard carpeting, nothing could be further from the truth. If you’re buying an expensive high-grade, garage-specific carpet, then the price may be a bit higher. Generally, carpet installers consider installing carpets in average garages to be small projects. Larger projects, like commercial garages and the like, can be considerably more expensive. The average price for standard carpeting is around $2 to $4 per square. If you’re buying commercial or outdoor carpeting or something with a rubber marine backing, expect to pay $3-$6 per square foot. Professional installation costs around $2 per square foot, so all in all you may expect to pay between $5 and $8 per square foot. If you buy heavy-duty garage flooring, the total may be up to $12 per square foot. In the US, garages per average have a square footage of anything from 162 square feet to 384 square feet. That means you can expect to pay:
  • $810 to $1920 for affordable carpeting and installation.
  • $1296 to $3072 for high-grade standard carpet and installation.
  • $1944 to $4608 for specially designed or heavy-duty garage carpeting.
As you can see, there’s no precise answer for the pricing of garage carpets. Depending on the product you choose, where you buy it, and how expensive your installer is, the price shifts. You could come in higher or lower than these price ranges, as they’re calculated from averages to give you a general idea of the cost of installing carpet in your garage.


Is Garage Carpet Waterproof?

This is a more complex question than you might think at first. Carpet isn’t waterproof by nature, as it usually consists of soft, absorbent fibers.
Red wine spilt on white carpet
Most garage carpets are waterproof and stain resistant.
Depending on the type of carpet you decide to install in your garage, it may or may not be waterproof. Heavy-duty garage carpets are typically 100% waterproof, flame retardant, and even oil-resistant. These types of carpets are also more expensive, though, so often not the number one choice. If you want waterproof carpet in your garage, then the marine carpet used on boats is an excellent choice. it’s affordable, comes on rolls, and repels water or chemicals. One word of warning, though. Just because a carpet is waterproof, doesn’t make it resistant to mold and mildew. Even a moist waterproof carpet can be a breeding ground for these microscopic fungi. It’s always a good idea to remove as much of the water as possible, then allow the room to get lots of fresh air. The Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet is one of many excellent waterproof products that work well in garages, and you can search for the color and type of carpet you’re looking for.


Why Put Carpet in a Garage?

Few people realize the excellent advantages that carpeting a garage has to offer. If you ever fell victim to the attack of a cold floor in midwinter, you understand the first reason: warmth. Carpeting a garage provides insulation and prevents it from becoming icy cold. If you’re using your garage as a living space or home gym, you might be appreciative of the warmth that a good carpet can give. Carpeting your garage can make it easier to clean, since most carpets suitable for garage use are almost immune to oil stains, and have short fibers so they’re easy to clean. Some of the products are also waterproof, which makes them easy to wash with a carpet cleaner or wet and dry vac. The many advantages of garage carpet also include adding grip to your garage floor. Carpets make it easier to drive into your garage by adding more traction than the smooth flooring gives.


What Is a Garage Carpet Made Of?

Most garage carpets have synthetic makeup because they’re intended for outdoor use or automotive use. The synthetic fibers often undergo treatment with flame retardant and other substances which cut down on safety concerns like fire hazards. While you may be able to find a garage version of natural flooring you must consider the possible risks. Most natural fibers burn quite easily, so only incorporate a natural-fiber carpet in your garage if you plan on using it as living quarters or something along those lines. Natural carpet tiles or rolls are a bad idea in a workshop or garage where you park your car. The best garage carpets for a working garage consist of artificial fibers that are waterproof, stain-resistant, and fire-resistant.


Where Can I Buy a Garage Carpet?

As garage carpets gain popularity, more and more dealerships are selling carpets that are suitable for garages. Many companies sell all-purpose outdoor carpeting which is waterproof and designed to work in high-traffic areas where there’s a lot of wear. The internet also is a wonderful place and offers many opportunities to buy these types of carpets. These are my top three online product recommendations:
  1. For waterproof carpeting: Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet
  2. For easy Installation: Pakoula Garage Car Floor Mat
  3. For portable efficiency: RV Mats
Many carpet dealerships have also moved their businesses online, and a quick Google search for garage carpet, outdoor carpet, marine carpet, or waterproof carpet will deliver many hits. While shopping online has many advantages, there’s also a downside. You don’t get to feel the texture of the fiber and see what it looks like in person. The comfort and appearance that carpets bring are part of the appeal after all. The other disadvantage is that, if you don’t plan on installing the carpet by yourself, you don’t have the benefit of asking the dealership to do the installation for you. With a new product like garage carpeting, your best bet is to buy from a professional dealership that can answer your questions and handle the installation for you.


Tips for Keeping Your Garage Carpet Clean

Once you’ve decided to install carpeting in your garage, the eternal struggle to keep things clean begins.
Housekeeper vacuuming a dirty carpet
The right tools make cleaning carpets easy.
I’ve wrapped up some of my top tips to help you keep things tidy:
  • If you spill oil or other chemicals, even on an oil-resistant and waterproof carpet, clean them up straight away using a decent grease or oil remover.
  • If you have carpet in your workshop garage, vacuum daily to prevent a build-up of wood chips and metal shavings in the threads.
  • Invest in a heavy-duty carpet cleaning machine or a water filtration vacuum if you do a lot of projects in your garage.
  • Never use a carpet cleaning machine to remove large oil stains or chemical spills. Clean most of it by hand, then use the device to clean the remaining residues.
The reason: Chemical reactions can be hazardous, so don’t risk mixing two chemicals in your cleaner accidentally by sucking up chemical spills.
  • If you install a garage floor mat, move it often to clean underneath it.
  • Installing a waterproof liner will prevent oil and chemicals from seeping into the cement floor, even if they make their way through the carpet.
There’s so much more to learn about carpets and garage carpets, and it’s next to impossible to learn it all in one go. Our posts about cleaning carpets may also be useful to you. I hope you’ve enjoyed this article about garage carpets. If you have, you might want to check out my other articles, like the article about basement flooring options. There are many similarities between basements and garages, after all. What are your thoughts about having carpets in the garage? Let us know in the comments below.
RV mat in use outside of a caravan
RV mats are one of the many options that work passably in a garage.
The downside to using outdoor carpets in your garage is that they’re probably not as oil-resistant. There are many advantages to using loose-format flooring like a carpet mat. These include:
  • You can move the mat around with your car or projects, to provide maximum protection to the floor.
  • It’s easy to remove the carpet and clean any oil spills or dust that’s gathered beneath it.
  • If you buy a large enough mat it will cover most of a small single garage.
Garage flooring mats come in many different sizes. Depending on the product you buy, you may find the following sizes:
  • 4’x6’
  • 6’x9’
  • 9’x18’
  • 9’x12’
  • 17’ x 7’4″
There are many different products on the market, which come in various sizes. Whether you’re building motorcycles, have multiple cars, or would like a mat under each table in your garage workshop, there’s a product for you. Carpet mats are also ideal if you use your garage as a home gym since you can put a mat under each piece of exercise equipment to keep it from slipping.

Synthetic Fiber Garage Carpet

Most garage carpets consist of manmade materials. Whether you buy mats, rolls, or tiles, synthetic is the best bet.
beige synthetic fiber carpet
Synthetic fibers often undergo intense treatments to ensure that they’re waterproof and fire-resistant.
There are several reasons for this:
  1. Most synthetic carpet fibers get a treatment to prevent them from being highly flammable. Ideal if you’re using your garage as a workshop.
  2. It’s easier to waterproof artificial fibers and make them oil-resistant, so it’s cheaper to produce garage-worthy products.
  3. Manufacturers can precoat each fiber with protective chemicals without compromising the soft, cozy feel of the overall carpet.
  4. Many synthetic fibers are much softer than their natural counterparts, thanks to the conditioning process used in the manufacturing process.
The choice is always yours in the end, but the safety, comfort, and affordability of synthetic garage carpets are hard to beat.

Natural Fiber Garage Carpet

While you may be able to find garage-friendly versions of natural products, there are several things you ought to consider before buying a natural fiber carpet for your garage.
  1. Most natural fibers are extremely flammable unless treated and will be a fire risk if you use your garage as a workspace or automotive area.

    Some fibers, like wool, are fire resistant, but others (like bamboo) aren’t. Look for hardy, fire resistant fiber types if you choose natural carpet.
  2. Natural fibers are sensitive to mold and mildew since the fungi would naturally decompose them in the wild.
  3. Not every natural fiber is eco-friendly, and some natural fibers are farmed at great cost to the environment—always dig deeper.

    For example, bamboo carpets may consist of bamboo unsustainably harvested from the habitat of giant pandas, or specially grown in ground flooded with harmful pesticides.
  4. Natural fiber carpets are more likely to appeal to pests like mice and silverfish than industrially produced materials.
  5. Most naturally produced fibers are highly absorptive which could lead to a problem if there’s some kind of chemical leak.
Despite all my warnings, I love natural materials. While I don’t have a specific product to recommend in this instance, I’d be keen to hear of any you love in the comments at the end of this article
jute and bamboo carpet being used indoors
Jute and bamboo makes excellent indoor carpeting, but you may want to think twice before using them in the garage.
Again, we’d only suggest natural fiber carpets if you’re using your garage for something other than storing your car or a workspace.


Pros of Garage Carpet

There are many reasons why carpet tiles, rolls, and mats are an excellent choice for your garage floor. Here are some of the pros:
  • Garage carpet’s easy installation.
  • Putting carpet on your garage floor protects it from automotive fluids and even provides a buffer against things falling on it.
  • Products like olefin synthetic fibers provide a protective layer which makes these carpets easy to clean, even with tougher spills like heavy oils.
  • Carpeting a garage floor gives your garage grip and means that people, cars, and other things won’t slip as easily, even in wet environments.
  • When you install carpet, it doesn’t matter whether you use the area as a living space or to park your car. It provides warmth and comfort either way.
  • Many excellent brands of carpet are made in the USA (just like these vacuums), which supports local businesses.


Cons of Garage Carpet

As with anything, there are potential downsides to installing carpet in your garage. Let’s have a look at a few of them.
  • Many types of carpets work in the garage, but the wrong carpet can create a safety hazard (such as a slipping hazard or fire risk).
  • Standard carpeting isn’t fire resistant so it may catch fire or be a fire hazard in some environments. Always use industrial, garage, or heavy-duty commercial carpets like the ones I recommended above.
  • Some carpet types can be sensitive to mold and mildew. This is true of most natural fibers, and even some waterproof varieties.
  • If you use your garage as a work area, wood chips and sawdust may become tangled in the carpet.
  • For carpet tiles to work properly, they must be installed with great attention to detail.
  • A high-traffic garage requires more expensive garage carpeting.


Is Garage Carpet a Good Idea?

When it boils down to it, the question that everyone wants answered is, “Is garage carpet a good idea?” The basic answer is yes! In most cases, adding garage floor mats or installing carpet tiles or rolls, is an excellent idea. The more complicated answer involves a lot of consideration. As with anything, there are many factors to consider before deciding if you should install carpet in your garage. I’ve come up with a few questions to help guide you to the right answer.

What do You Use Your Garage For?

What you do in your garage makes all the difference when deciding if installing carpet is right for you. If you use your garage as a carpentry workshop or something along those lines, installing carpet may not be the best. Wood chips and metal shavings can get caught in the carpet fibers, and be a nightmare to remove again. It’s easy to remove everyday dust and even oil stains from garage carpeting, but it’s still a carpet. If the garage in question is a showroom, then installing carpet is great, but you’ll need heavy-duty garage carpeting to accommodate the constant in-and-out of cars and people. You don’t always have to use a carpet that’s branded for garages, and many stain-resistant commercial or heavy-duty brands work well. However, standard carpeting can catch fire if you’re welding or grinding and there’s a constant warm atmosphere. It’s best to consider a product like Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet, which undergoes intensive treatment to make it safe for most environments (including wet ones). Garage-specific carpets like the Pakoula Garage Car Floor Mat also have the wherewithal to withstand intensive work environments.

Does Your Garage Leak and How’s Your Climate?

Another excellent but underrated question is, what’s the climate like? If you live in a warm environment, with plenty of rain and your garage floor gets wet often, then mold and mildew may be a factor. These tiny fungi thrive in damp, warm areas. While the rubber marine backing of some carpets prevents water from seeping into the subfloor, it also keeps it trapped in the fiber. The Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet, for example, is excellent at keeping water off the subfloor. In time, even this trooper may become moldy if it stays wet, though. Sure, you can use a wet-dry vac or carpet washer to remove the water, but will you want to? If you live in a very cold climate, then having the right carpet in the garage can make all the difference between chilly feet and a warm reception. Consider a product like the RV Mats for warmth and comfort. There’s something mesmerizing about setting foot in the garage and stepping on the soft warm carpet rather than a cold cement floor.

Do You Have the Right Cleaning Tools?

Below, we’ll give you details about which cleaning devices are best for garage carpets. While it’s possible to clean garage carpeting with little more than a soft brush and the occasional bucket of water, few people want to take that much time to clean a carpet. Cleaning can take a significant chunk of time out of your life if you allow it. Consider whether you have, or are willing to get, the cleaning tools you’ll need to clean a carpet in the garage. You probably want at least a high-strength home vacuum, if not an industrial one, to clean carpets in a working garage. It’s also a good idea to have a high-strength carpet cleaner that can reach deep into the fibers to remove dirt and debris.


How Much Does it Cost to Carpet a Garage?

While you may expect a dramatic difference between the price of garage carpeting and standard carpeting, nothing could be further from the truth. If you’re buying an expensive high-grade, garage-specific carpet, then the price may be a bit higher. Generally, carpet installers consider installing carpets in average garages to be small projects. Larger projects, like commercial garages and the like, can be considerably more expensive. The average price for standard carpeting is around $2 to $4 per square. If you’re buying commercial or outdoor carpeting or something with a rubber marine backing, expect to pay $3-$6 per square foot. Professional installation costs around $2 per square foot, so all in all you may expect to pay between $5 and $8 per square foot. If you buy heavy-duty garage flooring, the total may be up to $12 per square foot. In the US, garages per average have a square footage of anything from 162 square feet to 384 square feet. That means you can expect to pay:
  • $810 to $1920 for affordable carpeting and installation.
  • $1296 to $3072 for high-grade standard carpet and installation.
  • $1944 to $4608 for specially designed or heavy-duty garage carpeting.
As you can see, there’s no precise answer for the pricing of garage carpets. Depending on the product you choose, where you buy it, and how expensive your installer is, the price shifts. You could come in higher or lower than these price ranges, as they’re calculated from averages to give you a general idea of the cost of installing carpet in your garage.


Is Garage Carpet Waterproof?

This is a more complex question than you might think at first. Carpet isn’t waterproof by nature, as it usually consists of soft, absorbent fibers.
Red wine spilt on white carpet
Most garage carpets are waterproof and stain resistant.
Depending on the type of carpet you decide to install in your garage, it may or may not be waterproof. Heavy-duty garage carpets are typically 100% waterproof, flame retardant, and even oil-resistant. These types of carpets are also more expensive, though, so often not the number one choice. If you want waterproof carpet in your garage, then the marine carpet used on boats is an excellent choice. it’s affordable, comes on rolls, and repels water or chemicals. One word of warning, though. Just because a carpet is waterproof, doesn’t make it resistant to mold and mildew. Even a moist waterproof carpet can be a breeding ground for these microscopic fungi. It’s always a good idea to remove as much of the water as possible, then allow the room to get lots of fresh air. The Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet is one of many excellent waterproof products that work well in garages, and you can search for the color and type of carpet you’re looking for.


Why Put Carpet in a Garage?

Few people realize the excellent advantages that carpeting a garage has to offer. If you ever fell victim to the attack of a cold floor in midwinter, you understand the first reason: warmth. Carpeting a garage provides insulation and prevents it from becoming icy cold. If you’re using your garage as a living space or home gym, you might be appreciative of the warmth that a good carpet can give. Carpeting your garage can make it easier to clean, since most carpets suitable for garage use are almost immune to oil stains, and have short fibers so they’re easy to clean. Some of the products are also waterproof, which makes them easy to wash with a carpet cleaner or wet and dry vac. The many advantages of garage carpet also include adding grip to your garage floor. Carpets make it easier to drive into your garage by adding more traction than the smooth flooring gives.


What Is a Garage Carpet Made Of?

Most garage carpets have synthetic makeup because they’re intended for outdoor use or automotive use. The synthetic fibers often undergo treatment with flame retardant and other substances which cut down on safety concerns like fire hazards. While you may be able to find a garage version of natural flooring you must consider the possible risks. Most natural fibers burn quite easily, so only incorporate a natural-fiber carpet in your garage if you plan on using it as living quarters or something along those lines. Natural carpet tiles or rolls are a bad idea in a workshop or garage where you park your car. The best garage carpets for a working garage consist of artificial fibers that are waterproof, stain-resistant, and fire-resistant.


Where Can I Buy a Garage Carpet?

As garage carpets gain popularity, more and more dealerships are selling carpets that are suitable for garages. Many companies sell all-purpose outdoor carpeting which is waterproof and designed to work in high-traffic areas where there’s a lot of wear. The internet also is a wonderful place and offers many opportunities to buy these types of carpets. These are my top three online product recommendations:
  1. For waterproof carpeting: Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet
  2. For easy Installation: Pakoula Garage Car Floor Mat
  3. For portable efficiency: RV Mats
Many carpet dealerships have also moved their businesses online, and a quick Google search for garage carpet, outdoor carpet, marine carpet, or waterproof carpet will deliver many hits. While shopping online has many advantages, there’s also a downside. You don’t get to feel the texture of the fiber and see what it looks like in person. The comfort and appearance that carpets bring are part of the appeal after all. The other disadvantage is that, if you don’t plan on installing the carpet by yourself, you don’t have the benefit of asking the dealership to do the installation for you. With a new product like garage carpeting, your best bet is to buy from a professional dealership that can answer your questions and handle the installation for you.


Tips for Keeping Your Garage Carpet Clean

Once you’ve decided to install carpeting in your garage, the eternal struggle to keep things clean begins.
Housekeeper vacuuming a dirty carpet
The right tools make cleaning carpets easy.
I’ve wrapped up some of my top tips to help you keep things tidy:
  • If you spill oil or other chemicals, even on an oil-resistant and waterproof carpet, clean them up straight away using a decent grease or oil remover.
  • If you have carpet in your workshop garage, vacuum daily to prevent a build-up of wood chips and metal shavings in the threads.
  • Invest in a heavy-duty carpet cleaning machine or a water filtration vacuum if you do a lot of projects in your garage.
  • Never use a carpet cleaning machine to remove large oil stains or chemical spills. Clean most of it by hand, then use the device to clean the remaining residues.
The reason: Chemical reactions can be hazardous, so don’t risk mixing two chemicals in your cleaner accidentally by sucking up chemical spills.
  • If you install a garage floor mat, move it often to clean underneath it.
  • Installing a waterproof liner will prevent oil and chemicals from seeping into the cement floor, even if they make their way through the carpet.
There’s so much more to learn about carpets and garage carpets, and it’s next to impossible to learn it all in one go. Our posts about cleaning carpets may also be useful to you. I hope you’ve enjoyed this article about garage carpets. If you have, you might want to check out my other articles, like the article about basement flooring options. There are many similarities between basements and garages, after all. What are your thoughts about having carpets in the garage? Let us know in the comments below.
Garage floor mat under a yellow pickup truck
Garage Car Floor Mats offer a great look, excellent protection, and the advantage of portability.
Products like the Pakoula Garage Car Floor Mat are an ideal choice if you want a movable carpet that you can put down right where you park your car. They also work well for vehicles like motorcycles, or to use under a worktable where you handle chemicals like heavy oil. Floor mats intended for garage use are generally more resistant to oil stains and the likes because they’re designed for use around cars. Garage-specific floor mats aren’t the only options if you want to go this route in your garage though. You could also consider outdoor products, like RV Mats. They’re waterproof and come in more colors and designs than standard garage carpets.
RV mat in use outside of a caravan
RV mats are one of the many options that work passably in a garage.
The downside to using outdoor carpets in your garage is that they’re probably not as oil-resistant. There are many advantages to using loose-format flooring like a carpet mat. These include:
  • You can move the mat around with your car or projects, to provide maximum protection to the floor.
  • It’s easy to remove the carpet and clean any oil spills or dust that’s gathered beneath it.
  • If you buy a large enough mat it will cover most of a small single garage.
Garage flooring mats come in many different sizes. Depending on the product you buy, you may find the following sizes:
  • 4’x6’
  • 6’x9’
  • 9’x18’
  • 9’x12’
  • 17’ x 7’4″
There are many different products on the market, which come in various sizes. Whether you’re building motorcycles, have multiple cars, or would like a mat under each table in your garage workshop, there’s a product for you. Carpet mats are also ideal if you use your garage as a home gym since you can put a mat under each piece of exercise equipment to keep it from slipping.

Synthetic Fiber Garage Carpet

Most garage carpets consist of manmade materials. Whether you buy mats, rolls, or tiles, synthetic is the best bet.
beige synthetic fiber carpet
Synthetic fibers often undergo intense treatments to ensure that they’re waterproof and fire-resistant.
There are several reasons for this:
  1. Most synthetic carpet fibers get a treatment to prevent them from being highly flammable. Ideal if you’re using your garage as a workshop.
  2. It’s easier to waterproof artificial fibers and make them oil-resistant, so it’s cheaper to produce garage-worthy products.
  3. Manufacturers can precoat each fiber with protective chemicals without compromising the soft, cozy feel of the overall carpet.
  4. Many synthetic fibers are much softer than their natural counterparts, thanks to the conditioning process used in the manufacturing process.
The choice is always yours in the end, but the safety, comfort, and affordability of synthetic garage carpets are hard to beat.

Natural Fiber Garage Carpet

While you may be able to find garage-friendly versions of natural products, there are several things you ought to consider before buying a natural fiber carpet for your garage.
  1. Most natural fibers are extremely flammable unless treated and will be a fire risk if you use your garage as a workspace or automotive area.

    Some fibers, like wool, are fire resistant, but others (like bamboo) aren’t. Look for hardy, fire resistant fiber types if you choose natural carpet.
  2. Natural fibers are sensitive to mold and mildew since the fungi would naturally decompose them in the wild.
  3. Not every natural fiber is eco-friendly, and some natural fibers are farmed at great cost to the environment—always dig deeper.

    For example, bamboo carpets may consist of bamboo unsustainably harvested from the habitat of giant pandas, or specially grown in ground flooded with harmful pesticides.
  4. Natural fiber carpets are more likely to appeal to pests like mice and silverfish than industrially produced materials.
  5. Most naturally produced fibers are highly absorptive which could lead to a problem if there’s some kind of chemical leak.
Despite all my warnings, I love natural materials. While I don’t have a specific product to recommend in this instance, I’d be keen to hear of any you love in the comments at the end of this article
jute and bamboo carpet being used indoors
Jute and bamboo makes excellent indoor carpeting, but you may want to think twice before using them in the garage.
Again, we’d only suggest natural fiber carpets if you’re using your garage for something other than storing your car or a workspace.


Pros of Garage Carpet

There are many reasons why carpet tiles, rolls, and mats are an excellent choice for your garage floor. Here are some of the pros:
  • Garage carpet’s easy installation.
  • Putting carpet on your garage floor protects it from automotive fluids and even provides a buffer against things falling on it.
  • Products like olefin synthetic fibers provide a protective layer which makes these carpets easy to clean, even with tougher spills like heavy oils.
  • Carpeting a garage floor gives your garage grip and means that people, cars, and other things won’t slip as easily, even in wet environments.
  • When you install carpet, it doesn’t matter whether you use the area as a living space or to park your car. It provides warmth and comfort either way.
  • Many excellent brands of carpet are made in the USA (just like these vacuums), which supports local businesses.


Cons of Garage Carpet

As with anything, there are potential downsides to installing carpet in your garage. Let’s have a look at a few of them.
  • Many types of carpets work in the garage, but the wrong carpet can create a safety hazard (such as a slipping hazard or fire risk).
  • Standard carpeting isn’t fire resistant so it may catch fire or be a fire hazard in some environments. Always use industrial, garage, or heavy-duty commercial carpets like the ones I recommended above.
  • Some carpet types can be sensitive to mold and mildew. This is true of most natural fibers, and even some waterproof varieties.
  • If you use your garage as a work area, wood chips and sawdust may become tangled in the carpet.
  • For carpet tiles to work properly, they must be installed with great attention to detail.
  • A high-traffic garage requires more expensive garage carpeting.


Is Garage Carpet a Good Idea?

When it boils down to it, the question that everyone wants answered is, “Is garage carpet a good idea?” The basic answer is yes! In most cases, adding garage floor mats or installing carpet tiles or rolls, is an excellent idea. The more complicated answer involves a lot of consideration. As with anything, there are many factors to consider before deciding if you should install carpet in your garage. I’ve come up with a few questions to help guide you to the right answer.

What do You Use Your Garage For?

What you do in your garage makes all the difference when deciding if installing carpet is right for you. If you use your garage as a carpentry workshop or something along those lines, installing carpet may not be the best. Wood chips and metal shavings can get caught in the carpet fibers, and be a nightmare to remove again. It’s easy to remove everyday dust and even oil stains from garage carpeting, but it’s still a carpet. If the garage in question is a showroom, then installing carpet is great, but you’ll need heavy-duty garage carpeting to accommodate the constant in-and-out of cars and people. You don’t always have to use a carpet that’s branded for garages, and many stain-resistant commercial or heavy-duty brands work well. However, standard carpeting can catch fire if you’re welding or grinding and there’s a constant warm atmosphere. It’s best to consider a product like Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet, which undergoes intensive treatment to make it safe for most environments (including wet ones). Garage-specific carpets like the Pakoula Garage Car Floor Mat also have the wherewithal to withstand intensive work environments.

Does Your Garage Leak and How’s Your Climate?

Another excellent but underrated question is, what’s the climate like? If you live in a warm environment, with plenty of rain and your garage floor gets wet often, then mold and mildew may be a factor. These tiny fungi thrive in damp, warm areas. While the rubber marine backing of some carpets prevents water from seeping into the subfloor, it also keeps it trapped in the fiber. The Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet, for example, is excellent at keeping water off the subfloor. In time, even this trooper may become moldy if it stays wet, though. Sure, you can use a wet-dry vac or carpet washer to remove the water, but will you want to? If you live in a very cold climate, then having the right carpet in the garage can make all the difference between chilly feet and a warm reception. Consider a product like the RV Mats for warmth and comfort. There’s something mesmerizing about setting foot in the garage and stepping on the soft warm carpet rather than a cold cement floor.

Do You Have the Right Cleaning Tools?

Below, we’ll give you details about which cleaning devices are best for garage carpets. While it’s possible to clean garage carpeting with little more than a soft brush and the occasional bucket of water, few people want to take that much time to clean a carpet. Cleaning can take a significant chunk of time out of your life if you allow it. Consider whether you have, or are willing to get, the cleaning tools you’ll need to clean a carpet in the garage. You probably want at least a high-strength home vacuum, if not an industrial one, to clean carpets in a working garage. It’s also a good idea to have a high-strength carpet cleaner that can reach deep into the fibers to remove dirt and debris.


How Much Does it Cost to Carpet a Garage?

While you may expect a dramatic difference between the price of garage carpeting and standard carpeting, nothing could be further from the truth. If you’re buying an expensive high-grade, garage-specific carpet, then the price may be a bit higher. Generally, carpet installers consider installing carpets in average garages to be small projects. Larger projects, like commercial garages and the like, can be considerably more expensive. The average price for standard carpeting is around $2 to $4 per square. If you’re buying commercial or outdoor carpeting or something with a rubber marine backing, expect to pay $3-$6 per square foot. Professional installation costs around $2 per square foot, so all in all you may expect to pay between $5 and $8 per square foot. If you buy heavy-duty garage flooring, the total may be up to $12 per square foot. In the US, garages per average have a square footage of anything from 162 square feet to 384 square feet. That means you can expect to pay:
  • $810 to $1920 for affordable carpeting and installation.
  • $1296 to $3072 for high-grade standard carpet and installation.
  • $1944 to $4608 for specially designed or heavy-duty garage carpeting.
As you can see, there’s no precise answer for the pricing of garage carpets. Depending on the product you choose, where you buy it, and how expensive your installer is, the price shifts. You could come in higher or lower than these price ranges, as they’re calculated from averages to give you a general idea of the cost of installing carpet in your garage.


Is Garage Carpet Waterproof?

This is a more complex question than you might think at first. Carpet isn’t waterproof by nature, as it usually consists of soft, absorbent fibers.
Red wine spilt on white carpet
Most garage carpets are waterproof and stain resistant.
Depending on the type of carpet you decide to install in your garage, it may or may not be waterproof. Heavy-duty garage carpets are typically 100% waterproof, flame retardant, and even oil-resistant. These types of carpets are also more expensive, though, so often not the number one choice. If you want waterproof carpet in your garage, then the marine carpet used on boats is an excellent choice. it’s affordable, comes on rolls, and repels water or chemicals. One word of warning, though. Just because a carpet is waterproof, doesn’t make it resistant to mold and mildew. Even a moist waterproof carpet can be a breeding ground for these microscopic fungi. It’s always a good idea to remove as much of the water as possible, then allow the room to get lots of fresh air. The Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet is one of many excellent waterproof products that work well in garages, and you can search for the color and type of carpet you’re looking for.


Why Put Carpet in a Garage?

Few people realize the excellent advantages that carpeting a garage has to offer. If you ever fell victim to the attack of a cold floor in midwinter, you understand the first reason: warmth. Carpeting a garage provides insulation and prevents it from becoming icy cold. If you’re using your garage as a living space or home gym, you might be appreciative of the warmth that a good carpet can give. Carpeting your garage can make it easier to clean, since most carpets suitable for garage use are almost immune to oil stains, and have short fibers so they’re easy to clean. Some of the products are also waterproof, which makes them easy to wash with a carpet cleaner or wet and dry vac. The many advantages of garage carpet also include adding grip to your garage floor. Carpets make it easier to drive into your garage by adding more traction than the smooth flooring gives.


What Is a Garage Carpet Made Of?

Most garage carpets have synthetic makeup because they’re intended for outdoor use or automotive use. The synthetic fibers often undergo treatment with flame retardant and other substances which cut down on safety concerns like fire hazards. While you may be able to find a garage version of natural flooring you must consider the possible risks. Most natural fibers burn quite easily, so only incorporate a natural-fiber carpet in your garage if you plan on using it as living quarters or something along those lines. Natural carpet tiles or rolls are a bad idea in a workshop or garage where you park your car. The best garage carpets for a working garage consist of artificial fibers that are waterproof, stain-resistant, and fire-resistant.


Where Can I Buy a Garage Carpet?

As garage carpets gain popularity, more and more dealerships are selling carpets that are suitable for garages. Many companies sell all-purpose outdoor carpeting which is waterproof and designed to work in high-traffic areas where there’s a lot of wear. The internet also is a wonderful place and offers many opportunities to buy these types of carpets. These are my top three online product recommendations:
  1. For waterproof carpeting: Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet
  2. For easy Installation: Pakoula Garage Car Floor Mat
  3. For portable efficiency: RV Mats
Many carpet dealerships have also moved their businesses online, and a quick Google search for garage carpet, outdoor carpet, marine carpet, or waterproof carpet will deliver many hits. While shopping online has many advantages, there’s also a downside. You don’t get to feel the texture of the fiber and see what it looks like in person. The comfort and appearance that carpets bring are part of the appeal after all. The other disadvantage is that, if you don’t plan on installing the carpet by yourself, you don’t have the benefit of asking the dealership to do the installation for you. With a new product like garage carpeting, your best bet is to buy from a professional dealership that can answer your questions and handle the installation for you.


Tips for Keeping Your Garage Carpet Clean

Once you’ve decided to install carpeting in your garage, the eternal struggle to keep things clean begins.
Housekeeper vacuuming a dirty carpet
The right tools make cleaning carpets easy.
I’ve wrapped up some of my top tips to help you keep things tidy:
  • If you spill oil or other chemicals, even on an oil-resistant and waterproof carpet, clean them up straight away using a decent grease or oil remover.
  • If you have carpet in your workshop garage, vacuum daily to prevent a build-up of wood chips and metal shavings in the threads.
  • Invest in a heavy-duty carpet cleaning machine or a water filtration vacuum if you do a lot of projects in your garage.
  • Never use a carpet cleaning machine to remove large oil stains or chemical spills. Clean most of it by hand, then use the device to clean the remaining residues.
The reason: Chemical reactions can be hazardous, so don’t risk mixing two chemicals in your cleaner accidentally by sucking up chemical spills.
  • If you install a garage floor mat, move it often to clean underneath it.
  • Installing a waterproof liner will prevent oil and chemicals from seeping into the cement floor, even if they make their way through the carpet.
There’s so much more to learn about carpets and garage carpets, and it’s next to impossible to learn it all in one go. Our posts about cleaning carpets may also be useful to you. I hope you’ve enjoyed this article about garage carpets. If you have, you might want to check out my other articles, like the article about basement flooring options. There are many similarities between basements and garages, after all. What are your thoughts about having carpets in the garage? Let us know in the comments below.
Blue garage carpet roll
Garage carpet rolls are easy to install and available in waterproof marine varieties.
Most manufacturers sell garage flooring in rolls of various lengths. In the case of Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet, you can buy:
  • 10 feet
  • 15 feet
  • 20 feet
  • 25 feet
  • 30 feet
  • 35 feet
  • 40 feet
  • 45 feet
  • 50 feet
While carpet tiles allow you to deck out your garage floors in various shades of color, it’s much faster and easier to install a roll of garage flooring. You roll out the carpet on your garage floor, mark any areas that need to be cut into a specific shape, remove those parts, and glue the carpet in place. It’s simple and efficient, affordable, and offers all the same benefits that carpet tiles do, without the risk of tile slippage.

Garage Floor Mats

Garage floor mats are probably one of the best-known types of carpet used as garage flooring. Much like area rugs in the home, you place garage floor mats where you park your car, or under other furniture to help protect the floor from spills and damage.
Garage floor mat under a yellow pickup truck
Garage Car Floor Mats offer a great look, excellent protection, and the advantage of portability.
Products like the Pakoula Garage Car Floor Mat are an ideal choice if you want a movable carpet that you can put down right where you park your car. They also work well for vehicles like motorcycles, or to use under a worktable where you handle chemicals like heavy oil. Floor mats intended for garage use are generally more resistant to oil stains and the likes because they’re designed for use around cars. Garage-specific floor mats aren’t the only options if you want to go this route in your garage though. You could also consider outdoor products, like RV Mats. They’re waterproof and come in more colors and designs than standard garage carpets.
RV mat in use outside of a caravan
RV mats are one of the many options that work passably in a garage.
The downside to using outdoor carpets in your garage is that they’re probably not as oil-resistant. There are many advantages to using loose-format flooring like a carpet mat. These include:
  • You can move the mat around with your car or projects, to provide maximum protection to the floor.
  • It’s easy to remove the carpet and clean any oil spills or dust that’s gathered beneath it.
  • If you buy a large enough mat it will cover most of a small single garage.
Garage flooring mats come in many different sizes. Depending on the product you buy, you may find the following sizes:
  • 4’x6’
  • 6’x9’
  • 9’x18’
  • 9’x12’
  • 17’ x 7’4″
There are many different products on the market, which come in various sizes. Whether you’re building motorcycles, have multiple cars, or would like a mat under each table in your garage workshop, there’s a product for you. Carpet mats are also ideal if you use your garage as a home gym since you can put a mat under each piece of exercise equipment to keep it from slipping.

Synthetic Fiber Garage Carpet

Most garage carpets consist of manmade materials. Whether you buy mats, rolls, or tiles, synthetic is the best bet.
beige synthetic fiber carpet
Synthetic fibers often undergo intense treatments to ensure that they’re waterproof and fire-resistant.
There are several reasons for this:
  1. Most synthetic carpet fibers get a treatment to prevent them from being highly flammable. Ideal if you’re using your garage as a workshop.
  2. It’s easier to waterproof artificial fibers and make them oil-resistant, so it’s cheaper to produce garage-worthy products.
  3. Manufacturers can precoat each fiber with protective chemicals without compromising the soft, cozy feel of the overall carpet.
  4. Many synthetic fibers are much softer than their natural counterparts, thanks to the conditioning process used in the manufacturing process.
The choice is always yours in the end, but the safety, comfort, and affordability of synthetic garage carpets are hard to beat.

Natural Fiber Garage Carpet

While you may be able to find garage-friendly versions of natural products, there are several things you ought to consider before buying a natural fiber carpet for your garage.
  1. Most natural fibers are extremely flammable unless treated and will be a fire risk if you use your garage as a workspace or automotive area.

    Some fibers, like wool, are fire resistant, but others (like bamboo) aren’t. Look for hardy, fire resistant fiber types if you choose natural carpet.
  2. Natural fibers are sensitive to mold and mildew since the fungi would naturally decompose them in the wild.
  3. Not every natural fiber is eco-friendly, and some natural fibers are farmed at great cost to the environment—always dig deeper.

    For example, bamboo carpets may consist of bamboo unsustainably harvested from the habitat of giant pandas, or specially grown in ground flooded with harmful pesticides.
  4. Natural fiber carpets are more likely to appeal to pests like mice and silverfish than industrially produced materials.
  5. Most naturally produced fibers are highly absorptive which could lead to a problem if there’s some kind of chemical leak.
Despite all my warnings, I love natural materials. While I don’t have a specific product to recommend in this instance, I’d be keen to hear of any you love in the comments at the end of this article
jute and bamboo carpet being used indoors
Jute and bamboo makes excellent indoor carpeting, but you may want to think twice before using them in the garage.
Again, we’d only suggest natural fiber carpets if you’re using your garage for something other than storing your car or a workspace.


Pros of Garage Carpet

There are many reasons why carpet tiles, rolls, and mats are an excellent choice for your garage floor. Here are some of the pros:
  • Garage carpet’s easy installation.
  • Putting carpet on your garage floor protects it from automotive fluids and even provides a buffer against things falling on it.
  • Products like olefin synthetic fibers provide a protective layer which makes these carpets easy to clean, even with tougher spills like heavy oils.
  • Carpeting a garage floor gives your garage grip and means that people, cars, and other things won’t slip as easily, even in wet environments.
  • When you install carpet, it doesn’t matter whether you use the area as a living space or to park your car. It provides warmth and comfort either way.
  • Many excellent brands of carpet are made in the USA (just like these vacuums), which supports local businesses.


Cons of Garage Carpet

As with anything, there are potential downsides to installing carpet in your garage. Let’s have a look at a few of them.
  • Many types of carpets work in the garage, but the wrong carpet can create a safety hazard (such as a slipping hazard or fire risk).
  • Standard carpeting isn’t fire resistant so it may catch fire or be a fire hazard in some environments. Always use industrial, garage, or heavy-duty commercial carpets like the ones I recommended above.
  • Some carpet types can be sensitive to mold and mildew. This is true of most natural fibers, and even some waterproof varieties.
  • If you use your garage as a work area, wood chips and sawdust may become tangled in the carpet.
  • For carpet tiles to work properly, they must be installed with great attention to detail.
  • A high-traffic garage requires more expensive garage carpeting.


Is Garage Carpet a Good Idea?

When it boils down to it, the question that everyone wants answered is, “Is garage carpet a good idea?” The basic answer is yes! In most cases, adding garage floor mats or installing carpet tiles or rolls, is an excellent idea. The more complicated answer involves a lot of consideration. As with anything, there are many factors to consider before deciding if you should install carpet in your garage. I’ve come up with a few questions to help guide you to the right answer.

What do You Use Your Garage For?

What you do in your garage makes all the difference when deciding if installing carpet is right for you. If you use your garage as a carpentry workshop or something along those lines, installing carpet may not be the best. Wood chips and metal shavings can get caught in the carpet fibers, and be a nightmare to remove again. It’s easy to remove everyday dust and even oil stains from garage carpeting, but it’s still a carpet. If the garage in question is a showroom, then installing carpet is great, but you’ll need heavy-duty garage carpeting to accommodate the constant in-and-out of cars and people. You don’t always have to use a carpet that’s branded for garages, and many stain-resistant commercial or heavy-duty brands work well. However, standard carpeting can catch fire if you’re welding or grinding and there’s a constant warm atmosphere. It’s best to consider a product like Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet, which undergoes intensive treatment to make it safe for most environments (including wet ones). Garage-specific carpets like the Pakoula Garage Car Floor Mat also have the wherewithal to withstand intensive work environments.

Does Your Garage Leak and How’s Your Climate?

Another excellent but underrated question is, what’s the climate like? If you live in a warm environment, with plenty of rain and your garage floor gets wet often, then mold and mildew may be a factor. These tiny fungi thrive in damp, warm areas. While the rubber marine backing of some carpets prevents water from seeping into the subfloor, it also keeps it trapped in the fiber. The Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet, for example, is excellent at keeping water off the subfloor. In time, even this trooper may become moldy if it stays wet, though. Sure, you can use a wet-dry vac or carpet washer to remove the water, but will you want to? If you live in a very cold climate, then having the right carpet in the garage can make all the difference between chilly feet and a warm reception. Consider a product like the RV Mats for warmth and comfort. There’s something mesmerizing about setting foot in the garage and stepping on the soft warm carpet rather than a cold cement floor.

Do You Have the Right Cleaning Tools?

Below, we’ll give you details about which cleaning devices are best for garage carpets. While it’s possible to clean garage carpeting with little more than a soft brush and the occasional bucket of water, few people want to take that much time to clean a carpet. Cleaning can take a significant chunk of time out of your life if you allow it. Consider whether you have, or are willing to get, the cleaning tools you’ll need to clean a carpet in the garage. You probably want at least a high-strength home vacuum, if not an industrial one, to clean carpets in a working garage. It’s also a good idea to have a high-strength carpet cleaner that can reach deep into the fibers to remove dirt and debris.


How Much Does it Cost to Carpet a Garage?

While you may expect a dramatic difference between the price of garage carpeting and standard carpeting, nothing could be further from the truth. If you’re buying an expensive high-grade, garage-specific carpet, then the price may be a bit higher. Generally, carpet installers consider installing carpets in average garages to be small projects. Larger projects, like commercial garages and the like, can be considerably more expensive. The average price for standard carpeting is around $2 to $4 per square. If you’re buying commercial or outdoor carpeting or something with a rubber marine backing, expect to pay $3-$6 per square foot. Professional installation costs around $2 per square foot, so all in all you may expect to pay between $5 and $8 per square foot. If you buy heavy-duty garage flooring, the total may be up to $12 per square foot. In the US, garages per average have a square footage of anything from 162 square feet to 384 square feet. That means you can expect to pay:
  • $810 to $1920 for affordable carpeting and installation.
  • $1296 to $3072 for high-grade standard carpet and installation.
  • $1944 to $4608 for specially designed or heavy-duty garage carpeting.
As you can see, there’s no precise answer for the pricing of garage carpets. Depending on the product you choose, where you buy it, and how expensive your installer is, the price shifts. You could come in higher or lower than these price ranges, as they’re calculated from averages to give you a general idea of the cost of installing carpet in your garage.


Is Garage Carpet Waterproof?

This is a more complex question than you might think at first. Carpet isn’t waterproof by nature, as it usually consists of soft, absorbent fibers.
Red wine spilt on white carpet
Most garage carpets are waterproof and stain resistant.
Depending on the type of carpet you decide to install in your garage, it may or may not be waterproof. Heavy-duty garage carpets are typically 100% waterproof, flame retardant, and even oil-resistant. These types of carpets are also more expensive, though, so often not the number one choice. If you want waterproof carpet in your garage, then the marine carpet used on boats is an excellent choice. it’s affordable, comes on rolls, and repels water or chemicals. One word of warning, though. Just because a carpet is waterproof, doesn’t make it resistant to mold and mildew. Even a moist waterproof carpet can be a breeding ground for these microscopic fungi. It’s always a good idea to remove as much of the water as possible, then allow the room to get lots of fresh air. The Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet is one of many excellent waterproof products that work well in garages, and you can search for the color and type of carpet you’re looking for.


Why Put Carpet in a Garage?

Few people realize the excellent advantages that carpeting a garage has to offer. If you ever fell victim to the attack of a cold floor in midwinter, you understand the first reason: warmth. Carpeting a garage provides insulation and prevents it from becoming icy cold. If you’re using your garage as a living space or home gym, you might be appreciative of the warmth that a good carpet can give. Carpeting your garage can make it easier to clean, since most carpets suitable for garage use are almost immune to oil stains, and have short fibers so they’re easy to clean. Some of the products are also waterproof, which makes them easy to wash with a carpet cleaner or wet and dry vac. The many advantages of garage carpet also include adding grip to your garage floor. Carpets make it easier to drive into your garage by adding more traction than the smooth flooring gives.


What Is a Garage Carpet Made Of?

Most garage carpets have synthetic makeup because they’re intended for outdoor use or automotive use. The synthetic fibers often undergo treatment with flame retardant and other substances which cut down on safety concerns like fire hazards. While you may be able to find a garage version of natural flooring you must consider the possible risks. Most natural fibers burn quite easily, so only incorporate a natural-fiber carpet in your garage if you plan on using it as living quarters or something along those lines. Natural carpet tiles or rolls are a bad idea in a workshop or garage where you park your car. The best garage carpets for a working garage consist of artificial fibers that are waterproof, stain-resistant, and fire-resistant.


Where Can I Buy a Garage Carpet?

As garage carpets gain popularity, more and more dealerships are selling carpets that are suitable for garages. Many companies sell all-purpose outdoor carpeting which is waterproof and designed to work in high-traffic areas where there’s a lot of wear. The internet also is a wonderful place and offers many opportunities to buy these types of carpets. These are my top three online product recommendations:
  1. For waterproof carpeting: Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet
  2. For easy Installation: Pakoula Garage Car Floor Mat
  3. For portable efficiency: RV Mats
Many carpet dealerships have also moved their businesses online, and a quick Google search for garage carpet, outdoor carpet, marine carpet, or waterproof carpet will deliver many hits. While shopping online has many advantages, there’s also a downside. You don’t get to feel the texture of the fiber and see what it looks like in person. The comfort and appearance that carpets bring are part of the appeal after all. The other disadvantage is that, if you don’t plan on installing the carpet by yourself, you don’t have the benefit of asking the dealership to do the installation for you. With a new product like garage carpeting, your best bet is to buy from a professional dealership that can answer your questions and handle the installation for you.


Tips for Keeping Your Garage Carpet Clean

Once you’ve decided to install carpeting in your garage, the eternal struggle to keep things clean begins.
Housekeeper vacuuming a dirty carpet
The right tools make cleaning carpets easy.
I’ve wrapped up some of my top tips to help you keep things tidy:
  • If you spill oil or other chemicals, even on an oil-resistant and waterproof carpet, clean them up straight away using a decent grease or oil remover.
  • If you have carpet in your workshop garage, vacuum daily to prevent a build-up of wood chips and metal shavings in the threads.
  • Invest in a heavy-duty carpet cleaning machine or a water filtration vacuum if you do a lot of projects in your garage.
  • Never use a carpet cleaning machine to remove large oil stains or chemical spills. Clean most of it by hand, then use the device to clean the remaining residues.
The reason: Chemical reactions can be hazardous, so don’t risk mixing two chemicals in your cleaner accidentally by sucking up chemical spills.
  • If you install a garage floor mat, move it often to clean underneath it.
  • Installing a waterproof liner will prevent oil and chemicals from seeping into the cement floor, even if they make their way through the carpet.
There’s so much more to learn about carpets and garage carpets, and it’s next to impossible to learn it all in one go. Our posts about cleaning carpets may also be useful to you. I hope you’ve enjoyed this article about garage carpets. If you have, you might want to check out my other articles, like the article about basement flooring options. There are many similarities between basements and garages, after all. What are your thoughts about having carpets in the garage? Let us know in the comments below.
Woman installing carpet floor tiles
Carpet floor tiles are an excellent choice if you want to add diversity to your garage floor.
The nice thing about installing this garage flooring option is that you don’t have to spend as much time cutting a large carpet to shape. With stick-on products, it’s easy to cut them into the right shape with a pair of scissors or a utility knife. Products like the commercial Nisorpa Heavy Duty Carpet Floor Tiles are meant for high foot traffic areas like shopping centers. Although they’re indoor carpets, their intense treating process makes them viable as a garage flooring option. They also have an anti-slip backing, so it’s unlikely that they’ll move when subjected to pressure. Always ensure that any carpet tiles you choose are either for garage floors or have what it takes to make it in a garage environment.

Garage Carpet Roll

More often than not, carpet rolls are the easiest way to buy carpeting for your garage floor. One of the major concerns with garage carpeting is that it should offer waterproofing, and be oil resistant if possible. You also want a product that won’t slip, so that you have reliable garage flooring that won’t let you down. One such product is Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet. This carpet makes decent garage flooring. It was designed with marine use in mind, so it’s entirely waterproof and also oil resistant. The last thing you want on a boat is for your carpet to slip. This carpet’s resulting non-slip feature may be vital for your garage as well. While this product is wear-resistant, it might not be the best choice for a garage that sees large amounts of vehicle traffic. If you just park your family car there, it will probably be okay. If you have twenty cars that are part of a taxi fleet, you might want to consider an industrial, garage-specific option. The main advantage of this product is that it’s perfect for working garages. Since it’s both waterproof and chemical resistant, it can handle most things you throw at it. Remember, always look for carpets that are wear-resistant, waterproof, and chemical resistant. Non-slip backing is also a good idea.
Blue garage carpet roll
Garage carpet rolls are easy to install and available in waterproof marine varieties.
Most manufacturers sell garage flooring in rolls of various lengths. In the case of Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet, you can buy:
  • 10 feet
  • 15 feet
  • 20 feet
  • 25 feet
  • 30 feet
  • 35 feet
  • 40 feet
  • 45 feet
  • 50 feet
While carpet tiles allow you to deck out your garage floors in various shades of color, it’s much faster and easier to install a roll of garage flooring. You roll out the carpet on your garage floor, mark any areas that need to be cut into a specific shape, remove those parts, and glue the carpet in place. It’s simple and efficient, affordable, and offers all the same benefits that carpet tiles do, without the risk of tile slippage.

Garage Floor Mats

Garage floor mats are probably one of the best-known types of carpet used as garage flooring. Much like area rugs in the home, you place garage floor mats where you park your car, or under other furniture to help protect the floor from spills and damage.
Garage floor mat under a yellow pickup truck
Garage Car Floor Mats offer a great look, excellent protection, and the advantage of portability.
Products like the Pakoula Garage Car Floor Mat are an ideal choice if you want a movable carpet that you can put down right where you park your car. They also work well for vehicles like motorcycles, or to use under a worktable where you handle chemicals like heavy oil. Floor mats intended for garage use are generally more resistant to oil stains and the likes because they’re designed for use around cars. Garage-specific floor mats aren’t the only options if you want to go this route in your garage though. You could also consider outdoor products, like RV Mats. They’re waterproof and come in more colors and designs than standard garage carpets.
RV mat in use outside of a caravan
RV mats are one of the many options that work passably in a garage.
The downside to using outdoor carpets in your garage is that they’re probably not as oil-resistant. There are many advantages to using loose-format flooring like a carpet mat. These include:
  • You can move the mat around with your car or projects, to provide maximum protection to the floor.
  • It’s easy to remove the carpet and clean any oil spills or dust that’s gathered beneath it.
  • If you buy a large enough mat it will cover most of a small single garage.
Garage flooring mats come in many different sizes. Depending on the product you buy, you may find the following sizes:
  • 4’x6’
  • 6’x9’
  • 9’x18’
  • 9’x12’
  • 17’ x 7’4″
There are many different products on the market, which come in various sizes. Whether you’re building motorcycles, have multiple cars, or would like a mat under each table in your garage workshop, there’s a product for you. Carpet mats are also ideal if you use your garage as a home gym since you can put a mat under each piece of exercise equipment to keep it from slipping.

Synthetic Fiber Garage Carpet

Most garage carpets consist of manmade materials. Whether you buy mats, rolls, or tiles, synthetic is the best bet.
beige synthetic fiber carpet
Synthetic fibers often undergo intense treatments to ensure that they’re waterproof and fire-resistant.
There are several reasons for this:
  1. Most synthetic carpet fibers get a treatment to prevent them from being highly flammable. Ideal if you’re using your garage as a workshop.
  2. It’s easier to waterproof artificial fibers and make them oil-resistant, so it’s cheaper to produce garage-worthy products.
  3. Manufacturers can precoat each fiber with protective chemicals without compromising the soft, cozy feel of the overall carpet.
  4. Many synthetic fibers are much softer than their natural counterparts, thanks to the conditioning process used in the manufacturing process.
The choice is always yours in the end, but the safety, comfort, and affordability of synthetic garage carpets are hard to beat.

Natural Fiber Garage Carpet

While you may be able to find garage-friendly versions of natural products, there are several things you ought to consider before buying a natural fiber carpet for your garage.
  1. Most natural fibers are extremely flammable unless treated and will be a fire risk if you use your garage as a workspace or automotive area.

    Some fibers, like wool, are fire resistant, but others (like bamboo) aren’t. Look for hardy, fire resistant fiber types if you choose natural carpet.
  2. Natural fibers are sensitive to mold and mildew since the fungi would naturally decompose them in the wild.
  3. Not every natural fiber is eco-friendly, and some natural fibers are farmed at great cost to the environment—always dig deeper.

    For example, bamboo carpets may consist of bamboo unsustainably harvested from the habitat of giant pandas, or specially grown in ground flooded with harmful pesticides.
  4. Natural fiber carpets are more likely to appeal to pests like mice and silverfish than industrially produced materials.
  5. Most naturally produced fibers are highly absorptive which could lead to a problem if there’s some kind of chemical leak.
Despite all my warnings, I love natural materials. While I don’t have a specific product to recommend in this instance, I’d be keen to hear of any you love in the comments at the end of this article
jute and bamboo carpet being used indoors
Jute and bamboo makes excellent indoor carpeting, but you may want to think twice before using them in the garage.
Again, we’d only suggest natural fiber carpets if you’re using your garage for something other than storing your car or a workspace.


Pros of Garage Carpet

There are many reasons why carpet tiles, rolls, and mats are an excellent choice for your garage floor. Here are some of the pros:
  • Garage carpet’s easy installation.
  • Putting carpet on your garage floor protects it from automotive fluids and even provides a buffer against things falling on it.
  • Products like olefin synthetic fibers provide a protective layer which makes these carpets easy to clean, even with tougher spills like heavy oils.
  • Carpeting a garage floor gives your garage grip and means that people, cars, and other things won’t slip as easily, even in wet environments.
  • When you install carpet, it doesn’t matter whether you use the area as a living space or to park your car. It provides warmth and comfort either way.
  • Many excellent brands of carpet are made in the USA (just like these vacuums), which supports local businesses.


Cons of Garage Carpet

As with anything, there are potential downsides to installing carpet in your garage. Let’s have a look at a few of them.
  • Many types of carpets work in the garage, but the wrong carpet can create a safety hazard (such as a slipping hazard or fire risk).
  • Standard carpeting isn’t fire resistant so it may catch fire or be a fire hazard in some environments. Always use industrial, garage, or heavy-duty commercial carpets like the ones I recommended above.
  • Some carpet types can be sensitive to mold and mildew. This is true of most natural fibers, and even some waterproof varieties.
  • If you use your garage as a work area, wood chips and sawdust may become tangled in the carpet.
  • For carpet tiles to work properly, they must be installed with great attention to detail.
  • A high-traffic garage requires more expensive garage carpeting.


Is Garage Carpet a Good Idea?

When it boils down to it, the question that everyone wants answered is, “Is garage carpet a good idea?” The basic answer is yes! In most cases, adding garage floor mats or installing carpet tiles or rolls, is an excellent idea. The more complicated answer involves a lot of consideration. As with anything, there are many factors to consider before deciding if you should install carpet in your garage. I’ve come up with a few questions to help guide you to the right answer.

What do You Use Your Garage For?

What you do in your garage makes all the difference when deciding if installing carpet is right for you. If you use your garage as a carpentry workshop or something along those lines, installing carpet may not be the best. Wood chips and metal shavings can get caught in the carpet fibers, and be a nightmare to remove again. It’s easy to remove everyday dust and even oil stains from garage carpeting, but it’s still a carpet. If the garage in question is a showroom, then installing carpet is great, but you’ll need heavy-duty garage carpeting to accommodate the constant in-and-out of cars and people. You don’t always have to use a carpet that’s branded for garages, and many stain-resistant commercial or heavy-duty brands work well. However, standard carpeting can catch fire if you’re welding or grinding and there’s a constant warm atmosphere. It’s best to consider a product like Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet, which undergoes intensive treatment to make it safe for most environments (including wet ones). Garage-specific carpets like the Pakoula Garage Car Floor Mat also have the wherewithal to withstand intensive work environments.

Does Your Garage Leak and How’s Your Climate?

Another excellent but underrated question is, what’s the climate like? If you live in a warm environment, with plenty of rain and your garage floor gets wet often, then mold and mildew may be a factor. These tiny fungi thrive in damp, warm areas. While the rubber marine backing of some carpets prevents water from seeping into the subfloor, it also keeps it trapped in the fiber. The Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet, for example, is excellent at keeping water off the subfloor. In time, even this trooper may become moldy if it stays wet, though. Sure, you can use a wet-dry vac or carpet washer to remove the water, but will you want to? If you live in a very cold climate, then having the right carpet in the garage can make all the difference between chilly feet and a warm reception. Consider a product like the RV Mats for warmth and comfort. There’s something mesmerizing about setting foot in the garage and stepping on the soft warm carpet rather than a cold cement floor.

Do You Have the Right Cleaning Tools?

Below, we’ll give you details about which cleaning devices are best for garage carpets. While it’s possible to clean garage carpeting with little more than a soft brush and the occasional bucket of water, few people want to take that much time to clean a carpet. Cleaning can take a significant chunk of time out of your life if you allow it. Consider whether you have, or are willing to get, the cleaning tools you’ll need to clean a carpet in the garage. You probably want at least a high-strength home vacuum, if not an industrial one, to clean carpets in a working garage. It’s also a good idea to have a high-strength carpet cleaner that can reach deep into the fibers to remove dirt and debris.


How Much Does it Cost to Carpet a Garage?

While you may expect a dramatic difference between the price of garage carpeting and standard carpeting, nothing could be further from the truth. If you’re buying an expensive high-grade, garage-specific carpet, then the price may be a bit higher. Generally, carpet installers consider installing carpets in average garages to be small projects. Larger projects, like commercial garages and the like, can be considerably more expensive. The average price for standard carpeting is around $2 to $4 per square. If you’re buying commercial or outdoor carpeting or something with a rubber marine backing, expect to pay $3-$6 per square foot. Professional installation costs around $2 per square foot, so all in all you may expect to pay between $5 and $8 per square foot. If you buy heavy-duty garage flooring, the total may be up to $12 per square foot. In the US, garages per average have a square footage of anything from 162 square feet to 384 square feet. That means you can expect to pay:
  • $810 to $1920 for affordable carpeting and installation.
  • $1296 to $3072 for high-grade standard carpet and installation.
  • $1944 to $4608 for specially designed or heavy-duty garage carpeting.
As you can see, there’s no precise answer for the pricing of garage carpets. Depending on the product you choose, where you buy it, and how expensive your installer is, the price shifts. You could come in higher or lower than these price ranges, as they’re calculated from averages to give you a general idea of the cost of installing carpet in your garage.


Is Garage Carpet Waterproof?

This is a more complex question than you might think at first. Carpet isn’t waterproof by nature, as it usually consists of soft, absorbent fibers.
Red wine spilt on white carpet
Most garage carpets are waterproof and stain resistant.
Depending on the type of carpet you decide to install in your garage, it may or may not be waterproof. Heavy-duty garage carpets are typically 100% waterproof, flame retardant, and even oil-resistant. These types of carpets are also more expensive, though, so often not the number one choice. If you want waterproof carpet in your garage, then the marine carpet used on boats is an excellent choice. it’s affordable, comes on rolls, and repels water or chemicals. One word of warning, though. Just because a carpet is waterproof, doesn’t make it resistant to mold and mildew. Even a moist waterproof carpet can be a breeding ground for these microscopic fungi. It’s always a good idea to remove as much of the water as possible, then allow the room to get lots of fresh air. The Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet is one of many excellent waterproof products that work well in garages, and you can search for the color and type of carpet you’re looking for.


Why Put Carpet in a Garage?

Few people realize the excellent advantages that carpeting a garage has to offer. If you ever fell victim to the attack of a cold floor in midwinter, you understand the first reason: warmth. Carpeting a garage provides insulation and prevents it from becoming icy cold. If you’re using your garage as a living space or home gym, you might be appreciative of the warmth that a good carpet can give. Carpeting your garage can make it easier to clean, since most carpets suitable for garage use are almost immune to oil stains, and have short fibers so they’re easy to clean. Some of the products are also waterproof, which makes them easy to wash with a carpet cleaner or wet and dry vac. The many advantages of garage carpet also include adding grip to your garage floor. Carpets make it easier to drive into your garage by adding more traction than the smooth flooring gives.


What Is a Garage Carpet Made Of?

Most garage carpets have synthetic makeup because they’re intended for outdoor use or automotive use. The synthetic fibers often undergo treatment with flame retardant and other substances which cut down on safety concerns like fire hazards. While you may be able to find a garage version of natural flooring you must consider the possible risks. Most natural fibers burn quite easily, so only incorporate a natural-fiber carpet in your garage if you plan on using it as living quarters or something along those lines. Natural carpet tiles or rolls are a bad idea in a workshop or garage where you park your car. The best garage carpets for a working garage consist of artificial fibers that are waterproof, stain-resistant, and fire-resistant.


Where Can I Buy a Garage Carpet?

As garage carpets gain popularity, more and more dealerships are selling carpets that are suitable for garages. Many companies sell all-purpose outdoor carpeting which is waterproof and designed to work in high-traffic areas where there’s a lot of wear. The internet also is a wonderful place and offers many opportunities to buy these types of carpets. These are my top three online product recommendations:
  1. For waterproof carpeting: Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet
  2. For easy Installation: Pakoula Garage Car Floor Mat
  3. For portable efficiency: RV Mats
Many carpet dealerships have also moved their businesses online, and a quick Google search for garage carpet, outdoor carpet, marine carpet, or waterproof carpet will deliver many hits. While shopping online has many advantages, there’s also a downside. You don’t get to feel the texture of the fiber and see what it looks like in person. The comfort and appearance that carpets bring are part of the appeal after all. The other disadvantage is that, if you don’t plan on installing the carpet by yourself, you don’t have the benefit of asking the dealership to do the installation for you. With a new product like garage carpeting, your best bet is to buy from a professional dealership that can answer your questions and handle the installation for you.


Tips for Keeping Your Garage Carpet Clean

Once you’ve decided to install carpeting in your garage, the eternal struggle to keep things clean begins.
Housekeeper vacuuming a dirty carpet
The right tools make cleaning carpets easy.
I’ve wrapped up some of my top tips to help you keep things tidy:
  • If you spill oil or other chemicals, even on an oil-resistant and waterproof carpet, clean them up straight away using a decent grease or oil remover.
  • If you have carpet in your workshop garage, vacuum daily to prevent a build-up of wood chips and metal shavings in the threads.
  • Invest in a heavy-duty carpet cleaning machine or a water filtration vacuum if you do a lot of projects in your garage.
  • Never use a carpet cleaning machine to remove large oil stains or chemical spills. Clean most of it by hand, then use the device to clean the remaining residues.
The reason: Chemical reactions can be hazardous, so don’t risk mixing two chemicals in your cleaner accidentally by sucking up chemical spills.
  • If you install a garage floor mat, move it often to clean underneath it.
  • Installing a waterproof liner will prevent oil and chemicals from seeping into the cement floor, even if they make their way through the carpet.
There’s so much more to learn about carpets and garage carpets, and it’s next to impossible to learn it all in one go. Our posts about cleaning carpets may also be useful to you. I hope you’ve enjoyed this article about garage carpets. If you have, you might want to check out my other articles, like the article about basement flooring options. There are many similarities between basements and garages, after all. What are your thoughts about having carpets in the garage? Let us know in the comments below.

Garage Floor Carpet: Ultimate Buying Guide (Reviews & Pics)

While most of us are used to a concrete floor in the garage, garage carpet offers an excellent alternative. Today, we’ll explore the pros and cons of garage floor carpeting, and why it’s an excellent idea.


The Foundations

  • Garage floor carpet helps protect your concrete floor.
  • You can buy a garage flooring roll, garage floor tiles, or a garage floor mat.
  • Garage carpeting helps bring warmth, comfort, and style to a cold cement floor.
  • Some brands of garage carpets create products using natural products like bamboo and jute fibers.
  • Most garage floor carpeting is made of synthetic materials to help protect the floor from oil and other vehicle-related chemicals


Garage Carpet Vs. Concrete Floor

Most of us are used to a basic garage floor of cold concrete unless the garage has been turned into a living area. Many people think garage carpeting is impractical and won’t live up to the wear and tear of a heavy-duty area. If you were to install general indoor carpet in your garage, that would certainly be the case. However, there are now many garage floor carpeting options that add value and protect the cement floor. Concrete floor is:
  • Durable, and deals well with heavy wear
  • Absorbent, and difficult to get oil out of
  • Breakable if you drop something heavy like a hammer on it
  • Cold and hard
  • Slippery when wet
Most garage floor carpeting is:
  • Durable, with a heavy-duty design
  • Water and oil resistant, and easy to clean
  • Not breakable, though it may tear
  • Warm and soft
  • It’s firm even when wet, and provides traction
As you can see, garage floor carpet doesn’t subtract anything from a cement floor and adds to the overall usability of the floor.


Types of Garage Carpet

People only decided recently that a garage floor would look good with a carpet on it, so there are a limited number of carpet garage flooring options. However, among those are definitely some great choices.

Garage Carpet Tiles

Garage carpet tiles are an excellent alternative to the rubber mat tiles that we’re all familiar with. Some products come as stick-on tiles, others come as interlocking systems which click together. Many of the flooring tiles have a built-in moisture barrier, to help keep out water and automotive chemicals.
Woman installing carpet floor tiles
Carpet floor tiles are an excellent choice if you want to add diversity to your garage floor.
The nice thing about installing this garage flooring option is that you don’t have to spend as much time cutting a large carpet to shape. With stick-on products, it’s easy to cut them into the right shape with a pair of scissors or a utility knife. Products like the commercial Nisorpa Heavy Duty Carpet Floor Tiles are meant for high foot traffic areas like shopping centers. Although they’re indoor carpets, their intense treating process makes them viable as a garage flooring option. They also have an anti-slip backing, so it’s unlikely that they’ll move when subjected to pressure. Always ensure that any carpet tiles you choose are either for garage floors or have what it takes to make it in a garage environment.

Garage Carpet Roll

More often than not, carpet rolls are the easiest way to buy carpeting for your garage floor. One of the major concerns with garage carpeting is that it should offer waterproofing, and be oil resistant if possible. You also want a product that won’t slip, so that you have reliable garage flooring that won’t let you down. One such product is Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet. This carpet makes decent garage flooring. It was designed with marine use in mind, so it’s entirely waterproof and also oil resistant. The last thing you want on a boat is for your carpet to slip. This carpet’s resulting non-slip feature may be vital for your garage as well. While this product is wear-resistant, it might not be the best choice for a garage that sees large amounts of vehicle traffic. If you just park your family car there, it will probably be okay. If you have twenty cars that are part of a taxi fleet, you might want to consider an industrial, garage-specific option. The main advantage of this product is that it’s perfect for working garages. Since it’s both waterproof and chemical resistant, it can handle most things you throw at it. Remember, always look for carpets that are wear-resistant, waterproof, and chemical resistant. Non-slip backing is also a good idea.
Blue garage carpet roll
Garage carpet rolls are easy to install and available in waterproof marine varieties.
Most manufacturers sell garage flooring in rolls of various lengths. In the case of Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet, you can buy:
  • 10 feet
  • 15 feet
  • 20 feet
  • 25 feet
  • 30 feet
  • 35 feet
  • 40 feet
  • 45 feet
  • 50 feet
While carpet tiles allow you to deck out your garage floors in various shades of color, it’s much faster and easier to install a roll of garage flooring. You roll out the carpet on your garage floor, mark any areas that need to be cut into a specific shape, remove those parts, and glue the carpet in place. It’s simple and efficient, affordable, and offers all the same benefits that carpet tiles do, without the risk of tile slippage.

Garage Floor Mats

Garage floor mats are probably one of the best-known types of carpet used as garage flooring. Much like area rugs in the home, you place garage floor mats where you park your car, or under other furniture to help protect the floor from spills and damage.
Garage floor mat under a yellow pickup truck
Garage Car Floor Mats offer a great look, excellent protection, and the advantage of portability.
Products like the Pakoula Garage Car Floor Mat are an ideal choice if you want a movable carpet that you can put down right where you park your car. They also work well for vehicles like motorcycles, or to use under a worktable where you handle chemicals like heavy oil. Floor mats intended for garage use are generally more resistant to oil stains and the likes because they’re designed for use around cars. Garage-specific floor mats aren’t the only options if you want to go this route in your garage though. You could also consider outdoor products, like RV Mats. They’re waterproof and come in more colors and designs than standard garage carpets.
RV mat in use outside of a caravan
RV mats are one of the many options that work passably in a garage.
The downside to using outdoor carpets in your garage is that they’re probably not as oil-resistant. There are many advantages to using loose-format flooring like a carpet mat. These include:
  • You can move the mat around with your car or projects, to provide maximum protection to the floor.
  • It’s easy to remove the carpet and clean any oil spills or dust that’s gathered beneath it.
  • If you buy a large enough mat it will cover most of a small single garage.
Garage flooring mats come in many different sizes. Depending on the product you buy, you may find the following sizes:
  • 4’x6’
  • 6’x9’
  • 9’x18’
  • 9’x12’
  • 17’ x 7’4″
There are many different products on the market, which come in various sizes. Whether you’re building motorcycles, have multiple cars, or would like a mat under each table in your garage workshop, there’s a product for you. Carpet mats are also ideal if you use your garage as a home gym since you can put a mat under each piece of exercise equipment to keep it from slipping.

Synthetic Fiber Garage Carpet

Most garage carpets consist of manmade materials. Whether you buy mats, rolls, or tiles, synthetic is the best bet.
beige synthetic fiber carpet
Synthetic fibers often undergo intense treatments to ensure that they’re waterproof and fire-resistant.
There are several reasons for this:
  1. Most synthetic carpet fibers get a treatment to prevent them from being highly flammable. Ideal if you’re using your garage as a workshop.
  2. It’s easier to waterproof artificial fibers and make them oil-resistant, so it’s cheaper to produce garage-worthy products.
  3. Manufacturers can precoat each fiber with protective chemicals without compromising the soft, cozy feel of the overall carpet.
  4. Many synthetic fibers are much softer than their natural counterparts, thanks to the conditioning process used in the manufacturing process.
The choice is always yours in the end, but the safety, comfort, and affordability of synthetic garage carpets are hard to beat.

Natural Fiber Garage Carpet

While you may be able to find garage-friendly versions of natural products, there are several things you ought to consider before buying a natural fiber carpet for your garage.
  1. Most natural fibers are extremely flammable unless treated and will be a fire risk if you use your garage as a workspace or automotive area.

    Some fibers, like wool, are fire resistant, but others (like bamboo) aren’t. Look for hardy, fire resistant fiber types if you choose natural carpet.
  2. Natural fibers are sensitive to mold and mildew since the fungi would naturally decompose them in the wild.
  3. Not every natural fiber is eco-friendly, and some natural fibers are farmed at great cost to the environment—always dig deeper.

    For example, bamboo carpets may consist of bamboo unsustainably harvested from the habitat of giant pandas, or specially grown in ground flooded with harmful pesticides.
  4. Natural fiber carpets are more likely to appeal to pests like mice and silverfish than industrially produced materials.
  5. Most naturally produced fibers are highly absorptive which could lead to a problem if there’s some kind of chemical leak.
Despite all my warnings, I love natural materials. While I don’t have a specific product to recommend in this instance, I’d be keen to hear of any you love in the comments at the end of this article
jute and bamboo carpet being used indoors
Jute and bamboo makes excellent indoor carpeting, but you may want to think twice before using them in the garage.
Again, we’d only suggest natural fiber carpets if you’re using your garage for something other than storing your car or a workspace.


Pros of Garage Carpet

There are many reasons why carpet tiles, rolls, and mats are an excellent choice for your garage floor. Here are some of the pros:
  • Garage carpet’s easy installation.
  • Putting carpet on your garage floor protects it from automotive fluids and even provides a buffer against things falling on it.
  • Products like olefin synthetic fibers provide a protective layer which makes these carpets easy to clean, even with tougher spills like heavy oils.
  • Carpeting a garage floor gives your garage grip and means that people, cars, and other things won’t slip as easily, even in wet environments.
  • When you install carpet, it doesn’t matter whether you use the area as a living space or to park your car. It provides warmth and comfort either way.
  • Many excellent brands of carpet are made in the USA (just like these vacuums), which supports local businesses.


Cons of Garage Carpet

As with anything, there are potential downsides to installing carpet in your garage. Let’s have a look at a few of them.
  • Many types of carpets work in the garage, but the wrong carpet can create a safety hazard (such as a slipping hazard or fire risk).
  • Standard carpeting isn’t fire resistant so it may catch fire or be a fire hazard in some environments. Always use industrial, garage, or heavy-duty commercial carpets like the ones I recommended above.
  • Some carpet types can be sensitive to mold and mildew. This is true of most natural fibers, and even some waterproof varieties.
  • If you use your garage as a work area, wood chips and sawdust may become tangled in the carpet.
  • For carpet tiles to work properly, they must be installed with great attention to detail.
  • A high-traffic garage requires more expensive garage carpeting.


Is Garage Carpet a Good Idea?

When it boils down to it, the question that everyone wants answered is, “Is garage carpet a good idea?” The basic answer is yes! In most cases, adding garage floor mats or installing carpet tiles or rolls, is an excellent idea. The more complicated answer involves a lot of consideration. As with anything, there are many factors to consider before deciding if you should install carpet in your garage. I’ve come up with a few questions to help guide you to the right answer.

What do You Use Your Garage For?

What you do in your garage makes all the difference when deciding if installing carpet is right for you. If you use your garage as a carpentry workshop or something along those lines, installing carpet may not be the best. Wood chips and metal shavings can get caught in the carpet fibers, and be a nightmare to remove again. It’s easy to remove everyday dust and even oil stains from garage carpeting, but it’s still a carpet. If the garage in question is a showroom, then installing carpet is great, but you’ll need heavy-duty garage carpeting to accommodate the constant in-and-out of cars and people. You don’t always have to use a carpet that’s branded for garages, and many stain-resistant commercial or heavy-duty brands work well. However, standard carpeting can catch fire if you’re welding or grinding and there’s a constant warm atmosphere. It’s best to consider a product like Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet, which undergoes intensive treatment to make it safe for most environments (including wet ones). Garage-specific carpets like the Pakoula Garage Car Floor Mat also have the wherewithal to withstand intensive work environments.

Does Your Garage Leak and How’s Your Climate?

Another excellent but underrated question is, what’s the climate like? If you live in a warm environment, with plenty of rain and your garage floor gets wet often, then mold and mildew may be a factor. These tiny fungi thrive in damp, warm areas. While the rubber marine backing of some carpets prevents water from seeping into the subfloor, it also keeps it trapped in the fiber. The Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet, for example, is excellent at keeping water off the subfloor. In time, even this trooper may become moldy if it stays wet, though. Sure, you can use a wet-dry vac or carpet washer to remove the water, but will you want to? If you live in a very cold climate, then having the right carpet in the garage can make all the difference between chilly feet and a warm reception. Consider a product like the RV Mats for warmth and comfort. There’s something mesmerizing about setting foot in the garage and stepping on the soft warm carpet rather than a cold cement floor.

Do You Have the Right Cleaning Tools?

Below, we’ll give you details about which cleaning devices are best for garage carpets. While it’s possible to clean garage carpeting with little more than a soft brush and the occasional bucket of water, few people want to take that much time to clean a carpet. Cleaning can take a significant chunk of time out of your life if you allow it. Consider whether you have, or are willing to get, the cleaning tools you’ll need to clean a carpet in the garage. You probably want at least a high-strength home vacuum, if not an industrial one, to clean carpets in a working garage. It’s also a good idea to have a high-strength carpet cleaner that can reach deep into the fibers to remove dirt and debris.


How Much Does it Cost to Carpet a Garage?

While you may expect a dramatic difference between the price of garage carpeting and standard carpeting, nothing could be further from the truth. If you’re buying an expensive high-grade, garage-specific carpet, then the price may be a bit higher. Generally, carpet installers consider installing carpets in average garages to be small projects. Larger projects, like commercial garages and the like, can be considerably more expensive. The average price for standard carpeting is around $2 to $4 per square. If you’re buying commercial or outdoor carpeting or something with a rubber marine backing, expect to pay $3-$6 per square foot. Professional installation costs around $2 per square foot, so all in all you may expect to pay between $5 and $8 per square foot. If you buy heavy-duty garage flooring, the total may be up to $12 per square foot. In the US, garages per average have a square footage of anything from 162 square feet to 384 square feet. That means you can expect to pay:
  • $810 to $1920 for affordable carpeting and installation.
  • $1296 to $3072 for high-grade standard carpet and installation.
  • $1944 to $4608 for specially designed or heavy-duty garage carpeting.
As you can see, there’s no precise answer for the pricing of garage carpets. Depending on the product you choose, where you buy it, and how expensive your installer is, the price shifts. You could come in higher or lower than these price ranges, as they’re calculated from averages to give you a general idea of the cost of installing carpet in your garage.


Is Garage Carpet Waterproof?

This is a more complex question than you might think at first. Carpet isn’t waterproof by nature, as it usually consists of soft, absorbent fibers.
Red wine spilt on white carpet
Most garage carpets are waterproof and stain resistant.
Depending on the type of carpet you decide to install in your garage, it may or may not be waterproof. Heavy-duty garage carpets are typically 100% waterproof, flame retardant, and even oil-resistant. These types of carpets are also more expensive, though, so often not the number one choice. If you want waterproof carpet in your garage, then the marine carpet used on boats is an excellent choice. it’s affordable, comes on rolls, and repels water or chemicals. One word of warning, though. Just because a carpet is waterproof, doesn’t make it resistant to mold and mildew. Even a moist waterproof carpet can be a breeding ground for these microscopic fungi. It’s always a good idea to remove as much of the water as possible, then allow the room to get lots of fresh air. The Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet is one of many excellent waterproof products that work well in garages, and you can search for the color and type of carpet you’re looking for.


Why Put Carpet in a Garage?

Few people realize the excellent advantages that carpeting a garage has to offer. If you ever fell victim to the attack of a cold floor in midwinter, you understand the first reason: warmth. Carpeting a garage provides insulation and prevents it from becoming icy cold. If you’re using your garage as a living space or home gym, you might be appreciative of the warmth that a good carpet can give. Carpeting your garage can make it easier to clean, since most carpets suitable for garage use are almost immune to oil stains, and have short fibers so they’re easy to clean. Some of the products are also waterproof, which makes them easy to wash with a carpet cleaner or wet and dry vac. The many advantages of garage carpet also include adding grip to your garage floor. Carpets make it easier to drive into your garage by adding more traction than the smooth flooring gives.


What Is a Garage Carpet Made Of?

Most garage carpets have synthetic makeup because they’re intended for outdoor use or automotive use. The synthetic fibers often undergo treatment with flame retardant and other substances which cut down on safety concerns like fire hazards. While you may be able to find a garage version of natural flooring you must consider the possible risks. Most natural fibers burn quite easily, so only incorporate a natural-fiber carpet in your garage if you plan on using it as living quarters or something along those lines. Natural carpet tiles or rolls are a bad idea in a workshop or garage where you park your car. The best garage carpets for a working garage consist of artificial fibers that are waterproof, stain-resistant, and fire-resistant.


Where Can I Buy a Garage Carpet?

As garage carpets gain popularity, more and more dealerships are selling carpets that are suitable for garages. Many companies sell all-purpose outdoor carpeting which is waterproof and designed to work in high-traffic areas where there’s a lot of wear. The internet also is a wonderful place and offers many opportunities to buy these types of carpets. These are my top three online product recommendations:
  1. For waterproof carpeting: Happybuy Blue Marine Carpet
  2. For easy Installation: Pakoula Garage Car Floor Mat
  3. For portable efficiency: RV Mats
Many carpet dealerships have also moved their businesses online, and a quick Google search for garage carpet, outdoor carpet, marine carpet, or waterproof carpet will deliver many hits. While shopping online has many advantages, there’s also a downside. You don’t get to feel the texture of the fiber and see what it looks like in person. The comfort and appearance that carpets bring are part of the appeal after all. The other disadvantage is that, if you don’t plan on installing the carpet by yourself, you don’t have the benefit of asking the dealership to do the installation for you. With a new product like garage carpeting, your best bet is to buy from a professional dealership that can answer your questions and handle the installation for you.


Tips for Keeping Your Garage Carpet Clean

Once you’ve decided to install carpeting in your garage, the eternal struggle to keep things clean begins.
Housekeeper vacuuming a dirty carpet
The right tools make cleaning carpets easy.
I’ve wrapped up some of my top tips to help you keep things tidy:
  • If you spill oil or other chemicals, even on an oil-resistant and waterproof carpet, clean them up straight away using a decent grease or oil remover.
  • If you have carpet in your workshop garage, vacuum daily to prevent a build-up of wood chips and metal shavings in the threads.
  • Invest in a heavy-duty carpet cleaning machine or a water filtration vacuum if you do a lot of projects in your garage.
  • Never use a carpet cleaning machine to remove large oil stains or chemical spills. Clean most of it by hand, then use the device to clean the remaining residues.
The reason: Chemical reactions can be hazardous, so don’t risk mixing two chemicals in your cleaner accidentally by sucking up chemical spills.
  • If you install a garage floor mat, move it often to clean underneath it.
  • Installing a waterproof liner will prevent oil and chemicals from seeping into the cement floor, even if they make their way through the carpet.
There’s so much more to learn about carpets and garage carpets, and it’s next to impossible to learn it all in one go. Our posts about cleaning carpets may also be useful to you. I hope you’ve enjoyed this article about garage carpets. If you have, you might want to check out my other articles, like the article about basement flooring options. There are many similarities between basements and garages, after all. What are your thoughts about having carpets in the garage? Let us know in the comments below.

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