Choosing the Right Marine Flooring


When it comes to selecting the ideal flooring for your boat, the decision comes down to marine carpeting versus vinyl flooring. Each option offers unique advantages tailored to different needs and lifestyles. Here, we'll explore the benefits of both to help you make an informed choice.

Britton Stitchin marine carpet pic
Photo Courtesy of Britton Stitchin' Custom Upholstery (Huntland, TN)

Marine Carpeting

Soft and Plush Comfort

Marine carpeting is a traditional favorite for boat flooring. Known for its soft and plush texture, it adds a touch of comfort underfoot. One of its standout features is its ability to absorb sound, creating a quieter environment onboard. Additionally, marine carpeting tends to be cooler to the touch compared to other materials, making it a pleasant choice during hot summer days.

Budget-Friendly Variety

Marine carpeting is often more budget-friendly, providing an economical option for those looking to revamp their boat’s interior without breaking the bank. It also comes in a wider range of colors, allowing you to match your boat's decor seamlessly. Available in cutpile and loop options, marine carpeting is designed to withstand the elements, ensuring durability and longevity.

Cutpile options such as Aqua Turf are often seen on fishing boats while loop options such as Berber are often seen on pontoons. Mystic provides a unique look with its cut and loop construction, combining the best of both worlds.

Marine Carpet Group 2


Marine Vinyl Flooring

Modern Durability

Marine vinyl flooring represents a modern solution for boat flooring. Its ease of cleaning, typically requiring just a hose or a soft brush, is a significant advantage. Vinyl flooring outlasts traditional carpeting, providing a longer-lasting flooring solution. Its inherent stain resistance and inability to absorb water make it an excellent choice for marine environments.

Mold and Mildew Resistant

One of the standout features of vinyl flooring is its resistance to mold and mildew. This is crucial for boats exposed to moist and humid conditions. Moreover, vinyl flooring often comes with textured surfaces that offer slip resistance, enhancing safety on board.

We offer four  varieties of vinyl flooring – Caprie, a thin and flexible option that is also budget friendly, Compass HB featuring a foam backing for added comfort, HydroMat and HydroWeave which are perfect for not only boats, but patios, decks, and garage floors.

HydroMat Group

Glue-In vs. Snap-In Installation

The installation process is a critical factor when choosing boat flooring. Some marine floorings are designed for glue-in installation, where the flooring is adhered directly to the boat’s floor. Others are made for snap-in installation, utilizing snap fasteners for a secure fit. It’s essential to ensure that the flooring you choose is compatible with your preferred installation method.

  • Glue Down Installation: Aqua Turf, Mystic, and Caprie.
  • Snap-In Installation: Berber, Compass, HydroMat, and HydroWeave.


Choosing between marine carpeting and vinyl flooring depends on your specific needs and lifestyle. Carpeting offers a comfortable, budget-friendly option with a wide range of colors and styles, while vinyl flooring provides a durable, easy-to-clean solution resistant to water, mold, and mildew. By considering your boat's usage, aesthetic preferences, and installation requirements, you can select the perfect marine flooring to enhance your boating experience.

Ledford's Vinyl Flooring Pic
Photo Courtesy of Ledford's Body Shop & Upholstery (Hiawassee, GA)


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