Covering Terrazzo Flooring with Carpet

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Installing carpet over terrazzo flooring has its challenges. This page contains some ideas for permanent solutions and area rug options.


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October 6, 2018

We need to find the best option for installing carpet and waterproof laminate over existing terrazzo flooring in a 1961 Florida home. While we would like to keep the terrazzo flooring uncovered, it is not an option at this time as I am relocating my mom into the home. She is a fall risk (falls often) and the terrazzo is dangerous for slips and because when she hits the floor, it will be too hard. The terrazzo was just repaired (previous holes filled from previous tack strips filled and repaired) so if possible we would like to install carpet without damaging the flooring.

I seem to have heard of a carpet that does not need tack strips or glue and also has the thick padding attached to the carpet already. However, I can't find any information on it anywhere. We need to find the softest and best options for my mom first and foremost as protecting her from falls is the number one concern, that being said, if there is anyone who is aware of a product that will do the least damage to the flooring then any help is much appreciated. Thank you so much!


October 7, 20180 found this helpful
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You can buy large area rugs with bound edges that need no affixing. You can get them sized so they appear wall to wall so they aren't. The furniture keeps them from being a fall risk.


We have had one in our bedroom for 15 years as we originally planned to get bamboo flooring but it was cost prohibitive. The rug was a temporary fix...15 years ago.

For your mom you could then invest in durable medical fall prevention pads like this one: (Affiliate Link)

Her doctor may have better pads that are larger. Ask!! Prayers for all!

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October 6, 20180 found this helpful

I would not use any glue on the padding. See if the store can install in a way that the number of nails used is minimized

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