4 Ways You Can Get Carpet Safely Installed In The Basement
Do you yearn for carpeted floors in your basement? Maybe you want to make the perfect movie room -- or perhaps you have your eyes set on an ideal "man cave." Basements can get cold and chilly, so installing carpet can seem like the natural solution. However, carpet floors are usually discouraged in basements because they often flood or experience moisture. Still, there are some ways you can achieve a nicely carpeted floor, if you're persistent enough.
1. Use Carpet Tiles
Carpet tiles are large squares of carpet that can be placed on any flat surface, including the concrete of a basement. Carpet tiles aren't like rugs; they adhere closely to the surface of the floor to give the appearance of real carpet. They can also be cut to size so that they fit neatly along walls. The advantage to carpet tiles is that they can be removed and dried if there is any water damage. They also don't require padding which could become damaged by humidity and moisture.
2. Install Dimpled Polyethylene Underlayment
Dimpled polythelene is a textured surface that fits underneath the flooring to ensure that water does not creep up from below. The dimpled polyethylene will go just above the concrete and below a strip of 1/2 inch thick plywood. Following the plywood is the carpet padding and finally the carpet. This may seem a little extreme, but each layer is incredibly important to ensure that the carpet lasts a long time and continues to look beautiful.
3. Get the Right Flooring
Certain types of flooring are better suited to a moist environment than others. In general, you want a very thin carpeting -- maybe even a commercial carpeting, if comfort isn't an issue. You should avoid loop pile carpets (such as Berber) in favor of cut pile carpets, as loop pile carpets may retain moisture.
4. Consider Installing Your Carpet Without a Pad
If you just want a quick and convenient installation, you might consider installing the carpet without padding at all. Carpet padding isn't essential, it's simply for comfort. Padding creates many of the issues that homeowners have with basement carpeting, as padding can wick up moisture and promote mildew and mold growth. Just remember that you will still need a moisture barrier -- don't install the carpet directly on the floor!
Contact your local carpet installation service to find out more about your options. Installing carpeting in a basement isn't unheard of -- and it's certainly not as difficult as installing hardwood -- it's just generally discouraged in favor of more resilient materials. (For more information, go to jkpflooring.com or another site)