Published by Naomie Whitely, Aug 26, 2017
Despite the warmth and comfort carpet has to offer for your basement family room, choosing the right one could be as difficult as choosing a new pair of shoes. You need to be sure that the one you choose looks and feels just right. Here are some tips to help you with the tough choice.
1) Low-pile carpets
One eternal challenge when choosing carpet and carpet tiles as basement family room flooring is its absorbent nature. Basements are prone to leaks and moisture, and it makes the carpet hard to clean. To nail the challenge, you need to consider a low-pile carpet, depending on the look you desire. Low-pile carpets are less absorbent and easier to dry when they get wet, or even drenched in water.
2) Carpet tiles
Carpet tiles are also a great option to cover your basement family room’s floor. They can be removed and cleaned easily when wet, something a wall-to-wall carpet can’t do. The best carpet tiles available in the market are those made with man-made materials, such as polyester or nylon, given their ability to more easily resist water. However, you can still choose those made from a natural fiber, as long as they treated with a mildew-resistant treatment.
3) Short-napped wall-to-wall carpets
Despite all the challenges, wall-to-wall style carpets are remained the warmest and most beautiful option for your basement family room. The carpet and pad will provide insulation from the cold concrete underneath. You can opt for a short napped carpet with lots of darker colors in it; this type of carpets are proven more durable. They have a built-in stain repellant products to protect the carpet from spills. This type of carpets are also pet-proof; their nails and claws won’t damage their surfaces. The loops get snagged and are pulled out of their original position.
If the concrete floor is is fairly smooth, carpet and pad are easily tracked down and stretched directly on top of it. But if you have rather rough and uneven concrete floor, the best option would be to simply glue the carpet down. No pad is used in glued carpet installations.