Basement Carpet & Pad
The basement is nearly completed... we should be finished painting Wednesday. We went to a carpet store today (a locally owned small company) We asked them what there opinions were on carpet padding in the basement and they said they do it all the time. They said if you install without the padding, the carpet will wear faster. The basement total SQ footage is around 800. With the carpet and 8 pound pad, were at $1,600. Which isn't to bad.
I've read online and half are against padding in basement and others say it's OK. Some of the comments were from people who have been doing it for 30+ years and haven't had any complaints. My dad also had carpet and pad installed 15 years ago in his basement, still looks good with no problems.
My question... is for those that have padding or those that install it. Do you have any problems with it? Wouldn't vapor pass through the pad/carpet and evaporate? I have a feeling that a lot of comments I read online are from people who haven't had any experience with it, but it's just what they think would happen.
I've build the entire basement myself (framing, drywall, electric, etc) based on the suggestions and reviews online. But I've never come across a subject yet that everyone is split on 50/50. It makes me wonder.