help with basement carpet
I am finishing my basement, and have just about everything figured out except for the carpeting. It seems every salesman I go to gives me a different answer. I've got 2 young kids (2 & 4) who will be using the area mostly so I'm sure it will get abused over the next 10+ years. I live in Denver, Colorado so moisture is not an issue and my water heater will be in a uncarpeted closet with a drain so flooding shouldn't be an issue either.
I am looking for something budget friendly since it's mostly for a playroom that I am sure the kids will wreak havoc on. I like the idea of a darker carpet with some fleck that will hide any stains they may create. I'd like to have some stain resistance and durability, most likely a nylon from what I've read. Smartstrand looks great but I'm not sure how that fits into my budget. Any help you guys could offer on the carpet & the padding would be appreciated. I've already learned to avoid the big box stores. Thanks in advance