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Subfloor or not???

Posted by green_n_ohio (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 25, 06 at 21:57

I am having my basement finished, and plan to have carpet installed. Should a subfloor be installed, or should the carpet just be laid on concrete?

Many thanks.

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RE: Subfloor or not???

Either way. A subfloor would make the floor warmer, but you can install the carpet directly over the concrete. You just have to weigh the cost to benefit!

RE: Subfloor or not???

Man I suggest you get Carpet Padding at least 8lb for that carpet. Unless your joints are those of an 18 year old.

RE: Subfloor or not???

A little off topic but, we are finishing our basement as well. I would love to have carpet in there. I am worried about flooding though. In the end I know I will not be happy with anything but carpet.

RE: Subfloor or not???

I wouldn't carpet if flooding is an issue. How about an area rug?

RE: Subfloor or not???

The last thing you want is thick padding under the carpet in the basement. In the event of flooding the padding will act like a sponge and absorb the water. It will be impossible to dry. Mold and mildew will grow in the padding, and the padding will have to be changed. I had carpeting in the basement of a previous house. I had the choice of gluing the carpet directly to the cement floor or having a special thin padding designed for basement installation under the carpet. I went with the padding. In the event of water damage a wet vac can be used to dry the carpet. The only issue I had with carpet in the basement is that it was a pain to vacuum such a large area. I suggest if you decide on carpeting get something with a litte print. We used a tweed berber.

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