In our previous blog post, we discussed how area rugs can help insulate a cold basement. Let’s now take a closer look at how wall-to-wall carpeting can do even a better job.
Basement Carpeting: Style and Comfort
Carpet is a great floor covering option for a finished basement. It’s warm, soft, and cushioned, making it ideal for covering a cold cement floor. Carpet is also a flexible material that can help level out any uneven surfaces.
You may be wondering if a certain type of carpet is better for underground living than others. Unless your basement suffers from an excessive moisture problem, you can install any style of carpet that makes your finished basement look just right. On the other hand, there are some issues to consider before settling on a fabric.
Fibers: Natural or Synthetic
Carpet fibers come in two categories: synthetic (man-made) fibers and natural fibers. Synthetic fibers are generally the better choice for basements, simply because do not retain moisture the way that natural fibers do.
Basements are naturally damp, being underground. Therefore, your floor covering material needs to be able to withstand increased moisture levels. Because synthetic fibers are able to release moisture, they are less prone to developing mold or mildew in or under the carpet. If you do choose natural fibers, it is essential that the carpet features synthetic backing material to protect your investment from the damage dampness could cause.
Carpet Padding Is a Plus
Most residential carpets are installed over padding, in addition to having synthetic backing. On a cold, hard basement floor, a soft pad is essential for comfort and warmth. Underpad is generally fine to use in a basement, provided it is also synthetic. Opt for a polyurethane foam pad as a top choice.
When to Avoid Carpet
If your basement is not finished and dry, carpeting can be a risky investment. If you don’t have an insulated basement that is protected from outside leaks, or if your basement regularly floods for some reason, then your carpet is sure to deteriorate and produce mold and mildew. In such cases, your best bet is to leave your cement floor uncovered. If you wish to have something covering the cement, opt for a piece of inexpensive outdoor carpet that is designed to withstand water.
If you’re thinking about installing carpeting in your basement, don’t hesitate to contact us at Dover Rug. We’re happy to consult with you!