Need assistance with basement carpet

Discussion in 'Carpet Q&A' started by Vertebraillemery, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. Vertebraillemery

    Vertebraillemery New Member

    Concrete basement floor
    Good condition
    Located in Virginia, USA
    Size of 60 Square Yards
    Below Ground level in front, at ground level in back
    No air conditioning in basement, just heat

    •We are set on wall to wall carpeting

    •We need help with the underlayment and sub-floor options.
    Do we need a sub-floor?
    Can we use a rubber underlay only on the concrete?

    •Project is being done by a hired restoration company

    Any experienced advice is welcomed and appreciated.
    Please move this thread if I put it in the wrong place.

  2. Dollar_M

    Dollar_M Pro Member

    Most carpet and padding are vapor-permeable, but I'm not certain of the conditions of your cement slab. Have you tested as whether or not it is dry? If so you could always just go with rebond padding or whatever the manufacturer of your carpet might recommend.

    You also do not need to build up a sub-floor. The tackstrip can just be nailed into the concrete. If you build up you may run into an issue with doorway clearances.
  3. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    What was damage to previous flooring?
  4. Vertebraillemery

    Vertebraillemery New Member

    Hey guys, thank you for the replies. We've completed a moisture test and the concrete slab is dry. We believe there is a moisture barrier under the foundation. We are going ahead and putting the carpet down. Thank you for your inpit!

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