Re-carpeting Basement after flood

Discussion in 'Carpet Q&A' started by Heather Z, May 25, 2017.

  1. Heather Z

    Heather Z Pro Member

    We are getting our basement (about 1000 SF) re-carpeted after a small "flood". Our previous carpet was a very very cheap Berber.

    We don't want to break-the-bank, and are trying to work within the insurance limits (but can go a bit over).

    We are currently looking to choose between a Beaulieu Polyester 42oz or Dream Weaver Pure Color Soft Polyester 40oz. Any opinions if one of these is better then the other?

    Also, I am told they will be installing an 8# pad...would an upgraded pad be beneficial or not?

  2. Daris Mulkin

    Daris Mulkin The One and Only Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Stay away from the poly and go with the pad, how thick?
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  3. Hanover Fist

    Hanover Fist Pro Member

    Agreed ~ spend on pad, save on carpet. And spend on install. It will make any carpet, including inexpensive stuff, last much longer and resist backing breakdown. 8# rebond as a bottom limit for my tastes. Foamed rubber, even better.
    Also make sure your guys power-stretch, seal seams, and know other basic CRI or CFI standards.
    Also agreed that if you can swing it, you'll be much happier after 5 or so years with a nylon or natural fiber rather than a polyester. Poly loses its memory really quickly
  4. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Your Berber may have been a blend of Olefin and Nylon, or Olefin(polypropylene) I'm a little Rusty on the latest fiber ratings, both good companies, not sure in the construction of each, how they will cheap ot to extract maximum profit.

    I think 8lb is sufficient, basement traffic is somewhat low. Carpet to me is a Decor change item, not long term.
  5. kwfloors

    kwfloors Fuzz on the brain Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    You would be happier with a nylon carpet.

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