Forum Title: Basement carpet and pad recommendations?
We are recarpeting a walk-out lower level basement apartment. The house (built in late 1980s) is on a hill and the floor is concrete slab, some below grade and some on grade. We live in central Iowa, cold winters and hot humid summers. We have never had water in the basement, even during the floods of 1993. It can get humid down there, but that problem was mostly solved by a new whole-house HVAC (not separate for apartment) with a fan that runs constantly, even when cooling or heating is off. Previous carpet was probably a builder grade+ polyester with inexpensive rebond pad. No sign of any mold or mildew when we pulled it up?just pet stains. While we are not going to rent this small apartment immediately, we are retired and may need the money in the future, so we?re making choices that we like, but will also work for a renter (no pets there again though, even our older dog!). FYI, our renters are always single women without kids or partners. We are looking for durability and cleanability, something that looks good for a long time, 15 years or more. We do not want to have to recarpet this area again. I have two questions, one regarding the choice of a pad and the other the ubiquitous question of polyester, perhaps Triexta, vs. nylon. Please tell me if I should separate these into two posts. 1. Pad: What pad do you recommend for this application? I have read that it?s a good idea to have breathability in a basement to avoid mold or mildew. So no rubber or closed-cell foam or pet shields, leaving a quality rebond as the best choice. Do you agree or disagree and why? 2. Carpet, polyester, perhaps Triexta, vs. nylon: Our neighbor has sold carpet for years, had his own store and is now working for another retailer. We have just started looking at carpets. After research, I had settled on a quality nylon as the best choice. However, he is replacing his own carpet with a polyester because, compared to a comparably priced nylon, he can get a denser, tighter twist and a more luxurious feel. Should I consider a polyester or Triexta, which I believe is a type of polyester? The problem with oily spills on polyester worries me. I am concerned about bath and cooking oils, oily foods, particularly with a renter. Could some carpet cleaners and retailers tell me how these spills clean up? If this were you or your family, what products would you put in for maximum durability and good looks and why? Thanks for the help! Anne
Category: Carpet Post By: LOIS POWELL (Elizabeth, NJ), 01/05/2019

wolfci said: ? 1. Pad: What pad do you recommend for this application? I have read that it?s a good idea to have breathability in a basement to avoid mold or mildew. So no rubber or closed-cell foam or pet shields, leaving a quality rebond as the best choice. Do you agree or disagree and whyClick to expand... Where do you live? Is it arid or humid? That's a pretty safe rule, a good 8lb rebond should suit you well for durability of both pad and carpet, but if you live somewhere like Arizona or Colorado, moisture shouldn't be a huge issue - unless you have pre-existing issues with your slab. wolfci said: ? 2. Carpet, polyester, perhaps Triexta, vs. nylonClick to expand... I would avoid polyester due to its affinity for oily stains. Smartstrand/Triexta would be OK, but it has a tendency to lay down and/or unravel at the twist, and high-traffic damage, in my experience, shows up faster with Smartstrand carpets. I would personally look at a solution-dyed nylon frieze or cut & loop, preferably something with a bit of 'flecking to it, so that it will hide minor stains like coffee/soda drops, etc. Ultimately, you can bet that your renters will never take care of the carpet as well as you would, so comfort should be your last consideration and durability your first.

- BRYAN COLEMAN (College Station, TX), 04/30/2019

Thanks Very helpful. Does everyone else agree? Anne

- LESTER BARNETT (Oak Lawn, IL), 03/09/2019

You may wish to look into a fiber pad. It will keep your feet up off the cold concrete in winter. And it will help the carpet to last longer.

- CAROLYN RAMIREZ (Dothan, AL), 04/11/2019

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