Carpet is a chosen flooring option because it is warm underfoot and soft to the touch. However, when used in a basement environment where moisture is common, carpet can become rather troublesome. Here are the facts.
While the cost of carpet can vary greatly depending on the quality, you can expect to pay $19 to $38 per square yard, including installation. If the padding is not included, that can tack on an additional $2.50-$6 per square yard. Get a price quote for your carpet installation to learn more.
While carpet may last quite a while in other areas of the home, it can be damaged rather quickly in a damp basement environment. To avoid these problems, a separate rubber-based pad should be installed to resist humidity more effectively and help the drying-out process if flooding occurs.
The amount of maintenance required for basement carpeting depends on the amount of traffic the area receives. Usually just a regular vacuuming will do, but if spills or pet stains occur, then a professional carpet cleaner may have to be brought in to do the dirty work.
On the low end of the price spectrum is polypropylene (also known as polyethylene or olefin). Acrylic is still fairly low-priced, while polyester and nylon are considered mid-grade. Wool, silk, and linen are some of the most expensive types of carpet available.
There are several grades of carpet padding available, but as a rule of thumb, the padding shouldn’t contract more than half of its thickness when pinched between the fingers. If it does, then the chances of it lasting the wear and tear of a basement environment are slim.
While carpets have been used all over the globe for centuries, the United States didn’t begin manufacturing carpet until William Sprague started the first carpet mill in 1791 in Philadelphia. Today it remains one of the most popular flooring options available.
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