Anybody care to guess if industrial grade carpet tile, the 12x12" tiles
with a vinyl back, would be good over concrete in a basement?
I'm trying to decide between these (which are reasonably priced from
icarpetiles.com), or standard berber-on-pad carpet. Obviously the latter
would be easier on the feet as the industrial-grade tiles don't have a
pad. But I have a hunch the the vinyl/rubber backing would stop moisture
emissions from the concrete.
I am removing old stuff that smells a bit like must
Well I don't think I have much of a problem I can address. If I tape
plastic down over the concrete for a couple days, no moisture accumulates.
This is supposedly the test to determine if you have a serious moisture
However I noticed that flat items (like the bottom book of a stack), left on
the existing carpet for several weeks, has a moist feel to side facing the
carpet/concrete. Hence either there is condensation or minimal moisture
emissions. I've already corrected the exterior grade and gutters. I have
no existing seepage and do not have the resources to do any major excavation
or anything like that.
I don't have a sump pump but I'm skeptical that I need one. I've thought
about putting some oil paint or DryLok on the concrete slab, but am not
convinced that is the right approach either.
I'd certainly listen to advice...I've done the best research I can but am
still unclear as to what course of action I should take.
I think you are right to go with the vinyl backed carpet. If
possible, I'd lay it with minimal adhesive and see how it hold up for
a few months. That's so it could be removed easily in case it trys
to rot or mildew on you. In that case, vapor barrier and subfloor.
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