What is the Best Carpet Pad for a Basement?

Q. I want to put a natural fiber in my basement. I also had planned on using a natural fiber carpet pad. I’ve never had water leak into the basement. But basements often have moisture just because they are below ground. Would a natural fiber pad work if I put a sheet of plastic as a vapor barrier under it?carpet-pad-carpetland-carpet-one-cincinnati-oh

A. No. This installation requires a moisture- and mildew-resistant carpet pad, which will be glued in some spots to the basement’s cement floor. Putting a vapor barrier under the carpet pad would allow the pad to move and bunch up in spots under your carpet.

If the basement does not leak, my usual recommendation would be a ½-inch rebond or rubber pad that is water-resistant and treated with an antimicrobial agent to prevent mold and mildew. If you were looking to install laminate or any hard surface floating floor, a vapor barrier would be needed.

More people are opting to put natural, low-chemical products in their homes. But chemical-free carpet pads made from natural fibers are not protected to resist continuous moisture.

Most traditional carpet pads have CRI Green Label indoor-air quality certification. But some are now getting CRI Green Label Plus certification, which is a more stringent standard, ensuring lower chemical emissions.

We also offer pads with lower emissions that are made partly from soy-based fuel and offer low emissions.

– Rhonda Grizzell is the store manager at our Erlanger. Ky, location. Contact her at rgrizzell@carpetland-cincy.com