Carpet and Carpet Tiles for Basements

Carpet can be a difficult flooring choice for basements given its natural ability to absorb water. But with the right guidance it is possible to have a comfy basement floor.

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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Carpet can be a difficult flooring choice when it comes to basements because of its absorbent nature. Because basements are prone to leaks, moisture and even water damage, carpet can make it tough to clean up messes. There are, however, a few options that work best when choosing basement carpet, including carpet tiles.

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Depending on the look you are seeking, you may want to consider choosing a carpet that is low-pile. The low-pile is less absorbent and will dry quickly in the event of a flood or leak.

Of course, carpet tiles are a great option for basements. They offer easy removal if water damage occurs, a feature wall-to-wall carpet makes impossible. Carpet tiles are best when made from man-made materials, like polyester or nylon, given their ability to more easily resist water. If you want to choose carpet tiles made from a natural fiber, then it is best to have them treated with a mildew-resistant treatment.

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