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Question DetailsAsked on 9/29/2015

What is the best type of floor for basements?

House was built in 1958 and has the 8 inch linoleum tiles. I'd like to carpet it for noise dampening. Basement has been finished so the tile has a few missing tiles where the old wall was. I've lived here 5 years and haven't had any flooding issues. Any suggestions?

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You can easily add carpet over old linoleum tile. The pad will hide the very slight difference in height between tile and concrete. There are other options, but if you want carpet and your basement is dry then go for it; but don't remove the tile (probably contains asbestos anyway).

Answered 4 years ago by DriverNerd


Concrete best of course - a synthetic fiber (less mildew prone) carpet with vapor barrier under it that can be readily pulled up next best after tile, in my opinion. I put mine down without any tack strip other than the transition strip at the door and have had no problem with it - has "bubble wrap" type vapor barrier padding and foam rubber backing for insulation to make it nice and warm to the feet, and could be easily pulled up it it got wet and either draped over sawhorses to dry with a fan (if only part got wet) or taken all the way out to clean and ddry on the drive if needed.

One the flooring - you might or might not notice the missing tiles, but I would just get the flooring guy to install new complimentary or accent tiles to fill the gaps so the floor is level, because as a carpet gets older (especially if it does not have a thick pad) you might feel and/or see the depressions where the missing tiles are. Pretty insignificant cost to do that.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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