A carpet can transform a dull and dark basement into a comfortable and cozy space. Adding carpeting to a basement also has the added benefit of adding a level of soundproofing to space. It is because many families opt to turn their basements into a family room, games room or entertainment room.
Selecting a carpet for basement, however, is different from choosing a carpet for any other room in the home. Basements have hard, concrete flooring and some have a reputation for attracting dampness. To be able to install a carpet in the basement, you should first speak to an experienced basement specialty contractor like Basements & Beyond Calgary to develop your basement. We will direct and help to tackle such issues. During the early stages of developing your basement, a basement specialty contractor will also assist you in selecting a carpet that is appropriate for your type of basement. Although the design and the color of the carpet will be of your choosing, it is the choosing of the carpet fiber that will require some direction from an expert like Basements &Beyond Calgary.
Carpets are made from specialty fibers, each with their special traits and drawbacks. Depending on your basement, the basement specialty contractor will advise you on the type of carpet fiber that will be best suited for you.
Keeping in mind variables such as budget, humidity level, foot traffic, temperature and functionality, as your contractor we will help you select a carpet from the following options:
This type of carpet is less prone to absorbing spills and dampness and will also dry quickly should your basement experience a leak or flood.
This type of carpet is crafted with fiber loops that can be cut or joined, left as such or piled. Cut pile carpeting is more long lasting and water extraction is also convenient should the need arise.
These are great options for basements because should a flood occur, they offer quick and easy removal. Carpet tiles made from man-made fibers such as nylon and polyester have a natural resistance to water. If you do opt for one made of natural fiber, select one that has been treated with mildew-resistant treatment.
Natural wool comes from sheep, and no wonder, it is both silky and strong. However, it is difficult to maintain a wool carpet. Cleaning this kind of carpet requires professional carpet cleaning services. You can expect to pay $80 per square yard for a basic wool carpet. The resistance to moisture is better in man-made materials in comparison to the organic materials. Thus, you must choose man made carpet fibers like Nylon, Olefin, and polyester when working on the old basement renovation ideas Calgary.
It is a synthetic fiber and one of the most popular carpet fibers on the market. It withstands stains, stands up to foot traffic and furniture weight. It does not require specialized carpet cleaning. Since nylon fibers are synthetic, their color and shape tend to last longer than natural fibers. It is also very resistant to mildew, mold, and dust. You can get a good nylon carpet for $25 to $60, and it can last up to 20 years in your basement.
Olefin is the most cost-effective type of carpet available. Carpets made from Olefin fiber are chemical-resistant. Thus, you can easily clean it with a cleaning solution. Ensure that the carpet is made of synthetic products and doesn’t have a jute-backed. The Jute Backing can hold up the moisture. Most man-made synthetic fibers have a tendency to fade when exposed to direct sunlight. The good news is that basements do not get direct sunlight, so your man made carpet will last for many years to come, provided you take care of it. Your carpet fibers should stay in good condition for many years. You have to pay just $10 to $25 per square yard for olefin. If you select the Olefin material for your basement carpet, you must maintain it in a particular way. Dry cleaning should be avoided because most dry cleaning solvents tend to make an Olefin fibers swell. This material dries rather quickly so line drying or low tumble dry work best as long as the heat levels are very low. Olefin fibers are not absorbent. Therefore, waterborne stains will not leave a mark. Oily stains are difficult to remove. Detergent and lukewarm water is sufficient to remove any stain. Bleach should be completely avoided. Olefin shouldn’t be ironed at high temperatures because it has a low melting point. You can always opt to hose it out outside.
Other carpet options for your basement
This carpet has distinguishable fibers that are shaped into thick loops. These fibers feel comfortable and firm under the foot, making it perfect for a basement. The look of the carpet, is often a mix of light and dark flecks. The fibers can influence the carpet’s performance, color, and price. Your fiber options can include wool, nylon, olefin, or triexta. The triexta is an easy-care, synthetic fabric constructed of poly trimethylene. This fabric is soft and is resistant to fading. It also retains its elasticity, which is great news for high traffic areas.
Apart from carpet fibers, your basement specialty contractor can also assist you with deciding between wall-to-wall carpeting and accent carpeting. These experts will also provide you tips and suggestions on how to care for carpeting in the event of a flood or leak. Even though your basement specialty contractor will develop your basement so that the space becomes livable and comfortable. Basements & Beyond, an experienced and reputable basement specialty contractor in the Calgary area, will not only develop your basement, but also help you in selecting a carpet that is best suited for your needs, as well as installing and maintaining your carpet.