Monday, October 5, 2015

Which carpets are best for basements and attics?

If you are like most homeowners, you want to be able to make the most of the space your home has to offer. That includes basements and attics that may require a little creativity. Rather than just using these spaces for storage, why night add a soft touch of color to create an area where family and friends can gather in comfort.

Nothing is more synonymous with home comfort than cushy carpeted floor. Carpeting basements and attic can be quite challenging and frustrating, however, and is often dictated by the climate and flooring.

In attics, the space is often quite cramped and hot. The angle of the ceilings and commonly tight staircases leading to attics create extremely deterrent obstacles to installing carpeting.

Basements have different challenges in that they often feature cold, hard concrete floors and moisture concerns.

Carpet tiles may be just the solution you've been looking floor. Not only do they provide the cushion and comfort of traditional carpeting, but they also offer solutions to the problem of cumbersome installation and maintenance associated with traditional carpeting rolls. Carpet tiles can insulate against the cold basement floors or hot attic air. They can also buffer the sound to the rest of the house when the noisy and rambunctious kids are playing upstairs, making for much more comfortable environment for family members and visitors. 

Carpet tiles are lightweight and sized for easy transportation and installation. Many of these tiles are waterproof or raised and interlock together to prevent separation. Should the tiles become damp, soiled or damaged, they are easy to remove, clean or replace in small sections if needed.

Raised Carpet Tiles
Carpet Flex Floor Tiles allow air and moisture to flow
beneath the floor.
If you are installing carpet tiles in your basement, the number one thing you'll want is for the tiles to be waterproof. Raised waterproof carpet tiles are even better because they will not trap moisture underneath them and allow airflow under the floor, preventing mold or mildew growth. 

Raised carpet tiles such as the CarpetFlex Floor Tile sold at Greatmats.com feature a plastic base and carpeted top. The also offer anti-fatigue and nonslip benefits, which are especially useful over hard basement floors. The snap together tiles are just 1x1 feet in size and weigh one pound each.

Royal Interlocking Carpet Tiles can add comfort
and cushion to cold, hard basement floors.
Carpet Bonded Foam Tiles
For basements or attics with less concern with moisture, a carpet bonded foam tile may work just fine and offer a lower price tag. The closed cell EVA and PE foam will not absorb moisture and provides excellent cushioning, insulation and anti-fatigue benefits. 

The puzzle style carpet tiles are easy to cut to fit for wall-to-wall installation and are fun to create patterned designs for your basement or attic floor. Popular carpet bonded foam tiles such as the Royal Interlocking Carpet Tiles also come with border strips for island installations. They feature a plush carpeted surface and weigh just 1.5 pounds per 2x2 foot tile. 

Should your floor become wet or need a deep cleaning beyond standard vacuuming, this form of carpeting can be pulled up and taken outside to dry or clean the tiles and/or subfloor. Once all surfaces are dry, the tiles can be reinstalled in a flash.

There are several varieties over interlocking carpet bonded foam tiles available, giving you a large selection of colors and price ranges to choose from. Economical versions such as Greatmats Eco Interlocking Carpet Tiles can be as inexpensive as $1.88 per square foot. Others can run in excess of $5 per square foot at suggested retail price.

Home Cheer mats can make a great temporary carpeted
area in your basement or attic.
Home Athletic Carpet Mats
For temporary carpet installations where more cushioning is needed, you may want to consider home cheer mats. Available in convenient 4x6 foot or 5x10 foot needle punch carpet topped foam rolls, this option is available in thicknesses of up to 2 inches and provide excellent shock absorption for kids' play areas or athletic use. Should you desire to get them off the floor and out of the way, they easily roll back up and can store on end in a closet. Even covering a space of 50 square feet, cheer mats can weigh less than 25 pounds. Beware however, that these carpeted mats will absorb moisture.


Size, weight, convenience and ease of cleaning all play major roles when deciding on your attic or basement carpeting. Any way to look at it, carpet tiles will leave you with a comfortable, cozy, livable space that may have otherwise left you scratching your head or shaking your fist.