Forum Title: Carpet in Basement
Looking to install carpet in the basement over 9x9 untested vinyl tiles (very possibly asbestos tile). Potentially going to be in the house for awhile and the basement would be the kids playroom. So a lot of wear and tear, kids doing kid things (playing/lying on the floor, etc) and want to keep everyone safe. It was recommended to look at a commercial carpet - in case of flooding, it'll dry well. I would also want some padding in between the carpet and the tile - for comfort and, more importantly, to have an additional layer between us and asbestos tile (yes, I wear belts and suspenders - I know that commercial carpet can be used without padding). What kind of padding should I look into? Was leaning towards rubber slab - thinking that would be a very dense layer between us and asbestos so even if the tile crumbles (after years and years), it'll be harder to make it through the pad and carpet - and also not as absorbent as foam pads. (I don't think flooding is a common issue for this house, but want to keep it in mind, if I can.) Any specific recommendations would help also? Hard to find rubber slab. (Not looking to abate or encapsulate)
Category: Carpet Post By: DUSTIN DELGADO (Edmond, OK), 02/09/2019

I would recommend a loose laid/floating carpet tile with an Enhancer backing. It can be installed over a membrane like Versashield to avoid adhering the tiles directly to the asphalt asbestos tile. Dow Polyurethane Carpet Backing Keeps Pace with World?s Busiest Airport

- DARRYL HALE (Pocatello, ID), 04/09/2019

If you are planning on installing carpet stretched in over pad, the variations in the existing floor would have to be really extreme to be noticed under the carpet. The carpet will bridge over minor low spots and would not be very noticable under foot. Carpet will hide a multitude of sins. Dick

- TONI YANG (Florissant, MO), 03/29/2019

Post a pic of area, and dimensions would help. DIY or P-R-O install? I?d probably lean toward carpet tiles as well, should be something specifically designed for your exact situation of basement asbestos and water intrusion along with breathability for other basements. There?s been a lot of manufacturers building buildings lately for carpet tile and newer product conversions. Should be a flight tower in Dalton to point you in the right direction!

- FREDERICK LYNCH (Odessa, TX), 03/02/2019

Eeek! Did you say carpet over tile? Unless you intend to 'double glue' it down, you will really really want to reconsider.(Double Glue; Padding glued to floor, carpet glued to pad) I have seen so many failures of this install type when someone attempted to stretch carpet over tile, just thinking about it makes my skin crawl. Here's why; In a high-humidity area, it is all the more important that carpet be well stretched to avoid early loosening, which requires the tackstrip to be impeccably mounted to the floor. There's two ways to do this - Glue it down or nail/drill it down. Tile resists adhesives due to the glazing on its surface, so glueing would require some grinding of the tile around the perimeter. You can't nail into tile without shattering it, so you would have to drill into it and use a form of soft-nail or anchor-bolt, a time consuming and expensive process.After all of that, you're still relying on the tile being perfectly adhered to the floor to hold the stretch without the adhesion failing and the tile prying loose under the carpet tension.I wouldn't bank on that even if I had installed the tile myself, and I'm no slouch. For that same reason you would not want to pour any form of levelling compound over the tile, 'cause if just one tile comes loose, the compound above will likely fracture and crunch to dust when you walk on it. All that having been said, a perfect, industry standard install will have you or your contractors removing that tile and installing the carpet directly to the concrete. That will also give you opportunity to inspect your slab for cracks or failure, and to remedy them, giving you peace of mind about your new floor for years to come.

- ANTHONY LEE (Peoria, AZ), 05/20/2019

It's around 450-500 sq ft. Picture attached. And it'll be done by a pro. So you recommend a Versasheild with floating carpet (enhancer) on top? Won't the carpet tiles pulverize the tiles more? The versashield will hold up and keep the tile underneath? Is that the idea?

- ALVIN LUCAS (Hemet, CA), 04/01/2019

Thanks for the replies. let me clarify a few things here... This floor needs to be leveled (flattened really, not level..it has a gradual slope like a garage...but this is not really important to the conversation). I had in mind a wood subfloor over the tile, then carpet on the subfloor. NO carpet touching tile.. I had a rough plan in mind of: 6mil poly, 1x strips in a grid set with tapcons so that I can properly level/flatten the floor, glue/screw plywood down to that...then put pad and carpet over my new, flat subfloor. If that sounds like a horrible idea..well, then I guess that's why I'm here.

- TARA LOWE (Bell Gardens, CA), 04/05/2019

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