Subfloor needed for carpet install in the basement?

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Posted by: from Markham
4/16/2013 at 11:21:55 PM

Hi Pros,

We are about to install new carpet to our basement. My parents will be moving in to live down there. The previous owner had engineered hardwood + carpet there but my parents think its too cold to walk on wood flooring and decided to change all to carpet.

Please advice if subfloor is needed for basement carpet flooring? Will it be warmer? Which products are available and which is better?

Thank you in advance,


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Date/Time4/18/2013 at 8:26:07 PM

A sub-floor is not needed, but recomended. Carpet is warmer on the feet than any other floor covering. However a sub-floor will make the room and your feet even warmer. You can use dri-core sub-floor that is available at the big box stores and installs very easily. A step up from that is the barricade sub-floor. It adds an extra layer of insulation, which will make a big differance in the room comfort.

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