How Should I Carpet Over Concrete?

Old 04-01-01, 11:29 AM
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Howdy All!,
We'd like to use a portion of our basement for exercise and would like to pad and carpet a roughly 15x20' area of NOT LEVEL concrete.

(The concrete HAS BEEN PAINTED a light color ("Gull" grey) with UGL Basement & Garage Floor paint.)

Our main concern is not setting up any situation conducive to mold/mildew as the WHOLE BASEMENT HAS ALWAYS BEEN RELATIVELY VERY DRY . . .

We'll probably go with the thickest padding advisable.

Any advice / caution or help is greatly appreciated!!!
Old 04-10-01, 12:24 PM
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I would make sure you use a felt pad as opposed to rubber foam. That stuff doesn't breathe and may cause moisture to condense behind it. You should have used Hydro-Seal 75 to seal the floor not UGL.

Rick Bernard
Old 04-11-01, 04:06 AM
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Proper Carpet laying In *Dry* Basement

Rick, Thanks!
Wish I'd thought to post BEFORE I'd painted the floor.
QUESTION: Since the basement floor has NEVER showed any sign of dampness, is using the UGL floor paint gonna present problem?

(We only used "Drylok" on the always dry walls as a primer for the 3rd coat (Behr Ultra-White.)
We've never had any problems with moisture - just lack of light refraction off block walls and the concrete floor always "dusting". The floor paint has stopped all dusting-and makes cleanup of any spills EASY!- but the UGL label did stress that the floor paint IS NOT to be used to block moisture, etc., but since that was never a concern I felt safe goin' with it . . .

P.S. We're goin with your sugg. as to felt padding!

Thanks in advance for any reply! "THOR"

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