Carpeting over Concrete


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Old 04-21-10, 04:26 PM
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Carpeting over Concrete

I'm thinking about installing carpet on a concrete slab (at-grade). The slab is in good condition and no moisture issues. The carpet will cover a family room and a bedroom, so average to below- average foot traffic. As I begin my research for the best underlayment and/or pad (cushion) and carpet, my two big concerns/worries are 1) cold concrete leading to cold carpet and 2) uncomfortable carpet due to being installed on hard concrete.

My question is what underlayment and padding recommendations do you have to address my concerns? Don't want to raise the floor heighth with a floating wood subfloor if I can avoid it.

In my limited research thus far, I'm wondering if using a fiberboard (ie Homasote ComfortBAse or Dri Core) and a 1/2" Urethane cushion would work. Any thoughts?
 
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Old 04-21-10, 07:51 PM
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all of our carpet is installed over concrete, with just a pad under it. The better the pad the better the feel when walking on the carpet.

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Old 04-23-10, 05:08 PM
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Speedwrench- Do you recall what kind of padding you have under your carpet?


Any input from anyone else?
 
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Carpet and pad are insulators when compared to hard surface materials like ceramic.
I would use a 7/16" 6/lb bonded pad.
 
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Old 05-19-10, 09:24 AM
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I have installed carpet and pad on concrete floors for almost 40 years with no problems. Just ask for a 6 or 8 lb density pad.
 
 

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