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Upgrading a Basement Family Room with Royal Interlocking Carpet Tiles

Date Published: 05-13 - 2022

An unfinished basement occasionally gets wet including this Wisconsin basement. Spring in Wisconsin means the ground can get saturated from the melting snow and the springtime rains. This basement is not watertight, water does seep in around the foundation and comes up through a couple of cracks in the floor.

In the past, attempts to make a cozy family space in the basement always ended with the flooring up getting wet and torn apart.

Fulfilling the desire to create a carpeted family media area that high school and college age children could use with their friends or the whole family, waterproof Royal Interlocking Carpet Tiles came to the rescue.

Not only do the 2x2 foot interlocking carpet tiles use a waterproof closed cell foam base, they are easy to remove if the basement were to get wet.

The puzzle mat style installation was very easy and quick, covering a 12’ x 25’ area and a 4’ x 26’ walkway. The carpet tiles were easy to cut with a utility knife while placing a board underneath for stability and to make sure we didn’t cut through to the other tiles.

The tiles come with two edges attached and a directional arrow on the back showing how you should place them. It was very convenient to arrange the layout for the perimeter of the room and the edge of the walkway. The tiles are super comfortable to walk on and look great.

When wetness appeared around the perimeter of the basement, some of the tiles were pulled back while the rest were left in place. When water came up through the cracks, the bottom of the tiles were wet, but the foam had not absorbed the water.

An entire row of carpet tiles was lifted without having to move any furniture or to pull up all of the flooring. The tiles dried off quickly without being damaged and the floor.

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