We've got a finished basement that had some water last fall (2-3") and had to pull all of the old carpet and padding. Had a sump installed with some trench drains, and so far this spring all seems well. We're ready to put down some flooring again. We've decided on a Berber-style carpet, fairly cheap, and my wife is arguing that we should NOT install a carpet pad. I understand her reasoning: it costs about as much as the carpet itself ($0.67/sq ft vs $0.45 sq/ft), and if we DO ever have water problems again we'll just have to tear it all out all over again, while a carpet alone we may be able to steam clean.
However, while we haven't used this space too much before (mostly for working out/storage), we've got a son on the way in September and we like the idea of this becoming the playroom. I know carpet alone won't be as forgiving as with a pad, but will it be unbearable? Any major compromises to carpet life? We only plan on being in the house another 4-5 years, max.
I did quite a bit of searching, and all of the Indoor Air Quality engineers say go without it because it just traps moisture, but they're focused on mold/mildew prevention, not comfort. I'm really undecided here. Any thoughts?