Choosing flooring for an owner-occupied home is different than choosing flooring for a rental property. The reason for this is simple: rental properties generally endure more wear and tear.
In addition, as bighamassociates.com points out, a tenant is less likely to take care of the home in the same way the owner would.
As a landlord, your goal is to maximize your income as much as possible, meaning you have to justify the cost of new flooring. Your goal should be to find a flooring that is safe, aesthetically pleasing, durable, maintainable, affordable, and above all, practical.
5 Flooring Options for Landlords To Consider
Vinyl tiles come in a variety of styles and can be a very effective flooring option for rental properties. Vinyl tiles (LVT) can be installed as a floating floor by clicking the planks together.
Much like tile, vinyl is part of the resilient flooring group. It’s ideal for kitchens, laundry areas, bathrooms, or entire homes.
Pros: It comes in a wide variety of patterns and colors. It absorbs noise better than other materials and is softer for the feet than other options like wood, stone, or tile. It’s also water-proof and easy to clean.
Cons: If adhesive is used during installation, vinyl can be difficult to remove. Low grade sheet vinyl (not LVT) may contain VOC's, check to make sure your product is Carb 2 Compliant.
Laminate is another synthetic flooring option. It’s typically manufactured in planks similar to vinyl. It’s usually installed over a sub-floor by clicking the planks locking mechanisms together. Laminate flooring is best for the office, bedrooms, and living and dining rooms.
Pros: For budget-conscious landlords who want the appeal of wood floors, laminate floors are a great hardwood alternative. Its tough layer also makes it durable and maintainable, even in units with pets and young families. Newer laminates may come with water-resistant qualities.
Cons: Although it’s more durable, it’s not as visually appealing. It cannot be sanded or refinished like solid hardwood if heavily grooved, deep scratched, or worn. Unlike tile or vinyl, laminate is not a fully waterproof product.
Hardwood floors complete any room, and let’s be honest, they are hands down gorgeous.
Hardwood flooring is made from different species of wood. The wood is cut into planks of desired width and length and glued or nailed down over a subfloor. Hardwood flooring is best for offices, bedrooms, and living and dining rooms.
Pros: Hardwood flooring is available in several types of woods, such as walnut, cherry, and oak. It also works with all styles of decorating, from traditional to modern. Hardwood floors are also durable. With proper care, they can last the lifetime of the property.
Cons: Some finishes on hardwood scratch easily. It may also not be suitable for every room. This is because of its vulnerability to moisture and humidity. And for many landlords, the biggest drawback to a hardwood floor is the higher material & installation price.
Tile is a hard material such as stone, ceramic, or porcelain. Tile comes in many styles and shapes to resemble stone or wood. The material is then cut into pieces which are then installed using thin set or mastic over cement. Tiles are best for kitchens, common areas, bathrooms and entry ways/mudrooms.
Pros: Ceramic tiles are easy to keep clean. The design choices are endless. Tiles are also available in all price ranges. They are also durable and their surfaces are easy to clean.
Cons: Tile installation requires skill. Individual tiles can crack or come up if not properly installed. Tiles are also a poor conductor of heat.
Last but not least, another flooring option to consider is carpet. Carpet flooring can be thick-pile, thin, smooth, or textured and sculpted. Carpets are best for second floors and bedrooms.
Rooms you should avoid installing carpet in include the kitchen hallways, entryways, common areas, bathrooms, and basements.
Pros: Carpets can help reduce noise. Carpets also come in a variety of styles and colors. They are also warmer underfoot and comfortable to sit, play and work on.
Cons: Most carpets are made from synthetic products. This makes them have a shorter lifespan. Carpets are also highly susceptible to allergens such as pet dander, dust mites, and mold.
There you have it. 5 flooring options for your rental property. Knowing the pros and cons of each option will help you choose the right flooring for your property.
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