The right flooring is often the deciding factor for a prospective tenant. How does it look and feel? Is it easy to clean? For property owners, it is a balancing act: choosing attractive flooring that is also sturdy and long-lasting.
What you choose for your rental complex isn’t necessarily what you would install in your own home. When it comes to the right flooring, that best match meets tenant expectations and stands up to lots of use. The factors to consider are how it looks, how long it lasts, how it stands up to wear and tear, and how easy it is to clean.
Here is a look at the pros and cons of six types of flooring materials.
Carpet gives your unit a warm and welcoming look. Because it comes in so many styles and colors, it fits most landlord budgets and apartment decors. It also helps to reduce noise in an apartment complex.
But it has drawbacks. The biggest one is maintenance. Carpets need regular cleaning, which means hiring a professional carpet cleaning service. Rugs have a shorter lifespan than other types of flooring. Tenants with allergies avoid units with carpets because they are natural collectors of dust and other allergens.
An all-around flooring material, vinyl is inexpensive and comes in a wide array of colors and designs. It can mimic the look of more expensive materials like wood and tile. It is suitable for moisture-rich areas like kitchens and bathrooms.
The downside to vinyl is it is not perceived as an upscale material and it shows wear and tear, like nicks from sharp objects and scratches from furniture. In sunlight, it will fade and discolor. If you want to upgrade, the old vinyl flooring is hard to remove.
Tile lasts for decades if it is well maintained, adding beauty and warmth to bathrooms and kitchens. Tenants love the fact that it is easy to clean and doesn’t collect germs. It is an upscale flooring choice that comes in a wide range of styles and colors.
Although, tile has no give, so it can be hard to stand on for long periods. The surface is cold in winter, slippery when wet, and not able to absorb sound. It is also an expensive flooring option, a major consideration for the landlord.
Ask most tenants, and they will name hardwood as their flooring of choice. It has give, making it soft and comfortable to walk on. Hardwood is easy to clean and to refinish, and very durable. Its classic looks adds value to the property.
The big disadvantage from a landlord’s point of view is the initial cost, though over time it can be considered a cost-effective investment. Other disadvantages include showing scratches and fading in the sun.
Laminate, made with composite materials, is much more affordable than hardwood, but can mimic its look, as well as that of expensive tile and stone. It is long-lasting and doesn’t scratch or dent. Landlords love the fact that installation is quick.
There are a few problems with laminate. It can be slippery and doesn’t resist the damaging effects of moisture like several other flooring choices. Though durable, it doesn’t last as long as hardwood or stone.
Engineered hardwood offers the best of laminate and hardwood. It has a veneer made from real wood, with all of its warmth and beauty. It is excellent at absorbing sound and is simple to clean.
The drawbacks of engineered hardwood are that it scratches easily and fades in sunlight. It also can’t be sealed and sanded, unlike its hardwood cousin.
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