When it comes to choosing the best type of flooring for rental properties, durability and low maintenance are key factors to consider. After all, weather you're a landlord, realtor, or homeowner, you want to ensure that your property is always in top condition for your tenants and that any repairs or replacements are kept to a minimum. And let's face it, the last thing you want to do is spend your weekends on your hands and knees scrubbing away at stubborn stains.
With that in mind, here are some of the best types of flooring for rental properties that won't make you want to pull your hair out:
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This type of flooring is both durable and low maintenance, making it a great flooring choice for rental properties. Vinyl plank flooring or Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring (LVP) such as Lifeproof flooring by The Home Depot or the Smartcore flooring in the photo by Lowes has come a long way and is quickly becoming a favorite among rental properties. It's also water-resistant, so your tenants can have their wildest parties without you having to worry about stains. Plus, it comes in a variety of styles, including wood and tile looks, so you can impress your tenants with your taste in flooring.
Like vinyl flooring, laminate is also durable and low maintenance. It's also a great option for areas of high traffic, such as hallways and living rooms. Although not as durable and usually not waterproof, installing laminate flooring is usually easy; it's like the ultimate multitasker of flooring and easy on the budget. It can handle heavy foot traffic and spills with ease.
"Each type of flooring has its advantages and disadvantages..."
Ceramic tile is a great option for rental properties, as it is durable, water-resistant, and easy to clean. It's like the superhero of flooring, it can handle anything. It's also a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms, and although the installation can be a bit more intensive compared to other types of flooring, which is why the best tile takes it installation into consideration, it can also add a touch of elegance to any room, making your tenants feel like they are living in a palace.
Carpet is a good option for rental properties looking for a quick turnaround, as it is soft and comfortable underfoot, fast to install and one of the cheapest flooring options listed here. It's like the fluffy cloud of flooring. Carpet however, will show wear if installed in high traffic areas and will need to be professionally washed every now and then so, it's a good option for bedrooms, and it can also add a touch of warmth and coziness to any room. Perfect for those cold winter nights.
Hardwood flooring or wooden floors are one of the most durable options for rental properties. It's like the tank of flooring, it lasts and when it starts to show wear it adds character or... you can simply refinish hardwood floors to look like new again. It's also a great option for areas of high traffic, such as hallways and living rooms. However, it's a bit high maintenance, like a diva, and a bit costlier. But it's worth it, as it will give your rental property that touch of luxury.
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Ultimately, the best type of flooring for rental properties will depend on your specific needs and budget. Each type of flooring has its own advantages and disadvantages, and it is important to weigh these carefully before making a final decision.
Although it is a good idea to maintain the same flooring throughout, it is not unusual to use different types of flooring in different rooms depending on preference and traffic. But remember, you can never go wrong with a flooring that is durable, low maintenance and easy to clean.
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About Ricardo Reis
Ricardo is a member of G3 Management & Investments and a real estate professional. He has been a successful property manager and real estate investor for over 10 years.