The Best Flooring For Rental Properties: What To Know

20 October 2016
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If you own a rental property and you want to find a flooring material that is practical and that will last, laminate wood flooring and ceramic tile are two of the best options you should consider for the property. These two materials offer a variety of benefits that will appeal to both you as the property owner and to the potential renters that will live in the property throughout the year. Here are a few of the advantages you'll be able to enjoy with both of the materials and how they are different.

Laminate Wood Flooring

The renters want a high-end material like hardwood but you want to spend the money to put real hardwood floors throughout the property, so you use laminate wood flooring instead. The laminate wood flooring will look exactly like real hardwood, it can be installed in far less time, and it's durable to last through different renters that stay in the property.

The laminate is much cheaper than real wood. Look at the different stain options and pick something neutral. To preserve the wood, you want to ask the renters to do the following:

  • Use rugs if possible
  • Put sliders on furniture like tables and couches
  • Clean up loose dirt and debris

Talk with the installation company to see what the warranty on the material is and what the cost is for the entire projection with labor and materials.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is ideal for a variety of reasons, but mostly because it's very strong and easy to clean and because it's a modern feature that can be installed at a low cost. These tiles can also be removed individually if there is a problem with one, and you can choose how large or small to go with the tiles. This flooring is great for high traffic areas, and for renters that will have pets in the home.

If you aren't sure what you want to do with the flooring, you may want to do a combination of the ceramic tile and the laminate hardwood flooring in different areas. Use the ceramic tile where the ground will be wet and used constantly and the wood in areas where people will walk without their shoes. Both materials are high quality and will add value to the property when you have them installed throughout the house. The better the house looks on the inside, the easier it will be to lease.