Choosing the Best Flooring for Your Rental Unit

If you’ve part one (LINK) of our series of choosing the best flooring for your rental property, you’ll know that there are a few key considerations you need to have in mind when making your selection. You’ll want your floors to stand up to the demands of tenants, remain cost-effective, and meet the needs of each area of your unit. Below is a list of four flooring options, along with the pros and cons of each.

Vinyl Tile

Vinyl tile offers an incredibly diverse style range at a favourable price point for most property owners. Vinyl planks are easy to install, clean, and are water resistant. Moisture resistance makes installation suitable for bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens.

Challenges to keep in mind include the fact that vinyl can still rip and tear, and despite being water resistant, prolonged exposure to moisture may result in the growth of mould or mildew. Vinyl also lacks in the insulation category, meaning it may not do much to keep your space warm if you live in a colder environment.


Like vinyl tile, linoleum is affordable, easily cleaned, and quickly installed. As an bonus, linoleum is an eco-friendly product, making it a solid choice for environmentally conscious owners. However, drawbacks to the product include a lack of insulation quality and the potential to rip or tear if proper care isn’t taken when moving heavy objects etc.


Laminate often draws the eye of property owners looking for the elegant finish of hardwood without the cost and need for constant refinishing. Laminate planks are easy to install, resistant to water and stains, and do not chip or dent easily, meaning they are a great fit for high traffic areas and family rentals.

The drawbacks to laminate are minimal but include a shorter lifespan than real hardwood as well as an inability for the product to be refinished. While it is moisture resistant, it is still not ideal for use in bathrooms or other areas of a property that will have regular exposure to considerable condensation.


Cork is a lesser thought of, but still a viable option for property owners looking to outfit their rental. Like linoleum, cork is a green product made of sustainable materials. It is an affordable option, costing considerably less than hardwood, and installation is uncomplicated. Also, cork’s natural absorption qualities make it a great option for dividing main floor and basement suites, and will also help to lock in some warmth during colder months.

The most prominent downside to cork is its susceptibility to water damage. Because of cork’s sponge-like quality, it’s important to make sure it’s not used in areas where a heavy moisture presence is likely, ruling out bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. Extra waterproofing measures are available, however, mitigating this inconvenience slightly.

To learn more about outfitting your rental units with the best flooring match, contact our team of experts today. We’re happy to help!

Choosing the Best Flooring for Your Rental Unit

With the rental market becoming a popular secondary source of income for property investors and owners, many first-time buyers find themselves tasked with the challenge of renovating their purchase to create a viable unit. Painting, plumbing, and all of the other aspects of a home renovation can be overwhelming without a clear guide to success. That’s why the team at Ashley Fine Floors has put together a two part list of things to consider when it comes to outfitting your rental properties with the best flooring options. Check out our top tips below:

3 Things to Consider Upfront

Before you get to work extensively planning your designs and layout, there are a few things you’ll want to have in mind from the start.

1. Rentals take more abuse than your typical property

As elegant as hardwood flooring may look, it may not be your best bet to stand up to the demands of tenant life. Rental properties are (unfortunately) subject to more wear and tear than the average abode. Planning ahead and choosing a flooring option that’s capable of withstanding the extra demand of tenants will save you time and money in the long run.

2. Remember your end objective

At the end of the day, the goal of a rental unit is to net a profit for the owner. Choose a flooring option that is not only stylish and durable, but also cost-effective for your space. Vinyl, laminate, and cork flooring all tend to be price friendly and able to withstand the high demands of rotating residents without the need for constant repair.

3. Understand the needs of each room

A key aspect of making sure your rental property is well-equipped is knowing the unique needs of each room. Bathrooms, kitchens, industrial spaces, and basements will have very different requirements then your typical living space. Be mindful of the necessity to waterproof and protect against other environmental hazards associated with the use of a certain space to prevent premature aging or damage.

Now that you know you a few of the basics to have in mind, part two will cover some more specific aspects of outfitting your rental unit. Stay tuned to learn more, or contact our team directly!