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 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!