The right flooring is essential for any rental property. As an investment property owner, you’ll need to consider some important factors when selecting flooring – you can choose from many types of flooring that will appeal to future renters. Some factors to consider include:
- Installation requirements
- Ease of maintenance
Keep reading to learn our suggestions for the best investment property flooring!
Laminate is a synthetic alternative to genuine hardwood. Available in planks or squares, it is a good choice for bedrooms, dining rooms and living areas.
- Easily installed by clicking or gluing in place
- Tough finish resists scratches and stains
- More affordable than genuine hardwood
- Suitable for pet-friendly rentals
- Does not add the value of genuine hardwood flooring
- Cannot refinish
- Chips easily
- Does not last as long as hardwood
Whether it’s porcelain, ceramic or stone, tile is a hard flooring installed over cement. The spaces between the tiles are filled with a mixture known as grout. Tile is a good choice for humid areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.
- Easy to wipe clean
- Available in many styles and prices
- Can crack
- Does not insulate
- Requires skilled installation
- Needs sealer or polish
- Grout requires periodic deep cleaning
Vinyl is synthetic flooring that is manufactured in sheets, tiles or planks. It is usually seen in bathrooms and kitchens and is installed by gluing or clicking in place.
- Easy to clean with dry mop or vacuum
- Easily installed with little prep
- Moisture underneath flooring can form mildew
- Subject to tearing or ripping
Suitable for high-end rentals, hardwood flooring is available in solid wood or engineered planks. It is installed by nailing the planks to sub-flooring and is ideal for bedrooms, dining rooms and living areas.
- Luxurious appearance
- Easy to sweep clean
- Can refinish solid wood
- Higher initial cost
- Needs skilled installation
- Can be damaged by water or sun
- Cannot refinish engineered wood
- Easily dented or scratched
Usually seen in kitchens and bathrooms, linoleum flooring is available in tiles or sheets. It is often installed over plywood underlayment.
- Simply sweep, dust or vacuum clean
- Lasts up to 40 years
- Available in a variety of patterns
- Color runs deep, minimizing scuffs
- Springy and comfortable underfoot
- Can expand or contract if water seeps underneath
- Needs sealer and regular refinishing
Made from oak bark, cork tiles are glued to the sub-flooring or to each other. Cork flooring is a good choice for kitchens.
- Reduces noise
- Needs only occasional sweeping and mopping
- Renewable resource
- Easy to install
- Can warp in humidity
- Easily dented
- Does not tolerate high traffic
- Needs sealer
Carpet is one of the most common types of flooring you’ll see on the market. It can be cut to fit a floor space and stapled to a carpet pad and works best in bedrooms and second-floor rental units.
- Reduces noise
- Insulates and reduces energy bills
- Stains easily
- Holds odors and pet hairs
- Needs labor-intensive cleaning
At RH Blanchard, we’ll bring our general contracting expertise to help you determine the best types of flooring for your Boston-area project. When you’re ready to move forward, contact us for a free quote.