Many property owners who rent out their properties to tenants wonder what the best flooring options are for their house. Naturally, a rental property can see an abnormal amount of wear and tear. The tenants don’t have any stake in the condition of the property and can be careless in maintaining it.
Because of the unpredictability of tenant behavior, it’s best to choose durable flooring that can withstand a large amount of wear and neglect. Here are just a few products that will keep your rental home looking beautiful with low maintenance and little risk of expensive damage.
Flooring Options for Rentals
Luxury Vinyl products are incredibly popular for rental properties due to their affordability, durability, and ease of install. It holds up well to everyday wear and tear, is remarkably water resistant, and is available in a wide range of aesthetic varieties including wood-look varieties.
It is also more resistant to denting from dropping heavy objects compared to harder flooring options like ceramic tile or hardwood.
Ultimately, luxury vinyl allows property managers to give their tenants the beautiful look of real hardwoods with low costs and superior durability. Call District Floor Depot for more information about vinyl flooring products.
Hardwood floors are usually not recommended for rental properties due to the potential for wear and damage requiring refinishing. However, real hardwood floors will increase the property’s overall appeal and may help you achieve a higher rent.
If you do choose hardwood floors for your rental, it helps to give your tenants thorough instructions for caring for the floor. Though there is no guarantee that they will care for the floors, this at least gives you the best shot at having your flooring survive the rental period.
You will also want to choose a durable species to further protect the floors from scratches and dents. Hardwood floors are rated using the Janka Hardness Scale to determine their hardness compared to other species.
Carpet flooring is another very popular flooring choice for rental properties. What it lacks in durability is made up for by sheer affordability. It is much cheaper to purchase and install than both hardwood and luxury vinyl flooring and can be replaced each time you switch tenants if necessary for a remarkably low cost.
Unfortunately, carpet lowers the appeal of the property by looking “cheap” compared to vinyl and hardwood options. Depending on the property, the most affordable option might night attract the rates that you are looking for. Also, the need for frequent replacement is too much of a hassle for some property managers.
Call Your Local Flooring Expert for More Information
If you aren’t sure which type of flooring will work best in your rental property, don’t hesitate to reach out to a local flooring retailer to ask any questions you have. If you’re here in the D.C. area, the specialists at District Floor Depot will be more than happy to help you make the best choice for your property. Just give us a call or swing by our showroom on 1600 Rhode Island Ave today!