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Tile, Hardwood, or Vinyl?

Man Installing Plantation FlooringHaving problems choosing which flooring materials you should get for your Plantation single-family rental property? Fret not, we will guide you all the way. The popular choices for property owners are tile, hardwood, and vinyl flooring. But careful research should be done if only one of these is to be chosen. Tile, hardwood, and vinyl flooring have different qualities from one another. By knowing the advantages and disadvantages of these, you can then decide which flooring is best suited for your properties.

Tile

Tile floor remains the most popular choice because it doesn’t seem to go out of style. Also, durability and water resistance are the key selling points of tile. Since tile comes in many different colors, sizes, and styles, you can have floors with as many different designs as you want. Repair and replacement of tile is also relatively simple since you just remove one and replace it with another. Yet another advantage of the tile over the hardwood is that it is more affordable and requires less maintenance.

Tile, unfortunately, is not a wonder material – it has its weak points too. Yes, it’s true that tile will last for years, but only if it is properly maintained. Be careful of household cleaners as some kinds can damage tile. Aside from that, tile grout can get stained and dirty over many years of use. You have to clean, replace, or re-seal them. One last important point to consider is that if you plan on replacing the entire tile floor, remember that it is labor-intensive and you are dependent on the availability of the tile.

Hardwood

The beauty and warmth of a hardwood floor is such a lovely thing to behold. This is why hardwood is a popular choice among property owners. Hardwood is very durable and can give you years of service with proper maintenance. With many wood options available in the market, this can increase the property value, which in turn attracts tenants who are looking to upgrade their rental home.

On the other hand, probably the only downside for the hardwood is its price. It is one of the most expensive types of flooring available and this is partly because it requires skilled installation. Hardwood floors are also more prone to water damage, stains, and wear, so regular maintenance is very important. Harsh chemicals and cleaners can damage the wood floor so you need to advise tenants for its proper care. In addition, you need to budget for the refinishing of your property’s wood floors every few years to maintain its long-term appeal.

Vinyl

While tile and hardwood have plenty of advantages, for rental property owners, vinyl flooring is by far the most popular choice. There are lots of reasons for this but it mostly boils down to the cost. You pay less with vinyl but the range of colors, styles, and options it offers is huge. Property owners also like the easy way of replacing and repairing vinyl. Vinyl planking, in particular, can be repaired in small sections without needing to replace the entire floor. It is easy to clean vinyl and you don’t need to be concerned with water damage.

However, it’s not all fine and dandy for vinyl. Here are a few things to think about before installing it. Vinyl floors get easily gouged or scratched especially when a tenant moves heavy furniture without protecting the floor underneath. Vinyl works well in some rooms, but some tenants may not like vinyl in every single room of the house. Just like with tile and hardwood, it is possible to damage vinyl by using the wrong cleaning solution so tenants would need clear instructions on vinyl floor maintenance.

Tile, hardwood, and vinyl flooring each have very good qualities but their disadvantages should be carefully examined. However, once you have done your homework, choosing the right flooring for your rental property becomes a quick and painless process.

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