Landlords need to perform a balancing act when choosing flooring for a rental property. Flooring will need to be robust and durable and capable of standing up to use and abuse from tenants whilst also looking attractive and adding value.
For example, the most attractive choice would be solid wood flooring throughout. It’s exceptionally durable if you choose a timber like oak or walnut, looks stunning and can stand up to a great deal of wear and tear before needing to be refinished.
But the financial commitment is steep, and unless you’re renting out a very high-end property or have particularly careful tenants, doesn’t represent a good RoI. So what are the other alternatives?
Carpets for Warmth and Insulation
Carpets are cosy and welcoming, look attractive and act as sound insulation in a multi-occupant residence. They’re also an affordable choice, but they do need maintenance to keep them looking their best, and burns and stains can mean you’ll need to replace them more quickly than other types of flooring.
Vinyl for Affordable Practicality
Sheet vinyl can be cost-effective and surprisingly attractive for bathrooms and laundry areas. Luxury vinyl tile mimics wood as well as stone and is scratch-resistant and warm underfoot, making it ideal for high-traffic areas like hallways and living rooms. However, you get what you pay for, and only the Amtico-type floors will add value.
Tile for Kitchens and Bathrooms
Tile is the outstanding choice for kitchens and bathrooms. It’s durable, hard-wearing, long-lasting, hygienic and easy to clean. However, it has no sound-proofing qualities and is very echoey and cold underfoot and can crack when a heavy object is dropped on it.
However, the range of colours, styles and prices available can make ceramic tile a very sound choice.
Engineered hardwood is cheaper than solid wood flooring from online suppliers like http://www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk/solid-wood-flooring, yet it can be almost as durable and can be refinished, depending on its wear layer.
It’s also more moisture-resistant, making it ideal for a seamless run of flooring throughout your property. It has the warmth and beauty of wood and the affordability of laminate and has a better RoI than laminate because of its enduring good looks. Finished with a UV-resistant oil or lacquer, engineered hardwood is often a very good choice.