Landlords, is Laminate Flooring the Way to Go in Rentals?

By E-Renter Tenant Screening
Posted on October 4, 2011 under Landlord Tips | icon: commentBe the First to Comment

tenant screening, tenant background checkLaminate flooring can be easy to care for, long lasting and practically indestructible—which should make it a great choice for rental properties. However, landlords who are experienced in dealing with laminate flooring have differing opinions. If you’re considering using laminate flooring in your rentals, read on for some pros and cons, provided by actual landlords.

First, the Cons:

  • Laminate floors are good in moist areas, but won’t tolerate standing water, or you’ll soon have separation in the seams.
  • Laminate flooring can be fairly expensive.
  • The floors can tear when moving heavy items, such as refrigerators.
  • Cheaper level flooring will show wear in heavy traffic areas.
  • It cannot be refinished or sanded.
  • The surface can be slippery, with a risk of falling tenants or children.
  • High traffic homes, like rentals, may not be the best fit for laminate flooring products.

Now for the Pros:

  • Laminate floors look great.
  • They can attract a higher level of tenants.
  • Laminate costs less than hardwood.
  • They are easy to install.
  • The variety of wood species available is higher than ever.
  • Some are warranted for 20 years or more.
  • Laminate floors are easy to maintain.
  • They don’t buckle, stain or warp.
  • The finish is often scratch-resistant.
  • Laminate often holds up better than carpet.

So there you have it. Some landlords have installed laminate successfully, while others say tile, vinyl plank flooring or  inexpensive carpet work better for their rentals.

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