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Question DetailsAsked on 3/7/2012

Flooring for rental property

I own a rental property that currently has carpeting. My tenants have just moved out which gives me the opportunity to redo the floors. I'm swaying away from carpet as I do not want to replace a whole floor if part is damaged in the future. I'm looking for a DIY flooring that is waterproof (or semi waterproof) at a reasonable price (a friend of mine went to Mardens and bought laminate for .99 per sq ft.) Suggestions would be helpful.

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My experience is that laminate does not do well in rentals. The tenants do not take proper care of it and it is not water friendly. Plan to replace it as often as the carpeting. Have you looked at the wood-look vinyl products out now. They have floating and glue down versions for 90 cents up to $1.60 per square foot for decent quality stuff. A lot of apartments are going to this now because it really does look a lot like real wood. Many people don't notice it isn't. The beauty of it is it is very resilient to water so it can be used anywhere in the house. Also, if one plank is damaged you can peel it up and replace it very easily without having to fumble with surrounding planks. With locking laminate you can't replace just one plank without cutting a lip off and gluing the new piece on one side.

The big box stores and many flooring outlets have the vinyl planks in stock so go check them out.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services

Answered 8 years ago by Todd's Home Services

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