Porcelain tile is also versatile. You can install it in any room in the house; it also offers authentic hardwood glazes. Depending on the neighborhood, renters may expect an upscale floor like hardwood in your property. If that’s the case, a wood look porcelain tile is an affordable – and durable – alternative to hardwood.
And, as if it couldn’t get any better, tile is easy to clean. All you need is water and a mop.
The price tag is usually higher with tile, but think like the investor you are. Spending a little more upfront for a durable floor will keep your rental property profitable for decades.
Vinyl has easy, DIY-friendly installation methods, from click and lock to glue down. This can allow you to save money by installing vinyl yourself rather than hiring a professional.
You can find quality vinyl floors for under $4 a square foot – often times less than $3 – which is less than what you’d pay for some tile and most hardwoods.
All it takes to clean vinyl floors is a wet mop. Vinyl floors can handle scratches and moisture, too.
As a bonus, rental properties with lower values can increase in value with a quality vinyl plank, especially if it’s installed in bedrooms and living rooms instead of carpet.
The only drawbacks to travertine are the fact that you have to seal it every two to four years and that it can stain when exposed to substances like red wine. Make sure you’re up for the maintenance before you install it in your rental property.
While the price varies depending on the style, you don’t have to break the bank on Forever Clean. You can find quality styles in the $1-$2 per square foot range. The investment is small but long-lasting.