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Are you a landlord who has just purchased a new buy-to-let property, or maybe, you already own one, the last tenants have left and you are looking to renovate it a bit before finding new ones? Are the walls in need of a splash of paint? Or is the floor covered in horrendous-looking old stained wall-to-wall carpeting? Decisions, decisions… Well, one important part of your property is the flooring, of course. So, if it’s in poor condition, your chances of getting new tenants soon will be definitely lower, unless you do something about it. Right then, you may be asking yourself “What’s the best type of flooring for a rental property?”
After all, there are so many options out there, depending on your budget. Don’t forget that time can be also a factor, in terms of floor installation. So, if you are in a rush and a bit cash-strapped, you need to weigh your options. On that note, carpeting and laminate spring to mind as affordable and easy-to-install types of flooring for long- or short-term rental properties. And our post will explore the pros and cons of each to hopefully give you a better idea of what to go for, once you understand their main differences.
So, if you:
Then, read on.
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Let’s get an idea of what laminate flooring is first. Laminate flooring is made of synthetic materials, but it is designed to mimic hardwood or even stone floorings. In the early days of laminate, there weren’t many quality brands, but nowadays, there are more expensive variants that imitate hardwood pretty well. The best thing about it is that it does not require the flooring maintenance services associated with hardwood floors. Even though it is not as repairable as them, you can still fix your laminate flooring if it has sustained surface damage such as scratches and chips.
Laminate is made of layers of different synthetic materials. The design that makes it look like real wood is actually just a photograph inserted as a layer. The top layer is a clear coating, which serves to protect the surface from moisture and scratches. The bottom layer is made to be quite sturdy and water-resistant, too, so the boards do not warp over time. The core layer is made of High-Density Fibres or HDF, for short, which gives it the overall structural strength – the thicker this layer is, the harder the board. Laminate flooring is held together by an easy-to-install click system, so DIY is an option here.
There are many pros of choosing laminate flooring for your rental property. The first and most obvious is the price – laminate is relatively cheap. Another advantage to consider is that it is easy to install, too, saving you time and money. Here we’ll list a couple more:
Although there are many benefits to consider when choosing laminate flooring for your property, you should be aware of some of the cons it comes with, as well:
As we’ve already mentioned, another option to consider for your flooring in your rental property is carpeting. This is still a very popular choice among rental owners in the UK. There are many different types of carpet that you can choose from. The two main ones are called cut pile and loop pile. The difference between these is the overall look and the exact method, in which they are made. Of course, the materials used can be different, as well.
There are many options, in terms of the type of materials, which a carpet is made of. The most popular materials are synthetic, but your floor covering can also be made of organic fibres. Carpets are made by weaving yarn or yarn-like threads through a backing and then piling them on the other side. The type of pile determines the overall look of the carpet.
Carpet flooring comes with its own pros and cons. The first benefit that comes to mind is the overall look of carpet flooring – it always looks cosy and the pattern, colour and design choices are almost limitless. It can be also easy on the budget if you consider a wall-to-wall carpet for your rental property. Here are some more examples of pros and cons related to carpets.
Of course, carpeting has some downsides, as well. For starters, a good quality carpet can be a bit more expensive than good quality laminate and it is generally harder to maintain in good condition. Still, there are a number of synthetic types of wall-to-wall carpeting, which can be more budget-friendly than laminate flooring. Some other cons to consider are:
In conclusion, if you are on a budget and convenience is your goal, your best choice is to opt for laminate flooring. It is easy to install and easy to clean. In addition, they can be more durable than cheap carpeting. Last but not least, when it comes to the safety of your tenants (which you have a legal obligation to ensure), laminate flooring is less combustible and more fire-resistant than inexpensive synthetic carpeting. High-quality laminate comes with many good looking design options, too, but keep in mind that hard flooring might be a bit noisier for the property owners or tenants below yours.
If you are looking for providing your lodgers with comfort and more colour options, then go for carpets. Carpets can be a bit more expensive when it comes to installation, especially, and harder to clean, but they provide unmatched cosiness in your rental property, which can reflect the higher monthly income you can get.
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