Rental - Carpet or Plank Vinyl?

Submitted by TeCKis300 on May 13, 2019 - 12:56pm
Carpet
0% (0 votes)
Plank Vinyl
83% (5 votes)
Other
17% (1 vote)
Total votes: 6
Submitted by TeCKis300 on May 13, 2019 - 12:59pm.

Time to replace the flooring in a small 1 bedroom ~600 sq ft upstairs unit.

What do you say?

I've been weighing whether I want carpet or plank vinyl?

Cost? Durability? Desirability? Ease of maintenance? Other considerations?

Seems like there's pros and cons to each choice with no definitive (in my mind) reason.

Let's hear yours!

Submitted by flu on May 14, 2019 - 4:28pm.

TeCKis300 wrote:
Time to replace the flooring in a small 1 bedroom ~600 sq ft upstairs unit.

What do you say?

I've been weighing whether I want carpet or plank vinyl?

Cost? Durability? Desirability? Ease of maintenance? Other considerations?

Seems like there's pros and cons to each choice with no definitive (in my mind) reason.

Let's hear yours!

For rentals, I've been slowly replacing carpet with vinyl planks. The ones I specifically use are Lifeproof vinyl flooring in the Shadow Hickory color... It's not the cheapest, but not the most expensive. Roughly $3/sqft

https://www.homedepot.com/p/LifeProof-Sh...

This type of vinyl costs more than cheaper versions, but it's pretty durable, it's water resistant, and has sound deadening material. One of my HOA's approved it's install for a second floor condo, because it's that good... I'd check with your HOA, if you have one, before installing anything besides carpet. They might have rules prohibiting other forms of flooring

Install for me was about $2.50/sqft (well it was slightly cheaper because my guy does a lot for me) over roughly 600 sqft.

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Tenants seem to like it since it's simple, clean, and doesn't get beaten up as easily. I like it because when tenants move out, there's less arguing over how much deposit to deduct for the soiled carpet. As an added bonus, if you lease to someone with a dog or cat, you can worry less about the pet peeing on it, unlike carpet. Also, if you had an unfortunate water leak, it doesn't get messed up like wood or regular laminate (which bubbles if it gets wet)... You can actually use this plank in bathrooms and near showers, unlike wood or laminate.

If you want to tackle the install yourself, it's actually pretty easy...But since it's a rental, I usually just find someone else to do it and deduct the expense. I got better things to do. Ok, I did try installing wall tile one time....Just to learn. That was a big mistake.

Submitted by spdrun on May 14, 2019 - 5:01pm.

Vinyl. But require area rugs so the downstairs neighbors don't file a complaint about you.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on May 14, 2019 - 10:53pm.

I second flu’s recommendation. The vinyl planks with built in sound deadening is very good. Vinyl has come a long way. I love innovation!