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Tile, Hardwood, or Vinyl?

Man Installing Easton FlooringWhen it comes to flooring materials for your Easton single-family rental property, there are a lot of options available. The most famous flooring types – tile, hardwood, and vinyl – are at the top of most property owners’ lists. But if you’re trying to decide on just one, that can be a little bit more of a concern. Tile, hardwood, and vinyl flooring each have both pros and cons. Knowing what those pros and cons are can help you make the best flooring decision for your properties.


There is something timeless about a tile floor, which explains why it remains one of the most popular choices. Tile has a wide array of benefits, along with long-lasting durability, and high levels of water resistance. Tile also comes in many different colors, sizes, and styles, making it possible to make your floors as basic or as ornate as you want. Repairing and replacing tile is a relatively manageable work since individual tiles can often be removed and new ones put in their place. In the long run, tile tends to be more affordable than hardwood, and typically requires less maintenance than hardwood, too.

It does not mean that tile doesn’t have some drawbacks, nevertheless. Although the tile itself will no doubt last for years, that is only true if it is properly maintained. Some kinds of household cleaners can damage certain types of tile. In addition, tile grout will get stained and dirty after a while and will need to be cleaned or replaced and re-sealed to remain in good shape. Ultimately, it’s fine to keep in mind that replacing an entire tile floor can be a tedious concern, and tile availability does change over a period of time.


The beauty and warmth of a hardwood floor are unbeatable. This is exactly why hardwood is such a popular choice for property owners. Like tile, hardwood tends to be durable and can last a very long time with proper maintenance. With countless several wood options, it can also add value to your property, not to mention attract tenants who are looking for an upgraded rental home.

At the same time, the biggest disadvantage to hardwood has to be the price. It is classified among the most expensive types of flooring around, partly because it requires skilled installation. Hardwood floors are also more vulnerable to water damage, stains, and wear, so regular maintenance is very critical. Harsh chemicals and cleaners can damage a wood floor, which means you’ll need to ensure your tenants know how to care for it the good and right way. Moreover, you’ll want to budget funds for refinishing your property’s wood floors every few years to ensure that it maintains long-term appeal.


While tile and hardwood are both great options for rental property owners, vinyl flooring is by far the most favorite alternative. There are numerous reasons for this, starting with the cost. Vinyl tends to cost less than either tile or hardwood but still offers a broad range of colors, styles, and options. Property owners also like vinyl because it is somewhat effortless to replace and repair if needed. Vinyl planking, in particular, can be repaired in small sections without needing to replace the entire floor. Vinyl is also easy to keep clean and can withstand a fair amount of water damage.

There are quite a few justifications or reasons to think carefully before installing vinyl, however. Vinyl floors are often easily gouged or scratched, especially if a tenant moves heavy furniture without protecting the floor beneath. Vinyl works well in some rooms, but some tenants may not like vinyl in each room of the house. As well as with tile and hardwood, it is possible to damage vinyl by using the wrong cleaning solution so that tenants would need very clear directions on vinyl floor maintenance.

While tile, hardwood, and vinyl flooring are popular for a good reason, each comes with disadvantages that have to be handled attentively. Once you have done so, however, it can make choosing the right flooring for your rental property a fast and effortless procedure.

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