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Tile, Hardwood, or Vinyl?

Man Installing Berwyn FlooringThere are lots to choose from when it comes to flooring materials for your Berwyn single-family rental property. Flooring types – tile, hardwood, and vinyl are the go-to materials for most property owners. If you need to choose only one, then careful research should be done. Tile, hardwood, and vinyl flooring each have their own “strengths” and “weaknesses”. Studying the good and the bad of each can help you make the best flooring decision for your properties.


Tile never seems to go out of style and that’s why it remains to be one of the most popular choices. Durability and water-resistance are two key advantages of the tile. Since tile comes in different colors, sizes, and styles, the floor designs that you can have are virtually endless. Repairing and replacing tile is simple. Just remove one tile and replace it with another. Finally, tile beats hardwood again in terms of affordability and lesser maintenance costs.

But tile has a few disadvantages too. While the tile guarantees a long service life, this is only true if it is properly maintained. Some household cleaners are not suited for tile. Tile grout can get stained and dirty as it gets older, so you have to clean, replace, or reseal to keep it looking new. Finally, be aware that replacing the entire tile floor can be a very big task and tile availability can change over time.


The beauty and warmth of a hardwood floor is something special. That’s why many property owners choose hardwood. What’s more, hardwood, like tile is very durable and can last for years with proper maintenance. With many wood options available, this increases the property value that could attract tenants who are looking into upgrading their rental homes.

The biggest downside for the hardwood is its price. It is one of the most expensive types of flooring partly because it needs skilled installation. Hardwood floors are also more likely to incur water damage, stains, and wear, so regular maintenance is a priority. Harsh chemicals and cleaners may cause damage to the wood floor so tenants must be aware of how to care for them. It is also a good idea to set aside funds for the refinishing of your property’s wood floors every few years to maintain its long-term appeal.


Tile and hardwood may be great options, but for rental property owners, vinyl flooring is by far the most popular choice. We can cite many reasons for this but foremost is the cost. Vinyl offers a great deal, at cheaper price for a huge range of colors, styles, and options. Vinyl is also popular among property owners because it is easy to replace and repair. Vinyl planking, in particular, can be repaired in small sections without needing to replace the entire floor. What’s more, vinyl is easy to clean and highly resistant to water damage.

Before installing vinyl, there are a few things you should take note of. When tenants move heavy furniture without protecting the floor underneath it, there’s a big chance that your vinyl could get gouged or scratched. Vinyl works well in some rooms, but some tenants may not like vinyl in every single room of the house. Just like with tile and hardwood, it is possible to damage vinyl by using the wrong cleaning solution so tenants would need clear instructions on vinyl floor maintenance.

Tile, hardwood, and vinyl flooring each have good qualities, but they also have bad qualities that must be carefully considered. Once you have weighed both sides, choosing the right flooring for your rental property becomes a quick and painless process.

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