What are the Best Flooring Choices for Rental Properties?

09 March 2017

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Being a landlord is rarely a walk in the park. From finding last-minute plumbers to fix busted boilers, to wrangling rent out of difficult tenants, this isn’t an easy line of work to be in. However, there are some ways to make your life easier.

These solutions are all about thinking ahead and taking steps now which will make your job easier in the long run; from arranging regular maintenance of crucial equipment, to installing fixtures and fittings designed to go the distance.

In this post we’ll be examining the best possible flooring for rental properties, which combine durability and performance with affordability and ease-of-maintenance. Pick the perfect low maintenance flooring for your rental property and you could stand to save yourself extra cost and hassle further down the line.

Remember – different areas of your property will suit different types of flooring, so make sure you mix and match based on suitability.


Cheap, warm, homely and good for muffling noise if your property is an HMO or adjacent to another, carpet is a good choice for many rental homes. Available in a wide range of colours to suit tastes and décor, carpet is an affordable option, but does come with a few downsides worth noting, including:

  • Potential for stains and more visible wear and tear
  • Moisture retention in kitchens and bathrooms
  • Requires regular professional cleaning to look spotless
  • Can harbour dust and allergens which may put off some potential tenants

Laminate Flooring

Affordable and available in designs which closely resemble the luxury look of tile, real wood or stone, laminate flooring is also highly resistant to scratches, bumps and scrapes. This durable option is also fast and simple to install, making it a breeze for landlords in need of a quick turnaround.

On the downside, laminates aren’t as hard-wearing as “the real thing” and can be noisier underfoot than more substantial flooring options. This flooring style is also not idea for high moisture areas and can be slippery.

Vinyl Flooring

Widely used by landlords, vinyl is still one of the best low maintenance flooring options on the market. Easy to clean and moisture tolerant, vinyl is also noise absorbent and now comes in a wider variety of shades and styles than you may have realised.

Worth weighing up, however, is vinyl’s susceptibility to scrapes, tears and scratches – especially from dragged furniture or high heels. While individual vinyl tiles are easier to replace, sheet vinyl often needs to be refitted entirely to repair damage, making vinyl a less-than-ideal choice for living areas with heavy furniture.

Whichever flooring for rental properties you settle on, Donnelly Watson provide fantastic surfaces, fast installations and flawless finishes. Browse our complete range of flooring options online or contact us for advice or a quote today on 01473 71 71 71.

For more inspiration, make sure to check out our recent blog on how to choose the best flooring for your rental property.

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