Apartment units can be a challenge to maintain considering all the wear and tear they endure throughout their years. Selecting the proper flooring is a topic any owner or property manager should consider when planning their next unit renovation. It’s important to understand the different flooring options available, what material works best for the property, and the type of tenants that will be living there. It really comes down to a fine line between selecting a flooring that holds it’s value and makes the unit look appealing, while also having the capability to withstand constant abuse from tenant use.
Of course different flooring is better suited for different parts of the unit – like wood floors in the kitchen area, however flooring products have come a long way in recent years and technology has opened doors to new possibilities. Owners and property managers should become familiar with some of the most popular flooring options for apartments, and should learn the pros and cons of each material to help save themselves time, stress, and money.
Popular multifamily flooring
Pros: Can make an apartment feel homey by giving it that warm, soft, and welcoming feeling. It’s easy to install and it’s the most affordable flooring option for multifamily units. Also, the padding and fibers help keep noise down.
Cons: It wears out quicker than many other flooring options, and requires frequent cleaning by a professional service which doesn’t make it the best choice for high foot traffic areas. Due to it’s tendency to hold onto moisture, it’s placement in kitchens or bathrooms is not ideal. It can harbor allergens, dust, and even small pests like fleas. Lastly, carpet can tear, stain, and burn easily making it hard to fix or repair.
Pros: Probably one of the most popular and affordable flooring option out there. It’s highly versatile and moisture resistant, which makes it ideal for bathrooms, laundry areas and kitchens. It’s softer on the feet compared to tile, stone, or wood, and absorbs noise better than other materials. Lastly, it comes in a wide range of colors and patterns which make it a favorite for most.
Cons: It can be difficult to remove or replace if you change your mind, and can be gouged by a sharp object or ripped if furniture is dragged across it. Since it’s an inexpensive material, vinyl won’t boost a property’s resale value, and can become discolored when exposed to UV rays or comes in contact with rubber (like a rubber-backed bath mat).
Pros: Excellent for bathroom and kitchen areas, it’s very durable and holds up well in high foot traffic areas. Ceramic tile is impervious to scratches, won’t harbor germs, and is waterproof. It comes in many sizes and colors giving owners many design options.
Cons: Tile is very hard and not as comfortable to walk on, especially during cold months. It’s one of the more costly flooring options, and unlike most other options has no sound-absorbing properties. Although it’s waterproof, it can become slippery when wet, and can crack if something heavy is dropped onto it.
Pros: Very durable and moisture resistant, most people love the warm look and the beauty of hardwood flooring. It’s “softer” than some other flooring options like tile or stone, making it comfortable on the feet. It’s easy to clean and brings a classic look into any unit. It can also be sanded and refinished to look like new, making it last for years. Lastly, it can boost a property’s resale value.
Cons: The range of colors are limited to natural wood, so design options are limited. It can be pricey, and possibly scratched with spiked or high-heeled shoes. UV rays can fade hardwood over time, and if improperly cared for – such as using the wrong cleaning products, the wood can become damaged.
Pros: Extremely affordable and rapidly gaining in popularity – it’s made out of composite material with a highly detailed photo surface giving it a quality look. It’s possibly to get the luxury look of tile, stone, or wood due to the way it’s manufactured. It’s very durable and nearly impervious to scratches, scrapes and dents. It’s a breeze to install and very easy to care for making it a top choice for residential flooring.
Cons: There is a wide range of quality on the market ranging from very cheap to expensive. It’s not quite moisture resistant as many other flooring options, and many people find it slippery and hard on the foot. Laminate is also “floating” which means that it’s not attached to the flooring below, and has been known to pop or have hollow sound when walking.
Pros: Engineered hardwood flooring is manufactured like laminate, however it’s created with a real wood veneer. The solid layer of wood brings nearly all the same characteristics of hardwood flooring and has less acoustic challenges, meaning that it better absorbs noise. It is also very durable and strong and cleans up easily.
Cons: It’s subject to many of the same issues as hardwood flooring, such as scratching and UV discoloration. Engineered hardwood flooring cannot be sealed and sanded like hardwood, but some brands can be lightly treated for minor scratches. It’s more expensive than laminate, and improper cleaning can lead to problems.
When you’re ready to renovate or replace problem flooring
Whether you’re looking to renovate all of your apartment units or simply looking to replace problem flooring at your multifamily property. There are a few factors to take into consideration when selecting the flooring that best fits your needs, such as, the costs, durability, ease of cleaning, resiliency to wear and tear, and the type of tenants (ex. pet owners, cyclists, avid hikers, etc). Taking this into consideration will help you make a well-informed decision, and pick the flooring that best fits your property. When you’re ready to get the ball rolling, give us a call and we’d be happy to provide you with a consultation and preliminary estimate to get your next renovation project started.