Pros and Cons of Wooden Floors for Rental Properties

When looking for new flooring for a rental property, a few things need to be considered before investing. While many property owners favor inexpensive flooring for rentals, there is much to be said in regards wooden floors. Granted, installing new wooden floors may not be the best option for certain rentals. Particularly if it may be completely unappreciated and neglected by the tenants. Although if they are already present, wooden floor refinishing may be a beneficial option. Wooden floors are a long term investment and here are some definite pros and cons when thinking about them for rental properties.

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Pros of Wood Flooring for Rentals

  1. Easy to clean and maintain. Unlike carpet, spills on a wooden surface are a quick fix. This can result in minimal future cleaning costs as a landlord. Carpet is a great place for all sorts of bacteria and fungus to grow when moist and laminate is prone to water damage.

  2. Longevity. Wooden floors are a hard wearing and while the initial cost of installation may be more expensive, they can last several more years than carpet or laminate. A scratched up surface may only need a floor sanding between tenants to bring back its shine. As far as installation cost, check under existing carpets, you may be surprised to find some old oak or walnut and wooden floor refinishing is less pricey than a full wooden floor installation.

  3. Natural Insulation. Wood is a natural insulator and can hold heat better than tile or laminate. While it may not feel as good carpet on bare feet, the question to ask is if you’re willing to give up the durability and longevity of hardwood for a cosy floor.

  4. Better appearance for renting future resale. If your rental is in an area that needs to look its best, wooden floors are a stylish and timeless choice. You also want to plan ahead in case you ever sell the property. When the time comes, wooden floors can help bring top dollar for the home and already having them installed can cut down on renovation costs.

Cons of Wooden Floors for Rentals

  1. Initial expense. The cost of new wooden floors is usually higher than installing carpet or laminate and can be a deterrent when renovating a home to rent. This could be considered a short term expense because of a wooden floors durability. Even with a less than careful tenant, a floor sanding may be all that is needed as opposed to completely replacing carpet, laminate or tile throughout the entire property.

  2. Noise. This can especially be an issue in condos and flats where floors and walls are a shared partition. Neighbours may have a hard time appreciating the lovely wooden floors in the flat directly above them. Fortunately, there are ways to help soundproof  if you are determined to have wooden floors in your rental property.

  3. Comfort.  Even though wood is a good natural insulator, carpet helps retain heat better and soft new carpet is cosy on bare feet. However, after just a few years carpet can become worn and the original, snug fluff can turn rough and matted.

Depending on the location of the rental, new wooden floors or floor sanding can be an excellent long term investment that will save you the cost of having to frequently replace flooring. If you have a property that you are renovating to rent or currently have a rental that needs an update, Simply Sanding provides wooden floor refinishing, refurbishment, and new floor installation on all types of wooden flooring in Great Dunmow, Essex, Suffolk, East Anglia, and London. To find out what Simply Sanding can do to help get your rental ready, feel free to contact us for a free, no obligation quotation anytime.