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Tile, Hardwood, or Vinyl?

Man Installing Plano FlooringWhen it comes to flooring materials for your Plano single-family rental property, there are some options available. The most widespread and popular 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 rather more of a dilemma. 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 whole set of benefits, such as 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 unpretentious or as complex as you want. Repairing and replacing tile is a relatively easy undertaking since individual tiles can often be removed and new ones put in their place. Ultimately, tile tends to be more affordable than hardwood, and typically requires less maintenance than hardwood, too.

It does not signify that the tile doesn’t have come with negatives. Conceding that 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. Anyhow, tile grout will get stained and dirty after some time and will need to be cleaned or replaced and re-sealed to continue being in great shape. On a final note, it’s right to keep in mind that replacing an entire tile floor can be a laborious work, and tile availability does change with time.


The beauty and warmth of a hardwood floor are unsurpassable. Consequently, 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 numerous distinct wood options, it can also add value to your property, not to mention attract tenants who are looking for an upgraded rental home.

Then again, the biggest disadvantage to hardwood has to be the price. It is actually one of the most expensive types of flooring around, partly because it requires skilled installation. Hardwood floors are also more prone to water damage, stains, and wear, so regular maintenance is very relevant. 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 proper way. Additionally, you’ll have to budget funds for refinishing your property’s wood floors every few years to ensure that it maintains its long-term appeal.


While tile and hardwood are both great options for rental property owners, vinyl flooring is by far the most accepted preference. There are plenty of explanations for this, starting with the cost. Vinyl tends to cost less than either tile or hardwood but still offers a vast range of colors, styles, and options. Property owners also like vinyl because it is reasonably worry-free 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 sufficient amount of water damage.

There are a few considerations 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 every room of the house. Also, like with tile and hardwood, it is possible to damage vinyl by using the wrong cleaning solution so that tenants would need really clear guidelines on vinyl floor maintenance.

While tile, hardwood, and vinyl flooring are popular for a good reason, each comes with disadvantages that ought to be regarded seriously. Once you have done so, however, it can make choosing the right flooring for your rental property a speedy and straightforward operation.

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