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Tile, Hardwood, or Vinyl?

Man Installing Coppell FlooringThere are plenty of options to choose from for your flooring materials for your Coppell single-family rental property. The material of choice for property owners is usually among three flooring types – tile, hardwood, and vinyl. But choosing just one of these can be daunting. Tile, hardwood, and vinyl flooring have their own advantages and disadvantages. Studying the good and the bad of each can help you make the best flooring decision for your properties.


The timeless quality of a tile floor is something that makes it one of the most popular choices. Tile has many benefits and the two biggest advantages are durability and water resistance. Since tiles come in many different colors, sizes, and styles, you can have a wider range of designs for your floor. When it comes to repair and replacement, it is very simple. Just remove the tile you want to have removed and replace it with another. Lastly, tile is better than hardwood with regards to being affordable and requiring less maintenance.

The tile has many pros, but there are a couple of cons too. Tile may promise long years of service, but this may not be the case if you do not properly maintain it. Identify household cleaners that can potentially damage your tile and refrain from using them. Aside from that, tile grout can get stained and dirty over many years of use. You have to clean, replace, or re-seal them. One last thing to consider is the huge effort it takes if you decide to replace the entire tile floor. Also keep in mind that your tile’s availability may be change in the future.


The beauty and warmth of a hardwood floor is such a lovely thing to behold. That’s why many property owners choose hardwood. Just like tile, hardwood is durable and can last for years with proper maintenance. Plus, there are a lot of wood options to add to the value of your property, which can then attract tenants who are looking for an upgraded rental home.

All things could have pointed to hardwood had the price been just right. It is one of the most expensive types of flooring partly because it needs skilled installation. Hardwood floors are also more prone to water damage, stains, and wear, so regular maintenance is very important. Harsh chemicals and cleaners can damage the wood floor so you need to advise tenants for its proper care. Moreover, allocate a portion of your funds for the refinishing of your property’s wood floors 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. There are many reasons for this and it starts with the cost. Even though vinyl costs less than tile or hardwood, it still offers a huge range of colors, styles, and options. Property owners also prefer vinyl 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. Vinyl is easy to clean and you need not fear of water damage.

Like everything else, there are things to look into before going for vinyl. 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 that tenants would need clear instructions on vinyl floor maintenance.

Tile, hardwood, and vinyl flooring each have advantages, but their disadvantages should be carefully taken into account. But once you’ve done your research, you can make choosing the right flooring for your rental property a quick and painless process.

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