What is best bathroom flooring for a rental house?
August 14, 2013 in Design Dilemma
We're having to replace two bath floors due to previous tenants cracking tile and allowing water to seep through to subfloor ing.
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SawHorse Design + Build
Tile is still a great option. As a landlord, make sure you schedule quarterly inspections to make sure there is not any damage that would exceed the deposit.
August 14, 2013 at 10:02AM   
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Matt Patterson Custom Homes
You can use Ditra rather than hardiboard to waterproof.
August 14, 2013 at 10:03AM   
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My experience with rentals is that nothing lasts long because tenants just do not fully respect what they do not own. That being said, I would invest a good linoleum that is neutral and disappears in the space. It would not crack, you would not have to worry about dirty grout lines, and water would not penetrate. Also, it is much more cost effective so when it looks shabby, just replace it.
August 14, 2013 at 11:25AM     
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i agree, for a rental go with linoleum.
August 14, 2013 at 11:27AM   
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SawHorse Design + Build
It also depends on the location of the house and how much you charge for rent. There are luxury rentals that would command tile, while a rental for college kids would be fine with sheet flooring.
August 14, 2013 at 12:55PM   
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Nancy Travisinteriors
Ceramic tile 14". In pale gray. Paint walls to match.
August 14, 2013 at 12:58PM   
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Judy M
I Partly agree with SawHorse, it does depend on location and rent, I own three rentals, they are rented to college students Sept to May and weekly in the summer for beach goers, all have ceramic tile in baths.

College students have become savvy consumers and have an eye for better quality items, although I agree not all of them are willing to keep things in good condition, but if you give them junk, my experience is they will treat it as junk. We inspect several times during the rental period to insure our home is being cared for.

It also depends on what materials are used in other parts of the apartment.
August 14, 2013 at 1:03PM     
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Splash Creative Bath Solutions
We use a lot of Congoleum Duraceramic in our rentals. It is cost effective, easier to install than ceramic, easy to clean and looks nicer than vinyl.
August 14, 2013 at 1:25PM   
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