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Flooring updates (by Collum [IA]) May 21, 2019 9:41 AM
       Flooring updates (by MikeA [TX]) May 21, 2019 10:10 AM
       Flooring updates (by Oregonwoodsmoke [ID]) May 21, 2019 10:26 AM
       Flooring updates (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) May 21, 2019 2:12 PM
       Flooring updates (by Hoosier [IN]) May 21, 2019 4:26 PM

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Flooring updates (by Collum [IA]) Posted on: May 21, 2019 9:41 AM

We are updating apartment flooring. Undecided on which is best for durability and longevity, ceramic tile or vinyl flooring.


Flooring updates (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: May 21, 2019 10:10 AM

There is no question that tile, if installed right, will outlast nearly any other flooring type. Be sure to get porcelain not the cheaper clay that cracks much easier. It needs to be installed on either a concrete floor or on a backer board to keep it from flexing and causing failure.

I rarely use sheet vinyl, it gets snagged and rips relatively easily from appliances or furniture.

The other good choice is a vinyl plank flooring. Personally I use it the most because it's cheaper to install and holds up well. The Allure glue strip flooring at Home Depot is a really good choice, the pieces stick to each other (not the floor) and create a "floating" floor. It is easy to replace a damaged piece with an iron or heat gun. --50.26.xx.xxx

Flooring updates (by Oregonwoodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: May 21, 2019 10:26 AM

Tile is more durable but the glaze on some of the ceramic tiles is not durable and chips when abused, and you can count on tenants abusing flooring.

porcelain tile is more durable and you can buy porcelain that has the color throughout the tile. It's hard to chip but, if the tenants manage to chip it, any chips won't show.

If that is a two story building, any unit that is on top of another unit should have carpet with extra thick padding. Tenants are hard on carpet, but that will help to reduce your noise complaints and might help with retention of tenants, because downstairs tenants will move if the tenants over their head are too loud. --98.146.xxx.xxx

Flooring updates (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: May 21, 2019 2:12 PM

The most durable flooring is commercial grade porcelain which is very labour intensive to install but easy to maintain. Often the Habitat for Humanity restore will have enough porcelain or ceramic tiles for a bathroom or back splash. Laminate may require replacement when a tenant lives three or more years. Commercial grade upfront is more expensive where over the long term costs less. There many good videos on how to install ceramic or porcelain tiles. --147.194.xxx.xx

Flooring updates (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: May 21, 2019 4:26 PM

Depends somewhat on the "niceness" of your properties.

Hardwood is great but costly.

Tile is durable but can chip if heavy items dropped on it. It is also very labor intensive to install (first day floor prep, second day mortar/lay, third day grout, fourth day seal the grout and clean up.

I won't use sheet vinyl...tears too easily, especially when appliances moved across it.

Allure is fairly good stuff...I've used it 3 times with success.

I like vinyl plank as a good compromise between quality and cost. But, I only buy the type with a rigid core backing and an underlayment (sometimes pre-attached) to avoid noise/squeaks. There are many brands/looks out there...search around. I've used Trafficmaster, but I'm finding other brands have a thicker "wear layer" so I'm considering switching.

Good luck! --99.92.xxx.xxx

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