Laminate is a good choice for floor coverings in rented properties.
There are many landlords that own property in the Chester, Wrexham and North Wales areas. Understandably, they like to keep their proprieties in good order, and this means sometimes replacing the floor coverings.
From the landlord’s perspective, laminate is a good choice because it is cost effective, lasts a long time and is easy to install. Meanwhile, tenants like laminate flooring too, because it looks good, is stain resistant and easy to clean.
There are various grades of laminate flooring. Top grade ones are thicker and more durable and are best for high-traffic areas such as hallways and living areas. If the budget is limited bedroom areas can use cheaper laminates. Laminates are water resistant so are fine for entrances that lead outside where people come in from wet weather with dripping clothes.
Generally, it is not recommended to install laminate in bathrooms and high-moisture areas but some laminates have been developed that are suitable for bathrooms and are also non-slip.
Laminates can look like natural wood or stone – choose a neutral colour that will be acceptable by tenants.
Laminates can be bought with or without grooves. Planks without grooves create a smooth uniform surface, while grooved planks emphasise the natural plank effect. Grooved planks are generally easier to install as they click together.
When deciding which is the best type of laminate flooring, it makes sense to go for the best grades. These may cost more for the initial purchase, but because they last a long time, the long-term cost can work out less than using cheap laminates that have to be replaced regularly. Good quality laminate flooring should last between 15 to 25 years, unless your tenants entertain droves of people with wild parties every night!