Laminate, Hardwood, Carpet, Vinyl…there are so many flooring options out there, that it can be hard to decide what type of flooring will work best for you.

When I first decided to remodel this unit, I peeled back a corner of the carpet in each room to discover that the carpet was laid directly on top of industrial tile.

This brought its own questions and challenges. Would I need to demo both the carpet and the tile? What was beneath the tile? Would I be creating a potentially bigger issue by leaving the tile in place, and removing the carpet? And what type of flooring would work best?

This unit happens to be the lower unit of a duplex, and is also built against a hill. There was previous water damage in the unit, caused by plumbing from the upper unit. The plumbing has since been repaired — but you never know when a plumbing issue will happen. Keeping potential future water issues in mind, I decided to look into water resistant and waterproof flooring options.

Working with licensed contractors, we decided to demo the carpet, but leave the tile in place. We needed to ensure the floors were level before the flooring was installed, so we used a leveler to bring all the flooring in the unit up to the same level. Demo was the usual huge mess, so its important to ensure you’ve included debris removal in your price.

I visited a few flooring companies, and was looking for product that was (1) in stock, (2) could be installed next week — since this was a 2-week remodel, (3) water resistant or water proof, (4) was in my budget, and (5) looked good.

This is when I decided to go with vinyl wood plank floors in a “nantucket beach” color, which is a dark brown. This product is water proof, was in stock, on the low end of price, very durable (for tenant wear-and-tear), and I was surprised at how good it looked. And it still looked great after it was installed. I’ll definitely use this product again.

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