As A Newbie Investor, But An Experienced Flooring Installer… - Posted by Joe Delbecq
Posted by Joe Delbecq on November 29, 1999 at 10:20:00:
Here’s my two cents…
If your are going to be responsible for the property for awhile (rent/lease)… don’t skimp on the flooring.
The extra $$$ you put in for quality flooring will put you financially ahead in the long run.
I’d steer away from “peel & stick” tiles. Easy to install but don’t last long even if installed correctly. No way to “seal” seams to prevent water penetration, and they nick and scratch easily.
If you go with sheet goods… don’t use the “el cheapo” stuff. Nicks and tears easily and the wear layer is very thin. Also sheet goods are difficult to install correctly if you plan on doing it yourself.
Ceramic tile… good choice for bath. Just be sure to use dark gray or black grout. And be sure to “seal” the grout a week or two after installation. Also… if area is going to get wet… be sure to install over “cement board” to prevent moisture damage to sub floor.
Here’s what I do for a local investor that has stood the test of time…
Kitchen = Commercial Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT) installed over new 1/4" subfloor… and sealed with commercial wax and buffer. This is the same flooring used in most supermarkets. The neat thing about this tile is that the “color” goes completetly thru the tile, so it can be “buffed down” periodically to give you a brand new look every year or so.
Bath = Ceramic tile installed over “cement board” with dark grout. Be sure to seal the grout after installation. I don’t recommend ceramic in kitchens unless you use quarry tile (or something similar) that has “color” completely thru… due to the possiblity of scratching and chipping.
Now just as important as the floor covering… is the sub-floor. Be sure you have a good solid foundation to lay your flooring. In kitchens… 1/4 inch luan plywood should be adequate. In bath areas… I’d recommend Weyerhouser structure board if using vinyl,
or cement board if using ceramic.
Hope that helps.