Best Carpet for Rental Property
The best carpets for rental homes are those that can withstand high levels of wear and tear. Here is what to look for in a good-quality carpet for your rental property.
For a rental property carpet, material quality matters. The best kind of carpets are made out of f polyethylene terephthalate polyester. While nylon carpets are durable, they tend to stain more easily than a polyester polymer will. Another good-quality material worth looking at is triextra. They are not only durable but also offer stain-resistant qualities that will help keep the carpet looking newer longer.
Choose neutral colors such as tan, light brown, gold or grey tones. These colors will not show stains as easily and often blend well with a tenant’s furniture and personal items.
Never go for cheap pads since the foam will compact quickly, needing frequent replacements. Instead, buy higher quality rebond-type padding of at least 4 pound density that can last for between 3 to 5 years. A 6 pound density can last even longer allowing you to re-use the pad between carpet replacements.
Another factor to consider is the pile of the carpet. Looped-pile carpet such as Berber are the most wear-resistant while cut-pile carpets will soon wear off in high traffic areas. However, looped-tile carpets have rough texture which may be unattractive to some tenants. So the best option is to choose a carpet with a mixture of densely-packed cut pile and looped pile. These carpets are softer but still durable, even in heavy use.
Many rental property owners often choose the cheapest carpet options they can find in order to save money. But cheap is not always the best as over time you will end paying more. A cheap carpet and low-quality pad doesn’t last very long and will start to wear, stain, and look unattractive after only a year or so. Always choose a good quality carpet and pad that will hold up under heavy use common to rental properties. Don’t compromise because of the price.
If you decide that carpet isn’t for your property, there is always other options such as tile and hard wood flooring. Real Property Management Enterprises can help assist in those decisions on your rental property.
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