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Flooring

Finding the best floors for rental properties is no easy task – that’s why we wrote this blog for property managers and property management companies!  If you are a property manager or work in a property management company, one of the things you want is durable, reliable, quality floors for rental properties which can take a whole lot of traffic.  If you take downtown Springfield, Missouri for example, there are tons of colleges and Universities all situated there which means there are tons of rental properties there too.

Let’s get real for a second – often with college renters you get parties, a lot of wear and tear on your floors and even some damaged property.  So let’s take a look at which kinds of floors are ideal for rental properties – especially in college towns like Springfield, Missouri.

The Best Floors for Rental Properties And Property Management Companies

Installing Carpet Floors for Rental Properties:

The pros of having carpet installed: 

  • Carpet is a great insulator meaning it can help cut down on energy bills.
  • Carpet also helps reduce noise

The cons of having carpet installed:

  • Carpet traps odors and allergens
  • Stains can be hard to get out of carpet
  • Carpet can be difficult and expensive to clean
  • For bad rips or stains you have to replace the entire section.

Carpet is best For:

  • Bedrooms
  • Seconds Floors

Avoid installing carpet in these areas:

  • Basements
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Entryways
  • Rental Common Areas
  • Hallways

 

Tile (Ceramic, Porcelain, Stone) Floors for Rental Properties

The pros of installing tile, ceramic, porcelain or stone flooring in rental properties:

  • The Tile Itself Is Easy To Clean
  • Tile is durable
  • Tile is also water resistant
  • Tile is available in all price ranges

The cons of installing tile, ceramic, porcelain or stone flooring in rental properties:

  • Tile is not a good insulator
  • Tiles Can Crack or Come Up (but you can replace them easily)
  • The grout needs to be cleaned regularly
  • The tile may need to be sealed or polished
  • You will need a skilled crew to install tile

Tile is Best For:

  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Basement
  • Humid Climates
  • Common Areas

Avoid:

  • Using tile throughout the home in colder climates as it is not a good insulator.
  • Tile is not usually seen in bedrooms.



Hardwood (Solid and Engineered) Floors for Rental Properties

The pros of installing hardwood flooring:

  • Hardwood flooring, whether solid or engineered, can last a lifetime
  • You can refinish solid hardwood
  • Engineered hardwood does not react to changes in moisture
  • Hardwood flooring is easy to clean
  • Having hardwood in your rental property ups the value of your property.

The cons of installing hardwood flooring:

  • Hardwood flooring can be expensive to buy and install
  • Hardwood takes skilled professionals to install properly
  • Hardwood typically has a limited number of times it can be refinished
  • Engineered Hardwood, however, CANNOT be refinished
  • Hardwood is more prone to scratches and dents than other types of flooring
  • Hardwood is susceptible to water damage
  • Sunlight Can also color hardwoods.

Hardwood Installation is Best For:

  • Living Room
  • Dining Room
  • Office
  • Bedrooms
  • Moderate Climates

Avoid Installing Hardwoods in the:

  • Bathrooms
  • potentially kitchens and basements
  • not ideal for humid climates.

 

Laminate Floors for Rental Properties

The pros of Installing Laminate Flooring in Rental Properties

  • Laminate can be a more affordable option than real hardwood
  • Laminate is easier to install than real hardwood
  • Laminate is resistant to scratches

The cons of Installing Laminate Flooring in Rental Properties

  • Laminate cannot be refinished
  • Laminate can chip
  • Laminate has short lifespan
  • Laminate doesn’t  add as much value to a property as tile or hardwood

Laminate is best in:

  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Office
  • Bedrooms

Avoid Installing Laminate in:

  • Bathrooms
  • Potentially Kitchens and Basements.

 

Installing Vinyl Floors for Rental Properties:

The Pros Of Installing Vinyl Flooring:

  • Vinyl is typically inexpensive
  • Vinyl is easy to clean
  • Vinyl is easy to install
  • Vinyl is water resistant

The Cons of Installing Vinyl Flooring:

  • Vinyl isn’t very durable as it can rip and tear.
  • Vinyl is subject to mold and mildew

Vinyl Installation is Best For:

  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms

Avoid Installing Vinyl:

  • In Bedrooms, Living Rooms or Dining Rooms.

 

Installing Linoleum Floors for Rental Properties:

The Pros of Installing Linoleum:

  • Linoleum is affordable
  • Linoleum can be cleaned easily
  • Linoleum is easy to install

The Cons of Installing Linoleum:

  • Linoleum is prone to tears and dents

Linoleum is Best Installed In:

  • Kitchens
  • Dining Rooms

Avoid:

  • Not Usually Seen in Living Rooms or Bedrooms.

 

In short, we at Direct Install LLC, located in SE Springfield, Mo service areas such as Nixa, Ozark, Rogersville, Republic, Branson, Strafford and Marshfield in the Ozarks.  While we specialize in flooring products and flooring installation such as vinyl, tile, engineered hardwood, hardwood flooring, carpet and laminate, we are also a construction co-op company which has a painting, siding, and roofing divisions.  As such, we manage everything from residential construction projects to custom construction projects and large commercial construction projects in SW Missouri.  We are a construction management team if you will, and only hire and employ the best contractors in and around Springfield, Missouri.

If you are interested in receiving a free flooring quote, give us a call at (417) 576-7052 and a representative will get back with you shortly and schedule a meeting.  We look forward to serving you! 

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Carpet

Carpets are awesome…unless they are stinky.  Think about it!  Nothing keeps your feet warm in the winter, is as comfortable to lay on with your kiddos, and provides just the right amount of texture to a room quite like carpet does.  But let’s be honest – when a carpet stinks, it brings the feel of your home down.

Sure, it may be time for an old-fashioned deep clean – you may go and rent a steam cleaner or even hire a company out of Springfield, Mo. to clean your carpets for you, but what happens when they leave and your carpets STILL smell funny?

Why Does My Carpet Smell Funny

There could be numerous reasons your carpet has a little stoink going on…perhaps you have animals which are still in the process of being house trained, or maybe the previous owners smoked, or had the habit of spilling things without cleaning up after themselves…whatever it is there are several solutions to getting that smell out of your carpet even when deep carpet cleaning equipment doesn’t work. 

Regardless of the smells, there are several things you can do to can that odor. 

 

  1. If you insist on cleaning your carpet yourself, check out this guide which helps you create the best carpet-cleaning solution for your olfactory senses. For mildew stench, they say to add one cup of vinegar to two cups of water and put it in a spray bottle and spray the smelly area.  Then, apply a ton of baking soda and let it sit for a few minutes before vacuuming the infected carpet. 

 

  1. Hire a carpet cleaning company to come in and take care of the smell. Sometimes carpet cleaning companies in the Ozarks do a better job than the DIY rent-a-steam-cleaners do.  While these specialists are masters at their carpet-cleaning craft, there have been cases where the previous owners had a carpet restoration service come in only to find the smell was still there!  Give a carpet cleaning company a try but make sure you have a guarantee with them.  That way if the smell is still there after they finish you can at least get your money back!

 

  1. Another option would be to install new floors or carpet in your home. Especially if you have carpet in your home the smells and odors may have penetrated the mat underneath.  This is why apartment homes often have a lingering smell – the property management companies don’t typically change out the carpet between tenants.  What they do instead is clean the carpets and move onto the next unit.

In short, we at Direct Install LLC, located in SE Springfield, Mo service areas such as Nixa, Ozark, Rogersville, Republic, Branson, Strafford and Marshfield in the Ozarks.  While we specialize in flooring products and installation such as vinyl, tile, engineered hardwood, hardwood flooring, carpet and laminate, we are also a construction co-op company which has a painting, siding, and roofing divisions.  As such, we manage everything from residential construction projects to custom construction projects and large commercial construction projects in SW Missouri.  We are a construction management team if you will, and only hire and employ the best contractors in and around Springfield, Missouri.

If you are interested in receiving a free flooring quote, give us a call at (417) 576-7052 and a representative will get back with you shortly and schedule a meeting.  We look forward to serving you!  Where our floor installation is so good, we don’t need a tagline.

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Flooring, New Home

Food for thought – does all carpet capture and hold smells?


You just bought a new house and everything about it is perfect for you – the location is good, the exterior of your new home is pristine, and then you walk in and get a wave of “colorful” smells which waft into and offends your nostrils.  We’ve seen it all too much.

Perhaps the previous owners had animals, maybe they were smokers or perhaps there was an accident a while back which left a smoky after-smell.  Or, it could be the place smells like dust and mothballs (like my great grandma’s house).  Whatever the case, there is a cure!

Why Does My House Smell Funny

Regardless of the smells, there are several things you can do to can that odor. 

  1. For one, you could repaint your home. Lingering smells are often a result of the paint on the walls – especially if the previous tenants were owners! 

 

  1. Clean your ducts and vents! There is a story about a new tenant buying a home and moving in with her children who are extremely allergic to cats.  A few days before the big move, the new homeowner did her best to clean out the home including cleaning the carpets and putting new paint up.  What she DIDN’T know was there was cat hair and litter circulating throughout the home.  When she moved her five-year-old in she ended up in the hospital a week later because of her daughter’s severe allergy to cats!  Luckily the little girl is alive and well now – after a thorough ventilation cleaning, that is.

 

  1. Hire a carpet cleaning company to come in and take care of the smell. To be completely honest, this sometimes isn’t enough – there have been cases where the previous owners had a carpet restoration service come in only to find the smell was still there!

 

  1. Another option would be to install new floors or carpet in your home (get a free bid by filling out the form here). Especially if you have carpet in your home the smells and odors may have penetrated the mat underneath.  This is why apartment homes often have a lingering smell – the property management companies don’t typically change out the carpet between tenants.  What they do instead is clean the carpets and move onto the next unit.


In short, we at Direct Install LLC, located in SE Springfield, Mo service areas such as Nixa, Ozark, Rogersville, Republic, Branson, Strafford and Marshfield in the Ozarks.  While we specialize in flooring products and installation such as vinyl, tile, engineered hardwood, hardwood flooring, carpet, and laminate, we are also a construction co-op company which has a painting, siding, and roofing divisions.  As such, we manage everything from residential construction projects to custom construction projects, remodels and large commercial construction projects in SW Missouri.  We are a construction management team if you will, and only hire and employ the best contractors in and around Springfield, Missouri.

If you are interested in receiving a free flooring quote, give us a call at (417) 576-7052 and a representative will get back with you shortly and schedule a meeting.  We look forward to serving you!  Where our floor installation is so good, we don’t need a tagline.

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