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#4673811 - 02/21/18 08:17 PM Abuse proof rental home flooring
Oldtom Offline


Registered: 07/05/14
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Loc: Cecil County Maryland
I just evicted some snowflakes from my class c/d rental. The carpet was brand new when they moved in 6 months ago. Apparently, the snowflakes were angry at being evicted for not paying rent so they trashed the carpet. Due to this stupid act, they lost the entire two month security deposit. I am trying to think of a cheap, indestructible flooring that can be easily and cheaply renewed every turnover. The existing plywood subfloor is rough, wavy, and has a lot of gaps, so the usual trick of painting the subfloor will probably not work. I thought of screwing down sheets of thin OSB with the smoothest side up and painting them satin brown. Smooth, cheap to install, and easy to refresh if scratched or gouged by rolling on a new coat of cheap paint.

what do you folks think?

Thanks in advance for any advice :-)


Edited by wwillson (02/21/18 08:19 PM)
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#4673816 - 02/21/18 08:20 PM Re: Abuse proof rental home flooring [Re: Oldtom]
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I like your thoughts. ....cheap wood or vinyl is another thought
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#4673823 - 02/21/18 08:27 PM Re: Abuse proof rental home flooring [Re: Oldtom]
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I would get vinyl or vinyl or carpet 12x12 so you can replace the damaged parts.
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#4673825 - 02/21/18 08:29 PM Re: Abuse proof rental home flooring [Re: Oldtom]
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A cheap laminate might be the way to go.
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#4673835 - 02/21/18 08:34 PM Re: Abuse proof rental home flooring [Re: Oldtom]
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Loc: midwest
I would think that any decent tenant will see this painted osb floor and look elsewhere leaving you with only scumbags who don't plan on paying their rent anyway.

I understand that the low end rental business is tough but you can't cut every corner. How about cheap carpet in the rooms and some vinyl click plank flooring in the high traffic areas?

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#4673837 - 02/21/18 08:36 PM Re: Abuse proof rental home flooring [Re: Oldtom]
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That's why you have damage deposits. I also had a rider on my rentals insurance that covered me for renter vandalism and it also covered my loss of rent due to vandalism. I learned this early on from a friend who had rentals. They destroyed his carpet and flooring and they epoxied all the windows doors and cabinets closed.

Beyond that if you aren't doing a renter check that includes renter history, credit check and criminal wants and warrants you've been getting by on luck and borrowed time. It will catch up with you sooner or later.


Edited by JohnnyJohnson (02/21/18 08:41 PM)
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#4673851 - 02/21/18 08:50 PM Re: Abuse proof rental home flooring [Re: Oldtom]
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#4673858 - 02/21/18 08:55 PM Re: Abuse proof rental home flooring [Re: Oldtom]
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Cheap vinyl laminate is pretty easy to come by...

I've seen it as low as $0.25 a square foot on clearance
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#4673861 - 02/21/18 08:57 PM Re: Abuse proof rental home flooring [Re: Oldtom]
Wolf359 Offline


Registered: 04/27/12
Posts: 4887
Loc: MA
I've been putting down this Allure flooring lately. Started doing it a few years ago and it hasn't been trashed yet although I'm sure it's only a matter of time. A bit more durable that old stick on vinyl tile. I never put in carpet, either hardwood floor or this vinyl flooring.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/TrafficMASTE...110-0/202075782

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#4673865 - 02/21/18 09:04 PM Re: Abuse proof rental home flooring [Re: Wolf359]
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Originally Posted By: Wolf359
I've been putting down this Allure flooring lately. Started doing it a few years ago and it hasn't been trashed yet although I'm sure it's only a matter of time. A bit more durable that old stick on vinyl tile. I never put in carpet, either hardwood floor or this vinyl flooring.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/TrafficMASTE...110-0/202075782



This. My Dad owns several rental properties and he puts this in all of them. Some of his are section 8 and have been holding up really well with this flooring. Its also easy to install.

He generally uses the ones that look like wood planks, but the squares work well also for a "tile look"


Edited by donnyj08 (02/21/18 09:05 PM)
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#4673872 - 02/21/18 09:12 PM Re: Abuse proof rental home flooring [Re: Oldtom]
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i have a few rentals and put cheap laminate in all of them. holds up well to people who don't care.

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#4673876 - 02/21/18 09:16 PM Re: Abuse proof rental home flooring [Re: Oldtom]
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#4673885 - 02/21/18 09:25 PM Re: Abuse proof rental home flooring [Re: Oldtom]
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original laminate swells then peaks with moisture and the proper cleaner is $12 per qt. that's the problem. The new vinyl plank click flooring solves that but it's more money and all of these 'floating' floors require flat subfloors. Your sub floors were probably ruined by the steam extraction carpet cleaner bozo who went nuts with the water.
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#4673903 - 02/21/18 09:45 PM Re: Abuse proof rental home flooring [Re: Oldtom]
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Originally Posted By: Oldtom
I just evicted some snowflakes from my class c/d rental. The carpet was brand new when they moved in 6 months ago. Apparently, the snowflakes were angry at being evicted for not paying rent so they trashed the carpet. Due to this stupid act, they lost the entire two month security deposit. I am trying to think of a cheap, indestructible flooring that can be easily and cheaply renewed every turnover. The existing plywood subfloor is rough, wavy, and has a lot of gaps, so the usual trick of painting the subfloor will probably not work. I thought of screwing down sheets of thin OSB with the smoothest side up and painting them satin brown. Smooth, cheap to install, and easy to refresh if scratched or gouged by rolling on a new coat of cheap paint.

what do you folks think?

Thanks in advance for any advice :-)


If your subfloor is trashed, there are no quick fixes that are not going to be completely obvious hack jobs. Just replace the subfloor, all you need is a killsaw, nails and subfloor adhesive. Toss some laminated vinyl plank on there and be done with it. They make waterproof varieties.

Brand new floors means increase in rent right?
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#4673920 - 02/21/18 10:20 PM Re: Abuse proof rental home flooring [Re: Oldtom]
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Loc: South Carolina
Pour some self leveler down, and just leave it like that.
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