When you own rental property, you have different options for flooring. However, you need to consider what you choose to be cost effective. Also, you also want something that’s durable, looks good and holds up. Below are some suggestions on what you can use to accomplish this:
- Carpet: If you chose to put down carpet in your apartment building, it would reduce noise below the apartment. It will reduce energy bills too. But, it does trap allergens and odors, and it needs to be cleaned periodically. Carpet can’t be patched either, and it will stain. If it’s ripped, the entire carpet will need to be replaced.
- Tile: Tile is durable and easy to clean, plus it comes in a variety of price ranges. It’s water resistant but needs to be sealed or polished. Tiles can crack if something heavy is dropped on them too. Also, the grout in between the tiles will need to be cleaned when it becomes dirty. It’s used most often in kitchens, basements, bathrooms and common areas. Also, it’s employed in humid climates often instead of carpet.
- Hardwood floors: Hardwood floors are made to last a lifetime. They can be refinished if they become scratched. A hardwood floor also doesn’t react to moisture changes. It is expensive to install and can scratch easily, however. Sunlight will cause the wood to lighten in color. It can be used in living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and offices.
- Vinyl: This floor covering in relatively inexpensive, cleans easily, is water resistant and is easy to install. But it isn’t very durable because it will tear if something is moved on it improperly. Moisture gets under the vinyl too, plus mold and mildew can form. It’s used mostly in kitchens and bathrooms.
- Linoleum: This product is also easy to install and clean. It’s prone to denting and tearing though. It’s used in dining rooms and kitchens.
When laying down flooring, there are many options.
You have several rental properties with wood burning fireplaces. You have some concerns though because of tenants having a live wood fire. The thought of an unattended fireplace and your apartment building going up in smoke worries you. Is there a better way?
You do always have the choice of just covering the fireplace over or blocking it. But it is a useful renting point when looking for new tenants. So, another option would be to have installed a gas fireplace insert. You would still have the appearance without the danger of someone accidentally burning down your building.
Also, there are other advantages to gas fireplaces. A fireplace which takes wood can take some work to get the fire going correctly which can be a danger with an unskilled tenant doing this. With a gas fireplace insert though, a flick of the switch and the fire is lit.
Also, with a wood burning fireplace, you have burned-out logs and ashes which need to be cleaned out; and if thrown away without being cooling, this is a fire danger. This wood burning creates soot which leaves creosote in the chimney too which needs to be removed by a chimney cleaner. If you don’t have it removed, it can cause a chimney fire. With a gas insert, there aren’t all of these problems. But it wouldn’t hurt to have a professional check it out once a year or so.
Cost of an insert
The cost of an insert cost about $3000 to $4000, depending on the size, which includes the installation of the insert and the liner for the chimney. It will heat an area of between 1,000 to 3,000 square feet which depends on the size of the insert. You will need to talk to a gas fireplace insert dealer to decide what size you need and the heating capacity of the insert you want for the apartment.
Wood burning fireplaces have the snap, crackle and pop of a fire. However, gas fireplace inserts are more convenient and safer.