Recommended Carpets for rental property?

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9:16 AM, 29th December 2014
About 6 years ago

Recommended Carpets for rental property?

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Recommended Carpets for rental property?

I am refurbishing my first rental property and undecided on what type of carpets to fit. I have been recommend a hard wearing loop pile.

What carpets do you use for your rental property?

I am also installing a white gloss kitchen and looking at laminate worktops to go with this. What colour are the most hard wearing laminate worktops?

Many thanks


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David Sanderson

16:27 PM, 29th December 2014
About 6 years ago

Worktops, doors, units & handles: a kitchen that is easily replaceable / sourced if components are damaged: Howdens or B & Q. Unit carcasses 18mm thick for durability. Worktops 38 mm thick with metal joints - so that a damaged piece can be replaced easily.

Flooring: Laminate in ground floors - where sound not an issue. Reasonable quality or it will look shoddy in 6 months. Make sure that in kitchens, bathrooms or potentialy damp conditions use a water resistant product suitable for wet locations.
Upstairs rooms / flats - landing & stairs - carpet & underlay for sound deadening. Also if any plumbing, electrics need getting at, there is less upheaval - (the reason most Social Landlords forbid laminate in upper floors.)

Rob Crawford

16:46 PM, 29th December 2014
About 6 years ago

Laminate flooring is OK but is must be a good quality, with moisture resistance and must be fitted correctly and looked after by the tenants. If one area of laminate gets damaged trying to match it for a repair can be difficult. This makes carpet (as recommended by Mark) a far cheaper & practicable option.

Sian Wyatt

21:12 PM, 29th December 2014
About 6 years ago

I have had Quickstep laminate down in an HMO for about 10 years. It has been let to students, a couple with loads of very heavy furniture and assorted others. They have had countless parties, drinks have been spilt, sixty people dancing and kids parties. I am now selling the house and the floor still looks fantastic. How many carpets would I have bought in that time?

Alan Loughlin

21:14 PM, 29th December 2014
About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Edna " at "29/12/2014 - 21:12":

a lot.

Barry Fitzpatrick

10:29 AM, 30th December 2014
About 6 years ago

As mentioned previously, a polypropylene carpet is best and has been recommended by my professional carpet cleaning friend as the most stain resistant.

Most LLs recommend a neutral colour such as oatmeal.

Alan Bromley

17:38 PM, 31st December 2014
About 6 years ago

I have just had felt-back polypropylene straight onto hardboard-covered floorboards, looks fine but not exactly bouncy. I'm not convinced it was a good choice since the hardboard was a pain to lay and I would go for a cheap polypropylene carpet with cheap underlay next time.


13:54 PM, 3rd January 2015
About 6 years ago

I agree with going for a heavyweight dark, mottled laminate worktop. Costs a bit more, but will look better and last longer.

One key piece of info nobody has mentioned is the build quality of the kitchen unit doors.

Firstly, I would recommend 18mm thickness, with a matt finish. Next, check that the doors are fully moulded i.e. the top edge of the door is not simply a piece of veneer stuck on to the door (you can check for joins along the edges). If this is the case, you run the risk of water spillage from the sink dripping down onto the top edge, and very soon, the door will start to expand and warp.

J Clarkson

16:16 PM, 3rd January 2015
About 6 years ago

Forget laminate. Downstairs in our properties we use wood-effect vinyl. There are lots of designs around, and the one we use has been mistaken for real wood by prospective tenants. Cheap and simple to install. It doesn't have the problems of fragile laminate, and only has to be mopped to be kept clean. On the stairs and upstairs we put reasonable quality carpets, mottled brown.

Carpets downstairs would invariably end up with triangular-shaped burns, when a tenant drops an iron. Lots of difficulties re charging them for a whole room of carpet for a small burn - and as for matching a carpet bought a few years earlier...!

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