Flooring Options: What Would You Do?

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Hoping to get some feedback from some others on what they would do in this situation. As I'm working on rehabbing my rental, I am now at the stages of picking out materials.

I've visited the obvious big box stores and have also worked with some area flooring specialists, but I am now stuck as to which option would be best. 

Aesthetically, they are all about equal to me, so here are the specs for each of my options:

Vinyl A - $0.99 sq ft glue down planks. Floor is 2mm thick

Vinyl B - $1.79 sq ft glue down planks. Floor is 3.7mm thick and regularly recommended in the BP forums (Allure Traffic Master)

Vinyl C - $2.79 sq ft floating vinyl. Floor is 7mm thick and was highly recommended by the Home Depot associate, who cited that several of their investor clients choose this floor

My initial reaction was to go with Vinyl A. It's a rental and even if it feels a little cheap, it looks nice and is the most affordable. My concern is durability at 2mm thick. Does any one have any experience working with flooring that is this thin? 

FWIW, the property it is going in is in an A area and will rent for $1200-$1300/mo. It's a 4/2 brick ranch.

I would use B or C. I used Lifeproof from Home depot on a recent remodel and was very impressed.

I have standardized on the floating vinyl strips. They hold up well to water and traffic. I have never had to replace any of these that I have used. It looks like hardwood floors and some tenants think it is wood because the pattern is so realistic.

I have been getting mine from Surplus Warehouse and I get a military discount there. Not sure if you have these in your area or not.

Originally posted by @John Underwood :

I have standardized on the floating vinyl strips. They hold up well to water and traffic. I have never had to replace any of these that I have used. It looks like hardwood floors and some tenants think it is wood because the pattern is so realistic.

I have been getting mine from Surplus Warehouse and I get a military discount there. Not sure if you have these in your area or not.

 Thanks

Can you give me an idea of what you're paying per sq ft for this flooring and also what type of rentals you're putting them in (eg avg rents, area, etc)?

Generally, the choice of going with plank instead of carpet is to harden the rental - make it more difficult for tenants to damage things and keep your turn costs or overall maintenance costs lower.

If this is your goal, I'd personally prefer Option C, particularly if this is an A-Class property.  The product is generally harder wearing and even though up front costs are a little higher, your overall costs during ownership will be lower, assuming this is a long term (more than 3-5 year) hold.

I personally go with either Coretec or Adura in my rentals.  They are extremely tough and water resistant (danged near water proof) and easy to install.

I had a sewer issue in a basement bathroom where Adura was installed.  After dealing with the repair and clean-up, I was really worried about warping and expansion of the product.  I've gone back a couple of times over the last two weeks to check on it and the Adura still looks amazing.  There was no water seepage in the middle of the floor down to the subfloor and just a little at the baseboards where the caulking job wasn't perfect.  

Had I used a lesser product, this situation not only would have included plumbing repair expense and cleanup, but also repair/replacement of the flooring too.  

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