We just purchased a duplex and need to replace the floor in one of the units. I've lived in several different rental units with a variety of different floors. My favorite had been the apartment with polished concrete floors. I initially thought I would hate it, but I ended up absolutely loving it. Although I loved them I know that might not be the overall response.
Anyone have experience with concrete floors?
I see very mixed reviews with concrete finishes in my market. when it is in good shape I don't think it hinders any renters, but it's also not uncommon to see them get banged up, cracked, and otherwise rundown and then they look pretty raw and unappealing.
I'd say if you're able to keep it looking good over the long haul it could be a solid option. Otherwise a good looking Vinyl Plank would be my go-to.
One thing to consider is how slippery when wet polished concrete is. In my experience, it is the worst of any flooring. I would not rent a place with polished concrete because I have balance issues and toddlers. For toddlers, it's also least forgiving of faceplants.
Polished concrete floors are nice looking when they are maintained, but I would be reticent to spend on such a luxury for a rental unless it was a higher-end rental. Families with young children may not be interested in such flooring out of fear of a child getting hurt. Ultimately, it depends on who your target renter is. Otherwise, LVP or laminate should be just fine.
I had a basement with stained concrete and loved it. I did it myself and it was pretty easy with fantastic results. I liked the look and feel, it was easy to clean, and everyone had good comments about it. My wife hated it and preferred carpet.