Laminate or vinyl plank

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Starting to get general plans together for rehabs for both rental and flips. I was wondering what experienced investors recommend for flooring. We have visited several flooring companies and a few have told us that their vinyl products are now selling more than laminate. My target market is in MS just south of Memphis. I am looking to initially concentrate on SFP's that are around 1300-1800 sf and typically sell in today's market (retail) from $110k - $190k. My goal is to provide a quality rehab, so I don't want to use junk, but definitely not top of the line at this price point. For rentals I definitely want durability, but a look and quality that will attract the right kind of renters. Any suggestions or recommendations?

@Ron Luna I'm a big fan of vinyl plank. I've started putting it in my rentals for it's durability. I also like that if it gets wet it's more resilient than wood laminate. looks wise I think it's just as good. I've started to notice mid tier builders in my market installing it as well in 400k+ homes. Good luck with whatever you pick.

Hi @Ron Luna , I rarely do flips, so I can’t speak for that. 

However I own quite a few rentals and LVP (Luxury Vinyl Planks) is the way to go for us. They look great (the technology has advance so much that people think they are real hardwood), they are very resilient, they are easy to install and maintain, they are waterproof (I had laminate in one rental and so had to change the entire flooring as it got ruin after a smal water accident; on the other hand, I install LVP in kitchens and bathrooms and never had an issue), etc. 

Keep in mind that, as with any product, there’s a wide range of qualities and prices. We found that the click system installation and a wear layer of 20 mil (definitively no less than 12 mil) gives a great combination of affordability, ease of installation, and durability. 

Here’s a link where you can learn a little bit more about LVP: https://www.flooret.com/vinyl-basics/

Good luck!

Vinyl plank man! I can't speak enough about this type of product. Look to see if you can get a commercial mid-grade product and you'll be happy for years. Few issues with the product, easy to install and if you ever have to repair/replace a damaged plank it's soooooooo easy!

LVP is also easier to install. Some shorter pieces can be just scored with a knife and snapped off. Saves time going back and forth to the saw and saves costs on blades (which are expensive at $30-$50 each). Lumber liquidators has a decent selection and good prices

I also use LVP in kitchens and baths now.  Installation is faster then tile, waterproof, etc.  I always buy a quality product and as noted above, Lumber Liquidators has good pricing on mid to high tier products.  Signup as a contractor with them and you'll get a discounted price vs. retail

We put luxury vinyl tile in our flip and it looks great! Nobody can tell it's not real, we even put grout in. The planks are the same quality and I've seen them in tons of mid-level finished houses. They hold up and look good doing it.
@Ron Luna lv plank...hubands friend lives on the country club golf course and he did his whole house in lv plank. People appreciate beauty and a big plus if its low care.

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