Different apartment floor options from National Floors Direct

The Different Apartment Floor Options

Are you wondering how to choose the best apartment floor options for your rental property?

Selecting good apartment flooring helps you sell your property to customers. After all, the different types of apartment floors influence the feel of the apartment. High-quality flooring will make the apartment feel like it's worth more.

Still, you'll want to balance quality with price. The type of apartment flooring you can afford will depend on how much you're planning to charge your tenants. Below, we'll get into some of the best apartment floor choices for any property. Keep reading to get the most out of your rental!


Most apartment flooring plans incorporate carpet, and for good reason. Carpet has the benefit of being relatively inexpensive. On average, it costs $2.50 per square foot to install carpet. Yet, property owners can get carpets from as low as $0.65 per square foot and as high as $12 per square foot. 

The cost of the carpet you select will depend on several different factors. First, most carpet companies alter their prices based on the materials used. Olefin (polypropylene) is one of the cheapest carpet types out there. Its fibers wear out in a quick manner, though. As a result, it's not recommended for high-traffic areas of the home.

Still, you can save money by adding olefin carpets to less-frequented areas and get more durable carpets for more busy rooms.

Polyester carpets have better wear resistance than olefin, and they only cost $1-$5 per square foot on average. If you want a longer-lasting choice, look into getting nylon carpets. Although they cost $5-$8 per square foot, they last for 15 years and are stain and mildew resistant. So, you can keep your apartment floor looking nicer for years to come!


There are several areas of the apartment in which you'll need to put less absorbent flooring than carpet. That's why most property owners put tile in their kitchens and bathrooms. You can also use tile in the living room, dining area, and bedrooms if you wish.

Tile is more expensive than carpet. Ceramic tile costs $9-$44 per square foot. Porcelain tile will cost you anywhere from $11-$44, while stone ranges from $10-$214.

Tenants appreciate tile because of its toughness on wear and tear and resistance to stains. Yet, grouts can prove a challenge to clean, especially if they're not a neutral shade, like gray or beige. The whiter the grout, the harder it will prove to maintain.

Even though tile is durable, it can crack. If one of your tiles cracks, though, you only need to repair the crack instead of replacing the whole floor. In contrast, other types of flooring, such as carpets, need to get pulled out in order to replace them.

Tile also keeps homes cooler. So, if your rental property is in a hot state, you can help your residents stay comfortable by adding more tiles. Should you live in a cooler state, you might not want to include tile in as many rooms to help your residents stay warm.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is a great apartment floor option for landlords who want affordability without compromising on comfort or style.

In terms of cost, vinyl sits on the lower end of the spectrum at $0.50-$5.00 per square foot. If you plan on installing a sheet of vinyl, the cost will sit nearer the less expensive end. If you want the tile version, you might pay a bit more. 

Most companies make vinyl waterproof and resistant to wear and tear. These features make it harder for vinyl to get stained. If something gets spilled, all the tenant needs to do is wipe it up!

Vinyl also makes for a more comfortable walking surface. Usually, there are several layers of material, leading to a more padded feeling underneath the feet.

Unlike tile, vinyl helps keep homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter, making it perfect for all climates.


If you want to go with a form of flooring that will get the attention of potential tenants, think about installing hardwood

Most hardwood apartment floor options cost anywhere from $6-$12 per square foot. However, some companies charge upwards of $25 per square foot for certain types of hardwood. 

For less expensive hardwood, get pine or bamboo flooring. These options are often lighter in shade and work well with other light colors. Pine costs $4.50-$10, and bamboo costs $5-$11.

Oak is one of the most popular forms of hardwood and comes in both red oak and white oak options. Red oak costs anywhere from $8-$13, and white oak costs $8-$15.

When installing hardwood floors, make sure you get them sealed. They'll be more durable than un-sealed floors, and they might resist water spills better.

Some tenants will pay more for apartments with hardwood flooring. So, having hardwood will increase your property's value. Hardwood also makes a great first impression when you're trying to attract new tenants. 

Get the Right Apartment Floor

Finding the right installation team for your apartment floor is crucial. No matter what type of flooring you choose, it won't look good if you don't have the right contractors for the job.

That's where we come in. We offer a wide range of flooring types, including the ones mentioned in this article. In addition, your final price tag won't include any extra hidden fees. We'll even move your furniture for free, enabling us to get easier access to your entire floor.

Want to learn more about how much your installation will cost? Get a free estimate!