Apartments & Houses
Specifications for residential have fairly simple
Suitable durability for the area
For both apartments and single occupancy homes porcelain
tiles are the best option, offering a durable, scratch
and wear-resistant surface that looks good and is easily cleaned.
For apartment block entry slip-resistance needs to be considered,
and the addition of an entrance mat to comply with NZ
Building Code requirements is recommended. For
individual houses the path to the front door needs to be
slip-resistant, but once inside a smooth surface may be used.
For both apartments and single homes, feature wall
tiles are a great idea - not only to create a stylish look, but
also to provide an easy clean, protective surface to the wall.
Living, Dining & Bedrooms
For living and bedroom areas carpet, wood or tiles are the
typical choices. Residential carpet is available in a wide range
of weights, textures, yarns and colours. Many of Jacobsen's
solution dyed nylon carpets are available with the same colour and
style in different weights, allowing for example, a more luxurious
feel underfoot in formal living areas and bedrooms, and the same
look in a lighter weight in rumpus rooms. For apartments and
terraced homes a textured carpet may be more
appropriate as there is more foot traffic over a smaller area, and
textured carpets wear better.
For apartments acoustics will also be a consideration. The NZ
Building Code requires an IIC of 55 between household units (read
the details of the Code requirements in our Acoustics
Knowledgebase article), with carpet as the only stated
Acceptable Solution (other flooring types can be used as
Alternative Solutions, if they can prove they meet IIC 55).
Wood and laminate
flooring are ideal for living and dining areas. Wood requires more
care and attention for day to day and regular maintenance.
Laminate is very easy care and its durability makes it most
suitable for families with young children and dogs.
Wood and laminate can be used for apartments, but will require
underlay to meet the IIC 55 code requirement.
Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) in a
wood-look plank, or stone-look tile is a very durable option as it
is relatively impervious to spills, easy to clean and requires
little regular maintenance.
LVT can also be used with an acoustic underlay to meet IIC 55 code
requirement for apartments.
Kitchen & Dining areas
Floor-coverings for kitchens need to be reasonably
resistant to spills and easy to clean.
Although wood and laminate can be used in kitchens, we don't
typically recommend it. Porcelain
tiles and luxury
vinyl tile are better options for most
Porcelain tiles look great and are
easy to clean, so are our recommended floor and wall solution for
residential bathrooms. Slip resistance isn't required for
residential bathrooms, so you can choose any style of floor tile
you like. Wall tiles come in many colours and textures
There's plenty to choose from, in all sorts of styles. For
help in selecting tiles for any area, check out our 'how to choose
Pools, Patios, Decks & Balconies
For outside areas on concrete pads, textured or
slip-resistant porcelain tiles should be
your number one choice. More cost-effective and easier to
maintain than stone, tiles are durable and look great year after
year. Many tiles are available with a non-slip finish,
although for single dwellings there is no requirement for this
under the NZ Building Code. For multi-dwellings slip
resistance requirements depend on public access. Find
out more about slip resistance requirements to comply
with the Building Code.
We can also offer raised tile
solutions for enclosed balconies and decks
requiring level access.
For more information on any of these products, or to discuss
your Residential specification, please contact your local Jacobsen
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