Apartments & Houses

Specifications for residential have fairly simple requirements:

  • Style

  • 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 an acoustic 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 kitchens.




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 tiles' guide.


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 expert.