Bars, Cafes & Restaurants

Specifications for bars, cafes, restaurants and fast food outlets usually focus on these requirements:

  • Style

  • Durability

  • Ease of cleaning




Specification in bathrooms is budget dependent: smooth Tarkett vinyl is typically used as a cost-effective option, while porcelain tiles are usually more expensive.  Both options are hard-wearing, and safe underfoot (as commercial bathrooms are not typically a wet-area, they don't require a non-slip surface).  If the floors are tiled, the walls are often included - to ceiling height or a high dado level, either in the same tile as the floor, or a plain white.  To create interest a feature wall may be used.   Note that under the NZ Building Code bathroom floors don't need to be slip-resistant to AS/NZS 4586 (read more detail on the code requirements).


Commercial kitchens


The 2017 update to the NZ Building Code has clarified the requirements for commercial kitchens and now stipulates a R12 surface is required.  We have one vinyl range that meets this requirement - Safetred Universal Plus.  Note we can access porcelain tiles to meet this requirement, but don't currently stock any.  With a R12 surface you do need to pay careful attention to keeping it clean - the floor will need to be regularly washed with either a machine brush or manual brush to prevent the build-up of fatty deposits rendering the non-slip surface smooth. 


Dining area - floors

tiles dining

The very best choice for dining floors is porcelain tiles.  Scratch resistant, dent resistant, fade resistant, tiles are almost indestructible and stay looking great with minimal maintenance for years.  There are a huge range of tiles to choose from, with popular patterns including stone and wood-looks, and styles from traditional to modern.


Although wood flooring is also popular for use on dining floors we don't recommend our wood flooring for this application, as we don't think it's the most practical choice - wood is easily scratched and dented, can be fussy to clean, and dislikes spills of liquid.  For busy dining areas Pergo laminate may be a good 'wood-look' choice, particularly in the long 2050mm length, but it is also sensitive to spills and requires a careful maintenance programme to stay looking good.


Instead of wood flooring, consider luxury vinyl tile.  LVT has evolved significantly from the original product that was imported into NZ, and now features a much more realistic wood look and texture.  It is quick, easy and cost-effective to install, very durable for heavy foot traffic, looks great (much of the general public won't be able to tell it's not wood!) and importantly, is extremely easy to maintain.


Dining area - feature walls


Bar fronts and bar backs are often installed in eye-catching designs, usually tiled, but occasionally in wood (eg. Columbus Cafes use Pergo wood flooring as wall panelling with great effect).  If you know the look you're after, contact one of our product experts to see if we can source it for you.  For inspiration, browse our wall tile range.


For more information on any of these products, or to discuss your Hospitality specification, please contact your local Jacobsen expert.