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 3661 (click here to read more detail on the code requirements).


Commercial kitchens

There is much confusion around what sort of flooring surface a commercial kitchen requires.  Does it need to be non-slip?  Or does it need to be smooth for easy cleaning?  Our recommendation is a balance of the two - most of our smooth vinyls pass NZ slip standards, so provide a non-slip, easy clean surface.  This can be supplemented by non-slip mats in areas that often become slippery.  If a safety vinyl (Granit Safe.T and Primo Safe.T are the most suitable) is selected, then commitment to the correct maintenance routine is absolutely essential - the floor will need to be regularly scrubbed with either a machine brush or manual brush to prevent the build-up of fatty deposits rendering the non-slip surface smooth.   We know this can be a tricky area to specify correctly, and it is often situation dependent, so please don't hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss the options.


Dining area - floors

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 WoodWorks 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 less 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 and looks great (much of the general public won't be able to tell it's not wood!)


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 WoodWorks 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.