Specifications for retail usually focus on these requirements:

  • Durability

  • Style

  • Ease of cleaning to maintain the look


Porcelain tile


Porcelain tiles are the ultimate surface for durability, easy cleaning and great looks.  Available in a wide range of colours, textures and patterns, they can be selected to suit almost any retail theme.  However, because they are a hard surface, tiles can be less comfortable to walk on and don't provide the acoustic benefits that resilient surfaces can offer.


Wood & Laminate


Wood and laminate flooring both impart a natural look to retail spaces; with laminate now almost indistinguishable from wood in appearance, it's becoming a very popular choice.  Laminate is harder-wearing and more scratch resistant than real wood, but for some nothing beats real wood!  Both laminate and wood prefer not to be saturated when cleaning, so some care is required.  Wood will require ongoing regular surface maintenance to keep the lacquer in good condition. 


Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)


Instead of wood or laminate, consider Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT).  LVT imparts a realistic wood look (many people can't tell it's not real wood!), with a harder wearing surface and much simpler maintenance.


Cork and Rubber Flooring


Both Cork and Rubber offer a heavy duty, resilient surface underfoot.  Relatively plain in style, they can either blend with the space's aesthetic, or provide a brilliant pop of colour and texture to the floor.


Carpet Tiles


Carpet tiles provide a soft, resilient surface underfoot, imparting a friendly feel to a retail space.  They're also comfortable underfoot for staff who are standing all day.  Available in a wide range of colours, styles, textures and patterns, there's a carpet tile to suit every design scheme and they can easily be mixed and matched for borders, points of interest and to mark way-finding in a store.


When access is directly from outside, we strongly recommend the use of entrance matting.  This will protect the flooring from excessive wear from outside dirt, soak up water, and provide a slip resistant entry (as required for the NZ Building Code).  Click here to read more on slip resistance requirements.


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