Buying Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is an affordable, modern design solution

Vinyl flooring has come a long way since the lino flooring of 1960s New Zealand and is now enjoying a renaissance. Investment in new technology and product innovation have resulted in improved water, stain and slip resistance, durability and functionality, making vinyl flooring the smart choice for residential and commercial floors.

The pros and cons of different types of vinyl flooring

Vinyl flooring is available in a variety of styles including those which replicate the appearance of ceramic and stone tiles, or the natural beauty of much more expensive hardwood.

Plain look vinyl offers a sleek, contemporary appearance and can be combined to create a bespoke flooring design concept.

Acoustic-backed vinyl tiles provide enhanced sound insulation and comfort underfoot and are ideal for residential and commercial spaces requiring noise reduction.

At Flooring Express Tauranga, Craig can help you choose the best linoleum flooring options to meet your needs. From luxury vinyl sheet, vinyl plank flooring, vinyl floor tiles and commercial vinyl, there’s a lino flooring product to meet every taste and budget.

Craig explains the pros and cons of each vinyl flooring product below:

Vinyl sheet

Vinyl sheet flooring provides a seamless and waterproof surface, making it an ideal choice for high-moisture areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. With its easy maintenance and affordability, vinyl sheet flooring is a popular option for homeowners seeking practicality and style.


  • Seamless and waterproof surface
  • Easy maintenance
  • Affordable option
  • Suitable for high-moisture areas
  • Wide range of designs available


  • May require professional installation for optimal results
  • Limited design flexibility compared to other types

Vinyl plank flooring

Vinyl plank replicates the look and feel of natural hardwood with added durability and water resistance. Available in a variety of wood-look finishes, vinyl plank flooring is perfect for achieving the warmth and elegance of hardwood floors without the maintenance requirements. Ideal for living rooms, bedrooms and commercial spaces seeking a sophisticated, long-lasting flooring solution.


  • Replicates the look and feel of natural hardwood
  • Durable and water-resistant
  • Easy installation
  • Suitable for high-traffic areas
  • Wide range of wood-look finishes available


  • May show scratches and dents over time
  • Limited temperature tolerance compared to other types

Hybrid or SPC flooring

 Hybrid flooring or SPC flooring combines the best qualities of vinyl and laminate, offering superior durability, water resistance, and stability. With its innovative construction, SPC flooring is perfect for high-traffic areas and commercial spaces requiring maximum performance and style. Whether you’re renovating your home or designing a commercial property, spc flooring provides the perfect balance of beauty and functionality.


  • Combines the best qualities of vinyl and laminate
  • Superior durability and stability
  • Waterproof and suitable for high-moisture areas
  • Easy maintenance
  • Wide range of designs available


  • Higher cost compared to other types of vinyl flooring
  • Limited styles and colours

Choosing the perfect grade of vinyl flooring

When buying vinyl flooring the grade indicates its suitability for a variety of applications.

Residential grade vinyl flooring

Offers moderate durability and performance and is suitable for low to moderate traffic areas.

Semi-commercial grade vinyl flooring

Provides enhanced durability and performance and is suitable for light commercial use and heavy residential use in small offices and rental properties.

Full commercial grade vinyl flooring

Offers superior durability and performance and is designed for heavy commercial use. Suitable for high-traffic areas such as retail stores, restaurants, and healthcare facilities

Safety commercial grade vinyl flooring

Meets strict safety standards for wet areas and is designed for commercial spaces requiring slip resistance and safety features. Ideal for healthcare facilities, schools, and public buildings.


Tauranga stockists of all the leading vinyl floor brands

You can buy all of these vinyl flooring brands from the Flooring Express Gate Pa flooring studio in Tauranga:

Godfrey Hirst vinyl plank, vinyl sheet and hybrid

Godfrey Hirst vinyl planks and vinyl sheet are synonymous with superior quality, durability and style. With a wide range of designs and textures to choose from, Godfrey Hirst vinyl planks and sheet add elegance and sophistication to any interior space. From the wood grain texture of
Aaria DS vinyl planks to Mackenzie vinyl sheet tile designs, Godfrey Hirst vinyl floors offer the beauty of natural materials with the versatility and affordability of vinyl for residential and commercial applications alike.
Choose from:

Godfrey Hirst vinyl sheet

Godfrey Hirst vinyl plank

Godfrey Hirst hybrid

Belgotex vinyl flooring

Belgotex vinyl flooring combines innovation and sustainability to create flooring solutions that stand the test of time. With its commitment to quality and design excellence, Belgotex vinyl flooring offers unmatched performance and style for residential and semi-commercial projects. From the fun and funky Belgotex Bubblegum vinyl sheet range to the unmatched performance of Belgotex Amtico First luxury vinyl tiles, Belgotex vinyl flooring caters to every taste and preference.

Polyflor vinyl stockists Tauranga

Polyflor vinyl flooring is known for its durability, resilience and aesthetic appeal. With a focus on commercial grade sheet vinyl flooring, Polyflor vinyl offers a wide range of colours, patterns and grades to suit your flooring needs. From the heavy-duty, safety-compliant Polysafe Apex vinyl sheet to the polyurethane re-inforced Polyflor 2000 PUR, Polyflor vinyl flooring provides the perfect combination of style and performance.

Jacobsen vinyl flooring Tauranga

 Jacobsen vinyl flooring, which also comes under the Tarkett flooring NZ brand is a range of commercial grade vinyl sheet available in plain colours and timber-look. Tarkett Granit Multisafe is the ultimate in floor safety products, with an anti-slip studded grip to protect against slips and falls, it’s perfect in healthcare settings and schools. If you need sound reduction in heavy traffic areas,  Tarkett Traffic 250 is a semi-commercial vinyl flooring range we’d recommend.

Visit the Flooring Express Gate Pa Flooring Store


Visit the Flooring Express Gate Pa flooring store in Tauranga to explore the full range of vinyl floor products available.

Craig is ready to assist you in finding the perfect vinyl flooring solution for your project.