Welcome to our shiny new Flooring Blog!

Here at Tom Gavin Tiles and Flooring, we can (and do!) talk about floors all day long. And we know that it can be a very tough decision to pick the right floor for your space, so we have set up our own blog! Here you can find all the frequently asked questions we get in the showroom, our current favourites and our best advice on how to pick your floor. Are we missing something? Let us know in the comments below!



What’s the best flooring type? Do I need underlay? What is semisolid flooring? ┬áCan I tile on top of existing tiles? Can Vinyl go on tiles? Whats a floating floor? All this and more answered in our comprehensive FAQ sections.


Laminate explained:

What is laminate flooring? Here in the blog we explain how laminate came to be, how useful it is and how to get the best kind for your project.


Laminate vs Vinyl: the ultimate showdown

-Heres our easy-to-follow breakdown of the main differences between laminate floors and Vinyl planks, and why you might want to choose one over the other…

AC ratings explained

Our cheat sheets on what you need to know about Abrasion Criteria, and how they can help you pick the perfect floor for your needs.


Solid, Semi-solid, engineered: the quick facts.

This is our quick guide to the different types of solid wood floors, how to spot the difference and how to pick the best option for your space!


Underlay Cheat sheet.

How do I know what underly to use where? This page can help you decide!





Specialist Consultation:

If you are thinking of getting a new floor or are unsure about any finishes, or have queries about installation? Call us or call down to the shop, we can sort it. Specialist appointments can also be booked to discuss any specific enquiries e.g. custom lacquering, commercial installations etc.. Call 021 437 4285 or fill out the contact form to make an appointment.

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