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Industrial Flooring Guide

 

 

 

Importance of Craft, Quality, and Knowledge in Industrial Flooring

Due to industrial flooring requirements, it’s essential to use certified and experienced industrial floor installers with technical expertise, and who work with the best products the industry has to offer. Industrial flooring specialists are craftsmen, and they use state-of-the-art equipment and floor tooling to exceed the highest standards. They should be certified with multiple manufacturers of premium products and knowledge to create and install long-lasting custom floors that come with a warranty. Solutions can be as versatile and unique as your production facility, equipment, processes, and outputs. Industrial floors provide compressive strength, chemical resistance, and a wide range of thermal shock protection capabilities that meet USDAFDACFIA, and OSHA standards. Your industrial floor expert must take the time to discuss your requirements in detail and then explain the benefits and drawbacks of multiple products and manufacturers. Look for these performance qualities in industrial floor coatings: 

abrasion-resistant

impact-resistant

chip/flake resistant

corrosion-resistant

anti-slip

antibacterial

antimicrobial

antistatic

hygienic

long-lasting 

An experienced, certified industrial flooring specialist will help you decide on the best solution by evaluating your facility and requirements and installing a floor that provides you with exceptional long-term performance and value. 

Materials for Heavy-Duty Use

Floor coating systems vary according to the specific requirements of each facility, but they fall mainly into these categories.

Epoxy

Epoxy is a resin comprised of 1- part epoxide resin and 1-part polyamine hardener. During the application process, the epoxy cures for a minimum of 24 hours. Once cured, epoxy flooring produces polymer structures that give it tremendous strength and lasting durability. This type of floor coating is non-porous and installed for high impact facilities where optimum performance is the top priority. Highly resistant to chemical spills and abrasion, epoxy floor systems are often used with decorative chips or colored sands to achieve an infinite array of color schemes or patterns. 

Epoxy floor coatings are much more challenging to install than home DIY kits and require a professional coatings installer with experience in the industry. There is a vast difference between epoxy paint and an actual industrial-strength epoxy coating. Epoxy paint (for the DIY consumer) is essentially latex paint with a small amount of added epoxy for increased durability. This product is best left for light-duty, light-traffic home projects, and is never an appropriate choice in industrial settings. Most industrial coatings products are 100% solids and are a multi-component resin system with a short pot life. They require technical expertise during the floor preparation, mixing, and application process. The result is a stunning, high-performance, seamless floor that is hygienic, durable, and easy to clean. 

There is a wide variety of specialty epoxy coatings to produce a custom flooring solution at your facility. You will find epoxy floor systems in just about every industry due to their superior benefits. Your professional floor coating installer can design your epoxy floor to be skid resistant, hygienic, electrostatic dissipative and conductive, and much more, depending upon your requirements.

Epoxy & Urethane 

Epoxy and urethane floors have an additional urethane layer on the top surface that is seamless and acts as a seal to resist moisture and heat. Epoxy and urethane floor systems are a common industrial flooring solution for the food and beverage industry.

Urethane Cement 

Urethane cement is a combination of a polymer binder (urethane) and fillers (cement and aggregate). Polymer concrete is another name for urethane Cement, and this floor coating system can be self- leveling, roller applied, or trowel applied. Urethane cement coating systems are well known for their chemical and temperature resistance and tolerate high moisture, which allows them to be installed directly onto concrete. They provide wear-resistant, durable, and seamless floor finishes that are easy to clean. Urethane cement flooring systems are ideal for the demanding service conditions in the food and beverage industries, industrial, pharmaceutical, and healthcare environments. 

Polyaspartic

Polyaspartic coatings are a relatively new technology for concrete floor coatings. Initially developed in the 1990s to protect steel from corrosion, they are now being used to protect industrial facilities’ concrete floors. , Polyaspartic coating systems were initially developed with low VOC, and today they are low or zero VOC.  

Polyaspartic coatings possess nearly identical properties as the best two-component aliphatic polyurethane coatings. They are long-wearing and abrasion, scratch, chemical, UV, and impact resistant. In contrast to epoxies and polyurethanes, polyaspartic coatings provide faster drying time, and the high film builds, allowing for a much quicker return to service. They also resist stains and slightly higher temperatures than other types of coatings.  

On-Call, Superior Servicing

Servicing is the most critical aspect of your epoxy or polyurethane industrial flooring solution. If something goes wrong during the install—if the floor preparation is incorrect, if mixes are inaccurate, or coatings improperly cured between coats—your floor and its longevity will be compromised. Knowledgable industrial floor specialists control the process and provide a consistently superior installation on every project. Due to the costs and inconvenience of shutdown time, specialists need to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. They must have the labor and materials available at a moment’s notice, so you never have to wait for them. Experienced industrial flooring experts will be ready to work around the clock during planned shutdowns and respond within 24 hours to flooring project requests due to unforeseen facility emergencies or greenlighted projects. A successful project will use flooring experts ready at a moment’s notice that work with industry-leading products and that have technical expertise along with substantial experience to produce a custom flooring solution that endures.

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10 Tips To Get The Best Commercial Kitchen Floor

Make Your Floor A State Of The Art Surface For Health & Safety

Commercial kitchen flooring takes on daily punishment from heat, grease, and constant washing with high-temperature water and chemicals. When hot oils spill or metal pots and pans hit the floor, they weaken the flooring surface and create chips or cracks where bacteria can live and breed, especially in weak quarry tile with old moldy grout lines. You will need a flooring surface that is anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, non-porous, and seamless to prevent leaks and eliminate standing water. Our ten tips guide you to the best flooring solution so that your new floor becomes a state of the art surface for health and safety.

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ArmourFlo urethane cement commercial kitchen floor at Biscuit Belly Restaurant in Louisville, KY.

  1. Eliminate Seams in the Floor

The USDA heavily regulates commercial kitchens and holds them to the highest standards of cleanliness. USDA inspectors hate to see grout lines, cracks, and any separation between the floor and the substrate where food particles will land. Seamless flooring solutions such as urethane cement flooring or food-grade epoxy flooring eliminate the need for grout lines and prevent areas for bacteria to grow.

  1. Prepare for Chemical and Thermal Attacks

Design and apply your food and beverage commercial flooring to withstand chemical and thermal attacks. A urethane cement floor, for example, bonds deep into the substrate below by seeping into the cement’s pores to create a mechanical bond that will last the life of the kitchen. A urethane cement floor is one of the best commercial flooring options because it offers resistance, durability, versatility, and strength. It holds up against strong acid and caustic cleaners without being damaged. Food grade epoxy flooring is another excellent option because once it cures, it produces polymer structures that give it tremendous non-porous strength and lasting durability.

  1. Ensure the Surface is Non-Slip

The wet and greasy conditions of commercial kitchen and food service flooring can make staff prone to slips and falls. An industrial kitchen floor produces polymer structures that can be manipulated by your installer for excellent slip-resistance and safety.  

  1. Install Proper Flash Coving and Slope for Drainage

Install restaurant and other commercial kitchen floorings with flash coving and proper slope. Flash coving should be installed 4 to 8 inches up the wall, which creates a bathtub effect and protects the rest of the space in the building from potential floods and water damage. Proper slope built in the floor to the drains is critical to remove any standing water in the kitchen, which can splash clean surfaces and contaminate food.

  1. Receive Ongoing Quality Control for Your Commercial Floor

As a commercial flooring contractor, we offer ongoing quality control of the floor coating that we install. For example, if ArmourFlo specialists find a chip or a crack on the floor, we will quickly repair it, saving the kitchen’s costly shutdown. 

  1. Follow the USDA, FDA, CFIA, and OSHA Guidelines for Food Grade Flooring

Commercial flooring provides compressive strength, chemical resistance, and a wide range of thermal shock protection capabilities that meet USDAFDACFIA, and OSHA standards. 

  1. Use An Experienced, Certified Commercial Kitchen Flooring Company

Commercial kitchen flooring contractors should use state-of-the-art equipment and floor tooling to exceed the highest standards. They should be certified with multiple manufacturers of premium products and knowledge to create and install long-lasting custom floors that come with a warranty, whether it’s for food production, food processing, a restaurant, a brewery, or an industrial kitchen.

  1. Minimize Shutdown Time for Installation

A successful project will use flooring experts ready at a moment’s notice that work with industry-leading products and have the technical expertise and substantial experience to produce a custom flooring solution that endures. A floor such as a seamless, hygienic urethane cement floor installs quickly over bacteria-ridden quarry tile, VCT, and cement. Experienced food and beverage flooring experts will be ready to work around the clock during planned shutdowns and respond within 24 hours to flooring project requests due to unforeseen facility emergencies or green-lighted projects.

  1. Reduce Environmental Impact

Microbials can develop in grout lines, cracks, and any separation between the floor and the substrate where food particles land, which creates mold, terrible odors, and contaminants that are impossible to eliminate without using dangerous chemicals. Experienced, food-grade epoxy flooring installers can formulate floor coatings that meet LEED requirements for VOC limits with no heavy metals. This type of floor coatings provide a seamless “green” solution, eliminates installation cut-off waste of tiles, and avoids the need for harsh cleaning chemicals.

  1. Test and Treat the Underlying Cement Floor

Before applying a floor coating, patch, and repair all major cracks and chips in the existing concrete surface and remove all grease. If the concrete is old, test the surface for previous epoxy layers or other products applied over the years. Food-grade flooring installation requires precision and patience. The best floor contractors make sure the temperature, humidity, and application are ideal for excellent results.

 

Each Flooring Project Is Unique

Every flooring project presents unique challenges that call for precise flooring solutions. These tips will make you more informed so that you install a new commercial kitchen floor properly. Overall, a seamless floor is ideal in the food and beverage industry. A food-grade epoxy or urethane cement floor can be installed directly over concrete causing installation costs to be quite a bit lower than other alternatives. 

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