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The Best Commercial Kitchen Flooring

 

 

 

Commercial Kitchen Flooring That Lasts

Commercial kitchen flooring takes a daily beating from spills, impacts, heavy loads, and harsh chemicals. In addition, porous flooring, such as grout and tile flooring, can allow liquids to seep through to the substrate, which causes damage and is a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and mildew.

Seamless commercial kitchen flooring such as ArmourFlo epoxy or urethane cement flooring eliminates the opportunity for bacteria, mold, and mildew to grow while staying incredibly durable and easy to sanitize.

ArmourFlo has installed many commercial kitchen floors for restaurants and other facilities that must adhere to strict USDA, OSHA and FDA guidelines. As a result, our flooring is a go-to choice for meeting the highest health and safety standards and saves companies money due to minimal maintenance needed in the long term. ArmourFlo flooring is ideal for food and beverage areas such as:

Here’s Why businesses choose ArmourFlo commercial kitchen flooring:

  1. Certified ArmourFlo flooring specialists use industry-leading commercial flooring materials. Our experts have the experience and knowledge to correctly use the best materials for installing kitchen flooring.
  2. ArmourFlo floor experts in Louisville ensure you maintain a sanitary, hygienic kitchen environment for your business and industry. Now, more than ever, restaurants and food processing environments have to achieve the highest levels of safety and wellness. Flooring includes proper slope and coving to be easily cleaned and quickly sanitized with minimal interference or downtime. 
  3. Louisville foodservice businesses know that food preparation and processing exposes their kitchen flooring to thorough washing, hot spills, and harsh cleaners. Our epoxy and urethane cement floors can withstand heat up to 200 degrees F., making them the best choice for maximum thermal shock resistance.
  4. Harsh chemical cleaners and degreasers will not affect the excellent chemical resistance of ArmourFlo floors. Our protective coatings last years and can be conveniently reapplied when necessary to keep your commercial kitchen floor in top condition.
  5. Slip-resistance, a top safety concern for our commercial customers, keeps employees safe. Choices include light to aggressive texture, customized according to each business’s needs. Waitstaff, cooks, and other employees can move quickly in and out of the kitchen, while the seamless surface allows for easy sanitizing.
  6. ArmourFlo commercial kitchen floors in Louisville provide heavy-duty durability to withstand heavy foot traffic, abuse from dollies, carts, equipment, hot oil exposure, and spills. Our epoxy and urethane cement flooring offers superior impact and abrasion resistance.
  7. Low Odor Application of epoxy and urethane cement flooring avoids strong solvent odors creating issues for customers and staff in operational areas. ArmourFlo flooring provides low odor and quick application solutions.
  8. ArmourFlo floors are a custom, attractive solution. A restaurant floor needs to be visually appealing as well, and our custom solutions offer a variety of colors and blends to create a more aesthetically appealing commercial kitchen floor.
  9. ArmourFlo epoxy and urethane cement floors provide exceptional moisture resistance. In commercial kitchens, moisture comes from sources within the kitchen itself and moisture vapor transmission from the concrete below. 
  10. ArmourFlo specialists install the correct floor sloping and water drainage for commercial kitchens. Trowel applied Water Based Cement Urethane Mortar formulations are available for use when there is a need to pitch the kitchen floor toward a drain. Sloped flooring can help prevent pooling water and allow easier cleaning in commercial kitchen areas.
  11. Easy repair with zero to minimal shutdown time. Quick repairs are sometimes necessary on restaurant and commercial kitchen floors, which can be conveniently installed without disrupting operations.
  12. ArmourFlo urethane cement systems can be installed in wet and cold environments. Due to the lack of temperature restrictions for urethane cement, we provide this flooring for walk-in coolers and freezers with zero to minimal inconvenience to your operations.

Are you looking to install a commercial kitchen floor? Contact ArmourFlo today to discuss your needs and schedule an in-person quote.

 

 

 

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.

commercial kitchen floor Louisville Biscuit Belly Restaurant
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.