Choosing Commercial Kitchen Flooring
If you’re in the process of choosing commercial kitchen flooring, there are certain factors to consider for your needs. In this post we discuss your floor coating needs to guide you to the best commercial kitchen floor solution.
Concrete Floor Protection
You want to protect the concrete substrate. The harsh conditions on commercial kitchen flooring can easily deteriorate it if it is not professionally protected. Weak protection can cause issues such as cracking, peeling, and bubbling, which present safety hazards.
A professional floor coating installation provides long-term protection against deterioration and will withstand heavy foot traffic and any vehicles you have operating in the facility. Our industry-leading flooring products can be customized to your performance standards and support large mobile machinery like forklifts. We offer high-performance, engineered flooring solutions that prevent wear and tear and reduce your long-term costs for repair and renovations, which can cause operational bottlenecks.
Kitchen Floor Traction
As we mentioned earlier, commercial kitchens get exposed to harsh conditions, one of which is moisture due to spills and cleaning. It would be best if you had proper traction in a wet environment so that your employees and equipment remain safe during a continual flow of pedestrian traffic and vehicular activity.
You will need a safe commercial kitchen flooring surface for your workers to stand and walk, even when wet, so that you avoid any minor accidents. We have a large variety of non-slip options which we can customize for your kitchen environment. Even when a commercial kitchen floor appears slick and shiny, it can provide fantastic traction – even when it’s wet. A professionally installed non-slip surface prevents spills from impeding production and employee safety.
Thermal Stress Resistance
When you’re choosing commercial kitchen flooring remember that it can be exposed to extreme temperature fluctuations, so you likely need flooring that resists thermal stress, especially in cold climates. Flooring will naturally expand and contract as temperatures change. In a hot kitchen, some flooring can move at a different rate than its substrate, resulting in thermal shock, which can cause the flooring to crack, bubble, come apart, or wear down.
Our specially formulated coatings can be customized to provide extreme durability in the harshest environment and avoid a costly shutdown due to repair. We use engineered coatings specifically made to prevent delamination from thermal shock. For instance, when a cool floor coating is impacted by a hot pressure wash or a hot grease spill, the bond between the coating and the floor is the weakest point. Our industry-leading Elite Crete Coatings are specifically designed to expand and contract at a rate close enough to concrete to prevent thermal shock.
The USDA heavily regulates commercial kitchens and holds them to the highest standards of cleanliness, which means your environment should be as hygienically clean as possible. Inspectors frown upon grout lines, cracks, and any separation between the floor and the substrate, where microbes can grow into mold, terrible odors, and contaminants. Once the bacteria begin to breed, it is impossible to get rid of them without using dangerous chemicals.
Many of our customers choosing commercial kitchen flooring require customized flooring systems that handle spills and runoff without harboring any microbes or other contaminants that could ruin products. An ArmourFlo installed seamless floor surface remains inhospitable to microorganisms. You can also get custom, enhanced formulations for additional antibiotic properties to reinforce the protective barriers.
Easy Floor Cleaning
Out of all the surfaces in an eating establishment, one of the most vulnerable to dirt and grease buildup is the kitchen floor. Spills and other accidents will be common in a commercial kitchen environment, so your floor needs to be well-maintained and cleaning it should be as efficient as possible. Often, staff can be ill-equipped and undertrained in kitchen floor maintenance, which makes an easy cleaning process vital to maintain cleanliness and meet industry standards.
Our installed engineered coatings create a single, smooth, wall-to-wall surface that makes cleanup and sanitization easier than many other floor systems. Other floor systems, such as tile with grout, can be cumbersome to clean and lead to ineffective cleaning. Failing to clean your floors properly puts your staff at risk, including yourself and your customers. Plus, our kitchen floor systems can be customized to withstand chemical resistance and thermal shock absorbency common in intense cleansers and clean-room environments. ArmourFlo seamless flooring makes daily sanitation and maintenance easier for your staff and improves your hygienic environment.
Receive A Custom Floor Solution
Consult with an ArmourFlo flooring specialist to determine your specific flooring needs. We will guide you to the best solution so that you have a long-lasting floor that remains hygienic and safe for you and your employees.