Food and Beverage Floor Contractor

Why Food Grade Epoxy Resin Flooring?

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A good food and beverage floor contractor can save your concern from unnecessary headaches. Having an experienced commercial kitchen floor contractor to discuss options and the benefit of knowing the pitfalls and benefits in advance are important in terms of meeting if not exceeding expectations. 

Back in the day, it was not at all uncommon to use quarry and ceramic, or even worse VCT tiling for food production facilities. Of course, these didn't compare to the ease of daily maintenance and long term life expectancy of urethane cement flooring. Tile of any sort presents a problem, as the seams are the perfect place to store all types of contaminates, and often require maintenance to include grinding out mortise joints, refilling and in the instance of VCT regular cleaning and waxing.

Resinous flooring is seamless removing the possibility of trapping bacteria, furthermore with trowel applied radius coving it will minimizes any concerns for saturation at the edges. This feature also makes maintaining the jointure between wall and floor clean and neat.  The other benefit is this flooring systems ability to customize slip resistance to meet your operations needs. 

Differences Between Epoxy Flooring and Urethane Cement Flooring

Many contractors prefer to use epoxy flooring systems in food and beverage facilities because it does have an extended pot life or more working time. While it does make for easier installation it is not necessarily in the best interest of the client, unless there operation is a dry process. Epoxy does offer the benefit of increased compressive strength, but this consideration is not typically one that matters in food service flooring. Remember your concrete substrate is likely 3,000 to 4,000 compressive strength. Whereas epoxy typically has a rating of on or about 12,000 pounds of compressive strength and urethane cement typically on or about 7,000 pounds.

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The principle reason urethane cement is the preferred flooring system in food service is it's thermal shock value, or similar expansion coefficient, meaning it expand and contracts very much the same as concrete making dis-bonding unlikely. Hence a longer lasting commercial kitchen flooring system.

The Value of an Expert Food and Beverage Floor Contractor

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As previously mentioned, in most cases urethane cement flooring is the system of choice where food and beverage flooring is concerned. That knowledge amongst other issues is one of the many benefits of hiring the right contractor for your next food service flooring project.

Other factors, that are affected by your choice of epoxy flooring company would include; the foresight to see any potential unique concerns your facility has and how to best deal with them.

For instance, where is coving  necessary? What non slip texture is ideal for your operations? What color will most benefit your company in terms of staining and aesthetic benefit? What thickness would be required for your traffic and machinery level?

High Performance Systems has been installing food and beverage flooring for over three decades, and along the way have collected many cost saving and ROI benefits that we would like to share with you and how we can best serve your needs.

We certainly hope to hear from you before deciding on your next floor or food and beverage flooring contractor, give us a call today to discuss.