Polyurethane Flooring NJ
Project Overview: Polyurethane Kitchen Flooring Installation
Existing Condition: Like many restaurants, this kitchen had a tile floor that had begun chipping. Tile is very hard and brittle so it is very susceptible to chipping and breaking, especially when it is exposed to rapid temperature changes. Furthermore, the grout can harbor bacteria that can proliferate throughout a kitchen. Our client also asked us to specify a flooring system that would make their clean up easier and increase worker safety. By installing our one of a kind polyurethane flooring NJ system this restaurant kitchen would not need to worry about their floor being damaged from dropped objects, employees slipping, or bacteria growth while cutting down on cleanup time.
Surface Preparation: The entire floor needed to be diamond ground to create a profile so that the material would mechanically bond to the substrate. To make sure every inch of the floor had a profile we edged all wall to floor joints and drains using hand grinders. The next step was to install keyways at all termination points by saw cutting to ¼” depth and tapering it back 4”. The keyways are created to prevent any elevation changes in the floor. Any loose tile was removed and patched using a urethane cement mortar so that the whole floor would be pitched to the drains and be completely seamless. The last step was vacuuming up any dust and debris so that when the material is applied every bit of it is bonding to the substrate.
Products Installed: For the base coat a Fastop SL ⅛” cement urethane slurry system was used and a 40/60 mesh silica was broadcasted for texture to ensure traction and a safe work environment. Once the material cured the excess silica was swept up and then the floor was inspected for blemishes. Any blemishes that were found were removed using a carborundum stone. After that, the radial cove base was installed to a 4” height and ¾” radius. The cove base was essential for maintaining a hygienic environment and making cleanup a breeze. The final step was applying a top coat of clear polyaspartic.
The product chosen was General Polymers 4850 because it is designed to withstand scratching, abrasion, chemicals, moderate impacts, punctures, and stains while still providing the same level of chemical resistance as most urethane topcoats. The application of GP 4850 is simple because it is self-leveling so it minimizes the potential for roller marks and creates a uniform, smooth finish - even on large floors.
Conclusion: By the end of the project, this restaurant kitchen had a fully seamless polyurethane flooring system that met all of their specifications and adhered to all stringent restaurant regulations. The floor had enough texture to prevent slipping while not having so much that it would make cleanup difficult. To learn more about this and similar projects give us a call at 800-928-7220.