Why Epoxy Floors are the Best Option for Commercial Kitchens
Updated: Jun 16
There are many aspects of a commercial kitchen that need to be cared for to make sure everything goes smoothly. But, an easily overlooked aspect is the flooring. Good flooring isn't just nice to look at, it can help save your time and energy and keep your kitchen clean and functioning.
This blog will walk you through the most common issues commercial kitchen flooring has to face and why urethane cement flooring is the right upgrade.
Concrete Erosion in Commercial Kitchens
Commercial kitchens need to be extra cautious about concrete erosion. Due to spills, contact with acids and oils, and other wear and tear, concrete in a kitchen can very easily start eroding.
As an example, in a recent job at a bakery, their concrete floors started eroding due to yeast contamination. Yeast contamination can be a commonly occurring problem for commercial bakery floors because of the constant heating and cooling. When active yeast has both sugar and oxygen available to it, it 'breathes' by a process called aerobic respiration. This process is what causes the erosion.
Eroding concrete can be a major problem. It will make the floor harder to clean and maintain. It makes it more susceptible to damage over time. It can also lead to concrete dusting, which can be very dangerous for your employees and is something you absolutely cannot allow in the food.
Urethane Cement is Better than Epoxy Floors for Kitchens
For kitchen flooring, we often go with urethane cement rather than an epoxy system. While epoxy is great, it can't handle the thermal shock from extreme temperature differences that are typical for a commercial kitchen.
Urethane cement has great thermal shock resistance, strong abrasion resistance, and can stand up to chemical contact. Urethane cement boasts an adhesion rating of 300 pounds and results in sheering of the concrete substrate. Urethane cement is also virtually odorless, thereby removing any concerns with tainted food issues.
The real benefit of urethane cement is that it maintains a very similar expansion coefficient of concrete thereby causing it to expand and contract similarly to its bonding surface. This allows for superior thermal shock values that are so vital in the food processing industry.
Moreover, urethane cement typically cures for light traffic within 6 hours as opposed to epoxies owning a typical cure rate of 24-48 hours.
A Strong Finish with the Right Topcoat
Commercial kitchen flooring has to be completed quickly. Downtime is always costly, but especially so for commercial kitchens. A closed bakery can affect the community and restaurants that rely on it.
That's why a polyaspartic coating is ideal for this type of project. It's a quick curing topcoat that can both resist heavy traffic, wear, and chemical exposure.
The Benefits of a Cove Base for your Kitchen Floors
Urethane cement floors are often installed with a cove base, which results in a seamless floor that will both mitigate any bacteria concerns, as well as make cleaning quick and easy to maintain. The cove base keeps water from sitting and makes your kitchen
Click here to learn more information on why cove bases are important in the food industry and how it assists with FDA and USDA certification and approval.
For all the above reasons, we strongly suggest the use of epoxy flooring systems in commercial kitchens.
High Performance Systems offers expert commercial kitchen flooring contractors who are well versed in your commercial kitchen flooring needs.
If you have any questions or would like to know how our experts can bring this knowledge to your kitchen, please feel free to contact us.