When it comes to commercial kitchens, flooring plays a critical role. It’s a demanding area that needs to look great and perform at a high level. With pounding feet, constant exposure to grime, grinding equipment, and frequent spills, your kitchen floor, and the coatings that protect it, can end up being a valuable investment.
We’re here to help you understand the unique needs of a commercial kitchen floor and give you the resources you need to pick out longer-lasting, eye-catching flooring products. This kitchen flooring guide dives into the ins and outs of kitchen flooring and describes how to use floor coatings to get the most out of this critical piece of your business’s space.
Anyone who has been in the commercial food industry understands the crucial role of kitchen flooring. The space has unique needs that reach far beyond those of typical flooring. Here are a few reasons kitchen floors are especially demanding:
Commercial kitchen floors are exposed to erosive forces. When choosing the right floor coating, it’s important to account for the hazards that your floor is exposed to on a daily basis. Here are some common issues kitchen floors and coatings need to account for:
There may not be one type of flooring or coating that’s best for every commercial kitchen. Food service owners have different needs, unique demands, specific budgets, and other particulars that should match up with the final product. However, there are some important factors to consider when installing or upgrading a commercial kitchen floor:
The best epoxy floor coating for a commercial kitchen is one with high build and nonslip qualities. At the same time, it needs to be scratch-resistant and protect the floor from bacteria buildup. Also, it’s a good idea to install an integral cove base that is coated for a completely seamless surface.
Typically, the following three systems are the most reliable and popular choices for commercial kitchens: urethane concrete, Perdure HBE, and Perdure SLE.
Urethane concrete is easily the most popular option in commercial kitchens. This flooring system is a go-to for commercial kitchens because it’s extremely durable, it’s chemical-resistant, and it holds up to thermal shock.
Perdure UMC is one of the most reliable urethane concrete systems. It’s a three-component system, but it’s also possible to add a fourth component using a pigment pack or decorative quartz for aesthetic appeal. Here’s a deeper look at the three grades that make up the Perdure urethane concrete system:
For commercial kitchen owners on a tighter budget, Perdure HBE is another solid option. Although this option doesn’t include the thermal shock resistance of urethane concrete, it’s still nonslip and durable. Because it uses a high-build epoxy system, you can also add coatings to reinforce the floor even more. Here are some advantages to Perdure HBE:
Perdure SLE is another seamless flooring system that works well for commercial kitchens. This is an epoxy mortar system that can be topped with advanced coatings. Because it sets up as a dense material, it has strong chemical and abrasion resistance.
By adding a polyurethane or polyaspartic polyurea coating to Perdure SLE, you can also retain the floor’s gloss and add an extra layer of strength. Although Perdure SLE doesn’t have the thermal shock resistance of urethane, it’s another budget-friendly option for commercial kitchen owners. Here are some advantages to a self-leveling epoxy flooring system:
If you’re interested in installing your own commercial kitchen flooring, we have the resources to make your next project a success. Try our DIY kits to gain more control over your final flooring results at a lower cost.
If you need some direction on installing your commercial kitchen flooring, we can help there too. Watch one of our installation videos that map out everything you need to know to install long-lasting kitchen floors.
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