5 Reasons Epoxy Flooring is the Best Option for Any Restaurant

 5 Reasons Epoxy Flooring is the Best Option for Any Restaurant

There are so many options today when it comes to flooring choices for your commercial kitchen, that it can be difficult to decide what is the best option. It’s best to prioritize what you wish to get out of a certain type of flooring option. There’s a lot of criteria that need to be assessed when choosing your kitchen flooring, including a budget, aesthetics, performance requirements, cleanability, the downtime required, etc. The clear winner of flooring options is epoxy coating.

 

 

Kitchen flooring can be a little bit tricky as this is something that will affect your business on a day to day basis. With so many flooring options currently available in the market, it can be overwhelming to know which one is best for your commercial kitchen. 

 

 

Some things to consider are a durable material that is stain resistant, moisture resistant, and most importantly, easy to clean and maintain. Your commercial flooring must always comply with local health requirements, so sanitation is the most important thing that you have to consider, and the right flooring can help ensure that your sanitary needs will be met. If your commercial kitchen is visible to your pubic clientele, then you also want to make sure to consider choosing your flooring design to be aesthetically pleasing.

 

When taking all this into consideration, we believe epoxy flooring is the best flooring option for your commercial kitchen, and here are five reasons why:

 

It Has Extreme Durability

You may be surprised to know that epoxy flooring is seven times stronger than concrete flooring. If your commercial kitchen has a concrete floor, we would suggest adding an epoxy coating on top of it to make it more durable. Concrete floors are a classic, but they are porous. Consider adding an epoxy coating to make your flooring a non-porous surface to prevent liquids from penetrating the concrete and to stop it from dusting.

 

 

Epoxy is better equipped to handle any potential chemical spills or acids as opposed to concrete floors. Because customers are likely to see your commercial kitchen, epoxy will add peace of mind knowing that the appearance of the floor won’t be damaged or discolored by any spills. An unappealing floor will leave a poor impression on your guests and employees.

 

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It’s Aesthetically Pleasing

Due to it’s incredible versatility, epoxy is pleasing to the eye. You can completely customize your commercial kitchen flooring to your liking. There are various patterns, colors, and designs to choose from. You can even color code your flooring to create separate work zones that have different purposes for the kitchen.

 

 

Epoxy flooring also improves work morale. Due to it’s beautiful appearance and ability to increase room brightness by 200%, your employees will be more uplifted and excited to work. A dull, dimly lit room often decreases employee motivation. The increased brightness will also be appreciated by your customers. Bright environments will make your commercial kitchen look that much more clean and impressive.

 

Easy Installation and Maintenance

Epoxy is quick and easy to install, but definitely not a DIY (do it yourself) project. Hire a professional to ensure your flooring will be installed properly and in a timely manner so you can get back to serving your guests. Due to its simple installation, epoxy is the most cost-effective flooring option.

 

 

Epoxy floor coatings are meant to handle heavy traffic and will help protect the initial flooring underneath. Its scratch-resistance surface will keep your floors presentable for many years. With little to no maintenance and up-keep costs, epoxy flooring is the best bang for your buck.

 

Safe and Hygienic 

Employee safety is number one at any establishment. You can be proactive by choosing the right flooring and greatly reduce any potential safety violations. This type of floor coating is slip-resistant, fire-resistant, and heat-resistant, making it the perfect option for your commercial kitchen flooring. 

 

 

Epoxy has a smooth, seamless surface, making it hygienic. It’s essential to have your restaurant meeting USDA and FDA regulations by being as hygienic as possible, and epoxy makes it that much easier. Having color-coded work stations will also increase safety in the workplace.

 

Allergen and Environmentally Friendly

This floor coating poses no threat to the environment. Epoxy is a great option for those looking to be more mindful of the environment. Plus, consumers are more aware of their environmental impact and prefer spending their money at establishments that use green products.

 

 

Epoxy is also allergen-friendly! Since epoxy coats the concrete, it provides a lower level of dust and other allergens. If any of your customers or employees suffer from allergies, they will be less likely to be affected when inside your establishment.

 

 

Urethane Cement

 

In case you’re still unsure whether you should apply epoxy flooring to your commercial kitchen, we have one more option for you to consider: urethane cement. Like our ThermalCrete coating, is another excellent option for commercial kitchens. Typically applied at a ¼” thickness this is a heavy-duty option that may be overkill in some lighter duty commercial kitchens. This system was designed for use in food and beverage manufacturing facilities and is extremely tough and durable. 

 

 

The main advantage it has over epoxy is its ability to handle thermal shock in areas where hot liquids are coming into contact with the floor on a regular basis. Urethane cement also has a more industrial look and a matte finish which may not be desired in all commercial kitchens.

 

Takeaway


 

Epoxy is an extremely common type of flooring system used for commercial kitchens and comes especially handy for the purpose of refinishing old kitchen floors to create completely newly sealed surfaces.

 

What is great about epoxy is that its application creates a seamless and highly sanitary kitchen floor. The application of epoxy flooring constitutes using epoxy resins and colorant, together additives facilitate in creating a textured, slip-resistant floor. This is exactly what you want when it comes to commercial kitchen flooring. Common additives that are used with epoxy are silica sand which helps build up the floor dissipate heat.

 

 

Another advantage of using epoxy for commercial kitchen flooring is that since the application of applying epoxy creates a system of layering, you will be able to create a thick flooring substance that can be coved up the kitchen walls, shedding water away from kitchen corners and towards the drains. This strong base can help to create a seamless transition between the kitchen floor and the kitchen wall.

 

 

Epoxy flooring is definitely one of the best types of flooring for a commercial kitchen, which is why it is also on the very top of our list of possible options. Check out our Epoxy Flooring: Everything You Need to Know and find out more about why epoxy flooring should be your number one option when it comes to commercial kitchen flooring.

 

 

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