Industrial and Commercial Kitchen Flooring
Commercial kitchen flooring has to withstand intense demands, from heavy foot traffic on a daily basis to extreme conditions and high impact. For these reasons, it’s vital that the flooring you choose is durable, hygienic and safe. Resin systems have become an increasingly popular solution to these unique requirements – it’s a hardwearing and anti-slip material that copes well with these challenging settings, while also looking great.
The Requirements of Commercial Kitchen Flooring
The need for a hygienic surface is paramount in an industrial kitchen – spills and messes need to be cleaned easily and quickly in order to maintain a safe and sanitary environment. There are several options available that make for easy maintenance, including polyurethane screed and resin flooring. Resin and polyurethane flooring both offer a more robust solution that will be both long-lasting and temperature-resistant for busy kitchens. These flooring solutions are seamless so they will inhibit bacteria, as well as being waterproof.
In addition to being easy to maintain, commercial kitchen flooring needs to be resistant to heat, as spillages dropped from hot cooking equipment can result in damage if the flooring used is not capable of withstanding hot temperatures. Likewise, the vessels used in a kitchen are likely to be bigger and heavier than in a standard residential kitchen. In an industrial kitchen, heavy containers may fall when being moved or unloaded during deliveries, so impact-resistance is of paramount importance.
Resin flooring not only minimises microbial growth, but it can also offer traction and much-needed grip – this makes it a safer option when grease and oils are spilt, but also for ramps and sloping delivery zones that are necessary for industrial kitchens. Where trolleys are used to transport products around the kitchen or to bring in deliveries, grooves may be created which can gather dust and debris if the floor is not robust enough to withstand the pressure, so a hardwearing material is important to prevent damage over time.
Types of Resin Flooring
Resin flooring is an increasingly popular option for commercial kitchens, as it can be poured or trowelled into place to create a seamless and hygienic finish with no joins or junctions for dirt and grime to build up. Synthetic resin flooring is food-safe as it doesn’t harbour microbes or bacterial growth, and it’s a heavy-duty solution for the demands of a busy industrial space. We can also install this type of flooring in a range of colours to suit the design of the space too.
There are various types of resin floor finishes to choose from, so picking the right one for the specific needs of your industrial kitchen is key. Some resin flooring solutions are heat and thermal shock resistant, while others can deal with chemicals or abrasion without showing signs of wear and tear. The unique needs of a commercial kitchen mean that your flooring needs to be able to cope with heat, spillages and steam, intense pressure and impact, as well as the potential of chemical cleaners. The chemical composition of the resin flooring you choose will determine its ability to deal with the specific environment of an industrial kitchen.
Where anti-slip flooring is required, such as on sloped areas and ramps, aggregates can be added to the coating or enveloped in between coats to deliver sufficient grip when it’s needed most. We can also offer polyurethane screeds that are naturally slip-resistant.
Benefits of a Resin Kitchen Floor
There are a number of benefits to having a resin kitchen floor in your commercial kitchen. Anti-slip properties are clearly important but there are other aspects too.
- Temperature resistant
- Chemical resistant
- Broad colour choice
All our hygienic kitchen flooring is available in a range of 14 colours and is commonly installed in the following areas:
- Commercial Kitchens
- Industrial Kitchens
- Food preparation and service areas
- Any areas where there is a risk of oils or grease getting onto the floor
- Other areas commonly requiring a vinyl floor where there is less risk of slipping and higher traffic such as corridors or public areas
There is no getting away from the fact that installing anti-slip kitchen flooring means the area cannot be used for a while. This can impact different kitchens in different ways. For a kitchen working to lunch and evening meal times, we can work around those set times to install the flooring. For larger commercial kitchens producing products all day, we will discuss and plan downtime with you to minimise disruption. In some cases, the time constraints impact the type of floor that is most suitable so please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
Industrial kitchen flooring not only needs to meet specific demands, but it also has to meet strict environmental health requirements and regulations. The wrong flooring can lead to your business being temporarily closed down in order for it to be brought up to the correct standard, so it’s important to choose the right type of flooring for the specific needs of your environment.
Our experienced team can offer the advice and guidance required to ensure your commercial kitchen is fitted with the right flooring and deliver a high standard of installation. While we offer a 15-year guarantee, flooring that is cared for can last well beyond this length of time for an investment you can be proud of.
Survey and Site Inspection
Our flooring specialist will visit your premises to carry out a site survey.
Understanding how the area will be used and recommending the correct product and assessing the existing floor condition is vital to getting the installation correct. It is likely that the floor will need preparing to ensure it is flat and level, there may even be the need for some building works, for example, if a floor gulley is requested.
When it comes to vinyl and resin floors for kitchens we are the experts and our team will work with you and your business from start to finish to make sure your flooring is robust, in line with legal requirements, and installed by experts.