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What are the Best Flooring Options for Commercial Kitchens?

Commercial kitchen flooring is subject to a rigorous and unique set of demands. Not only are commercial kitchens very busy environments where safety is paramount, but they also need to be hygienic, easy to clean and extremely hard wearing.
In our opinion, if you’re decking out a commercial kitchen in 2017, then there really are only two flooring types that provide the level of safety, hygiene and durability you’ll need. That’s the epoxy quartz and the polyurethane heavy duty screed.

In this article we’re going to provide an entirely impartial comparison of the two to give you some food for thought. And if there is anything else you’d like to know, please to not hesitate to call the Ecoflor team on 0800 6126 500 or email: hello@ecoflor.co.uk.

Epoxy quartz screed

Epoxy quartz screed is a flooring solution that incorporates coloured quartz locked inside a clear epoxy binder, delivering a very durable and hardwearing floor finish. Measuring 4-6mm in depth, this solvent-free flooring system not only looks the part but can also withstand the rigours of life in a commercial kitchen and other commercial and industrial spaces.

This level of practicality and durability, combined with a high quality, seamless finish, gives epoxy quartz a long list of properties that are well suited to a commercial kitchen. This includes:

  • Strong impact resistance
  • Strong chemical resistance
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Easy to clean
  • Seamless flooring for increased hygiene
  • Seamless flooring to reduce slips and trips

Application

Prior to application we often use a dust-free diamond grinding service to prepare the surface for the new coating. The well compacted epoxy quartz screed is then applied by hand using a trowel along with a specially graded aggregate filler to create the tight, closed textured surface that creates a completely seamless floor.

The flooring can be installed in one operation and is available with rapid cure options which can be completed in hours for commercial kitchens that need a particularly fast turnaround.

Polyurethane heavy duty screed

The second type of resinous flooring we think you would be wise to consider for your commercial kitchen is polyurethane heavy duty screed. This contemporary flooring type is often used where aesthetics and cleanliness is a priority. However, the resilience and impact resistance of the flooring also make it an excellent choice for commercial kitchens.

As with the epoxy quartz screed, the surface is seamless, which improves trip prevention and increases hygiene, but the polyurethane heavy duty screed also features a white aggregate with great slip resistance. This flooring system is also able to withstand exposure to lactic acids, which is why many food processing companies that work in milk, dairy and cheese production choose polyurethanes to protect from organic acids.

The properties of polyurethane heavy duty screed include:

  • Chemical resistant
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Impact resistant
  • Slip resistant
  • Heat resistant
  • High hygiene rating
  • Steam clean option (for 9-12mm floors)

Application

This heavy duty option can be applied to both concrete and polymer modified cementitious surfaces. The best way to apply polyurethane to floors is by trowel – a process which can be completed within tight deadlines.

What are the main differences?

So now you’re probably thinking that both epoxy quartz and polyurethane heavy duty screed sound like viable flooring systems for your commercial kitchen, and you’d be right; but how do they differ?

  • Operation – Epoxy floors are hard, durable and have a high compression with pleasing aesthetics. However, polyurethane floors are more resistant to scratching and very low temperatures, but have a more industrial look.
  • Application – Polyurethane floors can usually be installed in a shorter space of time and can be easily modified to extend or limit their pot life, re-coat time and total curing time. Epoxy floors are less flexible in this regard although rapid cure options are available.
  • Price – So which is cheaper? That depends on a number of factors. What we would say is not to base your choice of commercial kitchen flooring entirely on price. The flooring system that represents the better fit for your needs will always be more cost effective in the long run.

Anything else you’d like to know? Please get in touch with our team.

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