Epoxy Kitchen Flooring
This project involves an epoxy kitchen flooring system for a food packaging operation.
Existing conditions: The existing concrete was in fair condition but there were several cracks and chunks of concrete missing which required us to patch, especially around the joints.
Preparation of existing condition: To start the prep phase we began by diamond grinding the entire substrate to remove the existing coating and create a mechanical profile. Next, we created keyways at all terminations and where sloping material was to terminate.
Then we saw cut at termination ½”-1/4” depth and tapered back towards floor 2” to ensure material maintains recommended thickness while eliminating the elevation difference. Once that was complete we installed sloping “east” of the drains at ¼” fall per foot and 1/8” fall per foot west of drains using CTS cement all; 9000PSI polymer modified cementitious fill.
Finally, once all the sloping and concrete work was done we diamond ground the new slope to remove laitance and create a mechanical profile, and created new keyways at drains where the slope was installed. At last, we finished up by vacuuming the entire space to ensure a bond directly to the substrate.
Products Installed: Once the extensive prep work was finished we started work around the perimeter and installed the radial 4-inch cove base using a 100% solid epoxy mortar. Once the cove was cured we applied the system basecoat of 100% solid epoxy resin system and into that we broadcast to rejection using 20/40 mesh silica sand to create an anti-slip surface. We specified a food floor system utilizing an epoxy system as a thermal shock was not a concern.
Finally, top coating with an aliphatic urethane coating to create a commercial kitchen flooring system second to none.
Conclusion: Beyond the high ratings for chemical resistance of these products, we also specified them for the quick turn-around time, impact, and scratch resistance. This floor will be able to hold up to any spills and or leaks without ever penetrating the coating. This system would not be ideal for a restaurant kitchen flooring system thermal shock would be of concern.
At this stage, the substrate has been mechanically abrading and the base coat has been applied at a 1/16" of thickness using high solid epoxy resin
Because it is a food production flooring system, we wanted to be sure to eliminate any rough textures so our team is giving the new epoxy base a light buff in preparation for the final aliphatic urethane topcoat
Here is the finished epoxy flooring kitchen epoxy flooring system. It is ideal for a facility that is running a dry process. The urethane topcoat will enhance scratch resistance, as well as, maintain sheen.