Epoxy Kitchen Flooring
Epoxy kitchen floors are floors that are coated with epoxy, a type of resin that is mixed with a hardening agent to create a durable and long-lasting surface. Epoxy is a popular choice for kitchen floors because it is resistant to stains, water, and wear, making it easy to clean and maintain. It is also resistant to the harsh chemicals and high temperatures that are often found in kitchens, making it a durable choice for this type of environment. Epoxy kitchen floors are also known for their attractive finish, which can be customized with a wide range of colors and patterns.
Epoxy Kitchen Floor Project
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 the 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; 9000 PSI 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.