Restaurant Kitchen Flooring
A New York project using a urethane cement flooring system to allow for cold and hot water wash down including coving to eliminate standing water in the corners, resulting in minimal exposure to listeria and other bacterial contamination.
Existing Conditions: After two successful installations at their other locations our client contacted us for his new soon-to-be restaurant in Port Chester, NY. Unlike the previous locations, this floor was to be laid down over plywood. Contrary to popular belief, plywood makes for a perfectly adequate subfloor for an epoxy flooring system as long as the prep work is completed thoroughly for their commercial kitchen flooring system.
Products Installed: Once the extensive prep work was completed in both areas, we were finally ready for the resinous installation. The first step was to apply the system basecoat of urethane cement slurry. Urethane cement systems are perfect for all food service areas due to their thermal shock, chemical, slip and impact resistance. Once the basecoat was applied we broadcast to rejection using 40/60 mesh silica to create an anti-slip surface. Once the slurry was cured enough for foot traffic we Sweep excess silica and stone the entire floor to include coves to remove minor blemishes and ensure consistent texture. The only difference between the two systems was the topcoat. In the upstairs bar area, we used a topcoat of GP4850 poly aspartic because the area would be seen more we wanted something with a high gloss finish, that would also protect against spills and slips which are common in a high traffic bar area. In the downstairs area, we applied urethane cement coating to encapsulate anti-slip and to tolerate thermal cycling, creating an epoxy kitchen flooring.
Conclusion: Despite the extensive prep work involved with this installation we were able to complete both areas in less than three days with some creativity from our installation team. Both the upstairs bar area and the downstairs food floor system will be able to hold up against heavy foot traffic, hot oils, greases, chemical washdowns, and cleaning for years to come.
Here is the start of our restaurant kitchen flooring project over plywood and concrete.
This phase is after mechanically preparing the substrate to accept the new restaurant kitchen flooring system. At this stage, our urethane cement slurry has been applied along with a 40/60 mesh aggregate to create a nonslip texture.
This is our finished urethane cement flooring system. After many years we can identify the client's fitness of use and "dial" in the nonslip texture that will best serve their needs.