Restaurant Kitchen Flooring NY
Project Overview: Restaurant and Bar Flooring Installation.
Existing Conditions: After two successful installations at his other locations our client contacted us with his restaurant kitchen flooring needs for his new unopened 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
Preparation of Existing Conditions: When going over wood it is imperative to prepare the surface thoroughly. The surface needs to be clean, dry and free from any contamination. Once we assured the plywood was in good condition we sand down the surface and vacuumed up all debris to ensure a strong mechanical profile. In the downstairs basement area over concrete, we performed our standard concrete preparation method of diamond grinding, vacuuming and edging out keyways at all termination points. In the upstairs plywood area however, there were two more steps before we could apply the fastop system. First, we had to “scratch in” GP3552 Epo flex flexible epoxy membranes between all the joints between the plywood. GP3552 is a high solid, flexible epoxy material which combines the toughness, adhesion and durability of epoxies with a degree of flexibility common to polyurethanes, which is perfect when dealing with a flexible subfloor like plywood. Once all the plywood joints were addressed we went over the plywood with another coat of GP3552 for added flexibility. After addressing all concrete remediation in the downstairs area and installing the 4” radial cove base to both areas the fastop system was ready for installation.
Products Installed: Once the extensive prep work was completed both areas were finally ready for the resinous installation. The first step was to apply the system basecoat of Fastop SL; 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 down we broadcast to rejection using 40/60 mesh silica to create an anti-slip surface. Once the Fastop was cured enough for foot traffic we Sweep excess silica and stone entire floor to include coves to remove minor blemishes and ensure consistent texture. The only difference between these two areas aside from the was the topcoat. In the upstairs bar area, we used a topcoat of GP4850 polyaspartic 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 Fastop TC urethane cement coating to encapsulate anti-slip and to tolerate thermal cycling.
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 storage room will This floor will be able to hold up against immense foot traffic, hot oils, greases, chemical washdowns and cleaning for years to come.