A commercial kitchen is a bustling place with tons of traffic and potentially destructive elements, like hot grease and wet conditions. The commercial kitchen is also one of the most closely scrutinized environments because foodborne illnesses can be such a huge problem. Most people may not even know that the health inspection includes the floor, but it does, so commercial kitchen flooring carries a lot of responsibility. Consequently, you have many factors to consider when deciding on the new commercial flooring during your kitchen build or remodel.
There is a considerable temperature difference between the walk-in cooler and the space around the stoves and ovens, so your flooring material must be able to withstand such variation safely. Both the flooring and the concrete below will expand and contract in response, at least a little bit, and they need to do so in the same way. If one expands at higher temperatures or more quickly, the flooring could separate from the concrete below.
Kitchens tend to be very steamy environments, and that steam will eventually condense on the floor. There also are cleaning routines that often result in water on the floor, and eventually, the floor itself will need to be cleaned. Your flooring choice needs to stand up to a likely daily onslaught of moisture.
Commercial kitchen floors are subject to a lot of abuse: from hot spills to dropped pans. The flooring you choose needs to be strong enough to stand up to all of this and more without peeling, buckling, or cracking, and it should have a high-performance finish.
There are many anti-slip flooring options on the market that you might consider for your kitchen. Kitchens can be hazardous and slippery places, with spilled oil and water a common occurrence. This slip resistance is often provided by texture in the flooring material, but in some cases, that same texture might make the floor too hard to thoroughly clean. Keep both of these factors in mind while choosing.
For your kitchen to truly meet the hygiene requirements it should, your floor needs to be seamless. The joints, grout, or seams between tiles or pieces of flooring can quickly become a bacteria breeding ground. Choose a flooring material that can offer a seamless surface that slopes appropriately towards the drain.
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