When transforming a commercial kitchen into a soon-to-be five-star restaurant, it is important to work from the ground up. We suggest epoxy flooring for the best start!
Commercial kitchens in California have very high expectations placed on them to produce some of the most amazing food in the country. Here on the central coast of California, we see so many amazing restaurants between Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey Counties that it would take a lifetime to try them all. Unfortunately, not all of them make it before everyone gets to try it as there is a lot to consider when opening a commercial kitchen. Something often overlooked is the kitchen flooring. Bare concrete flooring is porous and can harbor bacteria; the smallest crack in the concrete flooring can create a safe haven for food particles to grow mold and fester. And wet, untreated concrete? Let’s not talk about how many slip and fall accidents happen in commercial kitchens each year.
Epoxy Flooring for Food Safety
By coating the concrete flooring with an epoxy, all of the cracks and crevices are sealed and a moisture-resistant barrier is created to prevent bacteria from having a place to hide and grow. This protects the patrons and staff of the restaurant from an accidental case of food poisoning (did you know the CDC estimates 48 million people get sick and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases each year?). The epoxy flooring is also easier to clean from drips and spills with this new barrier, partly from removing those deviations from the smooth surface and also by creating the moisture-resistant barrier which spills will not seep through or cling to. The epoxy flooring can be sanitized.
Epoxy Flooring for Staff Safety
The other major health risk of the commercial kitchen next to food-borne illness is the slip/fall accident. But don’t worry about adding extra slips with this new epoxy coating – you’ll be removing them. Another reason epoxy flooring is great for commercial kitchens is the added benefit of its anti-slip surface – even when wet. Commercial kitchen floors see a lot of water, intentionally or not, and epoxy flooring can handle it, which protects your staff from taking a tumble.
Epoxy flooring can also handle drops. No commercial kitchen likes the idea of a pot being dropped on the floor, but if it does happen, you don’t have to worry about scratching the floor. The epoxy coating is often used in garages where tools are frequently dropped, which means it can handle the ladle hitting the floor, too. This protects your investment over time, making epoxy flooring a great choice for the busy commercial kitchens we see here in California.
Epoxy Flooring is Decorative
And don’t worry, epoxy flooring can be installed in even the most luxurious of restaurants of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey. Epoxy flooring comes in a variety of colors and glosses, including pearlescent and metallic flakes. Would you like your floor to look like a bronze platter? We can do that! Singular colors and color mixes with large or high-grit flakes can produce a wide variety of patterns and color blends. Check out our gallery for ideas.