COMMERCIAL KITCHEN FLOORING – 4 THINGS YOU NEED TO CONSIDER
Commercial kitchen flooring is an important aspect for businesses where food and drinks are prepared because of the standards set by the Environmental Health Department and other European laws. Unlike other industries, there are guidelines on what is acceptable for a floor and failure to comply could lead to a temporary closure of your business. If you’re starting a new business or a well established one, there are 4 things you need to consider before embarking on commercial kitchen flooring.
1 – Cost
You will have a budget in mind for your new commercial kitchen floor and that will determine the options available to you. Some floors have longer life spans than others and these are usually the ones that take a few days to install and cost the most. However, if you choose a lower specification flooring option you will need to consider the cost of repairs at a later stage and the impact that will have on your business. A good example of this is an airline food manufacturer who produce meals 24 hours a day, 364 days a year. The cost to that business of having a floor that needs attention is so high that it justifies them spending more money on a floor that will last 10 years +.
2 – Timescale
We know kitchens are busy places so it’s important we know how much time we have to lay a new floor. There are systems that can take a matter of hours to install such as commercial vinyl flooring and there are systems that are much more involved and can take up to five days to install, such as polyurethane screed. Sometimes the customer has fewer options available based on the timescales they’ve given us for their project. Commercial vinyl flooring is an excellent floor option and a 10sqm kitchen can be installed in the morning and be operational by the afternoon but it may not be the best option for a heavy duty commercial kitchen floor. If you have the space it maybe possible to section off parts of the kitchen to allow installation in phases allowing the kitchen to remain operational. We recently did this for Malmaison hotels.
3 – Substrate
What is currently installed on the existing floor? Is it timber, tiles or existing commercial vinyl flooring? Time and budget needs to be factored in for the removal of the existing floor or if that’s not possible and you’re time pressured there are options available that can be installed over the current floor.
4 – Traffic and life span
How much is your kitchen used? Using the example of the airline food manufacturer again these companies produce food that is then put on pallets operated by a fork lift truck so receives very heavy wear and tear. Some larger food preparation kitchens can get wet and messy and they require floors that can be washed down. Here we can install stainless steel falls and drainage systems so there’s very little in the way of standing water and reduces the risk of slips and trips.
For more information on our commercial kitchen flooring options take a look at our Commercial Kitchen Flooring page.