There are many destructive chemicals and elements such as boiling water, heavy foot traffic, and harsh cleaning chemicals, that will make their way onto most commercial kitchen floors.
Health inspectors are going to be checking these floors. As such, you can expect your flooring to be heavily scrutinized for cleanliness and safety. First, here are some considerations that go into commercial kitchen floors:
Temperatures and Kitchen Flooring
For a complete flooring system, temperature must always be taken into account. The temperature of a walk-in freezer and the base of the oven wildly vary. The flooring system needs to be able to expand and contract while being able to adhere to the concrete underneath.
Moisture and Chemical resistance
Since kitchens are very hot and steamy, you can expect condensation to form in certain areas. The majority of commercial kitchens also thoroughly clean the entire floor every night. Because of this, your flooring system must be able to withstand moisture to prevent water damage occurring to the underlying foundation.
Commercial kitchen floors need to be strong. A lot of abuse can occur from dropped equipment and pans, and harsh chemicals and hot spills. Your floors need to be strong enough to hold up to all of this abuse without cracking, buckling, or peeling. A high performance finish is necessary for commercial kitchens.
Slip Resistant Safety
Your floor must have anti slip properties. Some floors are more slippery than others. Kitchens are a safety hazard for a number of reasons, one of them being how slippery they are. Spilled oil and water are a common sight, so make sure to have a flooring material that exhibits anti slip characteristics.
Hygiene and Commercial Kitchen Floors
Your flooring system needs to be seamless. The seams, grout, and joints between tiles or sections of flooring will quickly breed moisture, mold, and bacteria. You also need a flooring system that is easy to clean and low maintenance.