According to federal laws, it is crucial to have durable, hygienic food and pharmaceutical industry floorings that can endure constant foot traffic, quick and easy to clean, and can withstand harsh conditions. These types of floors require USDA approved seamless flooring that reduces the chance of bacteria and mold growth. In addition, many of these applications require the use of quarter-round ‘cove’s to be made where the floors and walls meet, since these areas if not coved can grow bacteria, and are difficult to clean. ArmorPoxy offers a complete line of cove materials and tools to supply coves that integrate into their floor systems.
Food processing and distribution facilities and pharmaceutical facilities have a high need to industrial kitchen and plant flooring. For example, they present a variety of challenges that make adequate industrial kitchen floor coatings essential; including contact with potentially corrosive liquids and fluids, and the need for regular high-pressure cleaning. ArmorPoxy manufactures urethane mortars that can handle hundreds of degrees of ‘thermal shock’ from steam cleaning cold floors. Meat packing facilities, which contain frigid freezers and walk-in coolers, require flooring that can handle extreme hot and cold temperatures. Areas such as commercial kitchens, cafeterias, and wineries must be able to hold up against the acids contained in oils, sugars, and even dairies, which are capable of breaking down the exterior of traditional floor coatings. Food industry flooring and industrial kitchen flooring must also possess stain-fighting capabilities for when things get messy. All ArmorPoxy coatings can have nonskid additives added to them to reduce the chance of slippage when wet or greasy.
Food Industry Flooring that Follows Sanitation Guidelines
In all food industry settings, industrial-grade disinfectants and cleaning products are utilized to keep the facility safe and effective in producing consumable items. This must be taken into account when selecting your food industry flooring such as industrial kitchen flooring. Facilities that produce food and beverage items, particularly in the bottling & packaging areas and food service & storage areas, must always remain up to code, adhering to USDA, FDA, and other federal sanitation guidelines in order to stay in business. The proper epoxy floor coating can help food industries pass inspections with flying colors, and avoid costly shutdowns to replace or repair flooring. Failing floors may result in authorities requiring work to stop until repairs are made. For these types of situations, ArmorPoxy’s Ultrafast fast curing systems are the answer.
Resisting Unwanted Odors
Not often realized, is it possible for an industrial kitchen floor coating to emit odors that can actually be transferred and absorbed into the food products being produced. These unwanted odors and tastes may even make the final product unacceptable and not consumable, thus wasting valuable time and resources. By selecting an industrial kitchen floor coating that is low/no VOC or water based, you are virtually eliminating the likelihood that this type of odor transference will occur in a food processing environment.
Temperature Variation Constraints
When selecting a food industry flooring system for your facility, is also incredibly important to keep in mind that often in these types of spaces, temperatures will vary. While one part of your facility will bring cool or cold extremes, others will see warm or hot conditions. The floor in a facility must be structured to handle both hot and cold temperatures, and able to cure under a very broad range.
Foot Traffic in Your Facility
From breweries to bakeries, we offer durable, high-quality systems that are engineered to last for years. We understand that flooring in food industry spaces needs to promote constant production, as downtime for replacements and repairs negatively impacts profit. This means it must be strong enough to avoid abrasions from carts, forklifts, and other heavy machinery. While also avoiding possible liability issues, It must be slip-resistant, so that fast-moving employees are less likely to get injured from falls and slips.
Food Industry Epoxy Flooring
There is no shortage of options for you to choose from, whether it be our AmorPoxy II coating which utilizes our high solids self-priming industrial grade ArmorPoxy II coating in addition to our ArmorUltra military grade protective topcoat and Ultrawear nonskid wear additive; or our AmorUltra solution, a 3-layer 100% solids system that utilizes a 2-part epoxy primer, 100% solids high build epoxy mid layer, and our ArmorUltra military grade protective top coat with Ultrawear nonskid additive. Other popular flooring systems for food and pharmaceutical use are quartz broadcast epoxy floors, urethane mortar floors, polyaspartic floors and seamless urethane mortar with novolac topcoats.
Boosting Morale with a Beautiful Floor
The industrial kitchen flooring in your space must be aesthetically pleasing, as food processing plants are a direct reflection of the company and brand. Management is eager to display a facility that visually expresses a clean, bright, and overall positive image, particularly in food industry facilities that participate in public tours. Additionally, beautiful industrial kitchen flooring is capable of keeping employees confident in their workplace and eager to perform well. Having a wide selection of flooring options is therefore incredibly important for making a stand out facility. You are always able to customize your industrial kitchen flooring, selecting the appropriate colors, designs, and even logos you need to fit the look and style of your space.