What You Need To Know About Commercial Kitchen Flooring Requirements

by | May 4, 2022 | stained concrete

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Florida has a detailed list of regulations for commercial food establishments. When you hire a contractor or a professional flooring company to help build your commercial kitchen, you’ll need to make sure that your plans meet Florida restaurant guidelines and food establishment minimum construction standards before construction begins. 

Only certain materials will be approved, which is another important factor to consider, as materials have an impact on cost and design. Many of the state’s requirements for commercial kitchen floors are common sense and are put in place to ensure everyone’s safety and to keep things as orderly and clean as possible. 

Staying Safe With Slip Resistant Floors

Commercial kitchens must have slip-resistant floors to meet Florida regulations. Kitchens are by nature more prone to liquid spills with the use of cooking oils and sauces, as well as water for washing dishes, produce, and other food items. These spills are a safety hazard, so installing a slip-resistant floor will go a long way in preventing injuries.

Although some slip-resistant floors aren’t as easy to clean as their smoother counterparts, it is possible to install a floor with the right balance of traction and smoothness, as there are a variety of customizable flooring materials available on the market. 

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Focus On Hygiene

Commercial kitchen floors in Florida must be smooth and easy to clean, with hygiene being another primary concern. Not only must your commercial kitchen meet the requirements of the Florida health inspection list, but looking after the wellbeing of your employees and customers should also be of the utmost importance. 

Floors with seams and grouting are much harder to clean and attract food particles and microbes which can be difficult to get rid of completely. A seamless, smooth floor, on the other hand, leaves no room for bacteria to hide and grow. Paired with a mandatory built-in floor drain, a properly sloped floor is easy to clean, with all spills flowing toward the drain to prevent mold, mildew, and unsanitary standing water. 

Heavy-Duty And Resistant

Commercial kitchen floors need to be durable and able to withstand high foot traffic and heavy loads. They also need to be chemical resistant, as they will often be exposed to strong detergents and degreasing agents to keep things clean. You’ll want to choose a floor that is strong enough to withstand abrasion from dropping equipment such as knives and cooking utensils, as well as food items such as sugar and spices which can wear down surfaces over time. 

Glazed ceramic tile and commercial vinyl flooring are often installed in restaurant kitchens because they are non-slip surfaces that can withstand a great deal of wear and tear and are easy to clean. Ceramic tile comes in an array of aesthetically pleasing options, while vinyl flooring can be installed with a cushioned layer underneath, providing more support for food industry workers who spend a lot of time on their feet. 

Tolerant To Heat And Humidity

Another important factor to consider is the heat tolerance of the flooring you choose. Commercial kitchens are exposed to high temperatures with the use of dishwashers, deep fryers, and cooking ranges, as well as the use of steam cleaning and cleaning with hot water. A floor that is resistant to heat and humidity that can also adjust to fluctuations in temperature is ideal, as there will likely be exposure to colder temperatures with the use of walk-in fridges and freezers. 

Not only does a floor need to be able to tolerate humidity generated by the day-to-day activities of a busy kitchen, but to environmental humidity from the concrete and soil beneath the floor as well. A professional flooring service will be able to test the concrete for any moisture issues and install the floor properly to avoid air bubbles or other issues that could cause damage. 

How We Can Help You

When you are planning a commercial kitchen, the number of decisions that need to be made can be overwhelming. Whether you are building a kitchen for a hotel, restaurant, or other commercial space, your building plans and material selections need to be up to state standards. 

At Paradigm, we have years of experience installing commercial kitchen floors in compliance with Florida food safety regulations and can help save you time, money, and energy. If you are looking for a professional flooring company with commercial expertise, contact us today. 

 

Sources:

https://www.fdacs.gov/content/download/64038/file/Food_Establishment_Minimum_Construction_Standards.pd

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