Commercial Coatings: The Ideal Solution for Food Industry Spaces

Restaurant owners and food industry professionals are responsible for creating safe, clean, and sanitary environments for employees and customers. Relaxed safety measures and cleaning routines can lead to troublesome mold, mildew, and dust buildup throughout food industry spaces. Thankfully, commercial coatings can help protect your commercial flooring from any concerning bacteria.

Advanced polyurea and polyaspartic coatings have revolutionized the concrete coating industry. For an affordable price, commercial property owners can install durable, long-lasting concrete coatings to keep their food industry establishments well-protected and aesthetically pleasing. Speak to your local concrete coating professionals for additional information regarding the benefits of polishing, repairing, and cleaning your business’s flooring.

This blog post outlines the numerous benefits of commercial coatings. Whether you run a relaxing coffee shop or a five-star restaurant, concrete coatings can transform your food industry space. Polyurea and polyaspartic coatings contain low to zero VOCs, making them perfectly safe for commercial kitchens and dining areas.

Importance of Commercial Coatings

Even the most efficient commercial kitchens experience dropped food, accidental oil spills, and abrasions. Unfortunately, debris left atop concrete flooring may cause severe damage to concrete flooring over time. Excessive humidity and moisture from boiling water, gas stoves, and hot ovens create breeding grounds for toxic mold spores and bacteria inside concrete substrates.

Epoxies were once considered the ideal solution for commercial concrete flooring; however, polyurea and polyaspartic coatings have become the preferred choice among St. Louis County business owners. Polyurea and polyaspartic coatings prove especially effective at repelling moisture, resisting stains, and retaining their beautiful appearance.

Additional benefits of polyurea and polyaspartic commercial coatings include the following:

Improved Durability

Chefs and customers frequently walking on concrete flooring put strain on your flooring over time. Uncoated concrete surfaces remain exposed to cracks, spalling, and chipping during business operations. Conversely, concrete floors coated with polyurea and polyaspartic have excellent tensile strength and chemical resistance properties and can withstand any damage.

Civil engineers frequently use polyaspartic coatings to reinforce steel bridges, while construction companies coat their bulldozers in polyaspartic to protect their heavy machinery from sharp rocks, heavy trees, and harsh UV radiation. Commercial and industrial property owners trust polyurea and polyaspartic’s long-lasting durability and world-class abrasion resistance. Many professionally installed polyaspartic coatings can last over 30 years with proper cleaning and maintenance.

Low-Maintenance Requirements

Thoroughly cleaning food industry spaces and restaurants proves challenging and time-consuming. Food embedded within concrete cracks and toxic mold spores within concrete joints are difficult to remove and can even reduce the indoor air quality of your business. Food industry professionals can make cleaning their flooring much easier by installing brand-new commercial coatings.

To maintain your polyurea and polyaspartic coating, create a cleaning schedule that includes weekly dry mopping and the use of a neutral-pH floor cleaner. Inspect your flooring weekly for any smudges, and always clean accidental spills immediately to elongate your commercial flooring’s lifespan. Thoroughly cleaned and maintained commercial coatings require minimal repairs and often include generous 15-year warranties.

Concrete Coatings for Food Industry Spaces

You get much more than concrete flooring protection when you install innovative polyurea and polyaspartic coatings. Property owners can choose from a variety of colors, styles, and designs to enhance the function and appearance of their food industry spaces. No matter the square footage of your restaurant, concrete coating professionals can transform neglected concrete flooring into eye-catching works of art.

The advantages of installing polyurea and polyaspartic coatings in your food industry space include the following:

Improved Aesthetics

Experts can hand-cast vinyl flakes, quartz granules, and metallic additives to enhance your commercial coatings’ appearance. Premium decorative flakes create stunning designs guaranteed to impress potential customers and fine-dining enthusiasts. Concrete coating professionals add vinyl paint flakes between the polyurea base coat and polyaspartic top coat for an added flair of design and improved slip resistance.

You can commonly find premium flake flooring in luxury hotels, car showrooms, airports, and museums. Many homeowners install flake floors in their garages and basements to increase their property’s value, curb appeal, and return on investment. Explore flake flooring options online to explore a wide range of color options and select the best flake floor that matches your preferred style.

Improved Concrete Protection

Salt pitting causes severe damage to countless food industry establishments throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. Salt pitting occurs when moisture evaporates and exposes concrete flooring to calcium oxychloride. The moist, humid commercial kitchen environment creates the perfect conditions for salt-pitted concrete floors.

Signs your concrete floor has been damaged due to salt pitting includes:

  • Cracking
  • Spalling
  • Potholes
  • Discoloration
  • Uneven surface
  • Bubbling

Commercial coatings completely protect your flooring from salt pitting, inclement weather conditions, and harsh UV radiation. Professionally installed coatings repel moisture, resist stains, and recreate restaurants into irresistible eateries. Warranties offered by concrete coating professionals cover the costs of repairs or maintenance within 15 years at no additional cost to customers.

Installing innovative commercial coatings remains a simple, affordable way to capture sales and encourage customers to enter your business. Avoid costly concrete repairs and stay ahead of the competition by contacting highly trained concrete coating professionals in St. Louis County.

Contact Armor Coating Co. Today!

Armor Coating Co. proudly serves Duluth MN and the surrounding areas. We have worked in the commercial coatings business for many years and love serving our local community. Call Armor Coating Co. at (715) 934-9037 to speak with our excellent staff and receive your free quote for commercial coatings in Duluth 

How Much Do Your Concrete Floor Coatings Cost?

Each project is customized to your particular concrete flooring needs. Every job we do is different, because we offer different types of coatings and finishes.  We will work with you to develop a free estimate keeping your budget in mind. 

How Long Will The Concrete Coating Last?

We use the highest quality materials in our polyaspartic floor coatings and we’ve perfected our application process to make the concrete coating permanent.  Once completely cured and adhered, the concrete coating is meant to last as long as the substrate it’s adhered to.

What Are The Benefits Of Using Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Over Epoxy Floor Coatings?

Polyaspartic Floor Coatings dry more quickly than Epoxy Floor Coatings, and the finish is also more durable.  Our floor concrete coating finishes are also more slip-resistant and will not discolor like some Epoxy Floor Coatings.

How Long Do I Need To Stay Off My Concrete Floor Coating After It Is Installed?

Our flooring cures within a few hours, however our team of professionals recommends waiting at least 4-6 hours before walking on your brand new concrete coated flooring. After 12 hours, you can begin moving lightweight objects onto the flooring, like light patio furniture.  We recommend waiting a full 24 hours before moving anything heavy back into the area where we’ve applied the coating (your car, heavy equipment or furniture etc.).

Will My New Concrete Floor Coating Turn Yellow?

It sure won’t! Our concrete floor coverings will not yellow or discolor, because they are UV stable. This  one of the many benefits of using Polyurea or Polyaspartic floor coatings.

Will I Need To Reseal My Concrete Floor Coating?

If you follow our maintenance and cleaning guidelines, you should not have to worry about resealing the concrete floor coating. We offer a professional grade cleaner that will easily remove stains or tire marks, but will also preserve the life of your concrete coating topcoat.

How Long Does It Take You To Apply Concrete Floor Coatings?

We’ve perfected our 6-step application process, so most typical projects take between 5-10 hours depending on the square footage.  We pride ourselves in a one-day application, and will do everything possible to stay within that time frame.  Rainy weather can delay the project, but it is rare.

How Do I Care For My Concrete Floor Coating?

You can clean our concrete coatings with typical sweeping, mopping or steaming, and hoses.  We offer maintenance services should your concrete flooring ever need cleaning, however you can also use non-abrasive cleaners, like CLR, to remove grease or other stains. 

Will Oil Stain My Concrete Floor Coating?

Armor coatings are oil resistant as well as moisture resistant.

Who Invented Polyaspartic Coatings?

Bayer Material Science first developed Polyaspartic coatings in the 1990’s to protect steel bridges and infrastructure from rusting and corrosion. It has since been modified for different applications, once being durable concrete flooring coatings.

What Are Polyaspartic Concrete Coatings?

Polyaspartic Concrete coating is another name for Aliphatic Polyurea, which is a hybrid material consisting of ester and other materials. It was originally developed to coat metal bridges.  It was later used to coat concrete flooring due to its durability and moisture resistance. Polyurea is also used to coat truck bed liners.

Can Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Be Used Outside?

They sure can!  We offer wonderful solutions for driveways, patios, and even the area around the pool.  Our coatings are all UV stable, which will help prevent discoloration or flaking.

What Types Of Environments Can Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Be Used?

Polyaspartic flooring coatings can be used in a variety of environments.  The durability, slip resistant finish is fantastic for any industrial setting, storefronts, patios, or even driveways or garages.

How Are Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Applied?

We have perfected a six step process for applying Polyaspartic Floor Coatings that involves prepping the floor, basecoating, applying chips, scraping the chips, and applying the clear UV protective clear coat. 

Can I Apply Polyaspartic Floor Coatings In Cold Temperatures?

You can!  Polyaspartic floor coatings are safe to apply in temperatures as cold as -40 degrees.

How Long Do Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Take To Dry?

Our Polyaspartic Floor Coatings are engineered to rapidly cure, and can be dry in a matter of a few hours!  However, we recommend waiting at least 5-6 hours before walking on newly applied coating and 24 hours before moving heavy objects back onto the flooring.

Do I Need To Hire A Professional To Install Polyaspartic Floor Coating?

Installing Polyaspartic Floor Coating correctly is critical to the appearance and durability of your flooring.  Hiring a professional is the best way to ensure that your flooring will look amazing and last a lifetime! Our team at Armor Coatings is certified in Polyaspartic Floor Coating installation and have many years of experience.

Is It Possible To Cover Existing Epoxy Floor Coating With Polyaspartic Floor Coating?

It is!  Polyaspartic floor coatings are specially formulated for their incredible adhesion properties.  If you have existing patches of epoxy coating, our team can sand it down, vacuum, and wipe down the area with a solvent.  Once prepped, we will apply your new, superior, Polyaspartic Floor Coating