Commercial and industrial facilities use cold rooms and walk-in coolers to store perishable foods and beverages. It is important to choose the right flooring system when constructing a cold room because it needs to be able to cool or freeze the items inside. This means the flooring must be able to withstand a harsh environment while supporting sanitary conditions.
The process of choosing flooring doesn’t need to be difficult, though. Just consider the following questions:
Will the room have organic materials?
Food and beverages can leak corrosive materials such as fats and natural acids onto the floor; these can, in turn, break down materials like epoxy. If your cold room will contain organic materials, you will need something stronger and antimicrobial, such as Flowcrete Flowfresh Technology.
How will the room be cleaned?
If you plan to clean the walk-in cooler with a mop, you might be okay with an epoxy flooring (if your answer to the first question was no). However, if your cold room will need hot water washdowns, you’ll want to consider a flooring that can withstand thermal shock, like Ucrete UD 200 “SR” Slip Resistant Urethane Concrete Technology.
Ucrete and Flowcrete Flowcrete also has the added benefit of resisting physical abuse, moisture, a wide range of aggressive chemicals and bacterial growth.
What kind of substrate will the room have?
Smaller walk-ins might have a metal substrate, so it is important to determine what kind of substrate you are working with ahead of time in order to choose flooring that will work with it.
Metal can bend due to weight or move because of temperature changes, so you will need to find a flooring option that can bond with the metal. This type of substrate also calls for a flexible bonding layer to ensure the flooring system does not crack.
Is the entire facility temperature-regulated?
Though your main focus should be on which floors will best meet the needs of the cold room, you also need to consider the temperature you’ll be working in when installing the floors. Some larger facilities may not be able to raise the temperature above a certain level, so you cannot install some types of flooring systems, such as polyurethane or epoxy, which require specific temperatures in order to install properly. Talk with a flooring specialist to determine which flooring systems can be properly installed in your cold room.
If you’re looking for a specialist you can depend on, look no further than Surface Solutions, Inc. This company has plenty of experience with installing cold room flooring for food and beverage facilities and its industry-specific experts will guide you in the selection of the best product for the unique needs of your environment. Check out these projects Surface Solutions has handled:
Case Study: Bluegrass Dairy & Food
Bluegrass Dairy & Food is a leading supplier of award-winning ingredients for the food industry known for high quality premium products and great flavors. In 2019, Surface Solutions repaired and installed better flooring in a production room and hallway of their facility in Glasgow, Kentucky. The existing epoxy floor was failing due to routine impact and the thermal cycling of hot water wash downs, so Surface Solutions removed the epoxy and installed Ucrete UD200 to the 4,900-square-foot surface and used Ucrete RG for 290 linear feet of three-inch cant cove base.
This resulted in seamless flooring that is made to outperform traditional epoxy flooring surfaces in both impact resistance from heavy traffic and the ability to withstand thermal shock. The downtime took just three days.
Case Study: Indiana Meat Processing Facility
Even more recently, Surface Solutions installed Ucrete IF in an Indiana meat processing facility. In four days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, a time when the facility is already shut down during the holidays, Surface Solutions prepared 3,500 square feet of existing bare concrete for another Ucrete installation, including 900 square feet of delaminated epoxy mortar at ¼-inch thickness that required an extensive prefill of Ucrete UD200.
The team also applied Ucrete RG to 150 L’ of bare concrete curbing and created a 2-inch cant cove, where the curb meets the floor. The final application is Ucrete IF at ½-inch thickness, the system standard intended for the heavy load and abrasion resistance of steel-wheeled traffic.
It is evident that Surface Solutions has extensive experience in flooring and wall systems for the food and beverage industry. From bakeries and breweries to meat and fish processing facilities, Surface Solutions knows what specific flooring needs each facility requires. We can help you pick a floor that adheres to strict health and safety guidelines mandated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
For more information about installing the right flooring in your cold room, connect with Surface Solutions, Inc. We’ve been a Ucrete Master Contractor since 2012 and are a leading provider of top-quality flooring for the food and beverage industry. From testing to consultation and complete installation services, Surface Solutions is a premiere source of non-toxic, safe and environmentally friendly flooring systems, offering turnkey installations using only in-house personnel. Contact Surface Solutions today to learn more about how we can help provide the highest quality industrial flooring solutions for your business.