Replacing Old Worn Out Restaurant Kitchen Floor Tile With Urethane Mortar

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What’s happening in this video…This restaurant kitchen floor repair is located behind one of the restaurant’s outdoor bars. It is primarily used for the housing of ice machines which the employees access for filling up ice buckets on a continual basis. The original floor was quarry tile flooring on top of a concrete floor substrate.

The majority of the floor had sunken in over time causing the concrete substrate and tile to crack but the outer perimeter of the floor was still in good condition.

To minimize the floor rehab cost, the middle section of the old restaurant flooring was cut out and replaced with marine grade plywood (a couple inches thick) instead of being replaced with a new concrete pour for the sub floor.

The engineered wood flooring was configured to butt up to the existing quarry tile floor still intact around the floors perimeter. The plywood area needed to be resurfaced with a seamless floor coating solution that could withstand thermal shock from consistently falling ice on the floor for 13 hours straight.

A urethane cement mortar [Mortarthane™ HF] commonly used in industrial flooring applications was specified because of its excellent bond strength, thermal shock resistance, impact resistance and traction enhancement that surpasses any epoxy floor coating or seamless floors that was traditionally used before urethane cement technology.

For this restaurant kitchen floor repair, a urethane cement coating [Mortarthane™ HF Top Coat] was specified to be applied on top of the Mortarthane™ HF to enhance the overall aesthetics and slip resistance to the area.

Frequently asked questions about repairing commercial kitchen floors…

Selecting a floor covering for a restaurant kitchen – FAQ #7

The #1 reason that restaurant epoxy flooring was replaced by urethane cement mortar floor coating for restaurant kitchen floors, is because it cannot handle extreme temperature fluctuations.

Epoxy floors crack and delaminate in these harsh conditions. Commercial epoxy flooring does have its place, however. It is often sought after as the go-to choice for industrial floor coatings in many applications…just not in a commercial kitchen.

Linoleum flooring and rubber flooring used to be popular commercial kitchen floor covering options but these commercial kitchen flooring choices are a thing of the distant past – they just do not last and do not provide anti-slip properties.

Anti-fatigue kitchen mats or a small carpet may well provide a soft surface for long hours of standing but they can get extremely contaminated with food stuffs and are not easy to sanitize.

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