When choosing a floor for your restaurant kitchen you really don’t have a ton of options. The most common types of floors chosen for commercial use are….
- quarry tile
- epoxy over concrete
- solid hardwood
Quarry Tile– This type of floor is probably the most common of all. Reason being is that it is relatively cheap and it is very slip resistant which makes it a great choice for a kitchen where the floor is prone to getting wet from spills and accidents. The downside of this choice is that it is pretty ugly in my opinion. The other issue with it is that the grout in between the tiles can be stained fairly easily if you do not do a meticulous job of keeping it clean. Sometimes a sealer can help with this quite a bit but the sealer will need to be reapplied every 6 months to a year.
Solid Hardwood– Believe it or not, we have seen a lot of bars in the area incorporate hardwood floors in their kitchen. It is my understanding that the only way that this works is to use an industrial grade floor and polyurethane that can stand up to high traffic. This may not be the greatest choice but some restaurants have an open floor plan where the guests can see the kitchen and it most definitely looks much nicer than the other options. On the plus side, this type of floor gives you the future ability to refinish your floor if it starts to get old and scratched up. You would also have the choice of changing your stain color in the future if that was what you wanted.
Epoxy Over Concrete– This option might be the most cost effective solution but that is probably only true if your kitchen was built on a concrete slab. Sometimes it is necessary to do some leveling to the concrete depending on how good the original contractor was. Epoxy coatings are applied directly over your cement floor and similar to quarry tile, they are very slip resistant. If the job is done right then they also hold up very well. The one caveat to this is… please don’t DIY this type of project with the products that your local home improvement store sells. Those kits are not meant for industrial use and they will not even come close to comparing to what a professional would use.
I know that there are other options out there but these are the most common. Do you think there is one that I missed? If so please comment below and tell me about it.