Commercial kitchen flooring needs to be extremely durable and able to deal with high levels of traffic and repeat cleaning. It is important to look at the suitability of the chosen flooring for the level of footfall that will be experienced in the commercial kitchen, and choose a product based on this factor, rather than just price.
The most popular type of commercial kitchen flooring is two meter wide rolls of sheet vinyl, manufacturer byfrom companies such as Polyflor, Altro and Tarkett. The two meter wide runs of flooring are then joined by a process of hot-welding to provide a water-tight seal. This type of flooring is hygienic and usually comes with a slip-resistance rating that is suitable for commercial kitchens.
Each of the manufacturers of commercial kitchen flooring have products at different ends of the price scale, and the durability of the material is reflected in the price point.
The commercial kitchen flooring is usually installed as cap and cove [which goes up the walls by 10-15cm] or with a black rubber skirting. By having the flooring going up the walls slightly, it makes cleaning much easier and removed unsightly square corner areas that can collect dirt and harbour germs. With a cap and cove installation, the floor is welded as the internal and external corners to maintain a water-tight seal.