Polished Concrete Floors: Why Restaurants Choose ItPOSTED 11.14.18
It seems like it happened overnight. One minute, you didn’t see them. Now, it seems like every new restaurant – as well as every remodeled one – features a polished concrete floor. How did this transformation happen? Is it lasting trend, or just a fad?
There’s a practical reason you see more polished concrete floors being used in restaurants. They’re durable, as well as beautiful. But not just any approach will do. Restaurants and any industry involved in processing food must meet standards set by agencies ranging from the FDA and USDA, to OSHA. Here’s what you need to know about the benefits of polished concrete floors in restaurants.
Use what’s already there
In many cases, the concrete floor is what’s at the base of things – so why not put it to good use? Polishing the existing concrete floor also is an option that can help you meet LEED standards for environmentally friendly building construction or renovation.
Stands up to the traffic
It’s not just feet that take a toll on a restaurant’s floors. There’s daily exposure to oil, salt, and alkaline compounds found in food. Polished concrete creates a durable-yet-beautiful surface that works throughout the restaurant – from the dining area to the kitchen. It stands up to the constant surface abuse of moving chairs and tables, as well as the strong cleaning agents that must be used in the food industry.
Restaurants must comply with OSHA mandates. One of these requires that any flooring surface in a commercial kitchen be slip-resistant. Polished concrete resists spilled water, grease, and oil. They’re easy to quickly clean and keep slip-resistant.
One of the top reasons successful restaurant owners choose polished floors is because when they’re expertly polished and professionally sealed with food-grade FDA approved products, any surface can become nonporous and meet health department standards for sanitary surfaces in restaurants. Polished concrete will resist spills and stains, too.
Takes the heat
Floors that can’t take the heat need to stay out of the kitchen – especially in restaurants. The regular extreme heat in a commercial restaurant’s kitchen needs a flooring surface that can resist thermal shock. Few flooring options offer a higher level of thermal shock resistance than concrete.