Tag Archives: Commercial Kitchens

How to Apply a Decorative Finish to Plywood Sub-Floors

Here in the Northwest there are few homes that are built slab on grade, so we are often asked about installing decorative coatings over wood sub-floors. This is definitely something that can be done! And the process has become easier in the last few years as manufacturers have refined flexible epoxies that can be used a base-coats for more traditional coatings to be installed over wood sub-floors. The problem with coating plywood or other wood sub-floors, has always been the fear of damage resulting from movement. If the two materials are expanding and contracting at different rates when temperatures fluctuate, cracks can result. A flexible epoxy base-coat help more traditional coatings bond to wood while helping to eliminating the chance of cracking.

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Epoxy Flooring and Integral Cove Base. What You Need to Know.

We were recently contacted about installing an epoxy floor in a commercial kitchen that produced gluten free pizza dough.  The nature of this process meant they were mopping the floor at the end of each day.  The existing concrete had been coated with epoxy paint that had long since failed and was almost completely gone. .This left an almost bare concrete floor that they didn’t feel was very sanitary even with all the mopping.  They also wanted an integral cove base to help eliminate possible bacteria and prevent any water from getting under or behind the existing standard cove base.

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