Polyurea/polyaspartic food processing floor coating services provide signature benefits in an environment where heat, chemicals, spills and breakage are common. Unlike traditional epoxy coatings, polyurea and polyaspartic compounds provide enormous benefits for concrete floors in food-related industries that include restaurants, cafeterias and food processing plants. Polyaspartic coatings were introduced in the 1990s by Bayer Material Science and were initially used on bridges and external structures to protect steel from corrosion. The term polyaspartic is another name for aliphatic polyurea.
The right coating company with experience in polyaspartic coatings can coat a concrete floor in just one day, which is a big benefit for restaurants and industrial food processors. Some companies with multiple processing areas can even coat the floor in one area while continuing to operate in other areas.
The Benefits of Polyurea/Polyaspartic Food Processing Floor Coating Services
The primary benefit of these coatings for food processing floors is the eco-friendly nature of the coatings. Unlike epoxies and other floor coatings, polyurea and polyaspartic coatings don’t generate volatile organic compounds, VOCs, which are of particular concern when dealing with food. Some formulations generate minimal VOCs, but these are within acceptable limits. Other benefits of these floor coatings for the food industry include :
- The coatings are amazingly versatile in both design and function.
- These coatings can be applied in a range of temperatures from -30° F to 140 ° F.
- Stronger than epoxy, these coatings last longer and resist chemicals, heat, scratches and abrasions that are common in food processing.
- The cure rate only takes a few minutes after adding the second coat, which catalyzes the hardening process.
- The coatings resist buildup and yellowing of the floor caused by UV radiation from the sun and other technologies, such as food irradiation.
- The coatings can be applied using a number of tools, such as squeegees, brooms and rollers.
- Food processing businesses don’t need to turn off their coolers and freezers to coat floors.
- The coatings only take an hour to dry, so one-day service is possible.
- Polyaspartic coatings should only be applied by trained coating contractors because the coating system is not user-friendly.
- Coatings can be diluted to make them breathable so that they can safely coat outdoor stamped concrete features.
- You can use these coatings on floors that have previously been treated with epoxy.
The Other Side of the Coin : Aesthetic Appearance
Polyurea/polyaspartic food processing floor coating services are ideal for food processing businesses that encourage group tours, inspections, tasting events and other services for the public. The old images of a slaughterhouse can be very disturbing, but most companies strive to build facilities in which they take pride in the floor’s appearance.
These coatings protect any special designs, engravings, company logos and decorative accents that can be produced on concrete floors. Recent developments even make it possible to add flakes and quartz crystals to the coating for aesthetic appeal or dye and seal the floor simultaneously. Metallic floor coating systems are also available.
Easy Ongoing Maintenance
You can use all the traditional sanitizing chemicals on a sealed floor to eliminate pathogens and keep a clean facility. The best flooring choice for food processing areas is concrete, and the best sealing options are polyurea and polyaspartic coating compounds. The low price of sealed concrete flooring, the superior aesthetic possibilities, food safety and easy maintenance make it the best choice for processing floors, locker rooms, break rooms and customer service areas.