Walk-in freezers are essential to any food service business because they keep food at a cold enough temperature where it can be stored. Resinous floor coating over insulated layers can be a long-term solution that supports colder temperatures and is highly durable. If you run a food service business, a walk-in cooler/freezer with an insulated epoxy floor coating can save you time on maintenance and money from not having to replace rotten food.
What Types Of Floors Work For Walk-In Coolers And Freezers?
Insulated flooring is the best option for freezers and walk-in coolers because it helps to maintain the proper temperature to prevent food from spoiling. Installing this layered flooring in your walk-in cooler will prevent mold formation, floor discoloration, and buckling as water constantly spills.
How do you insulate a walk-in cooler floor?
Layering is the most effective way to insulate a walk-in cooler floor as it enhances moisture resistance and helps maintain temperature. To insulate your walk-in cooler floor, you need to level out and clean the existing subflooring before the insulation material can be applied. Once the insulation material is applied correctly, the finishing material can be layered over it and left to sit for around eight to twelve hours. The finishing material can be grouted tiles, aluminum panels, or epoxy.
How Do Walk-in Cooler Floors Get Replaced?
Replacing walk-in cooler floors requires great caution and expertise that you can only get by hiring a specialized industrial flooring contractor. The replacement process is in stages, as explained below.
Stage 1: The first step is to remove the damaged flooring and the insulation underneath it until all you have left is the subflooring.
Stage 2: We peel off the finishes, leaving just the cooler and subfloor.
Stage 3: We layer a new and thick insulation barrier on the subfloor. The thickness of this barrier will depend on the temperature of your cooler.
Stage 4: After the insulation process, when the barrier has been left to sit for a while, the next step is to place pre-sealed plywood carefully on the surface to fit the exact size of the cooler box.
Stage 5: We ensure that each layer of plywood overlaps the one beside it. This will allow an even distribution of weight once the job is complete.
Stage 6: After placing the plywood panels on the insulation barrier, we screw them to the surface to keep them secure. The next step is to apply the epoxy.
Stage 7: We spread the epoxy resin evenly on the plywood, then leave it to dry for 8 to 12 hours.
Are there any post-installation tips for maintaining/cleaning?
After restoring your cooler box flooring, you must take preventive action to ensure it doesn’t get damaged in the foreseeable future. The best way to do this is by removing standing water and cleaning the floors properly. Set aside a day or two each year to defrost your walk-in cooler. Make sure to clean your air vents and do essential cooling system maintenance during this period.
What Are The Benefits Of An Industrial Epoxy Floor For Your Cooler Box (Walk-In Freezer)?
Due to its immense durability, industrial epoxy is an exceptional choice for walk-in freezers. Some other benefits of industrial epoxy are as follows:
- Slip-resistance: Industrial epoxy is composed of quartz/marble chips held together by a special non-slip adhesive resin.
- Immense durability: Industrial epoxy floors are specifically designed to withstand high traffic, high impact from falling objects, and the weight of large items. Unlike most flooring alternatives, this flooring option copes exceptionally well with temperature fluctuations.
- Low maintenance: Industrial epoxy is not only non-porous but also requires very little maintenance and copes well with the demanding nature of walk-in coolers.
Hire A Leading Industrial Flooring Contractor
Epoxy flooring is cost-effective and is one of the most durable flooring options for commercial kitchens. In addition, they are slip-resistant, especially for water-prone areas like walk-in coolers, and their alluring and glossy appearance looks terrific. However, you need an expert with years of experience to install the floor or risk spending thousands of dollars on repairs and maintenance.
Final Thoughts On Walk-In Freezer Floors
By enlisting our services for your walk-in cooler flooring, you are assured of superior and unparalleled results. We understand the damaging effect moisture and heavy items can have on your walk-in cooler floors. This is why we make it a point to provide the best flooring reinforcement to endure any strain and keep your space free from bacteria, crack, and odor. Contact us anytime to learn about our flooring options, pricing, and installation processes.
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