Michael Stewart 0:01
Welcome again to the TKO concrete flooring podcast. We are the concrete flooring experts of the southeast. We’re based here in Nashville, Tennessee. But more importantly, if you need or don’t even know about concrete floors, you need to investigate our website at TKO concrete flooring.com. And I have flooring expert, Zach almond here today to talk about if you’re building a kitchen, why a concrete floor and the epoxy floors and the liquid floors that they do, that their masters have are a great solution for your kitchens. And I assume that’s for commercial and residential. But but we’re focusing on commercial, Zach, I’ll let you clarify that. But tell us all about why these floors are great for restaurant kitchens, and maybe even residential kitchens.
Zach Allman 0:53
What’s amazing about the urethane cement floors, or urethane mortar or liquid floors, whatever you you call them, you know, they’re really durable. It’s basically a thin layer of concrete over your concrete with epoxy with a top coat that you can get, you know, a cove base up to around six inches around the entire perimeter of your kitchen, it makes it a lot more durable, less slippery, so you’re not going to have a lot of people falling down because kitchens get wet, they get greasy, they get food everything on there, they need to be cleaned often. So with a urethane cement floor and Cove base, you just spray the walls down and spray the floor down, everything goes into your floor drains, it’s much easier, much cleaner helps you with your health inspections, and and it just looks overall aesthetically more pleasing than just about any other quarry tile or anything that you can put down in your kitchen. urethane cement floor is just a continuous floor, there’s no grooves there’s no cracks, there’s no little edges and things that you need to clean out like tile, or rubber mats or any other the alternatives that they have in these newer kitchen floors. I wouldn’t necessarily say you know, they’re mainly, they’re not only commercial, you can do one in a basement, if you liked the looks, you liked the durability, you could do one in a garage if you wanted to. Typically, we ended up doing them more likely. In restaurant kitchens bars, we’ve done a lot of factories, food, food production factories, because they are FDA approved floors. We have also done them in breweries and everything else that you can imagine where they want to easy cleanable spray down non slip floor. They’re just great.
Michael Stewart 2:39
Well, that makes a whole lot of sense. There’s, there’s so many applications here. And and I can’t see why you would use any other material than concrete and the liquid floors. Because you know, it’s interesting, there’s no grooves there’s no cracks, there’s no place for for mold or dirt or anything to collect. Because it’s it’s just one big flat piece that would probably be easy to wash off easy to clean. And when it comes to these type of floorings for for the you know, I’ve heard several major applications here. You know, where food is processed, where you know, the type of stuff that happens when you’re cooking or making something that is edible can get on the floor and you want to be able to keep that clean and and not make it where it’s slippery. So is there anything else you want to add about why kitchen floor is done this way is such a benefit to the end user.
Unknown Speaker 3:36
Yeah, I mean really, it always just comes down to like I said it’s their aesthetically pleasing it’s one continuous coat throughout and the floors that we do, you know we offer a code base with them which is it’s about a three eighths inch thick base that goes onto your wall and it is a continuous lip so there’s no seam between the floor and the base. It goes up to the wall, we put a plastic strip above it, and then we seal that with an epoxy and a poly Aspartic. And what that really does is it helps you to where you can actually spray your walls down. Most of the kitchens nowadays have a FRP board which is basically a fiberglass or plastic board on the wall that they just spray down so the water runs down that gets onto the base runs to the floor it doesn’t go behind that Cove base. So you’re not going to have moldy walls or anything like that. water just runs straight down it straight onto your floor right into the drain. And and it makes it just so much easier for these kitchens where a lot of people you know you have to scrub down the wall with a with a rag and then be very careful to make sure it doesn’t go behind what base you have or else you’ll have mold, mildew failure inspections and it’s off of something that could be so easily fixed. But they’re they’re just they come in gray, light gray, dark gray, black, white, just about any color You can think of usually, and they look super sharp, super, super sharp.
Michael Stewart 5:06
Well, you know, if you are a restaurant contractor or you’re somebody, thinking about building or having a restaurant built for your business, or going to open a restaurant, you know, call the folks at TKO concrete concrete, you can get directly in touch Welcome to the TKO concrete podcast. My name is Mike Stewart, and I’m here with flooring experts, Zach almond, and we’re going to be talking about or just go restaurant flooring. Now restaurant flooring, is has specific types of materials that they use a lot. If you’re building a restaurant, contractor, but builds restaurants or you’re somebody who’s is getting a contractor, why be a great estimate and build a restaurant for you before you really need to consider these types of floors that really work well on restaurants. So Zach, can you tell me all about why you guys are the experts at building restaurant flooring?
Unknown Speaker 6:13
Companies that you contact to do epoxy floors are usually just able to do you know, an epoxy coating or stained concrete in the dining room. And that’s it, we’re really able to kind of do the whole entire scope of the work at one time through one company. So you can get your kitchen or your dining room, or your bathroom floors all in one on one company one time. It makes it a lot easier for contractors. Or even if you’re a restaurant owner, only being closed down for that one little section of time for us to finish is a lot easier than say calling in someone to bring in
Michael Stewart 7:01
what are the different types of floor? Called I understand that there’s some people call it liquid floors. Other people call it epoxy. Some people call it you know, what are the different terms that you need to be aware of that when you’re building a restaurant floor that that the consumers and you know anybody out there should know what what are those terminologies.
Zach Allman 7:25
First, usually in the dining room on a different type of board, they’re both kitchen and dining room. For lack of a better term just because they use liquid base in order to get it going. But even dining room, you know, for us to want to look for it to be like a Polish, stain, or epoxy or metallic, or there’s a lot of different options in the dining room. You can do just to clear Christ and seal. It’s really kind of up to you if you want to add color to you want to be able to see the aggregate of the concrete and concrete flow, you might have a whole lot of passwords, there’s a ton of different options on those standard ones for people trying to cut down on costs, but really get a pretty broad is typically what we call a grind. We come in and grind the concrete patch the crack and then do a clear topcoat on the fall this morning. After that, it ends up being really sharp, easier to maintain. It just looks really sharp.
Michael Stewart 8:38
So when you do these type of floors versus the other type of flooring that you can do in restaurants. They take abuse they last a long time
Unknown Speaker 8:55
urethane topcoat to really get that durability and longevity out of so long as you’re able to keep it clean and nice for you. We always try to tell people keep away from oils and things like that. But if you’re out in the kitchen, you’re okay. People spill on it, like wipe up
Michael Stewart 9:22
well tell us how we can get in touch with you. And if we’re interested in learning more about getting a restaurant floor. You know whether you’re the person building the restaurant, or whether you’re a contractor that builds restaurants, who would they need to talk to and what number should they call
Unknown Speaker 9:49
153727 to get our office line or you can call me directly to my cell phone at 615-289-5717
Michael Stewart 10:11
All that’s great information. These are the concrete flooring experts and when it comes to building restaurant floors, they are the kings of the of the southeast of making floors so be sure to give Zach or Gary a call and we’ll see you next time on the TKO concrete podcast
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