Walk-in refrigerators require proper insulation, flooring, and ventilation in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for food.
To end the cycle of floor failure in a walk-in refrigerator or freezer, you must use a material and create the right foundation for it to succeed. Oftentimes, owners and managers tend to use a "band-aid fix" instead of solving the root of the problem. If done right, the new floor will allow for safer, cleaner, easily maintained floor that will last far longer than temporary superficial fixes.
A walk-in refrigerator is a challenging environment to maintain, especially when it lacks the appropriate infrastructure. If there is not adequate insulation underneath the floor, condensation can form creating a slick and dangerous floor. The shelf-life of perishable fresh foods can also be shortened if this occurs. Condensation leads to moisture issues that will ultimately form mold and mildew and create a multitude of concerns.
A walk-in refrigerator must have adequate insulation, even underneath the floor. This is especially true when they are placed in warmer environments to prevent condensation and control moisture levels. If there has been leaking or water damage through the floor, your insulation may be jeopardized. Instead of placing another layer of flooring over top ("band-aid fix"), consider checking the health of your substrate and insulation to prevent further damage in upcoming years.
If your insulation and substrate are in good standing, look for a flooring material that will ultimately tackle the main issues: moisture control, cleanliness, and slip-resistance.
Moisture control starts with the proper insulation and ventilation yet if you have the right flooring material, you will be able to mitigate spills with ease. With an epoxy quartz aggregate floor, you can install a cove base that ties in seamlessly to the floor to direct any moisture away from walls or under shelving to be cleaned thoroughly.
As walk-ins are notoriously challenging to clean, be sure to install a floor that is helping your cause. Choose a material that can be easily cleaned regularly and if spills occur.
Cleanliness contributes to slippery conditions yet with a single layer application of epoxy and quartz aggregate, the coarse texture is anti-slip and will not wear from heavy traffic or regular cleaning.
Choose a flooring material that will not require maintenance. Losing access to the refrigerator in a commercial kitchen for any amount of time is a huge disruption. Choose a material that will never require re-grouting or resealing and once installed, is guaranteed to last under the harshest conditions. Do it right the first time.
Check out this recent installation that had decades of failure which were fixed superficially by installing a new floor over top each time. As a result, our crew peeled back layers of damaged floor and insulation down to the original quarry tile. We laid insulation and installed a new sub-floor at the proper level for a sound foundation before applying the JetRock® flooring solution over top.
JetRock® Floors in Walk-Ins
The JetRock® flooring system has been proven to end the cycle of failing walk-in cooler floors. If there has been leaking, water damage, issues regarding cleaning or slip-resistance, JetRock® is the solution. In some cases, the insulation and substrate are in good standing and the JetRock® blend can be installed directly over top. In other cases, the failure has been ongoing for far too long and has ruined the insulation and sub-floor which requires replacement before placing the JetRock® solution over top.
Although we specialize in overnight installations, the timing for a walk-in refrigerator or freezer requires additional time due to the effects temperature has on epoxy. To learn more about the effects of temperature on epoxy floor installations, click here. These spaces must return to room temperature (typically takes 24 hours) before the preparation begins.