Craft brewers are committed to producing their beer under ideal conditions in clean, safe, state-of-the-art production facilities. When it comes to epoxy floor coatings, there’s a striking result between the way quality beer and quality floors are crafted. Without a doubt having the right contractor with the right equipment and expertise coupled with the right material makes for a well-crafted floor.
Breweries have some of the harshest production environments in the beverage industry. Brewery floors need to withstand intense moisture, thermal shock, organic acids, microorganisms, and aggressive cleaning agents. Having a solid and reliable flooring beneath your feet can be the difference between an effective production line and a failing one. Here are some considerations to think about when planning for your brewery.
There’s a lot of liquids in a brewery, spills during transport and from wash-downs during cleaning are common events. Bare untreated concrete or tile can become slippery when wet, the best option is to choose an epoxy floor finish that has anti-slip additives to provide extra slip resistants for employees and guests. Many professional epoxy floor options have non-slip aggregate incorporated into the finish for a slip-resistant floor.
2. Chemical Resistance
Chemical resistant flooring is necessary for breweries due to the daily exposure of ingredients and finished products. Chemicals that reach the substrate can put the entire structural integrity of the building into question, which can cost a pretty penny to make right! When choosing an epoxy floor for your brewery choose epoxy floor systems that have superior chemical resistance. All of Everlast Industrial Flooring’s brewery epoxy floor options are chemical resistant.
Using a seamless, nonporous, urethane floor coating goes a long way to inhibiting the growth of bacteria, while also being easy to clean. A scrub-down with a deck brush loaded with soap and water followed by a rinse is all that’s needed to maintain these floors. For added ease, resinous flooring also offers the option to be sloped to drains which prevents water from accumulating, reducing standing water which causes bacteria and makes for simple fast wash downs. Always check with your flooring manufacturer on best practices for cleaning agents on your new floor.
4. Thermal Cycling
Brewing facility floors are exposed to rapid, extreme temperature cycling where steam and boiling water are used during the brewing process and cold water is used for wash-downs causing the concrete to expand and contract. Thermal resistant epoxy floor coatings expand and contract at a similar rate to the concrete slab below, giving you an economical and long-lasting way to protect your floors from thermal shock. Cementitious urethanes are the best recommendation for thermal shock resistance.
5. FDA Compliance
Our epoxy floor coatings all meet ADA, USDA, FDA, and OSHA standards. The FDA provides specific guidelines and best practices to keep your facility compliant. The FDA notes one way to inhibit standing water (which can lead to contamination) is “Designing and constructing the slope of floors to drains so that floors drain freely and water does not accumulate” which can be done with a resinous floor system.
US Federal Regulations on Food & Beverage Flooring Made Simple:
- Seamless, joint-free finish
- Impervious to water
- Coved at wall junction
- Able to withstand cleaning routines
- Durable to avoid cracking and erosion
Cementitious urethane flooring system for brewery commercial kitchen
6. Durable /Forklift Traffic
When it comes to keeping your facility safe and clean you need durable, high-performance flooring that can stand up to the rigors of frequent cleaning, harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, and heavy forklift traffic. An epoxy floor creates a hard and fast bond with the concrete underneath it. This bond offers a seamless and extremely durable flooring solution that is much stronger than plain concrete with minimal upkeep. Having a flooring surface in which you don’t have to worry whether the level of your traffic will harm the floor is great peace of mind.
7. Hygienic and Sanitary
Our flooring systems are seamless, hygienic, and easy to sanitize. Seamless, poured-in-place floors naturally limit bacteria and fungi growth because there are no seams, welds, or grout lines where bacteria can harbor and potentially grow. As the yeast used to make alcoholic beverages contains microorganisms that naturally assist in the fermentation process. When there is a spill on an untreated floor, these organisms will seep into any small crevice or crack and grow into more bacteria over time, thus creating more cracks and an unsanitary environment. With an epoxy floor bacteria and allergens can sit on the surface, but cannot penetrate the surface as they can with carpet, seams, or grout, and contaminants can easily be removed through proper sanitization. With any of our epoxy flooring systems, we can add Anti-microbial additives to help with germ-fighting efforts and preventing surface growth of bacteria and fungus, not only across the surface of the floor, but throughout the entire coating material, so there is never any concern of a drop in performance as the surface wears over time. These treatments provide the floor with long-term protection against a broad spectrum of bacterial and fungal attacks.
Well there you have it, all the right reasons why a brewing facility should choose an epoxy flooring system. Everlast Industrial Flooring is very familiar with the type of chemicals and ingredients that brewers work with and understands your business and can recommend the best flooring system to suit your needs. Also ask about our Polished Concrete flooring systems that work great in a bar, taproom, and dining areas.