Non Slip Flooring For Kitchens
Kitchens, whether commercial or residential, can be highly hazardous spaces with sharp objects, the potential of burns, and the risk of slips and falls. Although we cannot reduce these risks to zero, we can look to significantly reduce them through our choice of flooring. By utilising the latest in non slip flooring, kitchens can become much safer places to inhabit, bringing the joy back to being in the kitchen, particularly for at risk individuals seeking to gain more independence in their homes.
Commercial kitchens are an extremely busy environment, often with many people working in the same space, so a non slip floor can help with comfort levels as well as ensuring that the kitchen can perform safely and efficiently, night after night. There is a misconception that non slip and safety flooring has to be unimaginative and sterile in appearance, this may have once been the case but with leading manufacturers taking more of a design-led approach to the development of safety and non slip flooring, you can find the flooring solution which is not only practical but also durable and stylish.
Designing solutions for well-being
Residential kitchens are often the hub of the home, with family meals prepared here, special occasions and parties taking place in the kitchen, and a whole lot of life happening within this room in the home. Because of this, the flooring needs to work hard for you - so you don't have to. A slippery surface can enhance the risk of burns and cuts from using ovens and utensils and this than can be further added to by the spills and splatters experienced in the kitchen, from pans boiling over, sauces making a run for it and the general mess that occurs in our everyday kitchens. Non slip flooring is even more important in homes where the residents are perhaps more prone to slips and falls such as families with small children, older adults, those living with cognitive decline, people with physical disabilities or those with atypical needs. A non slip floor can offer more security, confidence, and independence to a number of people whether they are living at home, within shared or supported living, or even in a residential home setting. Regardless of your kitchen flooring needs, aesthetics remain a significant element and here at Hamilton Flooring we understand the importance of a beautiful floor that is also durable, easy to maintain, and has appropriate safety attributes.
Commercial kitchens have a distinct set of requirements whether it is a restaurant kitchen, kitchen lab in a school, development kitchen or any form of larger scale kitchen environment. The flooring in all of these spaces needs to be very hard wearing, suitable for having large and heavy items like fridges and ovens placed on them, easy to clean and generally low maintenance, highly resistant to slipping, and for those utilising the space daily - very comfortable underfoot. Chefs and other kitchen staff can often find themselves on their feet for 10 to 12 hours so the safety and well-being of those working in commercial kitchens is a crucial consideration and one that can start from the ground up!
Hamilton Flooring will work with your needs to create durable, safe and design-led flooring solutions for kitchen environments where the risk of slipping is of concern. Collaborating with some of the UK’s leading experts in non slip and safety flooring, Hamilton Flooring has a vast array of floor coverings to suit all tastes and requirements. Working with both residential and commercial clients, Hamilton flooring and their team of flooring experts have mastery and the know-how to consult, prep and lay flooring for individual rooms and large scale multi-room projects alike.
The longevity, durability and ease of maintenance of any floor is very important but perhaps more so in hard working environments such as kitchens. All of the products Hamilton Flooring uses are suitable for use in heavy traffic areas where slip resistance, cleanliness, robustness and hygiene are required. At Hamilton Flooring we know there is so much more to life than cleaning so we ensure that all of our flooring solutions are low maintenance and easy to clean so basic cleaning is required rather than intensive and complicated cleaning with specialist products. For commercial kitchens we also ensure that recommendations are compliant with regulations specific to the industry.
For a more in depth look at residential kitchens, explore of our recent article on the best kitchen flooring.
Altro: non slip flooring solutions for Kitchens
Altro is the UKs leading brand for safety and non slip flooring and produce a wide range of highly researched, intensively tested and attractive non slip flooring for kitchens. Altro Contrax is one of Altros best sellers and is a hardwearing, slip resistant safety flooring. It features dense and impermeable PVC with their famous EasyClean surface containing bacteriostat for lasting hygiene and antibacterial performance.
For large scale commercial kitchens, Altro Atlas 40 is a great choice. This range features heavy duty, 4mm thick industrial safety flooring which maintains integrity even through heavy foottraffic and impact. This flooring is so tough it is also suited to warehouses using heavy wheeled vehicles.
Another heavy duty option from Altro is the Classic 25 which is ideal for use in commercial kitchens because it features long lasting slip resistance, abrasion resistance and is highly durable whilst being comfortable underfoot. It has a pendulum test value rating of ≥45 and an R11 slip rating making it ideal for use in kitchens.
Combining the popular Altro Designer 25 and Altro Unity 25 safety flooring, Altro offers a choice of 27 colour options under Altro Reliance 25 creating a tough but stylish solution to your kitchen needs without compromising the slip resistance, stain resistance, and antibacterial properties with a stylish twist.
Polyflor: non slip flooring solutions for kitchens
Polyflor offers a variety of non slip flooring solutions for kitchens, with one of the most popular ranges, Polysafe Apex combining non slip properties with durable performance in extreme, heavy foot traffic commercial kitchen spaces. Polysafe Apex is also available with enhanced slip resistance and features a concentrated level of safety aggregates within the vinyl to ensure safety and continued non slip properties. This range is especially suited to kitchens as it reduces the risk of slipping in busy kitchens and food processing areas where contaminants such as oil and grease are present.
Apex is fully conformant with European Safety Flooring Norn EN 13845 and is fully HSE compliant. Polysafe Apex contains enhanced levels of quartz crystals, aluminium oxide and silicon carbide particles to improve safety and underfoot traction.
Another Polyflor product which is highly recommended as a non slip flooring for kitchens is Polysafe Ultima. This flooring is well suited for busy commercial areas faced with a slip risk from contaminants such as oil and grease. Polysafe Ultima achieves a 40+ Pendulum Wet Test result and a high surface roughness of 70 microns + so it is also well suited to wet environments such as showers which may be part of the commercial kitchen spaces general facilities.
Containing Aluminium oxide, silicon carbide and quartz crystal particles within the vinyl, traction and safety is enhanced. As with most Polyflor products, Polysafe Ultima is 100% recyclable through the Recofloor scheme and contains recycled material.
Choosing the right non slip flooring for your kitchen
Whether you are looking for a flooring solution for your domestic kitchen or you are working on a much larger commercial scale, Hamilton Flooring has the solution for you. We have presented only a minute portion of the options available for your non slip kitchen flooring,contact us today to find out more about the vast choices available for every space!
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