At Kemtile, we advise breweries on complete floor designs, providing a one-stop shop for specification, design, groundworks, drainage, installation by our skilled in-house teams, site supervision and Health and Safety consultancy.
Often for breweries, flooring and drainage specification is dictated by lease agreements, which usually stipulate that premises must be left in the exact same state as they were upon arrival. As most premises have a concrete floor, itself not able to withstand the demands of the rigorous brewing process, flooring is a necessary investment.
Polyurethane resin finishes and hygienic high performance ceramic floor tiles tend to be the most commonly specified in breweries, depending on situation, environment and need. At Kemtile we install both, which means we make recommendations to best suit budgets and requirements.
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Kemtile’s key considerations for a brewery floor
- A concrete floor alone will not withstand the rigorous brewing process
Concrete is robust material and is used to construct the majority of non-residential buildings across the world. However, because top surface is porous, it absorbs a spilt beers and ales which can lead to microbial growth and substandard hygiene levels as well as cleaning products and water.This leads to an increase in the rate at which the concrete floor surface will break down. Another accelerator of top surface deterioration is traffic such as such as kegs, barrels, trolleys and trucks.
- It must be free from trip hazards, pot holes and cracks
Like all workplaces, breweries have a duty of care to keep their staff safe and healthy which includes reducing trip hazards. What’s more, cracks and pot holes also provide rough surfaces for dirt to cling to. And they are also difficult to clean which creates an environment ideal for microbial growth and if left untreated, they too accelerate deterioration of a concrete floor.
- It must have a hygienic surface
The legislation surrounding beer production is much the same as any food manufacturing facility. This means that it’s essential that floors and other surfaces are hygienic to food grade or food safe standards that don’t encourage microbial growth.
- It must be able to withstand rigorous cleaning
A rigorous cleaning process is essential in a brewery so the floor must be able to withstand harsh cleaning chemicals and either hot water and/or steam. The finish must be able to withstand thermal cycling when cleaning, that’s changes from normal cooler temperatures to very hot otherwise the floor surface would deteriorate. Similarly, it must also be thermal shock resistant when steam cleaning, as this can also cause damage to concrete surfaces.
- It must be able to withstand impact
Brewery and distillery floors must withstand impact from kegs and barrels, trolleys and forklifts. If floors finishes are installed before brewing equipment, it is essential that any damage caused during the installation process is repaired. What’s more, the floor and floor surface must be able to bear the compressive load from the equipment.
- It must have excellent mains connected drainage
The importance of good drainage cannot be stressed enough, but it an all too frequently overlooked element of the flooring process. We recommend that stainless steel long floor gulley drains are installed along the centre of areas with the floor finish laid to falls. If the floor finish is not laid to falls or is uneven, waste water and spillages may pond or puddle on the surface - requiring more effort to manual sweep into floor drains as well as creating slippage hazards.
- It must be slip-resistant
According to HSE statistics, slips, trips and falls continue to be a major cause of injuries in the workplace leading to a significant rise in personal injury claims in recent years.It is therefore important to specify slip-resistant floor surfaces to help reduce the risk. And where surfaces are likely to be wet or with standing water, the slip-resistance of the floor surfaces must be higher.
- It must be resistant to a range of chemicals
Brewery floors must be able to withstand any liquids that are spilt on them or any products used to clean them. So they need to be resistant to acid-based chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide, peroxyacetic acid and anioic acids. Alternatively, alkali-based sanitizers might be used, such as chlorine, ammonium or sodium hypochlorite, which means that the floor will also need to be resistant to alkalis. As harsh chemicals may also be used to clean and sanitize the floor itself, the floor surface must also be chemically resistant in order to withstand this. Even ingredients in the brewing process itself can chemically attack a concrete floor if spilt, as can the beer itself is acidic.
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