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JUL 2013

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T here are many different coatings options for restaurant floors, but they all must offer solutions to the common problems plaguing most restaurant kitchens. They're greasy. They get wet. And there are lots of people moving in and out at a fast pace. As a patron, you want your food made right and brought to your table as quickly as possible. As for the people working at the restaurant, they want to be able to work in a safe and clean environment. All of that means that restaurant kitchens must have several characteristics so that the chefs, servers, and management can all come in and out of the kitchen area without injury (although burns from hot plates are still inevitable) so that everyone involved can get what they want. In the city of Greenville, Ga., there was an added dimension to the kitchen floor renovation scenario. They needed the floor to have anti-skid properties, and they needed it to work on top of their 100-year-old concrete pavers. The fact that those pavers were merely sitting on top of sand, although compacted, created an even more challenging scenario. But luckily for building and restaurant owner Linda Glenn Wilburn, she was able to find a company and a coatings solution that would work with what she had. The restaurant was housed in a historic building with "limitations," as she put it. She needed to find a solution that would work but wouldn't put her in the red. Wilburn's solution turned out to be Southeastern Industrial Linings, Inc. (SI Linings) and their polyurea floor plan. Round of WateR Some customers find contractors by word of mouth. Some find them through coatings manufacturers. And others, like Wilburn, find their solutions through an open source. "I just Googled commercial kitchen floors," she explained. And, along with a few other options, up popped David Puckett and his crew at SI Linings. "After talking to several [contractors], I thought his sounded like it would work best for us." Luckily, Puckett agreed and accepted the job. When Puckett and his four-man crew arrived on site that first day, they walked into an interesting situation. "It's unbelievable that [the floor had] been there for more than 100 years and still looked as good as it did," he said. Unfortunately, looking good and being good are two different things. The pavers had received at least two coats of paint over the years (including one from Wilburn), but not much else. "We were scared to put the liners on the pavers because they're not even cemented down," said Puckett. "They're just sitting there." Added to that was the contractor's understandable concern that the 1.5-inch-thick (3.8 cm) pavers had no moisture barrier. That meant that they would have to install a system that could withstand the Floor du Jour July 2013 g www.coatingspromag.com 45

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