If you’re considering flooring for your winery, first think about the tools of your trade. You probably immediately think of trucks, grapes, pruners, barrels, and bottles. Do you consider the winery floor as a tool? Perhaps you should.
A clean floor is as much an important part of the environmental needs of a winery as sterilized barrels and clean bottles. If there is bacteria in any piece of equipment, the wine can be affected. Likewise, if the floor is a breeding ground for bacteria, it is only a matter of time before it gets into the equipment and the final product.
Polymer flooring in a winery is a way to place a coating over existing concrete flooring that is already in place. The polymer flooring resists chips, dents and scratches. So yes, its durability is legendary. But it is applied in a way that uses no seams or joints. It’s all in one layer. There’s nowhere for bacteria and dirt to hide when you use polymer flooring in a winery.
Sanitization is key in a winery. However, a basic surface like concrete can never be sanitized, because it can never really be “clean.” There are always chips, cracks and dents in concrete that provide a foothold for dirt and bacteria. Even if it looks clean, sometimes these pockmarks on the surface are too small to be seen.
We found a lot of research online that points to cellar floors and drains being the dirtiest areas in the winery. Polymer flooring in a winery reduces this risk of contamination from the floor by providing a highly non-porous surface that can be sanitized just like all other non-porous equipment, like stainless steel barrels.
Visually, polymer flooring in a winery can look like whatever you want it to. A wide range of colors, designs and flooring systems are available. Color accents in the form of borders, or colored aggregate or chip in the coating can visually differentiate working and public areas, or incorporate branding elements anywhere in your facility. Depending upon the site conditions, the polymers used are epoxy, polyurethane and Methyl Methacrylate. The epoxy mortar flooring systems are widely used in the industry. However, the use of polyurethane (urethane) concrete and MMA systems has become very popular int he recent years. While polyurethane concrete offers excellent thermal shock resistance along with chemical and abrasion resistance, MMA resin based systems are very popular for their quick return to service while offering the similar benefits of urethane mortar systems.
Get in touch with the experts at Duraamen to talk about your options for polymer flooring in your winery. It’s probably more affordable than you think, and it may save you lost wine and lost profits down the road.
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