SIKAFLOOR IS A GREAT CATCHLong term durability, hygiene and speed of application were key requirements when it came to the refurbishment of a food production floor at a leading UK fish and seafood processor. Installed over a bank holiday weekend to minimise disruption, a Sikafloor system from Sika was chosen to deliver a hard-wearing surface, slip and chemical resistance, and a smooth finish that would stand the test of time.

As part of the refurbishment of three food processing areas at Young’s Seafood Ltd in Grimsby, a new floor had to meet stringent food industry standards, as well as being easy to clean and able to withstand heavy food processing equipment. Appointed to complete the application within the limited timeframe, specialist contractor Imperial Resin Coatings installed the fast curing Sikafloor PurCem polyurethane resin system – a market proven high strength screed.

Alan Burns, Imperial Resin Coatings commented: “The existing tiled floor was no longer fit for purpose having been installed in the 1970’s. There was decaying concrete beneath the tiles which had to be ground out and a large standing water issue which meant we had to create falls in one area.”

Following the removal of the existing tiles, Imperial Resin Coatings carried out a dust free grind out of the floors to provide an effective key for the application of 85m2 of Sikafloor Purcem 20 which was laid to a depth of 6-9mm.

“The Sikafloor Purcem system is an excellent product and consistently good. We like the uniformity of this screed and the performance is fabulous,” added Alan Burns.

Highly resistant to chemicals, fatty acids and temperature, Sikafloor 20N Purcem is a polyurethane modified cement screed offering excellent strength. As the water-based system normally requires no primer, its installation is considerably less complex than many other systems, producing a joint-free surface that is slip and abrasion resistant.

Sika’s range of flooring systems for food and beverage production areas meets and exceeds client expectations, industry best practices and building regulations and legislation. All Sika flooring specifications are available via NBS+ and are supported with comprehensive technical support.

With the flooring system in place and the production areas returned to operation after the bank holiday weekend, Young’s Seafood Ltd has a floor that will last for decades, minimising maintenance cost whilst providing a safe environment in which to work. Once again, Sikafloor systems have helped deliver a high performance and cost-effective solution for the most challenging and innovative commercial applications.