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Commercial kitchens

Commercial kitchen flooring and wall solutions

Whether it’s a commercial kitchen or a workplace cafeteria, a fivestar hotel or a chain of restaurants and cafes, safety, hygiene, the ease and speed of installation and cost are all top of mind when working with our customers.

You also need to make sure that everyone from the Executive Chef to the four-year-old sitting down to lunch is safe and, better yet, that the food is safe to eat. Safety flooring engineered for these demanding environments teamed with durable wall protection will provide long-lasting, safe and cleanable surfaces for wet, dusty and greasy conditions.

Altro Stronghold 30 installed in commercial kitchen

We have specifically designed our safety flooring and wall protection to address the issues commonly found in kitchens – slips, contamination, cleaning and maintenance.

Our system doesn’t just protect the people who use it; it also protects the environment and those responsible for the health and safety of employees and visitors. We thoroughly test our products, exceeding industry standards for safety and hygiene to ensure you have the best solution for your business.

Altro safety flooring consistently outperforms quarry tile and epoxy floors. It has become the industry standard to help create durable and safe commercial kitchens that last.

Checklist for kitchens

  • Meet with Altro rep
  • identify needs and risks; select appropriate products
  • Utilize our kitchen detailing guide, CAD, BIM and other helpful tools
  • Select qualified installer that has attended an Altro training clinic
  • Order flooring, wall protection, accessories, adhesives, etc.
  • Conduct pre-installation walkthrough and review
  • Complete installation
  • Conduct post-installation walkthrough and review cleaning protocols
  • Maintain products according to our recommendations

Preventing contamination

Altro flooring in commercial kitchen

Keeping people safe isn’t just about slip resistance and cleaning. It’s about preventing contamination.

Our integrated hygienic wall panels and safety flooring system is tank-able. It has impermeable surfaces, which are easy to keep clean. With regular cleaning and maintenance using traditional solutions, Altro floors and walls do not allow a place for bacteria to grow.

It’s so tough, you can power wash all surfaces and not cause surface damage that can lead to bacterial growth. With integrated Altro safety flooring and wall protection, you can reduce contamination risks and improve inspection results.

FDA Compliant floors and walls

The US Food and Drug Administration states that floors and walls must be (1) durable and easily cleanable for areas where food establishment operations are conducted and (2) non-absorbent for areas subject to moisture such as food preparation areas. Altro’s safety flooring and wall protection comply with these standards and were designed to meet the rigorous demands of modern commercial kitchens.

Altro products are engineered to be non-porous, non-fibrous and non-shedding, so nothing can get in or out. And because they have high impact resistance, damage that can trap bacteria is unlikely.

HACCP certification

HACCP is an international system for food safety management. HACCP requires a risk assessment for every food preparation area identifying “critical points” where food safety hazards could arise.

Hazards include:

  • contamination by staff or poorly maintained fittings or equipment
  • chemical, physical or allergenic risks, caused by ingredients, handling, equipment or fittings, including floors and walls
Commercial kitchen with Altro safety flooring installed

You can reduce hazard risk and keep inspections to a minimum by selecting Altro safety flooring and wall protection, which are all approved by HACCP International.

Richard Mallett European Director of HACCP International:

"Altro’s products are one of the few worldwide flooring and walling products to have achieved HACCP International certification for non-food services and supplies, which means that they have been assessed by a third party and found to be satisfactory and hygienic for use in a food environment.

Both the flooring and walling products from Altro offer the seamless and impervious solution which means that there is nowhere for bacteria to hide, as well as being easy to clean, both important issues in the food industry."

Stay safe with Altro floors

Protection against everyday spills

A dropped cup of water near the sink, a tipped over bottle of olive oil next to the stove and grease from the freshly-fried onion rings splattering onto the floor: In the heat of the 6:00 p.m. rush, such spills may go unnoticed. But these common kitchen goods can spell danger in any fast-moving food and drink preparation and cooking area.

Altro’s integrated safety flooring and durable wall protection provide a long-lasting safe surface even when wet, dusty and greasy conditions exist.

Pressure created from walking on our flooring causes slipresistant particles to brush against the sole of the shoe, creating friction. It’s this friction that helps prevent slips even on greasy surfaces.

Topically applied slip-resistant particles, such as an epoxy paint or resin, can wear away through everyday use. Our safety flooring technology, with its aggregate throughout, will ensure your floor’s slip resistance will remain for the entirety of the product’s life.

Testing methods and floor integrity

As the inventor of safety flooring, we take slip resistance seriously! All of our ranges are rigorously tested for slip resistance values using multiple techniques and tests, such as the PTV Pendulum Test, Ramp Test and James Machine.

Our safety floors offer slip resistance values well above ADA and OSHA guidelines, and retain such values even when wet.

What do you need and why?

Tests prove different contaminants pose different safety challenges. While the risk from vegetable oil may come as no surprise, the other most significant danger comes from greasy water – and what kitchen can avoid that?

Typical contaminants in a kitchen are not water and motor oil, which is what the PTV and Ramp tests use. The test we used was the PTV pendulum test BS7976, but instead of using only water as the test contaminant, we used a range of other contaminants found in a typical kitchen.

Altro slip risk chart

These contaminants are generally more viscous or substantial than water, creating a thicker layer between floor and shoe. This squeeze film thickness prevents the foot from making contact with the floor and increases the risk of slipping. This table shows how the performance across floors with different pendulum and R ratings perform with the different contaminants. In commercial kitchens where vegetable oil and greasy water are likely to be present, only Altro Stronghold 30 gives a 1 in a million chance of slipping.

Better together: Altro floors and walls

Altro floors and walls installed together

Combine Altro safety flooring and Altro Puraguard with other products from our portfolio for a total practical solution.

Why stop in the kitchen? Altro provides flooring and wall coverings in attractive designs and in many designer shades. Install smooth flooring in the dining room and public areas. Add slip-resistant flooring behind the bar and in restrooms. Utilize our glossy and vibrant wall system, or customize something with your own graphics and images!.

You will rest easy knowing that patrons will have an exquisite experience while the most dangerous areas in your facility are well equipped to handle the tolls of the day.

Recommended smooth flooring for front of house areas where aesthetics are key:

Recommended slip-resistant flooring for behind the bars, bathrooms, path to kitchens, service corridors, etc.:

Recommended wall products

Effective detailing is critical in any commercial kitchen

Our specialty kitchens mockup showcases our floor and wall solutions at work in a simulated kitchen environment. Altro safety flooring can be installed over wood and many other types of flexible subfloor including metal walk-in coolers, whereas ceramic tiles would crack or debond.

Technical details

Drains and cleanouts

In new construction or when replacing drains during renovations, clamping ring style drains must be utilized. This style drain facilitates a watertight transition with flooring.

For existing drains and cleanouts, Altro recommends strainers and tops to be modified in the field by the flooring installer to create a custom clamping transition.

Coolers and freezers

Altro safety flooring may be installed in new or existing freezers and coolers.

Lowest temperature rating;

  • Altro Stronghold 30 | -22F / -30C
  • Altro Classic 25 | -4F / -20C
  • Altro Atlas 40 | -4F / -20C

Stainless steel and heat deflector plates

Altro recommends the use of stainless steel panels behind high heat cooking lines and for equipment with excessive heat and adding heat deflector plates under the appliance is highly recommended. Failure to use these items could result in material defects and void the product warranty.

Cleaning and maintenance

Proper care of Altro safety flooring is critical. For up to date cleaning and maintenance information please visit here.


Certain chemicals may cause staining of vinyl flooring. Traffic stains may be caused by asphalt and rubber products like rubber mats. Please conduct a stain test prior to installation.


When joining Altro Puraguard to Altro flooring, we recommend the use of the C4/C8 cap strip method, followed by the Overlap method. If wall protection has not been selected for installation, your Altro flooring can terminate with a C7 cap strip. For specific detail diagrams and CAD files please visit here.

Only installers who have successfully taken an Altro training course specified for kitchens and wet environments should be trusted with commercial kitchen installations. Failure to use a qualified installer could result in a faulty installation and will void the product warranty.

Please utilize the knowledge of your Altro Sales Representative and our Technical Services department for commercial kitchen installations. We are here to ensure a job well done.