Food processing and beverage factories present a unique set of challenges when it comes to hygiene.  Constant wet conditions, food by-products and extreme temperature can inhibit sanitation.  Due to these conditions, concrete floors undergo serious corrosion damage. Corrosion in concrete can result in bacteria which may result in harmful contamination of food and beverages.   Food and beverage flooring systems need to be thick and durable enough to create a protective coating whilst being sanitary and aesthetically pleasing.

Decopol offer Polyurethane and Epoxy flooring solutions to satisfy the highest possible hygienic standards.  It is very important to understanding which is appropriate for different industries.




 Polyurethane floors tend to dominate the more robust end of the resin flooring spectrum. Polyurethane systems have superior strength, durability to temperature, chemicals and impact resistant offering a very high standard of flooring for the industrial industry.  It is very versatile and can be used in several environments, including wet environments. This makes it perfect for large industrial areas where a tough, lasting floor is required.

Polyurethane can also be made to be UV resistant (non-yellowing) in certain applications, especially thin film coatings, which can be used as a high-quality alternative to enamel paints. Polyurethane floors can also offer food service companies the opportunity to take hygiene to the next level, by incorporating antimicrobial additives into the resin buildup of the floor itself; preventing bacterial growth.

Typical installations include:
– Chemical processing & storage
– Food processing & manufacturing
– Pharmaceutical
– Healthcare
– Cold Storage
– Breweries
– Heavy Duty traffic etc.
– Wineries


Epoxy flooring are probably best known and most widely used for industrial and commercial use. Epoxy coatings are normally applied over concrete floors to provide a high-performance, chemical resistance, smooth, and durable surface that can last for years. Many industrial sites and buildings rely on these floors to maintain safe and hygienic conditions for workers, equipment and inventory.

Epoxies are naturally more rigid and can move with a concrete substrate when exposed to heat fluctuations. However due to its super smooth finish, it does tend to show scratching and surface imperfections easily. Epoxy floors can offer enhanced safety when the surface contains anti-slip additives.  These floors systems can easily be adapted for a wide variety of environments.  Epoxy flooring comes in array of colours and styles with a lovely depth in appearance.

It should be noted that epoxies can yellow when exposed to direct sunlight and should not be installed externally or adjacent to large glass shopfronts.

Typical applications:
– Warehouses
– Industrial areas
– Showrooms
– Domestic


Overall, it might seem like a Polyurethane floor is the superior option, however what they give in durability they take away aesthetics. Unless there is a specific challenge or requirement for a Polyurethane flooring system, there will more than likely be an Epoxy floor.


Contact Gideon from Decopol to find out which flooring system would best suit your company’s needs on  060 988 7658  / 079 523 5232   or email