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Food Truck Flooring: Choose the Right Flooring for Your Business on Wheels

It takes a special kind of love and nerve to own and operate your own food truck. There’s a lot of planning, long nights, and of course, cooking, most of which you do on your feet. That’s why one of the most essential parts of the food truck is the flooring. 

But what food truck flooring options are out there and how do you choose the right floor covering for your business on wheels? This guide will show you the best food truck flooring options, and explain what makes each an awesome food trailer flooring idea. Let’s get started!

What to Look for in Food Truck Flooring

Essentially, choosing your flooring is based on the priorities for your business. When you’re working in a food truck, you’re standing for long periods of time. That’s why the floor is so important. You don’t want to stand on an uncomfortable floor all day, and it’s even worse if it gets damaged by wear and tear. 

If you want the floors in your food truck to be eye-catching as well as durable, that can happen too! To make sure your flooring is just as awesome as the food you serve, there are certain features to look for when shopping for food truck flooring. 

  • Durability: Your trailer floor needs to be strong enough to handle the heavy kitchen equipment loaded in a food truck. You need a heavy-duty floor that can stay strong through wear and tear.
  • Water-resistance: With all the spills likely to happen in a food truck, water- and weather-resistant features help keep your floors strong and resilient.
  • Low maintenance: No one wants a floor that’s as difficult as running a business. Food truck flooring should support your feet and goals, not add more worry. 
  • Chemical-resistance: Your food truck may see spills such as oil and grease. Chemical resistant qualities will ensure that your floor looks nice and has a long life.
  • Slip-resistance: You don’t need to worry about accidentally slipping while serving up delicious food. Slip-resistant flooring provides better traction while you’re on the move.

Now that you have an idea of what to look for, let’s go over some food truck flooring options.

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Rubber Food Truck Flooring

Food Truck Flooring: 8mm Strong Rubber Rolls - Designer Series

For heavy-duty food truck flooring, rubber rolls, tiles, or mats will get the job done. Rubber flooring is known for its extreme durability, making it an ideal choice for food trucks. It protects your subfloor from heavy equipment and supports your joints. It’s also slip-resistant, even when wet, so you can keep good traction and footing while cooking up an awesome dish.

Plus, maintaining rubber flooring is super easy. After a day of hard work, simply sweep off any loose dirt, mop it down to get rid of any tough spills, and then let it dry. 

Benefits of Rubber Flooring

  • Slip-resistant: Rubber flooring provides good traction and footing while working, even when wet.
  • Antimicrobial: No one wants a health violation, that’s why non-porous rubber flooring will prevent bacterial growth. Other rubber floorings can also be sealed to it impervious to any mold, mildew, fungal, and bacterial growth. 
  • Durability: Rubber is a highly resilient material that can withstand the weight of heavy equipment, resulting in a long-lasting trailer floor.
  • Low maintenance and easy to clean: Rubber trailer flooring makes for the easiest cleanup. Simply mop or sweep off any dirt or debris after business hours to keep your floors looking nice.
  • Eco-friendly: The rubber in many of our mats comes from recycled tires so you know your floors are sturdy and kind to our earth.

Disadvantages of Rubber Flooring

  • Price: Rubber flooring can be costly to start, but you’ll have a long-lasting, quality product that’s easy to clean and maintain. 
  • Odor: When your rubber floors first arrive, you might notice a rubber smell. Thankfully, the smell can be taken care of with a mop with some soap and water. Simply mop it a few times, then keep it in a well-ventilated area.  

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Anti-Fatigue Food Truck Flooring

NoTrax Comfort Style Anti-Fatigue Mat

Back pain, sore feet, poor posture: these factors can ruin your day in a super cool food truck. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Anti-fatigue flooring will be your new best friend.

Anti-fatigue mats are designed to alleviate fatigue from standing on a hard surface for long stretches of time. The foam material is shock absorbent and provides a cushion for your feet. Add all of that to the fact that they are slip-resistant and these mats can create the ultimate food truck flooring. 

Plus, anti-fatigue mats come in a variety of sizes. So you can also simply put down a small-sized anti-fatigue mat wherever you stand/work the most. 

Benefits of Anti-Fatigue Flooring

  • Reduces stress on the body: Anti-fatigue mats allow for better blood circulation, reducing fatigue from standing.
  • Provide resistance and shock absorption: The relief from anti-fatigue mats lessens the effects on joints and legs from standing on hard concrete floors.
  • Helps your posture: Long hours of standing can significantly affect your spine and posture. Anti-fatigue mats help reduce compression of the spinal cord and reduce poor posture and back pain.
  • Easy to clean: Simply mop any dirt or debris to keep your anti-fatigue mats looking nice.
  • Portable: You can easily move anti-fatigue mats to wherever they’re needed. 

Disadvantages of Anti-Fatigue Flooring

  • Design: Rubber anti-fatigue mats aren’t exactly a trend for your modern kitchen, but they make up in the comfort and cleanliness departments!
  • Odor: Some of the anti-fatigue floorings are made out of rubber, meaning they also have that strong rubber smell. You can either let this fade with time or use a mop with mild soap and water to help. 

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Food Truck Sheet Vinyl Flooring

Mohawk Versatech Ultra 13' 2" Vinyl Sheet in an RV setting

For a more eye-catching, unique food truck flooring option, there’s sheet vinyl. With sheet vinyl, you can have gorgeous patterned floors that are also durable and easy to maintain.

Vinyl sheets have a soft backing for improved comfort underfoot, which is why they are also known as resilient flooring. Not to mention, this type of vinyl flooring is easy to install. Simply roll it out and it will lay flat under its own weight. 

If you want the inside of your food truck to stand out as much as your food, sheet vinyl will take it to the next level. The only question is, which design fits the truck best? 

Benefits of Sheet Vinyl Flooring

  • DIY-friendly: Sheet vinyl is so easy to install, a child could do it. Installing sheet vinyl will be a very short DIY project.
  • Price: Sheet vinyl is a true bargain for food truck flooring. 
  • Style: With a variety of wood-look, stone-look, and other patterns, your flooring can elevate your trailer with a rustic or classy style. It’s all up to you.
  • Durability: The resilient materials offer some serious protection, so your floor can last through heavy-duty use.
  • Easy maintenance: To keep your vinyl sheet looking its best, all you really need to do is regularly sweep the floor to remove loose dirt, and mop it down to take care of any bigger messes.

Disadvantages of Sheet Vinyl Flooring

  • Replacement: What do you do if the roll does get damaged? Unfortunately, you may need to buy a replacement since you can’t just pop out and replace a section like you can with interlocking tiles.
  • Not chemical resistant: Vinyl sheets are stain-resistant, but not stain-proof. If exposed to harsh chemicals or spills for an extended amount of time, they may become stained or damaged.

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Food Truck Vinyl Rolls 

Ribbed Nitro Roll Food Truck Flooring

Vinyl rolls made from 100% premium grade polyvinyl (PVC) provide the ideal trailer or food truck flooring. Flexible, durable, and chemical resistant, soft PVC rolls can handle spills and more. This kind of vinyl roll is the same flooring you might use in a garage. 

Available in a variety of textures such as diamond tread plate, coin, and ribbed, vinyl rolls provide a slip-resistant surface that allows you to move with ease. Not to mention they’re available in a multitude of colors that will give your food truck flooring some extra style. 

Benefits of Vinyl Rolls

  • DIY-friendly: While a vinyl roll is a bit heavy/bulky, after some cutting and adjusting to your roll, it can easily be rolled out. 
  • Price: Vinyl rolls are conveniently priced so you don’t have to break your budget on the flooring. 
  • Slip-resistant surfaces: With excellent tread plate surfaces such as diamond, coin, and ribbed, you can walk confidently on your food truck flooring. 
  • Durability: The resilient materials protect the subfloor, and are built to last through heavy-duty use.
  • Chemical-resistance: Vinyl rolls hang tough against most chemicals so your food truck flooring will continually look great over time. 
  • Stain-resistance: Stains are bound to happen in a food truck. Luckily vinyl rolls are stain-resistant. Just make sure you clean up any spills in a timely manner. 
  • Easy maintenance: To keep your vinyl sheet looking its best, all you really need to do is regularly sweep the floor to remove loose dirt, and mop it down to take care of any bigger messes.

Disadvantages of Vinyl Rolls

  • Comfort: Unlike anti-fatigue mats, vinyl rolls do not support the body, and are not as comfortable to stand on for prolonged periods of time. 
  • Replacement: Although PVC is chemical- and stain-resistant, if your vinyl roll gets damaged, the best you can do is buy a replacement. In this case, flooring options like interlocking tiles are better suited as you can pull up the affected tile and replace it with ease.
  • Vulnerable to damage under heavy objects: While vinyl rolls are resilient, they can also be permanently squished or pierced under large, heavy objects like tables or machinery. This can be disseminated by using furniture pads that would spread out the weight into a slightly larger area. 

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Food Truck Soft PVC Tile Flooring

Food Truck Flooring: Black and Gray Coin Flex Nitro Tiles being installed

Soft plastic tiles are made from the same PVC as the vinyl garage rolls, so these tiles are still flexible, durable, and chemical resistant. The advantage of tiles is that they’re more customizable. You can choose from more colors and create your own patterns.

Tiles also allow you to replace a section of your flooring if part of it becomes damaged. All you need to do is pull up the affected tile and replace it with a new one. Soft PVC tiles also come in coin, diamond, textured, and smooth patterns for different looks and excellent anti-slip surfaces. These surfaces help with footing and traction. 

Benefits of Soft PVC Tiles

  • Durability: The PVC material holds up well to stains, dirt, and heavy use.
  • Look: Tiles come in a variety of colors and surface textures such as coin or diamond, allowing you to customize your food truck flooring however you want.
  • Easy maintenance: Maintaining soft PVC tile is super simple. All you need to do is sweep or mop the flooring as needed.
  • Chemical-resistance: PVC tiles are constructed to withstand chemical stains. The polymer materials make PVC an excellent floor for chemical resistance.
  • DIY-friendly: Simply put the tiles together using the interlocking installation system. What could be easier?
  • Price: These tiles are middle-of-the-road price-wise, but it’s a great deal for the quality.

Disadvantages of Soft PVC Tiles

  • Vulnerable to damage under heavy objects: While flexible tiles are resilient, they are also thin, making them more susceptible to being permanently squished or pierced under large, heavy objects like tables or machinery. This can be disseminated by using furniture pads that would spread out the weight into a slightly larger area.

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Conclusion

Are you ready to find the perfect flooring for your business on wheels? Remember, it all depends on your priorities for your food truck. Start shopping with confidence today!

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About Sydney Shields

Sydney Shields

Sydney Shields is a home improvement enthusiast with a passion for writing. Being a huge fan of the DIY revolution, her experience in crafting, blogging, and marketing led her to join Flooring Inc. She takes a personable approach to her blog posts and prides herself on the ability to dive deep into research for a fresh understanding of flooring, and...

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Shammy Peterson
Shammy Peterson
April 27, 2022 10:42 pm

You made a good point when you said that you can expect to have heavy kitchen equipment inside a food truck, so the trailer’s floor must be strong enough. This is something that I will share with my brother because he is planning to have his food trailer repaired and renovated this coming Sunday. He mentioned that its old flooring has heavy signs of wear and tear, so he wants to find a cost-effective type of flooring. 

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