Properties with a commercial kitchen need to maintain a safe and clean environment. This makes it possible for your staff to work efficiently and produce high quality food. But the walls and ceilings of your commercial kitchen likely also contain the pipes and electrical systems that keep your kitchen – and your entire property – running.
These components need to be protected with access panels. An access panel is a removable panel that fits into the wall and can be easily taken out when you need to reach the pipes, wires, or other systems concealed behind the panel. Installing these in your commercial kitchen keeps your space safe and up to code.
Benefits of GFRG Kitchen Access Panels
There are several material options for access panels for commercial kitchens. Glass fiber reinforced gypsum, often called GFRG, is a versatile material for access panels. In your kitchen, a GFRG access panel will:
- Protect Sensitive Equipment – Kitchens produce smoke, grease, and other cooking residues that can corrode pipes or delicate wires. An access plan keeps the worst of these contaminants away from the components behind your walls.
- Enable Easy Cleaning – Dust, tiny soot particles, and any other debris that covers electrical systems, plumbing, and HVAC equipment will need to be regularly cleaned. You may also need regular maintenance or repairs. An access panel makes it easy to get to this equipment to handle these cleaning and maintenance requirements.
- Be Durable and Fire Safe – GFRC is stronger and lighter than gypsum drywall, and will last for years in a demanding kitchen environment. It is also fire and smoke resistant to provide additional protection in emergency situations.
While GFRG access panels are highly durable, they are not waterproof. If your kitchen has a high moisture level or you need a panel close to dish sinks or mop sinks, you will want a waterproof GFRC access panel. GFRC offers the same benefits as well as being waterproof.
At GC PRoducts, we have a range of ready-to-order GFRG access panels available at affordable prices, or you can special order a custom size or GFRC panel. Contact us today to get started.