Breweries pose a unique set of challenges for industrial flooring contractors. Part manufacturing plant, part retail store, and part dining experience, there are multiple considerations that need to be addressed before installing the appropriate commercial floor.

Craft brews have gained a cult following and their rise in popularity shows no signs of slowing. In the Northeast alone, microbreweries have increased tenfold, and Black Bear Coatings & Concrete has become the flooring contractor of choice to engineer the right solution for brewery owners. We’ve designed and installed floor systems for Wachusett Brewing, Madison Brewing Company, Idle Hands Craft Ales, Downeast Cider House, and other craft brands throughout New England.


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Polished Concrete, Idle Hands Craft Ales Brewery, Malden, MA

Polished Concrete, Idle Hands Craft Ales Brewery, Malden, MA

In most industries, flooring and floor coatings are a discretionary or even purely aesthetic consideration, but that’s not the case with brewery flooring. As with all food and drink-related industries, breweries have a huge number of regulations to contend with if they’re to successfully remain on the market, and many of those relate directly to the cleanliness of their production facilities.

In our own decades of experience working in industrial flooring, it seems that breweries are generally having to re-floor their facilities every seven years or so, to remain in compliance with health regulations. However, this is needlessly wasteful! Modern advances in brewery floor coatings allow for floors with far longer lifespans, which are also safer and more hygienic.

These solutions may cost a little more up-front, but they can save a brewery considerable money in the long run thanks to their low upkeep, easy cleaning, and reduced risk to workers.

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Facility managers face an uphill battle when trying to maintain the safety and reliability of industrial floors. With regular stressors that compromise the integrity of a floor and lead to dangerous working conditions, it’s important to select the appropriate solution that will hold up against the elements.

Ongoing Challenges
While the need to repair imperfections and keep a floor in tact should be a top priority, facility managers are met with hesitation when trying to renovate or replace commercial flooring. Numerous excuses given range from inconvenience to indifference.

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The sweet smell of success is in the air as many in the baking world profit from independent retail shops and online fulfillment. From cupcakeries to creative cakes, gluten-free to vegan options, specialty bakeries and confectioners have sprung up in virtually every town to satisfy a resident’s sweet tooth.

Whether you have a storefront or a delivery van, it’s a safe bet that as a food service provider, you have regulatory agencies to contend with. One of the biggest hurdles bakers face as they get off their business of the ground is licensing, and subsequently staying in good standing throughout the life of the business. A commercial flooring solution is an integral part of keeping your bakery in full compliance.

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Rotman's FurnitureThe Northeast has a long history of being home to some of the earliest manufacturing facilities – with remnants of suburban mill towns spread throughout the region. As of late, the area is again a mecca of production, and factories are churning out everything from candles to candies, pharmaceuticals to fashions, and everything in between.

This surge of reborn industry has paved the way for new construction as well as renewed interest in the restoration and maintenance of older plants – requiring top technology and enhanced building materials that increase productivity and workplace safety.

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Epoxy, St. Bernard’s Athletic Center, Fitchburg, MA

Epoxy, St. Bernard’s Athletic Center, Fitchburg, MA

Show your school spirit from the ground up.

Once used solely as outdoor pavers and for utilitarian spaces such as storage and cafeterias, educational facilities are now turning to concrete solutions to enhance the overall look and feel of a school.

Concrete has long been touted for its durability. Virtually indestructible, this surface is ideal for the constant foot traffic found in hallways and classrooms on a regular basis. In addition, it’s easier to maintain and more cost effective than other flooring systems.

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Moisture or liquid vapor trapped within a concrete floor can result in serious problems for the integrity of a structure.  Left unchecked, it can lead to significant flooring damage, create hazardous conditions for workers, and possibly require significant repair soon after installation.

Wetness can compromise the durability and shorten the life-span of a commercial floor solution. Vapor mitigation systems (also called moisture mitigation systems) are specifically designed to keep moisture from entering concrete, or to permanently trap moisture within concrete to contain moisture movement from permeating the surface.

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Yes, concrete is solid. It’s hard and unyielding when you stand on it. However, concrete is also extremely porous, and it’s relatively easy for liquids and vapors to seep through the material.

It’s not uncommon for concrete to be treated or have additional layers added to prevent moisture from compromising the concrete or the flooring topcoat placed above it. Known as vapor mitigation systems, or moisture mitigation, there are several techniques which can be employed – but all have the same purpose – sealing off the concrete to prevent wetness from permeating the surface and compromising the integrity of the substance.

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Polished ConcreteThe healthcare and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries require mission-critical performance from a commercial flooring system. The versatility of polished concrete offers an array of benefits that these companies should recognize.

Polished concrete has become the solution of choice for many commercial buildings including medical device and drug production facilities. Pharmaceutical companies take advantage of the durability and chemical resistance without sacrificing the look and feel of a space. From the operations floor to office spaces, storage units to lobbies and hallways, polished concrete flooring can be a single source solution for pharma industry flooring.

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Black Bear Coatings & Concrete has extensive experience with vapor mitigation techniquesWhile concrete coatings are one of the most durable and long-lasting flooring solutions, they aren’t without fault.

Concrete by nature is a porous substance that can trap moisture, permeate throughout, and travel upwards – damaging topcoats and compromising floor systems. This can be particularly dangerous in some industries that rely on specific floor coatings for compliance and workplace safety.

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