epoxy vs urethane

When you’re looking for flooring solutions for your workspace, particularly if you work in a highly-regulated industry such as food preparation or pharmaceuticals, few options are better than resin-coated concrete floors.  When concrete flooring is coated with a material like urethane or epoxy it creates an extremely hard and durable surface which is also easy to clean.  This makes it much simpler to stay within regulations from government bodies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The big question is what type of coating is best for your floor.  Urethane and epoxy coatings are the two most common and popular choices, and each has their own strengths and weaknesses.  So in this article, we’ll be breaking down the options based on a variety of criteria.

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black bear coating and concrete


At Black Bear Coatings & Concrete, we specialize in providing top-notch commercial and industrial floor repair and refinishing services. Our team of experts is skilled in assessing and addressing a wide range of floor issues, ensuring the safety and functionality of your commercial facility.

Our services encompass various types of floor repairs, including fixing cracks, joint reconstruction, patching, and sidewalk repairs. Whether your concrete floors have become damaged over time or you are experiencing trip hazards in your commercial setting, our skilled technicians can restore your floor to its original condition.

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why you should use polyaspartic coatings for cultivation sitesWhy to Choose Polyaspartic Coatings for Marijuana Cultivation Centers

If you’re considering joining the booming marijuana cultivation business, you’ll need to think carefully about your facilities and how they’re constructed. With the marijuana business still quite new, and met with some backlash by those in the community, you want to make sure there’s nothing about your facilities that would give those in power an excuse to shut you down.

This even extends to your flooring – you want something that’s medicinal-grade, at the least, and won’t cause any sort of health violations. Polyaspartic floor coatings can be the perfect solution. So, it’s a low-cost option with a long lifespan and superior performance in clean rooms. In a previous blog post, we discussed how to choose marijuana dispensary and cultivation center flooring. Now, we will go through why polyaspartic coatings are the best choice for marijuana cultivation floors.

Why Polyaspartic Coatings Make Sense for Marijuana Cultivation 

Polyaspartic coatings are a form of polyurethane, formulated to remain stable as a liquid mixture for longer. As a result, this makes them easier to work with and to spread onto floors more smoothly before they begin to harden into the final coating. Like regular polyurethane, polyaspartic coatings are applied to a basic concrete slab to enhance its flooring properties.

This combination of a concrete + rubberized coating is a perfect choice for marijuana grow operations for several reasons:

1 – A single seamless surface

Because polyaspartic coatings are sprayed on and spread evenly across the floor, they harden into a single surface. They can even form seamless seals with architectural components like support pillars which are attached to the floor. There are no gaps, cracks, or other disruptions in the floor surface.

2 – Hygienic and easy to clean

Because the floor is seamless, it becomes far easier to maintain hygiene in sensitive operations. Mold, bacteria and other microbial life have nowhere to “dig in” and grow. The surface itself can be cleaned simply and easily with any typical cleaning products.

3 – Anti-slip properties

If you’re putting flooring into a grow room, you have to consider the possibility of leaks and spills from the hydration system. Like all rubber-style flooring options, polyaspartic coatings are naturally anti-slip. Plus, they’re easy to clean when a spill happens.

4 – Many colors and finish options

Do you want a grow room you can show off or perhaps a dispensary area for patients? You have plenty of options in color, finish, and texture to create a floor that looks as nice as it performs. It’s a good option if you want to wow investors, guests, or customers.

Related: Why Commercial Flooring is a Serious Consideration for Extractable Lab Flooring

Polyaspartic Commercial Flooring for Cultivation Facilities

Black Bear Coatings & Concrete has partnered with commercial growing and medical marijuana manufacturing plants to provide longer lasting industrial floors. Take a look at some of our work for Garden Remedies, MassMedicum, and Commonwealth Alternative Care for a sample of our solutions that protect against contamination. Then, contact us for a free on-site consultation and to learn how we help you retrofit a facility and value-engineer better solutions for your cultivation sites and dispensaries.

There are numerouEpoxy Floorings reasons to choose epoxy-coated concrete for the flooring of your commercial or industrial business.  Epoxy is exceptionally strong, long-lasting, easy to clean, and can even come in numerous eye-pleasing colors. However, one of the less obvious benefits of epoxy flooring is that the epoxy blend can be tailored to your needs.  This means your flooring contractor can formulate the coatings for added protection against the elements of the space.

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school science lab flooring

No matter the application, a flooring solution needs to be durable – and those on a college campus are no exception. In fact, collegiate flooring takes quite the beating.  With countless students, faculty, and guests walking on them every day, you need a truly robust floor that can stand up to some of the most aggressive stressors.  This is particularly true for science labs and classrooms of specific study taking place with hostile elements. The harmful agents are amplified with the addition of chemicals and heavy equipment often found in these buildings. Fortunately, there are science lab flooring solutions which can stand up to even the level of abuse which can be expected of a college science lab – such as concrete coated with polyurethane.

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metallic epoxy pros and consWhen designing a space, you have more options in flooring today than ever before.  Many are purely functional, but if you want a flooring which is extremely functional and has a lot of “wow” factor, one of the best options you could look into is metallic epoxy coatings. While the positives of metallic epoxy flooring far outweigh the negatives, it is important to look at the metallic epoxy pros and cons during the decision process.

Metallic epoxy is a form of solid epoxy that has metallic, glitter-like particles embedded in it.  When properly mixed and applied, the result is an extremely distinctive and eye-catching effect with what appear to be three-dimensional shimmering swirls throughout the flooring.  Plus, it’s reflective, which makes it look even more interesting.

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Facilities managers in commercial settings have a lot on their plate, from ensuring the safety of employees and customers to keeping costs under control. Choosing the right concrete floor is an important decision, and there are several factors to consider.

One of the most important factors to consider is the purpose and function of the floor. For example, a warehouse may require a different type of concrete floor than a retail store or a hospital.

Of course, costs are also important, and one should consider both the cost of the concrete floor installation as well as the total cost of ownership for the floor. The cost of the floor should be considered in relation to the expected lifespan of the floor and the budget of the facility.

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capex planning for facilities managers


Capital Expenditures (CapEx) are a crucial part of maintaining and expanding any business. CapEx covers all expenses which are directly related to facilities, buildings, machinery, computers, and other physical things. This is separate from Operating Expenses (OpEx), which covers matters such as employee salaries, insurance, and utility bills. In general, OpEx is predictable and recurring, while CapEx tends to be more periodic and situational.

This makes planning and budgeting for CapEx costs more of a challenge than in other areas of budgeting, since these are often large expenses which must be thoroughly researched and justified. Facility managers looking to make a large CapEx investment, such as installing new flooring or other safety features, will have to make a serious case for the expenditure.

Here are a few tips for making the process easier.

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capex planning and budgeting flooring projects


Is it time for new commercial flooring? A good commercial or industrial floor can last for a decade or more with minimal maintenance, especially if it’s made from resin-coated concrete. However, wear and tear are inevitable, and eventually enough damage will accumulate to make replacement the best viable option.

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esd flooringMany businesses and industries are involved in projects and product creation that require an environment free from additional electrical activity. From biomedical research to electronics manufacturing, you need to do everything possible to prevent any electrostatic discharge or buildup as your workforce moves around. Fortunately, there is an easy way to accomplish this: floor coatings with electrostatic discharge (ESD) protections. ESD flooring can be engineered to help prevent static from generating and compromising the integrity of a floor system and creating hazards in the workplace.

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