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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With a wide range of custom color chips blends available, epoxy flooring can be effective and beautiful!

When businesses are looking for the best flooring solution which can stand up to intense stressors, while lasting for years with minimal maintenance, epoxy coatings are the go-to choice.  Concrete coated with epoxy creates a single seamless coated surface which is exceptionally strong, capable of supporting anything from a busy car showroom to a warehouse full of heavy equipment.

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Installing new flooring solutions is just one of many services Black Bear offers. We also partner with clients to help maintain existing concrete flooring and substrate using high performance resinous coatings. From diamond grind and sealers to high performance epoxy and urethane formulas engineered to mitigate risk of contamination, Black Bear offers a number of services and solutions that can breathe new life into a concrete floor and help you maintain your investment for years to come.

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concrete joint filler

There are numerous options when choosing a flooring for your business or industrial space.  Many businesses opt for resin-coated concrete, due to the single seamless surface it can create, but resinous coatings aren’t always the right fit for an application.

Sometimes, basic concrete is called for, or flooring types which are tiled.  In these cases, there’s another major consideration when choosing flooring: the joint fillers.  If your flooring isn’t naturally seamless, it must have good joint fillers to fill in the cracks.

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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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coated concrete flooring fenway park


Every commercial and industrial building has a flooring foundation. This flooring is expected to last for a long time but may experience substantial wear and tear. This often happens in an office, factory, or warehouse. Custom epoxy floors and resinous concrete coatings can make a significant impact in commercial applications. Business owners and facility managers find concrete coatings advantageous and end up saving money in the long run.

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