how to choose your seamless floor coating solution for your environmentA seamless floor is the right choice for almost any business environment. They’re easy to clean, easy to sterilize, and less prone to wear and tear than other tile-based flooring solutions. From warehouses to pharmaceutical clean rooms, seamless floors deliver better safety and better ROI.

That just leaves the question of what type of seamless floor to install. The three most popular options for seamless flooring are epoxy coatings, polyurethane coatings, or polished concrete. Here’s a quick rundown of the advantages of each, and what types of usage they’re best for.

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why you should consider antimicrobial flooringThere are certain areas of business where antimicrobial flooring is clearly needed, such as biomedical research or food preparation. However, that raises the question: is there any situation where antimicrobial flooring wouldn’t be a worthwhile investment?

After all, most resinous floor coatings can receive a treatment of antimicrobial additives or products that will render the floor resistant to most unwanted life. If you’re already looking towards using floor coatings to enhance and complete your concrete floor, adding antimicrobial properties just makes sense.

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Why Seamless Flooring Is Ideal For Commercial BusinessesSeamless resinous floor coatings are ideal for a variety of commercial and industrial settings. For businesses, a seamless flooring system offers huge benefits over alternatives, such as bare concrete or vinyl tiles, while not having any major drawbacks aside from -potentially- a slightly higher installation cost. However, the durability and sustainability justify the up-front costs.

Seamless floors are a perfect solution for a wide range of businesses. Continue reading to learn 4 reasons why you should choose seamless flooring for your commercial business.

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commercial flooring demolitionSometimes you have to tear down before you can build up.

Not every commercial floor space is ready to have new flooring or coating laid down. When it’s a building that already has existing flooring, such as rubber or vinyl tiles, the old flooring will need to be demolished as part of the preparation process. This might even involve removing the underlying concrete as well, although it’s usually possible to salvage old concrete as long as it’s not totally torn up.

Good surface preparation is needed for the new flooring to properly adhere and deliver a long lifespan. Here are some of the ways we can help with commercial flooring demolition to prepare for a new one:

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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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acid stain concrete vs polished concrete

Concrete is an excellent option for flooring in just about any sort of commercial or industrial setting, but one thing it lacks is color. Untreated concrete is dull to look at, and while that’s OK in some settings – like warehouses – for more customer or client facing spaces people often want something more visually appealing. Two common choices here are acid stain concrete or polished concrete. Both can be used to create colors, patterns, or new textures. Which flooring method is right for your business? It depends on what your needs are. So, let’s take a look at the differences between acid stain concrete vs polished concrete:

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solvent based vs solids based vs water based epoxyEpoxy floor coatings are a great choice for a wide variety of businesses. Epoxy gives you a strong, durable floor that’s extremely easy to clean and hard for contaminants to grow on. You can even get metallic epoxy variations, which produce a dazzling swirled look that wows visitors. However, not all epoxies are the same. In fact, there are three basic types: solids-based, solvent-based, and water-based epoxy. Each has their uses, just depending on the situation. Which is right for your floor? Here are the major differences between solvent based vs solids based vs water based epoxy!

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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.

extractable lab flooringWhen designing a space for the creation of any materials intended for medical usage – from standard pharmaceuticals to novel new marijuana\THC delivery products – it’s vital to consider the impact of that space on the product. There’s an entire industry devoted to testing products for extractables and leachables (E&Ls) – chemicals in the creation or packaging of a medicinal product that could potentially make their way into what the consumer ingests.

Facilities for marijuana processing are having to increasingly keep E&L processes in mind, and that means limiting potential environmental contaminants. The right choice in extractable lab flooring and floor coatings can go a long way towards reducing the chances of contamination.

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how to choose marijuana dispensary flooring in massachusettsAs new cannabis legislation takes effect, organizations are in the process of constructing or retrofitting facilities to comply with Massachusetts’ medicinal marijuana laws. This includes ensuring your facility is up to legal standards for growing, handling and dispensing medicinal marijuana. Failure to do so could put your license at risk. Your choice of flooring for the facility could have a major impact. While not (yet) heavily regulated, Massachusetts does have requirements for marijuana cultivation and dispensary flooring.

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