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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epoxy vs polyurethaneCommercial and industrial coatings for concrete floors yields a lot of possibilities. There are a wide variety of coatings available. Each has unique properties and is best deployed under different circumstances. Two of the more popular options for commercial coatings includes epoxy and polyurethane (PU) coatings. One is not necessarily superior to the other. However, the decision to choose one over the other should depend upon your intended use for the space. Read on to learn the differences between epoxy vs polyurethane floor coatings.

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learn where to use metallic epoxy floor coatingsMetallic epoxy floor coatings for commercial and industrial spaces are the perfect marriage of beauty and durability. This type of coating is an ideal choice for many different areas of a single business – allowing for reliability and customization. Continue reading to learn where to use metallic epoxy flooring at your business.

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how to install metallic epoxy floorsMetallic epoxy floors have become a popular commercial flooring option, because of their exotic, yet durable, beauty and the ability to design a floor pattern that is uniquely yours. While from a creative standpoint, there is no right or wrong result, it is important for you to follow certain guidelines and metallic epoxy techniques for a successful installation. Continue reading to learn how to install metallic epoxy floors for commercial use.


How to Install Metallic Epoxy Floors: GETTING STARTED

The principles for preparing to install a metallic epoxy floor are similar to that for any other epoxy floor. You need to start with a clean, flat, ground surface, preferably concrete. After prepping your foundation by diamond grinding or similar process, the first thing you apply is an epoxy primer. Due to the sensitivity of metallic coatings to dust, you will need to constantly wipe away any dust from the floor throughout the entire primer application process.

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the best industrial floors for your facility“What are the best industrial floors for my facility?” Unfortunately, there is no single answer to that question. The “right” answer depends on the industry and operating requirements for your specific facility. When Black Bear Coatings & Concrete meets with clients to discuss industrial flooring projects, we usually start by asking a series of questions to determine the industrial floor specifications needed. Once we know the answers to these questions, then we can make a recommendation for which type of industrial floors are needed. Read on below to learn the top 6 considerations you need to keep in mind when choosing an industrial flooring solution.

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what are the top five polished concrete frequently asked questions?Polished concrete has gained in popularity, to the point where it’s one of the most common floors found in commercial real estate, as well as restaurant dining spaces, and hallways and corridors in educational facilities to name a few of its uses. Polished concrete is a highly affordable option, known for being a distinctive and functional floor, while also giving you a low-maintenance surface that is easily cleaned and maintained.

When facility managers are contemplating installing polished concrete floors in a commercial space, there are a number of “typical” polished concrete frequently asked questions that come up in the initial conversation that we address.

Answering Your Top Five Polished Concrete Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Can any concrete be polished?

Almost. Usually, yes, this can be achieved. However, there are a few situations where polishing new or existing isn’t ideal. For example:

  • Floors made of lightweight concrete isn’t the best candidate for polishing
  • Concrete which has been damaged by caustic chemicals
  • Outdoor concrete made with a freeze/thaw mix shouldn’t be polished
2. Does the polishing process disrupt business and how long will cleanup be once it’s complete?

In most cases, there is very little cause for concern during installation. We can work around your schedule, during downtime periods and off hours, and we ensure that your space is left as it was found (with the addition of an enhanced flooring solution.) We prefer a dry-grind polish procedure, in which all the resulting dust is immediately vacuumed up by a system within the polishing machinery. However, occasionally a wet-grind polish may be called for, which will result in a sort of rock-slush that will need to be disposed of. However, Black Bear crews will handle waste materials resulting from construction.

3. Is polished concrete eco-friendly?

Absolutely! In fact, polished concrete is arguably the most eco-friendly commercial flooring solution you could install. Concrete is a natural surface comprised of rock and water. Plus, it’s frequently recycled, reducing your carbon footprint. The durability of polished concrete means it lasts longer than most products and results in less waste overall which is why it’s sought after for green-building requirements. Its reflective surface saves on energy costs and is compliant with all LEED standards.

4. How stain-resistant is polished concrete?

One of the disadvantages of polished concrete is that it’s not as stain-resistant as epoxy or urethane coatings. While additional sealants protect the surface, unfortunately, the porous nature of concrete will mean it’s always somewhat susceptible to staining or other damage from spills – particularly if they are left standing. To prevent staining, clean any moisture or spillage immediately after it happens.

5. How slippery is polished concrete?

You might be surprised to learn that while shiny in appearance, polished concrete isn’t a very slippery surface at all. It only looks slippery because of its high reflectivity. In reality, the concrete still has a very bumpy surface, at the microscopic level. This gives it superior friction coefficient even when wet. It’s actually less slippery than many other common flooring options which is why it’s so popular for corporate lobbies and entryways.

Black Bear is the Leading Contractor for Polished Concrete Solutions

From performance to design, Black Bear Coatings & Concrete ensures that each client’s individual needs are recognized and reflected in the product we provide for optimal results. Check out our portfolio, including samples of polished concrete finished products for brands, and our client list to learn why more businesses and general contractors trust Black Bear to engineer longer-lasting concrete, epoxy, urethane, and MMA solutions. The above list of polished concrete frequently asked questions is just a sample of the insight our team can offer you during your commercial flooring buying decision process. Request a free, on-site assessment to learn how Black Bear can provide compliant, visually appealing, and durable polished concrete floors for your business.

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why facilities choose urethane floor solutionsIt’s easy for employees and the general public to take the flooring beneath their feet for granted, but for facilities managers, commercial and industrial flooring is another matter. Proper floor surfaces are an absolute necessity for productive day-to-day operations. Compliance and OSHA health & safety inspections aside, the floor in a commercial or manufacturing facility must be able to protect the workforce from accidents, while being resilient enough to withstand abuse from everyday stressors in the environment. For many facilities managers, urethane floor solutions are so often the solution of choice for warehouses, factories, and other production spaces. Concrete flooring with urethane topcoats and applications can easily fulfill the requirements a facility manager looks for in a new solution or during a renovation.

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