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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Urethane, Downeast Cider House, Boston, MA

Urethane, Downeast Cider House, Boston, MA

When it comes time to select commercial flooring options for your facility, it’s important to consider the unique requirements related to your industry. Here are five important factors to keep in mind as you make your flooring decision:

1. Hygiene requirements. In many industries, such as food and beverage, manufacturing, healthcare, and restaurant and food service, cleanliness is essential. To minimize the threat of bacterial contamination, floors often are subjected to aggressive washdowns with harsh chemicals or high temperature cleanings. Selecting a floor that is both easy to clean and can withstand these conditions is important.

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Craft Roots Brewery, Milford, MA

Craft Roots Brewery, Milford, MA

As we inch closer to January, we can’t help but reflect on the projects and the people that have made 2016 a banner year for Black Bear Coatings & Concrete. Over the past twelve months, we’ve evolved as both a company and service provider, to become more than just an invaluable resource to businesses across the Northeast. Black Bear has had the privilege to branch out and partner with companies throughout the U.S.

The success of our business is attributed to our dedicated staff, affectionately called “the Black Bear family,” as well as our clients who place their trust in our experts every day. We strive to go above and beyond for each individual partner, and provide customized solutions that span tried and true methods, to engineering innovation and experimenting with new techniques and applications.

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Metallic Epoxy Flooring

Metallic Epoxy Flooring

Every industry has unique operating conditions and business requirements that influence large facility flooring decisions. Many flooring systems exist and at times, the choices may seem overwhelming. If your organization is in the market for new flooring, answering the following five questions may help you identify options that will best meet your needs:

1. Is it a top priority to minimize facillity downtime, while a flooring system is installed? If an organization is renovating its facilities, the management team often has to balance the benefits of large facility improvements with the amount of disruption they will cause to the business. When every day of downtime translates into lost revenue, it’s common for companies to seek flooring systems that can be installed rapidly. Methyl methacrylate or MMA flooring systems are a good option under these circumstances. MMA flooring systems are flow applied, which means that large facility floors can be installed quickly and without trowel marks. Black Bear Coatings & Concrete has worked with restaurants and bars, retail stores, showrooms, building lobbies, and more to install MMA floors quickly and with a minimum of disruption.

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Harvard University Locker RoomIn commercial facilities finding the right finishes can be tough. Designers must strike a balance between durability, maintenance, and aesthetic considerations. When it comes to commercial flooring, five trends have emerged this year which will shape the way commercial projects are designed.

1. Bold graphics and bright colors. In commercial facilities, designers have embraced bright color schemes and that extends to floors. Many commercial buildings include graphics within flooring, such as bold geometric shapes. Concrete floor systems lend themselves well to these types of designs. Floors can be installed that incorporate multiple colors, graphics and logos, and different textures.

2. Green flooring materials. As businesses embrace environmental sustainability, many are also looking for building materials that are green. Concrete flooring solutions make sense for these organizations. Concrete itself is comprised of materials that are plentiful. In addition, concrete floors have a long life due to their durability. On projects where resinous coatings are used on top of concrete floors at facilities, products are available that contain no volatile organic compounds.

3. Terrazzo flooring. Although terrazzo has been around for a long time, it is enjoying a resurgence in commercial buildings thanks to its long life, low maintenance, and ability to incorporate recycled materials. Terrazzo floors have chips of glass, stone, or other materials that are embedded in tinted cement and then polished to an attractive sheen. Black Bear Coatings & Concrete offers terrazzo restoration services for large facilities that would like to give their floors a facelift. Building owners and operators find that terrazzo resembles marble and quartz, but costs much less. Terrazzo is a popular option for lobbies and other areas in corporate, healthcare, and higher education facilities.

BB_large_remarketing_300x2504. Polished concrete. Another fashionable flooring option in commercial spaces these days is polished concrete. This material works well in areas with high foot traffic. In addition, it is one of the most cost effective flooring systems since concrete floors will last for the lifetime of the building. Designers like polished concrete because it reflects light and is an affordable alternative to marble and other expensive stones.

5. Acid stained concrete. This commercial flooring solution is appealing to high end retailers and shopping mall operators. It provides a classic, elegant, and natural appearance. In addition, like most concrete floors, it is very easy to maintain. From a design and construction perspective, one of the benefits of acid stains is the fact that they can be used on existing concrete. As a result, the base flooring can be retained which reduces project costs. Acid stains are also highly customizable, so a wide range of colors are available to choose from.

If you are renovating a large commercial space or designing new commercial construction, you may want to consider these flooring trends for your project. Black Bear Coatings & Concrete would be happy to help you and your design team. We have extensive experience installing concrete floor systems in a variety of industries including restaurants, retail, healthcare, manufacturing, and more. We can help you find the best flooring solution that will meet your aesthetic, financial, and maintenance needs.

Black Bear is a leading concrete and coatings flooring company that serves New England – Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Northern Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, as well as New York (north of New York City). Rest assured that we have the staff, equipment, and expertise needed to make your floor project a success. We spend time upfront to assess each client’s needs, identify the best flooring solution, engage in the right preparation, and then install the floor using industry best practices.

We spend time upfront to assess each client’s needs, identify the best flooring solution, engage in the right preparation, and then install the floor using industry best practices. We’d love to help your company. Contact us today for a free estimate.

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Vapor Mitigation – Moisture in Concrete Flooring
vaporA growing problem in buildings with concrete floors is moisture getting into the concrete itself.  Left unchecked, this could become a major issue which can drastically reduce the lifespan of a concrete-based floor and warp decorative vinyl or tiling.

Concrete is naturally porous, which means it is easy for liquids to pass through, especially in vaporous form.  Moreover, common types of concrete are made from stones such as limestone, which naturally have a small amount of water in them.  Any moisture which is in, or under, the concrete layer can quickly pass upwards through the concrete and start undermining the upper layers.

This has become a bigger concern lately because of the rapid pace at which buildings are being constructed.  With tight timetables, it’s common for concrete drying times to be pushed down to their absolute minimum.  The upper surfaces are often applied when the concrete isn’t 100% dry, which just traps more moisture within the concrete itself. Within years, sometimes even just months, the upper layers can start to fail – which is not only unacceptable for commercial and industrial flooring, it can be downright dangerous, compromising the integrity of the system.

Vapor Mitigation Systems
Fortunately, with the right preparation and a knowledgeable concrete flooring contractor – water vapor and other forms of moisture don’t have to threaten your concrete floors.

Vapor mitigation systems (also called moisture mitigation) are sealants which are applied directly to the concrete surface and trap any remaining moisture within the slab itself.  In other cases, they are additives mixed directly into the concrete which reduce its porosity when dry.  Upper layers can then be applied securely, ensuring moisture won’t permeate and deteriorate the flooring solution.

Vapor mitigation systems are becoming commonplace to protect concrete substrate and commercial floors. Modern vapor mitigation is also compatible with green building practices. Modern systems are water-based, rather than relying on volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) and other substances which are harmful to people and the planet.  Some mitigation methods can even qualify for LEED credits.


Black Bear will work directly with you or your general contractor to develop a longer-lasting product that saves money and withstands the environmental elements in the Northeast. Whether it’s new construction to enhance the look and feel of your property, or a restoration project that ensures the safety of your patrons, trust the professionals at Black Bear Coatings & Concrete to make sure you get the exact concrete foundation and restoration services that you want and need.

With over 25 years of experience, our crews have the skills required to create a production floor that meets each client’s unique maintenance and aesthetic needs. Call Black Bear to learn how we provide longer-lasting, more effective solutions for manufacturing and production buildings.

Black Bear is a leading concrete and coatings flooring company that serves New England – Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Northern Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, as well as New York (north of New York City). Rest assured that we have the staff, equipment, and expertise needed to make your floor project a success. We spend time upfront to assess each client’s needs, identify the best flooring solution, engage in the right preparation, and then install the floor using industry best practices. We’d love to help your company.

Contact us today for a free estimate.

Failing Epoxy Floor

Learn about industrial concrete problems relating to moisture and stained floors. Black Bear Coatings & Concrete works with large facilities to ensure the right flooring is used for the individual business’ needs.

1 Inconsistent Acid Staining

Not every concrete floor in a facility is a good candidate for stain. Applying too little or too much stain can produce blotchy results, which can be exacerbated by the use of mops, rollers, or squeegees during the application process. After the stain is applied correctly, maintenance efforts are often required to ensure an even appearance for the long term.

2 Efflorescence

Water in concrete, whether in liquid or vapor form, picks up excess salt and carries it to the surface. This is known as efflorescence. The pressure from the moisture vapor and salts either doesn’t let the dye penetrate to start with or actually forces it out of the concrete over time. This can be cleaned form the surface using a dilution of 1 part distilled vinegar to 5 parts water (increase concentrations for problem areas in larger facilities).

3 Humidity

BB_large_remarketing_300x250If the relative humidity in the concrete slab is different than the relative humidity of the air above the slab, then moisture is going to try to move in or out of the slab. Without a vapor barrier, the relative humidity in the slab just below the surface can often be 100%. Since the air in a facility is seldom that humid, moisture is going to move from the slab into the air and as the surface dries a bit it will draw moisture up from the bottom.

4 Moisture Vapor Emission

Water is required to turn cement, sand, and aggregate into a concrete slab. Moisture Vapor Emission occurs when moisture that is not part of the concrete mix moves out of the concrete, or can be a result of ground water, plumbing, or other water sources. Symptoms of this type of failure include bubbles, blisters, and delamination.

5 Osmosis

Osmosis is one of the main factors that can cause a facility floor to fail. Osmosis occurs when actual moisture vapor emission through the concrete slab tries to equalize the soluble ions at the surface of concrete slab. This creates a pressure that can be greater than the adhesion strength of the coating.

Black Bear Concrete contractors have the experience and first-hand knowledge to help your facility avoid these issues – before they come up and ruin your project. We can even help you repair any existing concrete problems you may have.


Black Bear will work directly with you or your general contractor to develop a longer-lasting product that saves money and withstands the environmental elements in the Northeast. Whether it’s new construction to enhance the look and feel of your property, or a restoration project that ensures the safety of your patrons, trust the professionals at Black Bear Coatings & Concrete to make sure you get the exact concrete foundation and restoration services that you want and need.

With over 25 years of experience, our crews have the skills required to create a production floor that meets each client’s unique maintenance and aesthetic needs. Call Black Bear to learn how we provide longer-lasting, more effective solutions for manufacturing and production buildings.

Black Bear is a leading concrete and coatings flooring company that serves New England – Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Northern Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, as well as New York (north of New York City). Rest assured that we have the staff, equipment, and expertise needed to make your floor project a success. We spend time upfront to assess each client’s needs, identify the best flooring solution, engage in the right preparation, and then install the floor using industry best practices. We’d love to help your company.

Contact us today for a free estimate.

Epoxy Corridors. Springfield Hospital. Springfield, VT

Epoxy, Springfield Hospital Corridors, Springfield, VT

One of the biggest challenges in designing a hospital is the vast array of spaces which need to be created, maintained, and often prevented from contaminating other areas of the facility. The different areas of a hospital require vastly different solutions based on how each individual space will be used.

Flooring is a key element that needs to be addressed from a hospital or medical center’s initial design or renovation project. Whether patient rooms, common areas, surgical centers, storage/receiving space, the IT center, or mixed use spaces, virtually every individual area may require different flooring solutions.

Black Bear Coatings & Concrete has extensive experience value-engineering floors for the medical and sciences industries. Our experts are trained and well equipped to handle even the most unique challenges, and adhere to stringent compliance requirements.

Engineering the Right Floors within a Medical Center

Plenty of Hospital Flooring Options

Black Bear’s unique methodology is far from a “one size fits all” approach. We offer a wide range of coatings and sealants which can be engineered per room or section of the hospital. We specialize in formulating products that can withstand harsh environmental impact and reduce the risk of contamination. Depending on your specific needs, Black Bear teams work with you to propose the right solution based on how the space will be utilized.

Hygienic, Low Maintenance Flooring

Our resinous coatings are perfect for areas where sanitization is a priority. They create a single unified surface which is easily maintained, and minimizes the risk of liquid absorption and hazardous materials that can contaminate a space. From bacterial growth to tainted air quality, commercial flooring for hospitals needs to be treated to resist a number of volatile chemicals and biohazardous waste.

Vapor Mitigation

One of the biggest threats to concrete-based floors is the possibility of moisture traveling upwards through the concrete. This can cause cracking, chipping and deformation posing risk in a hospital or clinical environment. Black Bear assesses each area to determine factors that could compromise the integrity of the commercial floor system. To avoid excess moisture, it may be necessary to install a vapor mitigation system to protect the concrete base and provide a longer-lasting, more durable flooring product.

Full Legal Compliance

Prior to working at a jobsite, Black Bear crews make sure that they fully understand the regulations set forth for a medical space. That could mean taking extra precautions to eliminate the threat of bio-contamination in clean room areas or testing labs, to ensuring that external work and common areas meet OSHA compliance. The solutions that are offered and the installation process that is defined, is meant to uphold all safety and security regulations, and meet state and federal compliance codes.

With a multitude of areas integrated into a medical center’s campus, it’s impossible to suggest that a single flooring solution will suffice for the entire facility. Some coatings may be preferred and more widely used for their range of durability, though it’s more likely than not that multiple flooring products are needed to get the job done.

For more information about commercial flooring for hospital areas including patient rooms, exam and OR spaces, labs, storage, commercial kitchens and administrative offices, call Black Bear. Learn how we’ve partnered with similar facilities to provide high-quality, longer-lasting flooring systems.


Black Bear will work directly with you or your general contractor to develop a longer-lasting product that saves money and withstands the environmental elements in the Northeast. Whether it’s new construction to enhance the look and feel of your property, or a restoration project that ensures the safety of your patrons, trust the professionals at Black Bear Coatings & Concrete to make sure you get the exact concrete foundation and restoration services that you want and need.

With over 25 years of experience, our crews have the skills required to create a production floor that meets each client’s unique maintenance and aesthetic needs. Call Black Bear to learn how we provide longer-lasting, more effective solutions for manufacturing and production buildings.

Black Bear is a leading concrete and coatings flooring company that serves New England – Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Northern Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, as well as New York (north of New York City). Rest assured that we have the staff, equipment, and expertise needed to make your floor project a success. We spend time upfront to assess each client’s needs, identify the best flooring solution, engage in the right preparation, and then install the floor using industry best practices. We’d love to help your company.

Contact us today for a free estimate.

Industrial Distribution CenterFact, one of the biggest challenges the manufacturing industry faces with regards to industrial flooring is routine maintenance and repair. Depending on the type of production facility, companies typically need to recoat or replace flooring every 5-10 years. During this process, reducing downtime is crucial to avoid any loss of revenue. Shutting down a production floor is rarely an option. Therefore, manufacturers need to be strategic in their planning and execution of maintenance and replacement of commercial flooring at large facilities.

Heavy wear and tear is the hallmark of a shop floor. Under constant stress from foot-traffic, machinery, oils and chemicals used in production, and general abrasion from harsh cleansing and sanitization, a manufacturing plant flooring needs to be both safe and strong. A floor’s durability is tested regularly and under extreme scrutiny from OSHA, the EPA, and local state and federal regulatory agencies. New flooring technology has given way to longer-lasting, more impervious materials that can reduce manufacturing downtime and minimize the need to recoat sooner.

With multiple options including epoxy resin, urethane floors, MMA, and polished concrete available on the market, before making a decision, manufacturers should assess the general environment to determine the best solution for your business. By doing this, you will be narrowing down your options and creating a more customized, cost-effective solution that will keep your facility up and running and avoid costly violations.

icon-little-downtimeConsiderations When Replacing Manufacturing Facility Flooring:
1) Level of resistance needed to acid, alkali, oils, solvents and chemicals
2) Waterproofing, vapor mitigation and adequate drainage requirements
3) Durability to withstand stressors such as mobile equipment, heavy machinery, and tire tread
4) Thermal shock resistance and static reduction
5) Seamless and slip resistant surfaces that meets guidelines

BB_large_remarketing_300x250 As the Northeast’s leading commercial coatings and concrete company, Black Bear has partnered with numerous manufacturing plants and large facilities including SMC Molding & Manufacturing, GF Solutions, and Vitasoy USA. We engineer solutions for shop floors, storage and common areas, and office space for manufacturing facilities.

Contact Black Bear Coatings & Concrete at to formulate the right solution that will modernize your production facility and manufacturing plant.


An important part of the Black Bear process is getting to know each client’s unique requirements. We walk each specific space, and get to understand the environment as a whole to ensure the right solution is put into place. This guarantees a longer-lasting industrial floor system that offers greater stability and safety, and saves your company time and money in the long run.

With over 25 years of experience, our crews have the skills required to create a floor that meets each client’s unique maintenance and aesthetic needs.

Black Bear is a leading concrete and coatings flooring company that serves New England – Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Northern Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, as well as New York (north of New York City). Rest assured that we have the staff, equipment, and expertise needed to make your floor project a success. We spend time upfront to assess each client’s needs, identify the best flooring solution, engage in the right preparation, and then install the floor using industry best practices. We’d love to help your company.

Contact us today for a free estimate.