epoxy vs. vinyl flooring, which one is better?Installing the wrong flooring solution can have long-term repercussions. And, with the abundance of options, it’s difficult to know which commercial flooring product will provide the safety and durability you need. When your decision is between epoxy vs. vinyl flooring, however, epoxy tends to reign supreme.

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Our crews have been busy working around the clock to complete projects for new, and existing clients in the Northeast and throughout the US. As the leading partner for commercial and industrial floors, Black Bear’s unique approach is the key to our success, and how we engineer the right solution and ensure flawless installations every time. The result – more durable, longer-lasting products. Take a look at some recent restaurant flooring images including epoxy and urethane coatings, decorative flake designs, and polished concrete.

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chemical resistant flooring pros and consDepending on your industry, many businesses require chemical resistant flooring. From manufacturing plants with caustic substances, or needing to maintain FDA and government compliance regulations, chemical-resistant flooring offers the protection companies need to withstand corrosive elements. Most chemical-resistant commercial and industrial solutions are epoxy-based floors.  In this niche industry, an experienced coatings contractor will assess your space and how it is to be used and create custom epoxy mixes which are resistant to the specific chemicals it will be exposed to. Prior to installation, you should, however, be aware of chemical resistant flooring pros and cons.

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urethane coating pros and consIf you’re looking for industrial or commercial flooring solutions, there are several options that tend to stand out.  These include polished concrete, epoxy coatings, and urethane coatings, to name a few.  All are viable options depending on your needs. However, urethane coatings are an “all around” solution that offers numerous advantages for a variety of spaces. While the positives of urethane coatings outweigh the negatives, it is important to look at the urethane coating pros and cons during the decision process.

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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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food and beverage flooringFor those in food and beverage manufacturing, or looking to enter the sector, there are a lot of aspects of your facilities to consider. One critical area that should never be overlooked, however, is your choice of flooring.  Not all flooring will be FDA compliant and meet the regulations that cover food and beverage manufacturing. The wrong industrial food and beverage flooring choice could lead to costly fines and renovations, or worse – result in a complete shutdown of operations until replaced.

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Polished concretebenefits of polished concrete floors is a popular option for flooring in a wide variety of buildings, including schools, hospitals, industrial facilities, and commercial spaces.  Polished concrete floors offer a number of advantages as an all-purpose flooring material, and can be engineered for specific environments.

Five Reasons For The Enduring Popularity Of Polished Concrete Floors

1. A spill-resistant surface

Unlike other flooring materials, like vinyl or laminates, polished concrete floors are resistant to a huge range of chemicals, solvents, and other spillable materials.  Only the most caustic of substances can damage the surface. However, there are additives and coating options which can add additional protection to maintain the integrity of the floor.

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Colleges and universities, as well as technical and specialized high schools, require high performance commercial flooring to uphold compliance and safety regulations. Black Bear value-engineers solutions based on the specific environment. This unique approach allows for greater protection and a longer lasting product.

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commercial concrete coatings for campus flooring projectsA hallmark of colleges and universities are typically expansive buildings and grounds. Each area unique in its look and feel, as well as its purpose.

One of the biggest considerations, when architecting new spaces, or renovating and repairing areas on campus, is the floor system that is installed. Both indoors and out, commercial flooring solutions for college campuses have significant safety implications, impact budget and financial allocations for the school, and should support or enhance the look and feel of the environment in which it’s installed.

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grind and seal repair processCracked, stained, and under-performing commercial flooring doesn’t necessarily mean a full blown remodel. For those with concrete substrates, your solution may be as simple as a grind and seal repair.

At Black Bear, we help clients determine the best course of action for renovating or replacing industrial flooring systems. Often, clients assume their existing floors are inadequate. They may have even been advised that the flooring is damaged beyond repair. And that’s simply not the case. By removing the topcoats and initial layers to expose the concrete below and assess viability, clients may be able to salvage the foundation and essentially rebuild a floor solution that meets their needs.

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