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.

Epoxy floor coatings are one of the tried-and-true mainstays of floor solutions among a wide variety of commercial and industrial applications.  From commercial kitchens to pharmaceutical research laboratory facilities, there’s an epoxy flooring solution that can accommodate even the most stringent set of requirements.

Why Do So Businesses Rely Heavily on Epoxy Flooring Solutions?

1 – A Seamless, Easy-to-Clean Surface

Because epoxy is applied as a coating on top of another floor material, typically concrete, it creates a perfectly smooth and seamless surface.  This is both hygienic, because it doesn’t leave gaps that trap microbes, as well as making it simple to clean.

2 – High Chemical Resistance

While not impervious to all aggressive byproducts, epoxy flooring is extremely durable and can be engineered to resist most types of chemicals commonly used in commercial and industrial facilities.

3 – Affordable and Fast Curing

Epoxy is an affordable option for many facilities.  It’s also fast to cure, so it can be applied to your floor without too much additional labor cost, and with minimal downtime involved.

4 – Plenty of Style Options

Unlike many floor coating types, epoxy comes in a wide variety of styles and colors to fit your overall design.  There are even metal-blended epoxies which produce stunning “three-dimensional” color displays for cutting-edge showrooms and other applications that need to impress visitors.  Epoxy floor colors can also be used to differentiate between zones in a warehouse or other large facility.

5 – Improve Workplace Safety

Depending on the type of epoxy coatings used, it can be slip-resistant, impact-resistant, heat/fire resistant, or all of the above.  It may look smooth and slick, but epoxy can be even safer to walk on than many other flooring types.  It’s also safer for any workplace vehicles, such as forklifts, because it reduces wear-and-tear on them.

6 – Brightness Options

Do you have issues with visibility in portions of your facilities?  Epoxy coatings can help with that!  High-gloss variations can increase visible lighting in a facility by up to 30% by reflecting it upwards, whereas other materials like concrete tend to absorb light instead.

Black Bear is a leading floor coatings partner in the Northeast. We have value engineered epoxy flooring for clients in a variety of industries. Take a look at a few of the examples below, and contact us to learn how we can develop the right epoxy solution to meet your company’s individual needs.

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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.

In a saturated market of commercial flooring, how do you know which one is right for your facility? For example, two popular options are Urethane and Polished Concrete. On the surface, both offer the durability and reliability needed, but what distinguishes one from another?

High-traffic areas are prone to damage and erosion. Constant foot motion, machinery tread, and harsh cleaning solvents are to blame. So which system will withstand such stressors and win out to become your next floor? Before you cast your ballot, take a look at the benefits of each to help you decide what the right solution is for your facility.

Urethane

Urethane floors are engineered to withstand stringent conditions. They are easily maintained and provide a seamless surface that offers a higher degree of safety for high-traffic areas. This type of unified system also prevents the growth of bacteria from forming underneath flooring. A seamless surface discourages chemical and water intrusion which can attack a concrete flooring substrate.

Polished Concrete

Polished Concrete flooring is a multi-step grinding and polishing process that offers a longer life span, low maintenance and chemical resistant commercial flooring solution. A top layer of water proofing is available to inhibit moisture and reduce the occurrence of bacterial contaminant or mold. With an abundance of design options, polished concrete can be stained in different colors and stenciled with graphics or decorative engraving to add a personal touch to your flooring system.

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Both urethane flooring and polished concrete offer durable and water-resistant solutions that are appealing for high-traffic area. Urethane’s seamless options are advantageous for food and beverage industries, as well as hospitals, home care, and pharmaceutical facilities. Concrete options appear to be the flooring system of choice for commercial property common areas such as lobbies and retail spaces, as well as gyms and offices.

BB_large_remarketing_300x250When it’s time to make a case for a new, high-traffic commercial flooring, it comes down to what type of facility you are fitting, the surface impact, and conditions that will exist. Design implications may or may not be a factor but could influence your decision.

Talk to Black Bear Coatings & Concrete for high-traffic, commercial flooring solutions that will last longer, and provide the safety and durability your facility needs. We would be happy to discuss what solution would best fit your needs. We have years of experience working with industry leaders in a variety of sectors. 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.


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.

If you would have asked a designer 10 years ago if they ever thought polished concrete would emerge as a preferred choice for commercial floors, they probably would have shaken their head with a definitive “no.” However, that’s just what happened.

Polished concrete has long been associated as one of the most indestructible, lasting solutions. It solidified its place in industrial, utilitarian construction projects. But, it has also come a long way from the stigma of just being a cold, practical flooring product.

Quite the contrary, polished concrete is now a focal point of commercial and industrial floors, and often requested to enhance the design of an overall environment. So, how did this transformation happen?

Aside from being highly durable and virtually maintenance free, polished concrete is an economical choice for many cost-conscious companies. Now, with the introduction of new formulas engineered to provide an appealing look and feel, companies can enhance almost every space. Polished concrete has found its way to the forefront of interior design. So much so, that it has also moved up in the world. No longer just thought of for substrate and commercial floors, concrete coatings are now being created to design raised surfaces such as countertops and workspaces.

Decorative effects such as scoring and etching are being used to personalize concrete with unique styles. Adding high gloss or acrylic sealers, adjusting color levels, and using a variety of application techniques, gives you a polished, faux finished appearance with such looks mimicking limestone décor and marbleized flooring. What’s more, because concrete can be engineered with a number of top coats for protection, though porous in nature, concrete can be waterproofed as well as formulated to offer extra slip-resistance – making this ideal for interior commercial floor projects.

At Black Bear, we have not only witnessed the rise of polished concrete surfaces as a preferred design element and viable commercial flooring solution, but our teams have also experimented with emerging techniques. We remain on the cutting edge of concrete technology. Black Bear doesn’t shy away from applications that have never been tried. Our highly skilled teams often set precedence by trying new methods of installation and engineering alternative formulas to provide the best concrete solutions to our commercial clients. 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.

Take a look at a sample of polished concrete projects below that we have completed for clients in throughout the Northeast. And, contact us to find out how Black Bear can value engineer a better solution for your commercial or industrial business.

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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.

Polyurethane – often referred to as Urethane – is one of the top choices in flooring in a wide variety of sectors. In commercial and industrial spaces, this type of product can withstand a good deal of environmental impact – resulting in a more cost-effective solution. Urethane flooring has been widely touted for being highly resilient, easy to clean and maintain, and environmentally-friendly.

1 – A Seamless Surface

In typical flooring solutions, such as stones or tiles or other building materials, the seams are a trap waiting to be filled with debris, foods, mold, mildew, bacteria, and more. Urethane flooring is laid down as a single flat uninterrupted surface. This makes it far easier to clean, and far less likely to encourage the growth of dangerous biological elements.

2 – High Scratch and Impact Resistance

Despite being a relatively thin coating, Urethane is resilient and slightly bouncy. This makes it highly resistant to damage from falling objects, as well being somewhat less likely to damage those objects upon impact. Likewise, it’s highly scratch-resistant and can hold up well even in high-use situations involving heavy machinery like forklifts. Depending on the exact formulation used, Urethane can be up to three times as durable as epoxy.

3 – UV Stability

Unlike many other flooring types, Urethane flooring isn’t affected by the UV of the sun’s rays or certain lamp types. It won’t discolor or begin to break down. This makes it a good option for environments that will see a lot of sunlight, or labs were intense UV lights are deployed.

4 – High Chemical Resistance

There are very few chemicals in use, including highly reactive chemicals like industrial solvents and acids, which can do significant damage to a Urethane floor. It’s virtually always the top choice in flooring materials for spaces involving heavy-duty chemicals, especially given that it’s non-absorbent and extremely easy to clean.

5 – Fast Curing

Urethane floors are relatively fast to dry and become ready for general usage, often just in a day or two depending on how many coatings are being laid. Other materials can take up to a week to become usable. This makes Urethane a great option when you’re looking to minimize downtime while installing or maintaining your floor.

Black Bear has extensive experience working with and installing polyurethane floors safely and efficiently. Take a look at how Black Bear value-engineered Urethane flooring for clients below.

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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.

Warehouse - Aubuchon Hardware Distribution Center - Epoxy

Warehouse – Aubuchon Hardware Distribution Center – Epoxy

Downtime. This could spell out big problems for big businesses. At Black Bear, we know that unexpected slow-downs or ceased production results in loss of revenue; which is why we make every effort to avoid disruption to your business while getting the flooring job done on time and on budget.

As a leading partner in the Northeast, Black Bear Coatings & Concrete is known for installing high quality epoxy resin, concrete coatings, urethane products, and vapor mitigation solutions. However, more companies are trusting Black Bear because of our unique process. Part of this approach includes working with each individual client to accommodate their schedules to avoid interfering with their workday. And, this starts with Black Bear scoping out each phase of a flooring project with a detailed plan to ensure that tasks are completed quickly during the time you’ve allotted.

Scheduled Shutdowns & Manufacturing Runs

It’s not uncommon for industrial companies and large manufacturing facilities to have scheduled shut down periods for housekeeping. This is the time when renovation and repair is usually addressed. Black Bear will work within your planned downtime to avoid excess delay. Similarly, we can schedule production in between your manufacturing runs to minimize disruption to the business.

Off Hours

Black Bear teams are accustomed to working around the clock to get the job done. For instance, when supermarkets or retail superstores close to the public in the evenings, our night crews start setting up their work zone. We phase out the flooring project and the Black Bear teams work swiftly during off-business hours. By dawn, we clear out the equipment, clean up the construction site, and secure all aisles to their original locations. When employees return and/or you open back up to the public it’s business as usual. And speaking of…

Business as Usual

BB_large_remarketing_300x250Often times, Black Bear Coatings & Concrete partners with companies without scheduled shut down periods, or those that cannot accommodate evening work. In these instances, we make every effort to parse out a project and work around your business hours with minimal disruption to employees and guests on site. For example, our team was tasked with replacing a floor in a micro-brewery during restaurant hours. While the work was concentrated in the brewing room, we used HEPA filtered equipment and tarped off the construction area as to not contaminate the public with dust and debris. We cordoned off the area for safety, and minimized the noise from permeating into the dining area of the brewery.

While flooring installation and renovation construction may be impossible to hide, Black Bear tries to take a stealth approach to working in and around your commercial space. From cleaning up an active job site when crews leave, to removing equipment and machinery from plain sight, we make every effort to accommodate each clients’ individual needs.

To learn more about our phased construction, how we scope out our large-scale projects, or to hear how Black Bear clients such as the Aubuchon distribution warehouse, Shaw’s supermarket, EZ Pack, and Shire have all updated their commercial flooring in phases, contact us today.


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.