Epoxy-Food & Beverage-Chemical Storage-VitaSoy-Ayer MA 2013 Bef (16)One of the most common questions we get from Operations Managers is how we value-engineer solutions for food and beverage processing plants. With over 25 years of experience in the industrial flooring space, we understand the challenges and conditions that need to be addressed, and always assess the environment before presenting options to managers in the industry.

Typically, processing plant flooring should be replaced every seven to ten years. Advancements in flooring technology offer more sustainable products that extend the life of your floor. In order to keep costs low, and reduce the need to repair or replace existing floors earlier, Black Bear Coatings & Concrete looks at a number of variables when we address a food and beverage manufacturing site.

Wet and/or Dry Conditions: Depending on the type of business, it’s not uncommon for food and beverage manufacturers to have both wet and dry spaces in the building. For example, wash bays that are prone to moisture may require extra layers of waterproofing, and a seamless system to growth of bacteria, molds and fungus that can comprise the plant’s hygiene.

Hygiene: Food processing plants are held to strict health standards imposed by regulatory agencies including the USDA, FDA, EPA, and boards of health. And adhering to these protocols starts from the ground up. Food service flooring is subject to byproducts and liquids including oils, fats, grease, moisture, acids, and natural corrosive elements. A durable, seamless solution is required that avoids seepage into the substrate and causes health code violations.

High Temps vs. Low Temps: From steam-cleaning and sanitization, to freezers and refrigeration units, Black Bear assesses the climate in which the installation will take place. Depending on the overall temperature of the space, specific flooring to withstand high heat or resist cracking from sub-zero conditions may be necessary.

Chemical Resistant: Industrial floors takes a beating in chemical storage spaces, as well during the regular sanitization processes. Harsh cleansers and stored chemical compounds used by food manufacturing plants can deteriorate floors – compromising safety and leading to bacterial growth and unsterile conditions. The toxicity levels of byproducts in the plant and a chemical resistant system may need to be addressed when engineering the appropriate flooring.

Impact and Slip Resistant: Most manufacturing plants employ workers in various, around the clock shifts. Constant foot-traffic, combined with tread and impact from mobile equipment, requires skid and traction control. Government regulations mandate that manufacturing plants have non-slip flooring to improve workplace safety; and a strong, durable material will hold up longer under 24/7 stress and motion.

Aesthetics: Many industrial flooring solutions for food and beverage manufacturing plants are now available in customizable colors and styles. For new or renovated spaces, Black Bear consults with the client to see how much emphasis should be placed on the look and feel of the surface to determine where design factors into a solution.

When you install a new floor in a food and beverage manufacturing plant, or require a replacement system that is a stronger, longer-lasting product talk to the experts at Black Bear. Let us work with you to value engineer a solution that is right for your business.


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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One of the most important decisions municipalities face when renovating or developing new construction, is the type of flooring to install for buildings and grounds. A cost effective solution that fits the government’s budget and will last longer under substantial stressors is typically sought which is why more towns and municipalities look to concrete and resinous coatings to get the job town and city flooringdone.

A resinous floor coating, made of substances such as epoxy, MMA, or polyurethane, meets all those criteria easily.  Resinous coatings are extremely strong and durable, while creating a single continuous flooring surface that is easy to clean.  However, with numerous options still available, it’s hard to know which one is the right solution.

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epoxy durabilityWhen a company is looking for a solution to its commercial or industrial flooring needs, there will undoubtedly be many factors considered – ranging from utility to aesthetics.  While there are any number of products that could do the job, the best solution will likely be to use an epoxy coating.  Epoxy floors are excellent for a wide variety of commercial and industrial flooring systems. This is particularly the case when cleanliness and hygiene are a top priority.  A primary concern for commercial flooring is often durability, and fortunately, it’s an area where epoxy flooring excels and often exceeds expectations. You can expect a long life span with minimal maintenance because of epoxy durability.

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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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why facility maintenance is so important for commercial flooringWhen properly maintained, resinous coating, such as epoxy or polyurethane, should last decades, making it a cost-effective option for businesses. Maintaining a coated concrete floor is typically easier than maintaining other types of commercial flooring as well. Basic facility maintenance goes a long way towards extending the lifespan of your floor and preventing the need for significant repairs. Here are some considerations to help you expand the life of your floor and maximize ROI.

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Finding the right flooring Brewery Flooringsolution for a brewery or brewpub is no easy task.  The rigors of brewing make a lot of demanding requirements on the floor, and a poor choice in flooring can severely hamper operations.  It’s vital to find a floor that will be reliable for years, without compromising the product.

These are the most important factors to look for:

Strength: When your brite tanks can easily weight a ton or more when filled, you need a floor capable of holding up that weight without buckling or cracking.  Few flooring materials have that strength.

Resistance to temperature fluctuation: A brewery’s floors don’t only have to deal with room temperatures – the nature of the product means they could be in hot or cold environments, or even deal with rapid temperature shifts due to spills.

Easy cleaning: Small spills are a part of life in the brewing business, and cleaning up minor messes shouldn’t disrupt production.  A great brewery floor should need the least possible cleaning effort, without compromising safety.

Resistance to contamination: Many flooring types, as well as those that are older or cracked, provide havens for microorganisms to breed and thrive.  This could, of course, be ruinous to a brewing operation.  Your floor must do everything possible to prevent contaminants from breeding.

Slip resistance: If there was a spill, would your workers still be able to maintain their footing even on a wet floor?  Slip-resistant flooring can help prevent costly accidents!

Longevity: No floor will last forever, but you should get plenty of years from your investment.  Then, when the floor does start to take damage, it should be easy to repair without major disruption to your operation.

Black Bear, The Trusted Partner for Brewery Flooring

Talk to Black Bear about designing and installing a cost-effective, durable surface for your brewery floor spaces. Fill out the online form or, please call 978-405-0017. To learn more about industrial flooring for the brewery industry, check out our guide to choosing the right flooring for breweries, taverns, and pubs.

Industrial Flooring Challenges

Facility managers face an uphill battle when trying to maintain the safety and reliability of industrial floors. With regular stressors that compromise the integrity of a floor and lead to dangerous working conditions, it’s important to select the appropriate solution that will hold up against the elements.

Ongoing Challenges
While the need to repair imperfections and keep a floor in tact should be a top priority, facility managers are met with hesitation when trying to renovate or replace commercial flooring. Numerous excuses given range from inconvenience to indifference.

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The sweet smell of success is in the air as many in the baking world profit from independent retail shops and online fulfillment. From cupcakeries to creative cakes, gluten-free to vegan options, specialty bakeries and confectioners have sprung up in virtually every town to satisfy a resident’s sweet tooth.

Whether you have a storefront or a delivery van, it’s a safe bet that as a food service provider, you have regulatory agencies to contend with. One of the biggest hurdles bakers face as they get off their business of the ground is licensing, and subsequently staying in good standing throughout the life of the business. A commercial flooring solution is an integral part of keeping your bakery in full compliance.

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Polished Concrete in a RestaArchitects recognize that commercial and industrial flooring is the interior finish that typically represents the largest surface area. It’s also a finish that every occupant comes in contact with every day. As a result, many companies want a flooring solution that will be easy to maintain. On these projects, architects often recommend polished concrete floors.

Here are five reasons why polished concrete floors are appealing from a maintenance perspective:

1. Polished concrete floors are stain resistant. During the installation process, a multi-step grinding and polishing process is used. Once the concrete substrate has been prepared, it is impregnated with hardeners and sealers. These products level, densify, polish, and seal the floor. As a result, polished concrete floors are dense enough to prevent water, oil, and other contaminants from penetrating and staining the surface.

2. There is no need for sealing and waxing. Since sealers are an integral part of creating a polished concrete floor, there is no need to apply additional sealers over time. The sheen created by the polishing process is permanent. Wax is not necessary to keep polished concrete floors looking like new.

3. Removing dirt is easy. Some flooring products like tile or linoleum require scrubbing to keep them looking clean and attractive. Polished concrete floors, in contrast, can be easily cleaned with a dust mop and gritless sweeping compound. Since polished concrete floors are dense and impermeable, dirt stays on the top. Polished concrete floors also tend to be more sanitary than vinyl composition tiles that trap dirt in the seams between tiles.

4. Tire marks are significantly reduced. In industrial settings, businesses report noticeable decreases in tire marks after installing polished concrete floors. This is due to the floor’s smooth surface. In addition, tire wear on indoor vehicles is reduced.

5. Maintenance costs are lower than for other types of floors. One source estimates that the annual cost to maintain a polished concrete floor ranges between $0.09 and $0.25 per square foot. In contrast, the cost to maintain a floor covered with vinyl composition tiles is between $0.60 and $1.05 per square foot.

Black Bear Coatings & Concrete has extensive knowledge of polished concrete floors in commercial and industrial environments. 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. We have worked with customers on polished concrete floor projects in a wide range of industries including retail, restaurants, warehouses, commercial gyms, offices, hospitals, and more.

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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