Both methyl methacrylate (MMA) and epoxy floor coatings are viable alternatives for a concrete floor. However, each has its advantages and disadvantages. Here are a few tips on which facilities and business environments are best suited for MMA floors versus epoxy floors.

  • Methyl methacrylate pros and cons – MMA cures quickly, so it’s a good option for companies that want to get back to business with a minimum of disruption. It’s also a great choice for areas that are subject to extreme conditions – whether that’s temperature, traffic, or chemicals. Unlike epoxy flooring, MMA can be used in areas that reach sub-zero temperatures. This makes it a good option for food and beverage processing plants and pharmaceutical manufacturing sites. Methyl methacrylate is FDA and USDA compliant, as well as certified by the NSF. Given its tolerance to low temperatures, MMA can be used both inside and outside.
  • Epoxy pros and cons – Epoxy takes longer to cure than MMA. It can be applied in a thin film or a thick overlay, depending on the building owner’s preference. Epoxy floor coatings are not suited, however, for cold temperatures. While they are a fine choice for many business environments, epoxy floors may scratch more easily than other options. For companies that are concerned about odors and emissions, water based epoxy floor coatings do exist. These are less chemical and abrasion resistant than traditional epoxies, but they are a good choice in environmentally sensitive areas.

Black Bear Coatings & Concrete 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). We have extensive experience working with both MMA and epoxy floor coatings. We can work with you to identify the best alternative, based on your business requirements. With both types of coatings, surface preparation is an important contributor to effective product performance. 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.

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