Concrete Coated Floors

For decades, one type of business flooring system has become standard across nearly every industry: coated concrete floors.  A concrete foundation topped by a blended resinous coating creates flooring that is exceptionally strong, resistant to damage, and low maintenance.

Black Bear Coatings and Concrete has over thirty years’ of combined expertise creating exceptional custom flooring solutions across the northeast.  That deep experience gives us an edge, and ensures you get the perfect floor for your needs.

 

Benefits Of Concrete Floor Coatings

 

While each type of concrete floor coating has its own strengths and use cases such as chemical resistance, slip resistance, and abrasion resistance, certain features are common to all coated-concrete floors:

A Single Seamless Surface

Concrete coatings are poured onto the (prepared) concrete slab, then spread until the coating is uniform across the entire surface.  After it dries and cures, the result is a floor which is absolutely seamless, covering the surface edge-to-edge with no breaks, joints, or seams.

High Strength

Any properly-installed coated concrete floor will be strong and resistant to damage.  Typically, they are also easy to repair if minor damage does occur.

Longevity

A coated concrete floor can be expected to last for over a decade, and perhaps much longer, with proper care.  Coated concrete pays for itself quickly, and keeps providing ROI for a long time.

Easy Cleaning and Maintenance

Few flooring types are easier to clean than coated concrete.  Typically, all it needs is to be hosed down with water from time to time, with occasional deeper cleans.  No special tools or cleaning chemicals are required.

Sanitation And Sterilization

Because coated concrete is seamless, there are no cracks that can house microbes, mold, mildew, or other contaminants.  This is vital when dealing with products which are vulnerable to contamination!  If necessary, anti-microbial additives can be put into the coating mixture for more protection.

 

Types Of Concrete Coatings

There are three common types of floor coating systems used on concrete:

Epoxy Floor Coatings

Epoxy flooring has been standard for decades, and for good reason.  An epoxy floor has extremely high resistance to crushing force, while also being resistant to most types of chemicals as well.  In addition, epoxy is one of the least expensive options, making it accessible to businesses of any size or budget. Epoxy coatings are particularly useful in warehouses, industrial settings, and other spaces that see heavy traffic, as it can stand up to even large vehicles without being damaged.

Urethane Floor Coatings

(Poly)urethane is a plastic polymer, creating a surface which is very slightly resilient.  This makes urethane extra resistant to falling damage, such as from dropped items – making it a good choice for areas where impact resistant floors are needed, such as retail floors where drops may be common.  Urethane is also easier to install than epoxy, because it produces no dangerous vapors or VOCs.  This can reduce installation costs.

Urethane is particularly resistant to UV light, leading to its use in foyers or other spaces that see a lot of sunlight.  This also typically makes it the best concrete coating for any outdoor application.

Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Floor Coatings

Another form of plastic, MMA creates a surface which is strong and durable.  MMA is not quite as strong as epoxy or urethane, but brings two big benefits in certain situations.

First, it is exceptionally fast to install and cure.  A newly-poured MMA floor can be usable in just a few hours, while other concrete coatings typically need 2-3 days to cure.

In addition, MMA is excellent in environments with extreme temperatures, particularly cold.  It can cure at almost any temperature, and is typically seen in ‘cold room’ applications such as industrial freezers.

 

Maintaining Your Coated Concrete Floor

 

Another benefit to coated concrete is that it requires very little maintenance.  Beyond periodically cleaning the floor, it needs to be buffed from time to time to maintain the visual appearance.

While concrete coatings are typically resistant to a wide variety of chemicals, spills should still be cleaned up quickly.   Caustic chemicals can still eventually eat into the surface, if left standing.  Also, these floors can become slippery when wet, so even basic water spills should be taken care of soon.

Finally, be aware of the temperature and UV resistance of your chosen floor.  These are on the short list of things that can actually damage a concrete coating.

 

Black Bear Seamless Floors

Customers and construction contractors come back to us again and again, thanks to our focus on customer satisfaction.  Flooring systems are not one-size-fits-all!  We work with you carefully to understand your business and the flooring challenges you’ll face, then create a custom solution that meets all your needs.

Whether you’re renovating an existing space or building a new operation, contact Black Bear for the best in concrete coatings.

The Black Bear team is ready to take on your commercial or industrial flooring needs regardless of how big, or small, the space. From parking to large warehouses and industrial facilities, we install the floors that keep your business, in business. To get started, contact us for a free on-site consultation and quote.


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Common Uses

  • Automobile Dealerships
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Laboratories
  • Hospitals
  • Commercial Kitchens
  • Beverage Facilities
  • Manufacturing
  • Industrial Facilities

Benefits

  • High Durability
  • Water Proof
  • Low-Maintenance
  • High Traffic Areas
  • Chemical & Solvent Resistant
  • Installed with Little Downtime