If you’re running any sort of commercial or industrial operation, and you want flooring which will best support your operations while causing the least hassle, you should consider resinous seamless flooring.
Since resin-based seamless floors were introduced in the mid-20th century, they’ve revolutionized commercial and industrial flooring. Seamless floors offer superior long-term value, lower maintenance costs, and – at times – are even a borderline requirement for meeting regulations in industries such as food, beverage, or pharmaceutical processing.
With more than 30 years’ combined experience, Black Bear Coatings and Concrete knows business flooring – and there are plenty of reasons why we might recommend resinous seamless floors over other options.
How Seamless Floor Coatings Work
Seamless floors are actually quite simple, in terms of their design. It starts with a plain slab of concrete, or simply the building’s foundation. This is thoroughly cleaned to remove any dirt or debris, and left to dry.
Once the concrete completely dry, a liquid resinous mixture is spread over top. This takes awhile to harden, depending on the type of mixture, but once finished it creates a single edge-to-edge surface covering the entire floor. It also conforms to the topography of the space, without leaving seams around features such as support beams either. This provides several immediate benefits:
1 – Simple Cleaning
Resinous seamless floors are extremely easy to clean. Most only need soap and water, and some can be cleaned well enough with water alone. Occasional scrubbing and buffing is needed for best appearance, but other than that, no special cleaning agents or techniques are needed.
2 – Durability
The exact strength of durability of the floor depends on the material coating it, but all resin-coated floors are exceptionally strong and resistant to damage. They can stand up to a lot of abuse, without chipping or cracking- which is critical in industrial spaces.
3 – Perfect for sterile operations
Because the floor is seamless, and difficult to crack, it doesn’t provide any sort of haven for microbes to slip into and start breeding. This is critical for any operation which requires ‘clean’ rooms, or where any risk of product contamination needs to be avoided. If needed, the resin blend can be enhanced with extra antimicrobial agents for an added layer of protection.
4 – Visual appeal
Resinous seamless flooring looks nicer than plain concrete by default. Some variations – such as metal-enhanced epoxy – can be downright beautiful, and are great for customer-facing areas such as foyers or showrooms.
Types Of Resinous Seamless Flooring
There are three types of materials used in seamless flooring far more than other options: Epoxy coating, urethane coating, or methyl methacrylate (MMA) coating.
Epoxy was the first resinous floor coating, and it’s still one of the most popular options. Epoxy is exceptionally strong, particularly against crushing forces. It can easily stand up to heavy machinery such as forklifts, making it a great choice for warehouses and distribution centers. Numerous epoxy blends are available, and it is easy to customize. Plus, being ubiquitous, epoxy is cheap – potentially as low as $2/SqFt for basic blends.
Urethane is another highly popular option. It’s a form of plastic and, as such, is very slightly resilient. This gives it extra resistance against falling damage, although it’s less strong against crushing forces. Unlike epoxy, it’s also completely resistant to ultraviolet, making it a good choice for sunny areas. It also has high resistance to temperature extremes, and will not crack due to changes in temperature.
The biggest downside is the cost. Urethane tends to be the most expensive resinous flooring, although not prohibitively so.
Methyl Methacrylate Formulations
MMA is a bit less strong than the alternatives, but brings a few big benefits in situations where strength isn’t the most important factor.
First, it’s extremely quick to dry and cure, making it a good choice when time is of the essence, or you can’t afford to shut down operations for long. Also, it has exceptional cold resistance. So it’s the best choice for cold rooms, or situations where the floor will have to cure in low temperatures, such as during the winter.
Finally, it does well in both indoor and outdoor areas, so it’s a good choice for walkways, decks, and other outdoor spaces. If you’re trying to operate a business and need a great problem-free flooring solution, there’s undoubtedly a resinous coating that will meet your needs.
Black Bear is a leading concrete and coatings flooring company in New England – Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Northern Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, as well as Northern New York and areas throughout the US.
Partner with Black Bear for your seamless floor coating solution
To learn more about selecting the right seamless floor coating system for your environment, contact the seamless flooring consultants and experts at Black Bear Coatings & Concrete. With over 30 years of collective experience engineering floors for companies in every industry, we value engineer the right solution and find a seamless floor that will meet your business and budgetary needs.
Contact us for a free on-site consultation to learn how we can design and install better seamless flooring options for your facility. Safety, accuracy and dependability; that’s Black Bear’s promise and evident in every product we deliver. Seamless resin flooring is no different. Contact us today to learn why.
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