When you need durability, slip resistance, chemical resistance, and waterproofing products, Black Bear value-engineers high performance urethane floors that delivers. Formulating and installing the right poly aliphatic and poly aspartic urethane products will provide a longer-lasting, more reliable and compliant solution.
Urethane Floor Coatings for Commercial and Industrial Workspaces
High performance urethane is ideal for environments such as manufacturing and processing facilities, healthcare settings, and pharmaceutical engineering industries. The zero VOC products deliver environmentally friendly flooring, while providing the safety and integrity needed to uphold strict regulations. From clean rooms to the production floor, high performance urethane provides a seamless surface, prevents the growth of bacteria, supports vapor mitigation systems and pitched floors for drainage, and withstands intense industrial-strength cleansers and sanitization processes.
With exemplary impact and abrasion resistance, urethane coatings can be formulated for advanced thermal shock protection against fluctuating temperatures for additional protection against environmental elements. Available in numerous color, finish, and texture options including custom colors and broadcast flakes, Black Bear’s urethane floor solutions are as resilient as they are robust in design – giving you the reliability you need in a floor while enhancing the look and feel of every space.
Urethane is a plastic-based resinous coating applied to concrete slabs, creating a single seamless edge-to-edge surface across the entire concrete floor. It conforms to the topography of the floor, so intrusive elements such as support beams will not have distinct seams.
Urethane Coatings are Seamless
As a seamless surface, it’s easy to keep clean. There are no cracks or breaks which could hide dirt and debris or provide space for microbial life such as mold and mildew.
Urethane is also extremely long-lasting, when properly cared for. It can last for decades, potentially up to 30 years or more, before replacement would be called for. This makes urethane an excellent value for working floors.
These attributes make urethane an excellent choice in a wide variety of applications, including:
The Benefits of Urethane Floor Coatings
There are numerous types of resinous coatings that can be poured onto concrete floors, all with their own benefits.
Urethane coatings are Resilient. Because its slightly rubbery, urethane is highly resistant to falling damage that could crack harder brittle materials such as epoxy. It’s durable and withstands high foot traffic. That said, it is less resistant to direct crushing forces than other options.
Urethane coatings are Abrasion-Resistant. That slightly rubbery nature also means that urethane is less likely to be damaged by abrasion, such as having heavy objects dragged across it.
Urethane coatings are UV-Resistant. Many other concrete coatings can be damaged by ultraviolet light such as sun exposure. They can fade over time, or even become weakened. However, urethane is almost entirely resistant to UV light.
Fast installation. All concrete coatings take some time to dry, cure, and become usable. Urethane takes less time to cure than many alternatives. It can typically be installed over a weekend and be usable by Monday.
Urethane coatings are VOC-free. Unlike many other resinous coatings, urethane is low odor and does not give off dangerous vapors, either while being installed or during use. This also reduces the costs of installation, since less protective gear is needed.
Urethane coatings are Flexible. In situations where the floor is expected to shift or expand/contract, urethane is a better choice due to its flexibility.
Urethane coatings have better Temperature Resistance. Urethane is a better choice in situations where high heat or deep cold are expected. It is typically not as affected by temperature as some other coatings and is especially beneficial in cold rooms.
Urethane coatings provide better Traction when wet. Urethane typically offers better grip when walking even when wet, compared to epoxy and other concrete floor coatings. It is a great choice for spaces that require non slip surfaces.
The Cost of Urethane Flooring
Several factors can affect the cost of urethane flooring materials and installation. In general, it is moderately more expensive than the cost of epoxy flooring or MMA flooring, although not by enough that it’s typically an issue when choosing a floor.
For smaller jobs, urethane flooring can run around $13-$19 per square foot. For large-scale jobs, the price can drop to $6-$10 per square foot.
The variation is generally due to different formulations, such as whether it has additives for better chemical resistance. At Black Bear, we custom-blend all our resinous flooring materials to best match your needs and use cases!
Care And Maintenance for Urethane Flooring Solutions
Another benefit to urethane is that it’s extremely easy to clean and maintain. It requires no special chemicals or materials to clean and can typically be maintained with basic soap and water. However, be careful to use products which won’t leave residue. Any leftover soap will be visible once the floor dries.
We also recommend a more thorough scrubbing, such as with soft bristle pads or similar materials, at least once or twice a month. This will take care of any dirt and debris which has been ground into the urethane.
While urethane is resistant against chemical spills, it can still be damaged if caustic materials are allowed to sit on the surface for too long. Always clean up chemical spills as soon as possible to protect the floor.
Finally, if the urethane does become damaged, such developing a crater, patching kits are available which can fill in the hole and restore the surface. That said, there will usually be a slight visible difference in texture or coloration where the patch was applied.
Black Bear Coatings and Concrete Goes Above and Beyond
By specializing in concrete and resinous concrete toppings such as urethane floor coatings, we have experience and techniques which are rivaled by few others in the industry. We can help you:
Restore and repair existing concrete floors or previous resinous installation.
Evaluate your options for flooring
Survey your facilities
Compare costs and benefits for different flooring solutions
Create custom resin blends to fit your needs
Install your flooring in a safe and professional manner
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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- Chemical Resistance
- High Durability
- Easily Cleaned
- Environmentally Friendly
- Food and Beverage Processing Facilities
- Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
- Chemical Industry Facilities