A Flooring Solution for Every Purpose
Hoffman Floor Covering Corporation transforms commercial, residential spaces
If you’ve ever watched “Judge Judy” on television, you’ve seen Hoffman Floor Covering Corporation’s work. Ditto “The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah. Hoffman Floor Covering installs all types of poured seamless flooring.
Poured seamless flooring is perfect for television studios, says President Andrew Hoffman, because it can be self-leveled to ensure the smooth movement of camera equipment. That is just one of the many possibilities for the company’s flooring products.
Hoffman Floor Covering’s niche is installing all types of poured seamless flooring throughout Long Island, New York, and the tri-state area. This includes epoxies, urethanes, acrylics, self-levelers and flexible systems, Hoffman says. The Farmingdale, New York-based company is operated by Hoffman and partner James Bedell. Hoffman Floor Covering’s team members are approved applicators for most major manufacturers, so they have the resources to always find the right material to fit a client’s needs.
“There are many advantages to poured seamless floors,” Hoffman explains. “They are sealed, nonporous and sanitary. They are antimicrobial and easily maintained. We can install them with varying degrees of slip resistance.”
Once used primarily in manufacturing plants or other locations such as medical labs that needed to be highly sanitary, the poured flooring method has spread to many commercial and residential applications. “Among the newer applications are custom-designed floors made to look like marble or granite,” Hoffman says. These designs have been applied in automobile showrooms and high-end homes.
A few years ago, Hoffman Floor Covering’s custom-colored rubberized flooring surface was featured in the Kips Bay Decorator Show House shown on the cover of The New York Times’ homes section, Hoffman says.
Because the company’s flooring products have no seams or grout lines and are chemical-resistant, they work well in food preparation and health care settings. Hoffman Floor Covering has installed flooring in Marriott Hotels locations (Long Island and Marquis in New York City) and in King Kullen grocery stores based on Long Island.
Custom Designs and Logos
The company can also incorporate custom designs and logos into a poured floor. Before the 2013 baseball season, Hoffman Floor Covering installed logos at Citi Field’s Shea Bridge in preparation for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The logo is inlaid and becomes part of the finished floor, Hoffman says.
The poured flooring’s chemical resistance makes it a good choice for airplane hangars, auto garages and showrooms, Hoffman adds. “One example is a 26-car residential garage on Long Island, as well as Lamborghini showrooms,” he says. The company’s clients also include Audi Manhattan and Ferrari-Maserati of Long Island.
More than 350 fire departments’ apparatus rooms and ambulance departments have flooring provided by Hoffman Floor Covering. “It is slip-resistant for the firefighters running in and out. If the trucks are leaking, it’s resistant to grease and oil,” Hoffman notes.
A Family Legacy
Andrew Hoffman represents the third generation of his family in the flooring business. His father, David Hoffman, was an innovator and a pioneer in the flooring industry, starting to work with resins in the 1960s and ’70s. The elder Hoffman worked to establish the market for the poured flooring materials, working with some of the same manufacturers the company uses today. He introduced many architects and designers, as well as homeowners, to these types of floors.
In 1989, Andrew Hoffman and his partner established Hoffman Floor Covering, focusing exclusively on seamless poured flooring.
“These floors became ideal for areas that need to be sanitary,” Hoffman says. Some unique industries have reasons for using the flooring systems. An example is a company that worked with gold, silver and other precious metals. If a floor had seams, small amounts of the metals that were dropped could get lost in them. The company turned to Hoffman Floor Covering for surfaces without seams that allowed for recovery of precious metals while also being easier to clean.
“Poured seamless flooring is our only business,” Hoffman explains. The company does not install wood, tile or carpet. The employees are factory-trained by the manufacturers to install the materials. He adds, “Our own crews do all the installing.”
Hoffman explains there are hundreds of different types of poured seamless floors. The appropriate flooring system is installed to meet the architect’s or end user’s requirements. Since these are poured materials, they can be tailored to fit the space; for example, the thickness can be adjusted to match a certain threshold and avoid tripping hazards.
“Most of the materials have no strong odors or solvents, and no VOCs (volatile organic compounds). They are not toxic to the environment. We can safely work in occupied hospitals,” Hoffman says.
Easy-to-Clean and Long-Lasting
The flooring is easily cleaned, requiring only a mild detergent and water solution. And once it is properly installed, it is permanently bonded to the substrate in most cases. Many of these systems are sealed, nonporous and waterproof, making them an excellent solution for basements.
“The company’s reputation is of the highest integrity,” Hoffman says. “We look to solve the problem of the customer, even if we don’t get the job. We will find what’s appropriate for the customer’s needs.” There is never a charge for an estimate.
Among the more unusual projects Hoffman Floor Covering has worked on are jails, including Rikers Island and Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women. The buildings that house prisoners need solid flooring where nothing can be hidden and a bonded floor that cannot have pieces broken off to use as weapons, Hoffman says.
The company also found another niche when it introduced poured flooring for the New York City Housing Authority’s elevator cabs, which receive a lot of wear and tear, Hoffman explains.
Good Choice for High-Traffic Businesses
Hoffman Floor Covering’s poured seamless floors are low maintenance. They do not need to be waxed, stripped or polished, making them a good choice for many kinds of businesses. These include Hoffman Floor Covering customers such as Bloomingdale’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, MoMA Design Store and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.
Other applications for the flooring are laboratories, warehouses, pharmaceutical plants, commercial freezers and refrigerators, entryways, restrooms, veterinary practices and schools.
“The whole industry of poured seamless flooring is new and continues to develop,” Hoffman says. “Hoffman Floor Covering has been expanding the market. We are finding innovative uses for these different kinds of seamless floors, all while making sure it’s the best solution for our customers.”