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HPS Schönox reveals Worst Subfloor Contest winners

Las Vegas—The winners of the HPS Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest were announced during a ceremony at the International Surfaces Event in Las Vegas. The company’s annual contest seeks to answer the question, “What lies beneath?”

Contestants are installers who choose to partner with Schönox materials to tackle extreme subflooring challenges. They are encouraged to take photos during the process and submit these photos along with description of Schönox products for consideration.

“We are always interested to see how our customers use our product line in their projects,” said Doug Young, executive vice president. “It is a great feeling knowing our systems can be solutions to rough and ugly scenarios.”

HPS Schönox asked three well-known people in the industry to serve as judges for the contest entries: Kimberly Oderkirk, executive vice president, The Flooring Contractor Association; Dean Thompson, president of resilient, Floor
Covering Institute; and Peter Craig, concrete floor specialist and consultant, Concrete Construction. The judges were asked to evaluate the projects based on the severity of the original subfloor’s condition, the skill and attention to detail taken in executing the project, and the quality of the finished subfloor.

First, second, and third place winners were chosen and awarded prizes including Schönox dollars, a trip to Las Vegas, Apple watches and YETI coolers.

Iowa Wall Sawing won first prize with a renovation of a room in a 100-year-old building. The team used Schönox US on the 2,200-square-foot space.

Floorz Denver took second place with a restoration of an oncology level at a hospital. A combination of Schönox products were used including Schönox VD, AST and SL. They primed with Schönox SHP, leveled with AP and skimmed with APF.

Tim Hogan’s Carpet–Lakeland gained third place with their repair on a multilevel home. They worked to cover existing plywood, concrete and trenching areas. They repaired some of the holes in the slab with Schönox VD, RR and SL. Then primed the floor with Schönox VD and poured US. They did some final patching with Schönox SL before installing flooring.

The first honorable mention was awarded to Floor to Ceiling Carpet One for their work on an unlevel residence. After beginning the project, they also discovered a moisture problem. After scraping off all existing tile and glue they used Schönox KH Fix to prime and then pumped ZM.

Second honorable mention was achieved by Vortex Commercial Flooring for their efforts overhauling two levels of a school. There was tile removed by abatement and further abatement was required to remove old patch compound. Multiple Schönox products were used including SHP, KH-Fix, AP, APF and Renotex.

“We would like to thank everyone who participated in our annual Worst Subfloor Contest,” said Thomas Trissl, principal, HPS Schönox. “We’re so proud that this contest was well received for the fourth year in a row. Congratulations to all of our winners.”

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Schönox ‘Worst Subfloor Contest’ focuses on fixing what lies beneath

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6

By Lindsay Baillie

 

Schönox on June 1 formally opened this year’s annual Worst Subfloor Contest with the theme, “What lies beneath?” It’s a question that, according to Schönox, reflects a common worry flooring professionals often have when tackling a challenging flooring project.

“With Schönox, our approach is to develop subfloor products that can address even the most challenging conditions, knowing that success in extreme circumstances bodes well for all subfloor projects where Schönox is used,” said Thomas Trissl, principal, HPS Schönox. “The contest allows us to see the worst subfloors out there so we are staying ahead with the best subfloor answers.”

The Worst Subfloor Contest asks participants to submit entries featuring their most challenging subfloor projects and how they renovated those tough subfloor conditions using Schönox products. The worst subfloor challenges paired with the best renovation performances win. The entries, which are reviewed and scored by three independent judges, are ranked based on the severity of the original subfloor’s condition, the skill and attention to detail taken in executing the project and the quality of the finished subfloor.

Prizes are divided into two categories: the winning company and installation team members. Last year’s first-prize company received $7,000 in Schönox dollars, while three installation team members were awarded a weekend in Las Vegas, which included a three-night hotel stay, airfare and a $500 hotel gift card. The second-place winner received $4,000 in Schönox dollars, and its three installation team members were awarded a DeWalt 20V Max XR lithium ion brushless 3-speed drill/driver kit and a DeWalt ToughSystem music radio and charger. The third-place winner was awarded $1,000 in Schönox dollars, while three members from its installation team received a Yeti Roadie 20 cooler and engraved Yeti Rambler 36-ounce bottle.

“Each year the number of entries increases along with national attention on the contest which points to the strong desire to do exceptional work in the flooring industry,” said Doug Young, executive vice president, HPS Schönox.

Those entering the contest are asked to photograph the subfloor conditions before and after the subfloor renovation project and submit the photos along with some project information at hpsubfloors.com/worstsubfloor. Entries can also be submitted using the Schönox app.

Projects completed from Dec. 23, 2016, through Dec. 22, 2017, are eligible for entry. The winners will be announced at the 2018 International Surfaces Event in Las Vegas.

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Schönox to announce contest winners at Surfaces

SchoLas Vegas—The third annual Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest opened nine months ago with the starting-gun phrase, “Worst Case Scenario, You Win!” The winners will be announced at the Schönox booth (#4271) during Surfaces Thursday, Jan. 19, 11:00 a.m.

The Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest asks participants to submit entries featuring their most challenging subfloor projects and how they renovated those tough subfloor conditions using Schönox products. The worst subfloor challenges paired with the best renovation performance win. Entries are reviewed and scored by three independent judges and the winners receive a variety of prizes and much deserved recognition for their hard work and professional approach to subfloor preparation.

This year’s judges are John McGrath, Jr., executive director of INSTALL; David Simpson, owner of US Concrete Moisture Testing and US Textures; and Robert Varden, executive director of CFI.

“I see subfloor prep getting more and more important as floor coverings that require a smoother surface are growing in popularity,” explained Varden, second-time judge of the Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest. “I am honored to be asked to judge the contest again and really enjoy seeing the great work that installers are doing in the field.”

McGrath, Jr, also a second-time judge of the Contest, stated, “One of INSTALL’s core values is working to improve standards of training in the floorcovering industry. Events such as the Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest highlight the need for a better understanding of subfloor preparation.”

The number of entries for this year’s event is higher than previous years. “The Contest provides a real-world proving ground putting Schönox products to the test in the worst subfloor circumstances,” said Thomas Trissl, principal, HPS Schönox. “Everything that we learn in the field is taken back and incorporated into our research and development efforts ensuring that our products meet emerging subfloor challenges, perform even better, and do so more quickly.”

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Entry deadline nears for Schönox Worst Subfloor contest

MVF chosen design with font optionsFlorence, Ala.—Entries for the second annual Worst Subfloor Contest—Man vs. Floor—sponsored by Schönox are due by Dec. 14. Interested parties should visit hpsubfloors.com/worstsubfloor for entry details.

The first prize for companies is $7,000 in Schönox dollars; the installation team member prize is a weekend in Las Vegas for three installation team members, three-night hotel stay, including airfare, and a $500 hotel gift card.

The second place company prize is $4,000 Schönox dollars; the team price is a Big Green Egg MiniMax BBQ Grill for three installation team members. Third prize for the company is $1,000 Schönox dollars; for the installation team, it is a Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler for each member.