Winners of Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest Are Announced

The winners of the Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest were announced at the TISE – Surfaces trade show. “The response to the contest in this our second year for the event has been outstanding with many more entries than last year and such strong support from the flooring industry,” comments Thomas Trissl, HPS Schönox principal. “I am really impressed by the expertise and dedication demonstrated by all of the installation teams represented in the contest entries.”

Tom Jennings (vice president of Member Services, WFCA), Dean Thompson (president and CEO, RFCI) and Robert Varden (executive director, CFI) judged the contest entries in an impartial manner that included having all identifying information removed from the entries with only the photos and project notes provided for their review. “As I worked through the more than 900 photos from the various contest entries and studied the project notes for each, I was struck by how we can all be surprised by the varied challenges that subfloors can present,” explains Tom Jennings, one of the judges for the contest. “In order to tackle these tough subfloor problems, it is imperative to have done your research and fully understand how to fully utilize subfloor solutions like those from Schönox.”

The Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest is an opportunity for any company charged with making a damaged subfloor smooth and sound to show the tough subfloor conditions that they encountered and how they renovated them using Schönox products. The contest entries were independently judged with first-, second- and third-place winners awarded Schönox dollars 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. Beginning this year, three installation team members from each of the winning entries also received prizes ranging from weekend trips to BBQ grills and Yeti coolers. “My 35 years of experience in the flooring installation industry allowed me to put myself into the shoes of the installers and contractors represented in the contest,” comments Robert Varden, one of the contest judges. “I enjoyed the process of judging the contest seeing what these talented and dedicated installation teams did in the field.”

The winning companies were as follows:

 Finished   Company   Location   Distributor   Representative 
 
First Place:
 
 
Right Touch Interiors
 
 
Greensboro, N.C.
 
 
William Bird
 
 
Kevin Fearer
 
 
Second Place:
 
 
River City Flooring
 
 
Hudsonville, Mich.
 
 
CDC Distributors
 
 
Jim Batt
 
 
Third Place:
 
 
Popp Enterprises
 
 
Salt Lake City
 
 
Midwest Floor Covering
 
 
Jared Corpuz
 


Three installation team members from each of the winning companies were also recognized at the event:


 Finished   Company   Installation Team Members 
 
First Place:
 
 
Right Touch Interiors
 
 
David Vaugn, Tommy Adams, Luke Adams
 
 
Second Place:
 
 
River City Flooring
 
 
Nate Pasma, Paul Smith, Micah Smith
 
 
Third Place:
 
 
Popp Enterprises
 
 
Juan Magana, Octavio Ruiz, Jose Magana
 


In addition to the winners that were selected, participation was so strong for the contest and the competition so tight, that the judges asked that the following companies be commended with an honorable mention for their outstanding entries:


 Finished   Company   Distributor 
 
Honorable Mention
 
 
Cornerstone Flooring
 
 
HPS North America
 
 
Honorable Mention
 
 
Iowa Wall Sawing
 
 
Hiline Inc.
 
 
Honorable Mention
 
 
Riverchase Flooring
 
 
William Bird
 
 
Honorable Mention
 
 
Wholesale Carpet Outlet
 
 
CDC Distributors
 


This was the second year for the contest beginning with the fundamental question, “Is your company working on a project that has what might be the worst subfloor of the year?” Those entering the contest were asked to photograph the subfloor conditions before and after the subfloor renovation project and submit the photos, along with detailed project information. “Through my work with RFCI, I can certainly attest to the critical importance of smooth, strong subfloors,” explains Dean Thompson, one of the contest judges. “The Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest is a great platform to increase industry knowledge and raise awareness of the part that subfloors play in successful flooring projects.”

Right Touch Interiors from Greensboro, N.C., won first prize in the contest with a subfloor project involving a 7,500-square-foot, 40-year-old concrete slab where a recent attempt at subfloor renovation by another organization had failed. Right Touch was called in to save the project using Schönox US, cement based self-leveling compound, to level the multiple substrates across the subfloor area completing the work in just three days putting the project back on track. “This was a challenging project that was truly a team effort between David Vaughn, our senior project manager, Kevin Fearer with William M. Bird who supplied the Schönox products and consulted on the project, and my coworkers here at Right Touch who are so strong in what they do,” explains Tommy Adams, owner, Right Touch Interiors. “Winning the contest is a win for our entire team; we are really excited.”

River City Flooring based in Hudsonville, Mich., took home second prize in the contest for its work on a distressed subfloor with many voids and irregular areas spread across 14,000 square feet at Grand Valley State University’s fieldhouse. Like many tough subfloor projects, there was evidence and the residual effects present from prior efforts to address the subfloor in prior years. Schönox VD, universal acrylic primer, and Schönox AP, synthetic gypsum self-leveling compound, were used to prepare and level the challenging subfloor project for a VCT floor covering to come. Nate Pasma from River City Flooring led the successful project and was on hand for the contest ceremony at the Surfaces show.

Popp Enterprises earned third prize for an extensive project completed to renovate the subfloors in 54 multifamily units containing broken gypcrete throughout with residual materials from multiple floor coverings, as well as voids in the subfloor and old adhesive. A combination of six Schönox subfloor products were used in concert to bring the subfloor back to a strong surface ready for floor covering. Jeff Popp and David Goaslind from Popp Enterprises, and Jared Corpuz of Midwest Floor Covering, who supplied the Schönox products, accepted the award at the contest ceremony.

“The contest is a great way for Schönox to see the very worst subfloor conditions across the country and how installers are successfully addressing them,” comments Doug Young, HPS Schönox executive vice president. “Our sincere thanks to everyone who participated in the contest; the input from the installer community directly impacts our development of products to support the important work they do in the field.”

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