Renovation Without Demolition

Historically, subfloor demolition was a common project pathway along with the dust, time, and waste coming with it. Contractors and installers just did not have the subfloor products to do things differently with the results they wanted for their customers. Schönox changed all of that, with the subfloor solutions to renovate rather than demolish subfloors.


Subfloor renovation holds clear advantages over subfloor demolition with reduced cost, shorter project duration, a much smaller environmental impact, and less facility disruption. Schönox provides product systems to repair, renovate, and renew subfloors, rather than demolish them. The following common and (before Schönox) challenging subfloors can be left in place, renovated, and covered with Schönox product systems:

  • Asbestos tiles and adhesives
  • Tiles including broken and damaged tiles
  • Deteriorated gypsum
  • Ceramic
  • Concrete slabs in poor physical condition
  • Carpet
  • Carpet cutback
  • Wood
  • Concrete slabs with moisture issues up to 100% RH
  • Concrete slabs with contaminants

Schönox technology renovates subfloors faster than demolition processes, prevents thousands of tons of construction debris annually from going to landfills, and prepares subfloors for floor covering now and recovering in the future.

A proven Schönox product system for subfloor renovation without demolition:

  1. Schönox EPA Rapid – Rapid drying moisture mitigation system. One coat to penetrate and fully seal substrates. Dries in 2 to 3 hours.
  2. Schönox SHP – Special acrylic primer. One coat over Schönox EPA Rapid. Dries in 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Schönox AP Rapid or Schönox ZM Rapid – Rapid setting self-leveling compounds. Schönox AP Rapid is ready for floor covering in 6 hours and Schönox ZM Rapid is ready for covering in 1.5-2 hours.
  4. Apply the floor covering of your choice. We can supply the right adhesive for your project, flooring covering, and project requirements.