People often ask if they can install hardwood flooring directly over concrete or how can I install a hardwood floor over concrete? Well the answers are simple - Yes and with Elastilon.
So what is Elastilon? It is a revolutionary Self Adhesive Installation System used for the installation of solid and engineered hardwood floors in any room including the basement. Floors are installed directly onto the Elastilon adhesive surface over any sub-surface including directly over concrete. More so, Elastilon provides a solution for both the homeowner and the installer. Read More...
A totally new, installation system which makes the use of nails, nailing guns, messy glues and their spreaders, along with compressors and hoses completely unnecessary during the installation process. A utility knife is all that is needed to install Elastilon making it truly the easiest way to install hardwood flooring.
Elastilon uses a permanently elastic cross-linked, closed-cell polyethylene construction combined with a nylon reinforced adhesive top layer that provides a strong continuous bond with the flooring above it. This top layer is protected by a silicon plastic film that keeps the adhesive free from contaminants and is used in the installation of the wood flooring itself.
Elastilon’s unique elasticity allows for the expansion and contraction inherent in all wood floors. It moves with the wood floor while always trying to keep the floor from gapping or cupping. It works with your floors not against them! In the process Elastilon offers many benefits to the homeowner and the installer alike. Including:
Elastilon can allow you to replace adhesives or any other installation method when installing your hardwood floor over concrete. It is fast, easy and trouble free with a warranty unmatched in the industry.
People frequently inquire whether there are any hardwood floor options for areas in the home or business where there are currently concrete floors. They want to know if it is possible to install wood floors in a basement or over concrete slap foundation flooring. In response to this question, yes, there is several different installation methods people can use to install a hardwood floor over concrete, such as gluing a hardwood floor to concrete or using Elastilon. Regardless of which method you decide to use, it is important to prepare the concrete floor correctly before installing the hardwood floor.
Once the concrete has been properly prepared, you might be tempted to start installing the hardwood floor. However, how to install a hardwood floor the right way requires allowing the flooring to acclimate to the room first. If the flooring is sealed in plastic inside boxes, open and remove the plastic. You do not have to remove the flooring from cardboard boxes, but should open the ends so air can get inside. In addition, place any other products you will need for the installation in the room, too, and allow those to adjust to the room’s temperature and humidity levels. Wait at least 72-hours for the flooring and other materials to become acclimated.
Hardwood floors naturally expand and contract to changes in humidity and temperature levels within the room. Gluing a hardwood floor to concrete holds the boards firmly in place but makes it more difficult for them to expand and contract. One common problem is large gaps appear in-between the glued boards when they contract since the entire floor is unable to shift and move correctly. Using Elastilon to install wood floors in a basement converts any hardwood flooring into a floating floor system. An Elastilon floating floor system is where the finished floor sits directly on top of the concrete subfloor and the entire floor moves slightly with changes in humidity and temperature to prevent cupping, buckling, and gapping. In addition, a floating floor system can be uninstalled and removed easily and the hardwood floor boards reused in another place within the home. Elastilon is a self-adhesive hardwood floor installation system. It has been engineered to be used over just about any kind of pre-existing floor, including vinyl tiles, ceramic tiles, wood, some carpeting, and concrete. Floors are installed onto the self-adhesive Elastilon, so there are no glues, nails, nail guns, spreaders, or other materials required. In fact, the only tool required with Elastilon is a utility knife. The only other tools you need are a tape measure, carpenters glue, pencil, and circular saw for cutting the boards to the right size.
Elastilon is easy to use whether you are a contractor or Do-It-Yourselfer. It is made from special materials which have closed-celled, elastic cross-linked, polyethylene combined with a reinforced nylon adhesive to create a continuous, strong bond with the hardwood floor. The adhesive is protected with a plastic film made from silicon until you are ready to install the hardwood floor.
How to install a hardwood floor with Elastilon is not only easier than other methods, but also up to 70% faster. Elastilon is lightweight, easy to handle, and VOC and odor-free. The best part of using Elastilon for hardwood floor installations is the floor is ready to use right away once you are done. You can walk on the floor and put furniture on it immediately. Elastilon even has one of the best warranties in the industry. To learn more about Elastilon or find a local retailer, visit www.elastilonusa.com today.
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Installing a hardwood floor is easier, simpler and faster with Elastilon. Elastilon is a hardwood floor adhesive system which eliminates having to use other flooring adhesives, nailing guns, or spreaders. Instead, Elastilon hardwood flooring installation systems are more flexible and allow you to install flooring on just about any type of existing surface.
Elastilon was invented over 20 years ago by Fred van Bers of Osbe Parket Bv in the Netherlands. His innovative new product earned him international respect and success. Today, Elastilon is sold in numerous countries around the world. Elastilon helps both do-it-yourself people and contractors complete projects quicker and in a fraction of the time normally required to install hardwood flooring.
Elastilon is a roll out hardwood flooring installation system. The foam material has been coated with an adhesive for flooring. It is designed to work with all types of hardwood and laminate flooring products. There are even specialized Elastilon products on the market today that may be used over cork, concrete, carpeting, vinyl, and ceramic tile. The installation process involves three basic steps:
1.Prepare the Room: Remove furniture and wall molding. Next, sweep, mop, or vacuum the floor.
2.Roll out Elastilon: Once the room is prepped, roll out sheets of Elastilon over the existing floor covering.
3.Install the Hardwood Flooring:Place the flooring over the Elastilon working in small sections. Now, pull back the protective sheet on the Elastilon to expose the adhesive for wood flooring and press the flooring down.
There are slight variations depending on the existing floor covering and surface. For instance, if you are installing Elastilon over a concrete floor, it is recommended to use a 6 mil vapor barrier over all concrete surfaces and apply this first, before rolling out and using Elastilon.
No matter the type of project, there is an Elastilon product available to fit your needs. Elastilon Lock is perfect for installing hardwood flooring on stairs or risers. Elastilon Removable allows for multiple installations in situations where you want to put down and take up the flooring many times, like putting down temporary hardwood flooring for your tradeshow display. There are numerous benefits of using Elastilon over traditional methods, including:
Elastilon is prefect for any project and location within your home or business. For instance, you do not have to worry about using glue for hardwood floors on concrete. If you want to finish your basement with hardwood flooring, Elastilon is the best adhesive for flooring for basement flooring options over concrete. If you are tired of the ceramic tile in your kitchen, install a hardwood floor using Elastilon. You can even use Elastilon to put hardwood flooring on your walls and ceilings. Several Elastilon products are well suited for other types of flooring too, like carpet tiles, luxury vinyl tile, and vinyl composite tile. The possibilities are endless to where you are able to use Elastilon in and around your home.
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