We thought we would start this post by reviewing some of the important points in our installation instructions. It is no secret that a perfect floor is only as good its installation. If you follow the Elastilon installation instructions, posted on this website, installing hardwood floors on concrete will be a breeze. Be it glueless bamboo flooring, engineered wood flooring or solid wood flooring, it can be installed with Elastilon. Let’s start with the preparation needed even before you start your floor installation.
Please carefully review the instructions for both Elastilon and your flooring material before starting your project. Be sure to inspect all flooring thoroughly before installation to ensure that there are no visible defects. It is the responsibility of the owner / installer to ensure that the material, the environmental and the sub-floor conditions are acceptable before the installation commences. The following instructions comply with the recommendations as outlined in the Installation Guidelines and Methods published by the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA). Additional application information is available at www.NWFA.org
As wood is a natural product, it is important to recognize that hardwood floors will be affected by the levels of humidity and temperature within a room. The climate conditions in the room need to be maintained prior (at least 14 days), during and after the installation. The installation site must have a consistent room temperature of 60-80F (16-27C) and humidity level between 40-65% maximum (maintaining humidity levels closer to the upper range is recommended). Permanent air conditioning and heating systems need to be operational at all times. Care must be taken with wood stoves and electric heat which tend to create very dry conditions. The use of dehumidifier or humidifier depending on the situation may be necessary to maintain desired results. For complete details on how to deal with wood floors and the environment, please refer to the NWFA publications (No. A100 – Water and Wood / No. C200 -Problems, Causes and Cures).
Job site preparation is necessary for a proper installation. Be sure to follow the minimum job site recommendations listed in Section 1, Chapter 1 of the NWFA Installation Guidelines and Methods.