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We at Elastilonusa are extremely excited about our new site and we hope that it will help answer all of the questions you may have on installing hardwood flooring over just about any surface, including concrete above and below grade! During your visit we would recommend that you view our installation video as it demonstrates just how simple it is to install any hardwood on any floor with our Elastilon Hardwood Flooring Installation Membrane.

Be sure to find out more about our complete line of Elastilon products including Strong, Removable, Lock and Sport. You will find an installation membrane for all your needs.

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Comments

  1. Fred Thomas says:

    elastilon sounds like a fantastic product.
    I want to install 3/4″ hardwood on my basement.
    recommend

    1. george hammar says:

      Fred, you should definitely consider installing Elastilon in your basement. It is the only way to install solid hardwoods in basements. I read the comment from Ms Smith about the Lowes store. I have experienced this narrow minded attitude by others who simply cannot accept a new concept..

      If you buy it at Lumber Liquidators, they will offer you installation as well…(I am an installer and the company I work for does work for them:)

      1. Hero says:

        Hi SteveWhen a wood floor gets wet to where it distorts the wood floor I uslaluy suggest removing and replacing the whole floor for several reasons. You will most likely not be able to match the older flooring when patching in with new wood. Secondly, if the floor is now loose then drying it and refinishing it will not fix that. Thirdly, is that any remaining moisture not detected can cause the rest of the flooring to distort further later on as it dries out further. Usually the plywood subfloor would not have to be replaced as it is uslaluy a CDX type that can withstand getting wet, as long as it is good shape and not rotted simply allow it to dry out before replacing the wood flooring over it. Using prefinished hardwood flooring avoids the mess and the days of having to stay off the floor before it can be used. I would suggest getting three estimates.

  2. lisa smith says:

    I am so glad to see this site. I heard about it from my installer a couple of months ago and went to Lowes to buy it along with the hardwoods I wanted. The store manager told me they don’t have this product, and that product does not exist! He said that he never heard of such an installation system in his 20 years of experience with hardwoods!!!

    I am going back to the store now just to tell them about it. I went to Lumber Liquidators for my floors and the Elastilon. They have Elastilon there alright! They are also knowledgeable and very helpful.

  3. John says:

    My mother was one of the Flood victims from Nashville, TN in May of 2010. We used Elastilon Strong to lay her hardwood floors. It was great. I am not an installer and after watching the installation video I layed 1300 sqare feet in about a 1 1/2 days. My mother loves her floor. She is in her 70′s and says it has a little bit of cushion and feels great to walk across. We thought the installation was fast, quick, and easy. She just loves her new floor! Thanks Elastilon!

    1. Paolo Zampieron says:

      Hi John

      I was happy to hear about your mother’s experience with Elastilon. This is the type of reaction we get from consumers who have Elastilon installed with their floor.
      Thank you for sharing your experience and all the best.

  4. admin says:

    If its in regards to Elastilon you can blog right on our site http://www.elastilonusa.com

  5. Frank says:

    We installed an engineered wood floor in Nashville TN. Normally we could not have accepted the job as we were overloaded with work but due to the time saving by using Elastilon we were able to accept the job.
    Installation of a 1,200 sq ft floor took us only 16 man hours (one full day with 2 guys).
    Thanks for bringing such a great product to the market.

  6. Wil says:

    Please type your comments here.I’m helping my daughter install bamboo on concrete. We’re a little nervous, but this looks easy and less mess plus an underlayment. It sounds great. I thing we’re going to try it. It’s worth the cost for the convience. I’ll let you know how it worked!

    1. admin says:

      Thank you for your comment. It is an amazing product and very easy to use. If you have any questions – before, during or after installation, please give us a call.
      Thank you.

    2. Efrem says:

      Unhappy Sorry to hear that the flooring is cunippg, Anytime the edges of hardwood flooring cup there is or was a presence of excessive moisture within the environment. Did the installer let the flooring acclimate? What did they use for a moisture retarder underlayment paper? What is the home’s Relative humidity. If the inspection was done weeks or months after noticing the problem, the RL or excessive moisture could have dissipated. You might want to run an air conditioner or dehumidifier for several weeks which may pull out the remaining excess moisture out of the wood and the flooring may return to normal. Cupping is not covered in manufacturers warranties. Normal moisture content in Hardwood flooring should be between 6-12 % which equals 40-55% Relative humidity, if the relative humidity level in the home rises for an extended period of time the flooring absorbs this moisture and the edges of the flooring cup upward. The same thing can happen in reverse: if the wood dries out too much it will leave gaps between the floor boards.

  7. DIYChris says:

    I just purchased 1/2″ engineered hardwood and I am thinking about using Elastilon to install my floor over concrete. I have concerns your product may make my floor sound hollow and creaky just like laminate flooring which I hate! Therefore I am leaning toward glue, but I like the ease of installation, no VOCs. What is your customer’s experience in this regard? Any comment on this subject are greatly appreciated.

    1. paolo says:

      Chris, Elastilon will be great for your 1/2 hardwoods. All you need to do is follow the instructions, particularly the section dealing with installation of thin boards (1/2 and under) and maintain the 3 golden rules:-
      1) Glue all end joints throughout the installation
      2) Ensure floor is flat to within 0.8 inch over 8ft (2mm over 2.5m)
      3) Maintain adequate expansion room around all walls and obstacles.

      If you do that, not only will you will have an easy installation, but you will also enjoy for many years, the advantages of having used Elastilon, particularly during changes in temperature and humidity, or if you need to replace a floor board or a section thereof.

      Please call us if you need any additional information or assistance with the installation, before, during or after.

      1. DIYChris says:

        Thanks for the information Paolo, but I am still concerned about the laminate sound. What has your experience been with noise. Honestly, glue down will be primarily to keep the hollow sound down. I am wrong?

        1. paolo says:

          Chris, glue down is primarily to ensure that the joints are kept together. Elastilon will do the same but better.

          If you install thin board with Elastilon without flattening the floor underneath, you may have pockets of air trapped under the floor and when you walk on it, you may have a squishing sound, not hollow. If you flatten the floor as per the installation instructions, you will have no such pockets and therefore no sounds. Also, with weight of traffic and furniture, the floor will settle even more and you will have the same effect as if you installed thicker boards.

          The problem with glue is that the floor will not be floating, and if there is an extreme change in the humidity and temperature, particularly as was the case this winter, with the pressure of contracting and expanding, your floor may buckle or gap.

          I hope I have been able to answer your question.

    2. Ibrah says:

      Our instructions cover these exact two sceinrao’sAny floor installed with Elastilon needs to be:-1. Flat Floor must be even with a maximum tolerance between 1/8” over 6 ft or 3/16” in a 10 ft radius. (2mm per 2.5 meters)2. Clean and structurally sound Free of debris and any other loose material. Wood sub-floors must be stable and securely fastened to supporting joists. Be sure to nail or screw any areas that are loose or squeak. Sand, scrap, or grind any raised edges and level all low spots with the appropriate leveling compound (Concrete floors included) so that maximum tolerances are met.Wood that is not perfect It is also important to visually inspect each piece of wood flooring before being installed. As with any other type of installation method, Elastilon cannot compensate for flooring that is severely bowed, warped, cupped, milled incorrectly or damaged prior to an installation. However, most boards may be used if the defective section is cut and removed with the remainder of the board used as a start or end piece, used in a closet, in a low traffic area or used in a concealed portion of the room. Please note that the use of mechanical fastening systems such as straps should never be used to force boards together. Pressure from a rubber mallet and the use of blue painters tape to keep boards tight is permissible. During the racking ( building) of the floor on top of the Elastilon protective release strip, flooring that is not severely bowed can be installed as long as it can still be inserted into the T&G of the boards surrounding it. This will pull the board straight and allow full contact on the Elastilon membrane. Be sure to place a small amount of carpenters glue on all four sides of the affected board for a concern free installation.

  8. Jason says:

    I am considering installing Engineered Wood Flooring with your Elastilon. Will your product work with this type of Engineered Wood Flooring? Also, I understand your product is a floating floor underlayment, if so, please provide any information or tips you would recommend about the product and for installing. Looking forward to your comments.

    1. admin says:

      Elastilon has built its name and reputation with installing solid hardwoods directly over concrete floors. There is no faster, easier and trouble free way to install a solid hardwood floor but there is more to Elastilon then just solids over concrete.

      Engineered wooden flooring is growing in leaps and bounds and Elastilon is perfect for installing all engineered wood flooring be it a t&g system or a locking system. Remember, Elastilon is not only a installation membrane but it is a floating floor underlayment as well. It offers such benefits as: low odor and VOC free; softer to walk on; it is an excellent thermal break and it has high sound deadening capabilities; where it is in contact with the wood flooring it offers moisture resistance. (for added protection especially when there is a concern of moisture through the concrete we require the use of a vapor barrier below the Elastilon); and the list goes on!

      Be it solid or engineered there is no better way of installing hardwood floors on concrete

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I am planning to install bamboo flooring in my condominium right over the concrete floor but I heard that it’s difficult to install. I do not want to use glue as I have young children. Is this the right product?

    1. admin says:

      Elastilon is the perfect choice for a glueless bamboo flooring installation. The Elastilon self adhesive installation membrane can be used to install just about any species of hardwood floors including Bamboo. You really do not have to worry about exposure to heavy glues or adhesives that are associates with traditional glue down applications. Elastilon is a low VOC, self adhesive membrane that allows you to install your glueless bamboo flooring directly onto the concrete. There is no need to allow the adhesives to set before you move in. Just lay your floor with Elastilon and start enjoying your new floor.

      Installation is a breeze. It saves time and effort and many say it is as easy as 1-2-3. If you have an opportunity, just review our wriiten instructions on line and watch our installation video for all the details.

      1. Elizabeth says:

        So is this something I can do myself?

        1. admin says:

          Quite simply yes! There really is not a simplier way of installing a hardwood floor on concrete and that includes such exotics as bamboo flooring. Be sure to watch our installation video and read though our detailed installation instructions. Both can be found on this website. If you have specific questions, please give us a call on our toll free information line. One our technicians will be happy to help you through the process.

        2. Dima says:

          Chris, glue down is primarily to enrsue that the joints are kept together. Elastilon will do the same but better.If you install thin board with Elastilon without flattening the floor underneath, you may have pockets of air trapped under the floor and when you walk on it, you may have a squishing sound, not hollow. If you flatten the floor as per the installation instructions, you will have no such pockets and therefore no sounds. Also, with weight of traffic and furniture, the floor will settle even more and you will have the same effect as if you installed thicker boards.The problem with glue is that the floor will not be floating, and if there is an extreme change in the humidity and temperature, particularly as was the case this winter, with the pressure of contracting and expanding, your floor may buckle or gap. I hope I have been able to answer your question.

    2. Lulu says:

      Elastilon has built its name and reputation with iinatllnsg solid hardwoods directly over concrete floors. There is no faster, easier and trouble free way to install a solid hardwood floor but there is more to Elastilon then just solids over concrete.Engineered wooden flooring is growing in leaps and bounds and Elastilon is perfect for iinatllnsg all engineered wood flooring be it a t&g system or a locking system. Remember, Elastilon is not only a installation membrane but it is a floating floor underlayment as well. It offers such benefits as: low odor and VOC free; softer to walk on; it is an excellent thermal break and it has high sound deadening capabilities; where it is in contact with the wood flooring it offers moisture resistance. (for added protection especially when there is a concern of moisture through the concrete we require the use of a vapor barrier below the Elastilon); and the list goes on!Be it solid or engineered there is no better way of iinatllnsg hardwood floors on concrete

  10. Ravin says:

    Can Elastilon be used as an underlayment for a nail down installation (3/4″ maple hardwood)

    1. admin says:

      No. Elastilon is meant to be a free floating membrane. Elastilon is designed to do two things, adhere to the flooring, and expand and contract with the wood. Fastening the flooring to the Elastilon membrane will not allow the Elastilon to work as it is designed to.

  11. A two part question,
    I want to use the product in a 3/4 hardwood installation over a couple of different sub-floors. The first is new OSB in the new addition to the house and the other is over an older sub-floor of various widths of pine.
    The first question, with older sub-floors as I described I will undoubtedly find a variation in the thicknesses of wood by minimal amounts but still a variation. Any advice in this situation or is it even a possibility.
    The second question. In the past when installing 3/4 hardwood floors I have always had pieces of wood that are a little “warped” and it takes the nail-gun and hammer system to really get those pieces of wood to join well. What is a the solution you suggest in this type of installation concern.

    1. admin says:

      Our instructions cover these exact two scenario’s

      Any floor installed with Elastilon needs to be:-
      1. Flat – Floor must be even with a maximum tolerance between 1/8” over 6 ft or 3/16” in a 10 ft radius. (2mm per 2.5 meters)

      2. Clean and structurally sound – Free of debris and any other loose material. Wood sub-floors must be stable and securely fastened to supporting joists. Be sure to nail or screw any areas that are loose or squeak. Sand, scrap, or grind any raised edges and level all low spots with the appropriate leveling compound (Concrete floors included) so that maximum tolerances are met.

      Wood that is not perfect – It is also important to visually inspect each piece of wood flooring before being installed. As with any other type of installation method, Elastilon cannot compensate for flooring that is severely bowed, warped, cupped, milled incorrectly or damaged prior to an installation. However, most boards may be used if the defective section is cut and removed with the remainder of the board used as a start or end piece, used in a closet, in a low traffic area or used in a concealed portion of the room. Please note that the use of mechanical fastening systems such as straps should never be used to force boards together. Pressure from a rubber mallet and the use of blue painters tape to keep boards tight is permissible. During the racking ( building) of the floor on top of the Elastilon protective release strip, flooring that is not severely bowed can be installed as long as it can still be inserted into the T&G of the boards surrounding it. This will pull the board straight and allow full contact on the Elastilon membrane. Be sure to place a small amount of carpenters glue on all four sides of the affected board for a concern free installation.

  12. how can oak floors be refinished without sanding and dust?

    1. admin says:

      An Elastilon floor can be sanded and finished after an installation.
      There should be no concerns with the dust affecting the Elastilon.
      If you have further questions or concerns, feel free to give us a call on our toll free line 1-877-526-9663.
      Thank you.

  13. Betsy Edwards says:

    I am installing 3/4 in solid hardwoods in my walk out basement over elastilon, which is laid over 6 mil poly. unfortunately I do not have a long wall to start against so we picked the main focal point which is the exterior french doors for the location to start. I want to confirm, before I get started, that I can leave an expansion gap of only 1/4 inch. The hardwood flooring instructions recommend 3/4 inch but there will only be quarter round moulding to cover the gap in front of the door so 3/4 of inch is too large.

    1. admin says:

      Dear Betsy,
      Elastilon is a free floating installation membrane that requires an expansion gap around all walls and any solid obstacles. In a basement environment it is especially important to allow the floor to expand with the increased potential for changes in moisture levels. The recommended expansion gap is 5/8” but if this is not possible then additional expansion must be added to the opposite wall. Therefore if only ¼” is left on the one wall, the expansion gap on the opposite wall must be 3/8” plus the original 5/8” for a total of 1”. To help accommodate the 1”, the drywall along this wall can be undercut to allow the flooring extra expansion space. This can add up to ½” additional expansion space.
      Depending on the environment, it might be necessary to use a humidifier or dehumidifier to control the moisture. It is also important to use a moisture barrier under the Elastilon in any below grade application.

  14. shane cothran says:

    Whats the square footage in the product roll and can we buy directly from the manufaturer. Thanks

    1. admin says:

      Dear Shane,
      Each roll measures 107.64 sq ft. The rolls are 10m (32.81 ft)long x 1m (3.28 ft) wide.
      The product is available at all Lumber Liquidators Stores, Home Depot stores and online at HomeDepot.com as well as at Lowe’s stores and on Lowes.com.
      Thank you.

  15. Mo says:

    We are going to install 3/4″ solid wood over concrete slab using Elastilon. We will include a 3/4″ wide accent strip a foot or so in from the walls, then the main wood out to the walls. Any tips or online resources for going about laying this border using Elastilon?

    1. admin says:

      Hi Mo,
      Elastilon is directional, and the flooring must be laid across the rolls, or at 90 degrees to the direction of the length of the Elastilon. If there are any changes in direction of the flooring, then the direction of the Elastilon must change as well. However, if two sections of Elastilon are laid side by side, but they are in different directions, they cannot be connected. A gap will form along that line.
      As I understand you question, you are planning to change direction along the ends of the floor, similar to a picture frame. This is a very attractive effect, but it cannot be done using Elastilon.

  16. James McNamara says:

    How do I use your product for stairs?

  17. Shivam says:

    Elastilon is the perfect cohice for a glueless bamboo flooring installation. The Elastilon self adhesive installation membrane can be used to install just about any species of hardwood floors including Bamboo. You really do not have to worry about exposure to heavy glues or adhesives that are associates with traditional glue down applications. Elastilon is a low VOC, self adhesive membrane that allows you to install your glueless bamboo flooring directly onto the concrete. There is no need to allow the adhesives to set before you move in. Just lay your floor with Elastilon and start enjoying your new floor.Installation is a breeze. It saves time and effort and many say it is as easy as 1-2-3. If you have an opportunity, just review our wriiten instructions on line and watch our installation video for all the details.

  18. Mark Mutz says:

    I am a kitchen designer. I have customers that have concrete Floors. The objection to a floating floor is the hollow sound that is created from the floating floor. Does this product eliminate that issue? Also, With floating floors in the past we have installed the floor after the kitchen installation to allow the floor to move,. With this Product is that type of installation recommended or could this be installed previous to cabinet installation. Mainly the island.

    Thanks
    Mark Mutz
    Kitchen Concepts and Design.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Mark,
      Elastilon is made from high density polyethylene foam that dampens the sound and cushions the floor slightly. It will not sound hollow.
      As with other floating floor systems, an Elastilon installed floor must be allowed to move freely. Therefore, it should be installed after the kitchen is installed

  19. Oscar Torres says:

    Once a hardwood floor is installed over the Elastilon how easily would it be to remove and replace should a customer decided to replace their hardwood flooring with something else. I am designing units for a high end assisted living facility where when new tenants occupy a unit they often remodel the space prior to occupying and often they change out flooring.

    1. admin says:

      Since Elastilon is not directly fastened the floor below it, it can be easily replaced. With Elastilon, it is possible to remove a single board, a section of the floor or even the complete floor. We have detailed instructions on removing your Elastilon installed floor on our website. http://www.elastilonusa.com/downloads/pdf/Elastilon-board_replacment_instructions.pdf

  20. Rick says:

    I am considering the use of Elastilon to install 3/4″ tonuge and groove southern yellow pine. The pine is milled locally and does not have tongue and groooved ends, only along the length of the boards. The lumber is kiln dried to a moisture content of 10-12 percent. The flooring will be installed on a raised concrete floor (18″ above grade); there will be 6″ of crushed stone below the concrete as well as a 10 mil vapor retarder. In addition I am considering installing a hydronic radiant heating system in the concrete. My questions: Will Elastilon work in this situation? And if yes are there any special precautions regarding use of Elastilon over radiant heating?

    1. admin says:

      Only wood flooring with a tongue and grooved along all four edges can be installed with Elastilon. Use of an approved wood flooring water or electrical radiant subfloor heating system is approved when installed either within or above the concrete/wood subfloor. The heating system should be run 3 to 4 days prior to the installation at a reduced temperature of 64F (18c). Two days after the installation is complete, the temperature of the system may be raised gradually over a one week period to its desired operating temperature. Please note that the surface temperature of flooring should never exceed 81F (27C). Adding humidification may be necessary to maintain humidity levels at required levels. Always follow the flooring manufacturers’ recommendations when it comes to radiant heat.

  21. kdlawrence says:

    I would like to use Elastilon to install click-lock engineered stranded bamboo (3ftx5in boards ) over a linoleum covered concrete floor. The linoleum is in good shape and I have a copper pipe radiant heat system embedded in the concrete. Are there any limitations or installation considerations for this application?

    1. admin says:

      Hi

      You absolutley can use Elastilon to install a click-lock engineered bamboo floor over linoleum flooring and radiant heat. Please just follow our standard instuctions when installing your flooring with the following recommendations: The heating system should be run 3 to 4 days prior to the installation at a reduced temperature of 64F (18c). Two days after the installation is complete, the temperature of the system may be raised gradually over a one week period to its desired operating temperature. Please note that the surface temperature of flooring should never exceed 81F (27C). Adding humidification may be necessary to maintain humidity levels at required levels. Always follow the flooring manufacturers’ recommendations when it comes to radiant heat.

  22. Joe bisso says:

    I am stalling 800 square feet of 3/4 inch Bellwood in my walkout basement using the elastilon product. We are wanting to install a border (different color) around the walls. Can a border be done when using the elastilon? Heard mixed things so far so thought I would ask on here.
    Thanks
    Joe

    1. admin says:

      Hi Joe,

      We are glad to hear that you want to use installation for your next floor installation. The store was correct to caution you on the direction of the Elastilon. However, there are instances where it might be possible to accomplish what you are interested in doing. Is it possible for you to send me a layout of the room showing the room sizing, the direction of the floor, the location of doors or walls and the size of the boarder strips? Are you boards prefinished and is the strip the same species and size as the rest of the floor?

      You can e-mail it to us or fax it to 416-675-3772. We will take a look at the overall information and let you how best to handle this situation.

      Thanks

      Elastilonusa Customer Service

      1. Joe B says:

        I have not had time to get teh dimensions ad drawing together, hoever it sounds like aborder / picture frame around te room cannot be done.

        Follow up question is, what about where the room ends or meets carpet, can I put a board along the end? BAsically forming a T to give it a clean look.

        1. Joe B says:

          Also, I noted in a question earlier on here where it was advised to install the kitchen prior to the floor if using Elastilon. If I do not have an Island is this still the case? I was not planning on finishing the kitchen area of my basement for a few years, but when I do there will be 3 cabinets that I will secure to the wall that will sit on the floor. Is this going to be a problem?

          1. admin says:

            Hi Joe,

            With any free floating flooring system it is important to remember that the floor must not be fastened to the subfloor below and nothing must be fastened to the hardwood floor itself. The floor must be allowed to expand and contract naturally. If the cabinets are not going to fastened to the floor itsself and only to the walls, then there should be no concerns. You may want to look at installing the floor over the area and then cutting back the flooring at a later date when you install the cabinets. The cabinets will then sit on the floor (or a raised subfloor so as to match heights) and not inhibit the movement of the floor.

        2. admin says:

          Hi Joe,

          As previously mentioned, yes it is possible to use Elastilon when installing a border around the outside of the room but how you proceed depends on a couple of important factors. That is why we asked for a layout of the floor so that we could best instruct you on how to properly install the border. On your second point, we would recommend a proper transition molding between the carpet and the wood flooring to allow for expansion of the flooring if necessary. This would be true if you were installing any other free floating floor such as a laminate, glue or click engineered floor.

          1. Joe B says:

            Thanks, we will prepare the diagram and get it over to you guys!
            Your Help is greatly appreciated.

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