Elastilon® Revolutionizes Hardwood Floor Installation

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New underlay membrane cuts install time up to 70%, allows ¾” hardwood over concrete and provides improved floor stability, resilience and sound reduction.

Elastilon®, a product that is transforming the way floors are installed in Europe, is now available in the U.S. and Canada. An emission-free membrane with ergonomic, thermal and sound deadening properties, Elastilon allows stick-and-peel installation of 5/16” to 1” solid hardwood to save 50-70% on installation time.

While Elastilon can be used in any residential or commercial flooring application, it opens up exciting new vistas for installing solid hardwood on above and below grade concrete, eliminating the need for costly subfloor construction, nails or glue. Elastilon is also well suited to multi-level construction, as it reduces both airborne and impact sound transmission (IIC 62 and STC 54). With the hardwood, Elastilon creates a floating floor that can be walked on immediately and affords easier access to the floor beneath than hardwood installed the conventional way.

During installation, Elastilon is simply unrolled to cover all surfaces, leaving expansion room at walls. As the floor is assembled, the plastic backing on the 1/8” (3mm) thick, high density polyethylene membrane is peeled back and the flooring slipped into position on the adhesive surface. Adjustments are possible for up to 20 minutes; then Elastilon forms an inseparable bond with the hardwood. This creates continuous tension across the boards to prevent the gapping, warping or buckling that can occur with nailed or glued floors. The resulting floor provides superior walking comfort, noise absorption and stability.

Because Elastilon accommodates the natural expansion and contraction of hardwood floors due to humidity, it can be used with all solid hardwood species (pre- or unfinished), including environmentally-friendly exotics with high expansion characteristics, such as palm and bamboo.

Elastilon can be used on new concrete floors, handling up to 3.9 percent moisture content. A vapor barrier of at least 6 mil PE should be used below grade and on newly poured concrete above grade where the moisture content is above 3.9 percent.

In South Africa, one of the most demanding climates in the world with respect to humidity, more than 400,000 square feet of Elastilon-backed wood floors have been installed with zero callbacks.

Elastilon features a limited, 70-year warranty. Developed in the Netherlands by wood flooring industry veteran Fred van Bers, this patented product was launched nearly a decade ago and is now sold in 40 countries. For availability in your area, visit http://www.elastilonusa.com or elastilon.ca or call toll-free to (877) 526-9663.

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