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ELASTILON - Self Adhesive Underlayment- 107.64 SFT per Roll- Diameter 8.66"

No more glue or nails for your new hardwood floor installation!

Elastilon is a permanently elastic, soft underlay for hardwood floors with excellent thermal and acoustic characteristics.
It is capable of turning a concrete slab into a hardwood floor in no time at all. From 50% to 70% faster than traditional methods!

Quick Highlights:
- Ideal for the floating applications of solid and engineered wood floors.
- Can be used over wood subfloors and concrete (not recommended for below-grade installations)
- Promotes continuous tension across the boards and helps eliminate gapping and open seams.
- This unique adhesive underlayment system allows for quicker, easy installations.

Click here to read the complete installation instructions.

Coverage per roll: 107.64 ft (based on surface area of 3.281 ft wide by 32.81 ft long rolls.
Product Thickness: 3mm
Roll Weight: 7.8lbs

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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ElastilonSelf Adhesive Underlayment
 
4.5

(based on 60 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (35)
  • Easy to install (34)
  • Reduces noise (27)
  • Protects wood (9)
  • Improves look (4)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (5)
  • Difficult to use (4)

Best Uses

  • Hardwood floors (29)
  • Bamboo/cork (9)
  • Home (6)
  • Laminate floors (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (16), Casual do-it-yourselfer (15), Beginner (6), Professional (5)

Reviewed by 60 customers

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4.0

Great product - but expensive

By ygur

from Galt, CA

About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Install
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Elastilon Self Adhesive Underlayment:

      The Elastilon product made installing my Hickory hand-scraped flooing over a concrete pad fast and easy. The product is rather expensive, but the extra cost was certainly worth the price, when compared with the time and effort I have expended installing the wood floor using a nailer on the other two levels of the house. The only issue I had was when I accidentally pinched the 'film' between two boards, and it caused the film to tear as I pulled it out from underneath a portion of flooring. Had to pull up the floor a little ways back to grab the torn portion and even it out. If you work carefully, this product makes installation fast and looks great!

       
      4.0

      Great Stuff

      By Nick

      from Charleston, SC

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Hardwood Floors

        Comments about Elastilon Self Adhesive Underlayment:

        This stuff made laying my floor really easy. I used it over concrete so was glad to avoid having to lay down plywood. Was rather costly but overall was worth it.

         
        5.0

        Underlayment

        By Gary

        from Cody, WY

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Easy To Use
        • Reduces Noise

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Hardwood Floors
          • Home

          Comments about Elastilon Self Adhesive Underlayment:

          Quality product

           
          5.0

          High tech way to install solid flooring

          By Pops

          from Templeton, Ca.

          About Me Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Use
          • Installation Breakthroug
          • Installation Breakthrough
          • Protects Wood
          • Reduces Noise

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Hardwood Floors
          • Over Concretewood Base
          • Over Concrete Wood Base

          Comments about Elastilon Self Adhesive Underlayment:

          Lay down the underlayment lap 1-2 inches up walls. peel back slip sheet, lay first course, top nail at walls so that baseboard/shoe covers nails. Continue laying flooring till complete, peeling slip sheet as each course is installed. Clamp each board tightly as you go. I set each board into underlayment adhesive with rubber mallet as I go. Perfect for mixed sub floors ie. wood/concrete transitions, etc. Produces a quality floating floor that is tight, quiet which is quick and easy to install.

           
          5.0

          Excellent Product

          By A DIY Guy

          from Phoenix, AZ

          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Look
          • Reduces Noise

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bamboo/Cork
            • Hardwood Floors
            • Home

            Comments about Elastilon Self Adhesive Underlayment:

            This is an excellent product! I had my reservations before using it, because it almost looked too easy. I thought there had to be a catch. However, I will never use anything else other than Elastilon to install flooring from this point on. I am using it to install tongue and groove bamboo over concrete. It is very easy to work with, and allows you to line up the boards before sticking them to the floor. There is no time rush as with spreading adhesives. There isn't really a downside that I can think of. Some of the reviews I read said that the surface covering that you peel back rips and tears. I did not have this happen at all, and I have pulled on it pretty hard particularly near door frames, and when finishing a row up against a wall. I have had the flooring in for about a month so far, and the boards are still tight together, without any noticeable gaps developing.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Solid 5" Red Oak Hardwoods and Elastilon

            By Posey

            from Chickasha, OK

            About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Reduces Noise

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

              Comments about Elastilon Self Adhesive Underlayment:

              My Project: 1970's complete gut job. Very open living room and square bedroom. Total square footage around 2000. Laying elastilon over concrete. 5" Red Oak planks from Lumber Liquidators tounge and groove solid hardwoods not locking.

              Pro's (short list): Easy to roll the stuff out over your floor. You don't have to chemically prep your floor, in fact minimal prep is needed to the concrete floor. Just scraped down anything sticking up but even glue left from carpet is fine and doesn't affect the final result. Super soft to touch and for noise. Had hardwoods right on concrete and they are so loud, these are remarkably quiet. Softer on your knees when sliding around on the floor.

              Con's (long list): First thing you must have is a square surface to get those first three rows locked in place. If you don't have a square surface make one, glue 3 rows of boards together and then slide against the wall with shims. Learned the hard way on the first room. Let the 3 rows set up over night.
              Second thing, plastic constantly rips or catches between tounge and groove and rips creating small areas that do not adhere to the elastilon. Recommend a razor knife and guide the rip to a point by cutting in a triangle fashion.
              Third thing, BIGGIE, this product does not work well with warped boards that are side to side. Traditional nail guns you can nail the warps out by tacking them to the ground elastilon doesn't afford you that benefit. The long boards are the primary issue, out of the 1500 square foot great room we ended up with 9 bundles of mostly long boards that wouldn't work. In the 500 square foot room we ended up with 4 bundles that wouldn't work. We had another 500 square foot room we wanted to do but with so much wood that wouldn't work we are not able to... Moral of the story plan for 20% shrinkage and you may end up with extra...

              Summary: After 2000 squarefoot I finally understand how the product works and how to lay it properly with minimal issues. Super happy with final result just a pain in the butt to do. Make this your last option.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                will likely use this product again

                By Matt from Fort Langley BC

                from Fort Langly BC

                About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Easy To Use
                • Reduces Noise

                Cons

                • Its Irreversible
                • Once Plank Is Stuck
                • Use Straight Planks Only
                • Very Expensive

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Elastilon Self Adhesive Underlayment:

                  The biggest problem is that the wood must be straight. So the quality of the solid wood is important.Make sure it is acclimated inside the boxes so it does not warp and then use up quickly.

                  Also, the first line of planks must be connected very straight. So prepare that part very.

                   
                  5.0

                  I would use this product again!!!

                  By LilAabner

                  from Silver Spring, Maryland

                  About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Pros

                  • Adds A Little Padding On
                  • Easy To Install
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Protects Wood
                  • Reduces Noise

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Hardwood Floors

                    Comments about Elastilon Self Adhesive Underlayment:

                    We pulled up carpeting in a family room 20 x 21 ft. Underneath was a concrete floor. The room echoed very badly. We wanted to avoid having to put in a subfloor as that would cause a lot of problems with a raised floor. We did some research online and talked with several service providers at Lumber Liquidators. They all agreed this Elastilon would solve all our problems. They were very helpful in explaining how to use it. Well now we have this beautiful hardwood floor in our family room and it is great. the elastilon provided some cushion and sound barrier. I would definitely use this again.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Made installation easy

                    By Hollsly

                    from Moraga, CA

                    About Me Beginner

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reduces Noise

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Bamboo/Cork

                      Comments about Elastilon Self Adhesive Underlayment:

                      Elastilon was the perfect choice for our situation. We needed to be able to install a floor in a space we are already living in, with cats that are like curious children and want to be a part of everything we're doing. We needed to be able to install directly on cement (above grade). Most importantly, although my husband has had experience installing wood floors, I needed to be able to do the install by myself, since I have the summer off. I used this to install a bamboo floor over a plywood sub-floor, above grade.
                      I wouldn't recommend installing alone, it would have definitely been easier with another set of hands, especially while peeling back the plastic to expose the adhesive -- one person to hold the racked boards and one to pull the backing, to lessen the chance of gapping.
                      Some tips: read and follow all directions. Use blue painters tape to hold racked boards from gapping. Only rack 2 or 3 rows at a time, then pull back the backing until only an inch remains under the last row (do not expose the adhesive or else you won't be able to get the next row racked tightly enough. Walk over freshly adhered boards to ensure a good adhesion. Don't stop the roll in the middle of a row if you can help it -- the plastic backing doesn't easily pull back from the transition. This was the biggest pain by far, I had to reach my hand up under boards to restart the backing on a row because I had cut the roll and started a new roll, causing gapping. This also happened a few times when the backing started to tear while being peeled back.
                      I recommend this product, but give it only 4 stars because of the problems with the backing tearing. Don't get me wrong, Elastilon made it possible for a complete novice to install a wood floor, all by herself -- that's pretty impressive. I plan to use it next on my downstairs floors.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      What They Don't Show You

                      By DRex

                      from Vancouver, WA

                      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Difficult To Install

                        Best Uses

                        • Bamboo/Cork

                        Comments about Elastilon Self Adhesive Underlayment:

                        I was installing Strand Bamboo over a pressed board underlayment and didn't want to rip out all of the particle board--so my only options were glue or the Elastilon. Checked company's site for videos. What they don't show you is the fact that...if you get more than three boards without pulling out the top "skim" sheet then it starts to snag on the boards, rip, and tear. Now you have chunks of your floor that are not on the sticky underlayment. If you know that...it's not too bad to work with, and better than glue.
                        A tip to Elastilon: Spend some $ and produce real INSTRUCTIONAL videos.

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                        • Q:

                          Is hardwood the only flooring you can install over Elastilon, or can you also use laminate and/or tile?
                          Asked on 5/17/2014 by vanessa

                          1 answer

                          • Staff Reviewer

                            A:

                            Elastilon is for hardwood flooring only.

                            Answered on 5/19/2014 by cc-2
                        • Q:

                          Do you see an issue with floating your Engineered 1/2" x 5" Tobacco Road Acacia Handscraped over a Gypecrete radiant floor using the Elastilon product? Would this be a better alternative to using your HDF core product of this same wood and float it on a normal pad? Will the Elastilon product affect heat output.
                          Asked on 4/28/2014 by mbetti from Iron Mountain, MI

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            You cpu an use Elastilon as your installation system over this with that flooring. The subfloor must be very flat and level. Review the information on Elastilon carefully, type "Elastilon" here for this information - http://www.lumberliquidators.com/ll/flooring/Flooring101

                            Answered on 4/29/2014 by Tech & Install
                        • Q:

                          Hello,

                          We have a ton of oak flooring left over from our build that we wanted to use in the basement. It is below grade. Can this product be used in combination with other products for putting solid hardwood flooring into our basement?
                          Asked on 4/10/2014 by J from Bloomington, IN

                          1 answer

                          • Staff Reviewer

                            A:

                            Please call our Tech and Installation Dept. @ (800) 366-4204 for a detailed answer to your question. Thank you for your inquiry.

                            Answered on 4/10/2014 by cc-3
                        • Q:

                          We purchased solid hardwood Santos Mahogany floors from Lumber Liquidators and installed them over a concrete slab subfloor using Elastilon. Look beautiful BUT the squeak terribly. What are the possible reasons and what have others found/
                          Asked on 4/8/2014 by Sue from Palm City, FL

                          1 answer

                          • Staff Reviewer

                            A:

                            Sub floor could have low spots. Please call our Customer Service Dept. @ (800) 366-4204 for help with this question. Thank you for your inquiry.

                            Answered on 4/9/2014 by cc-3
                        • Q:

                          Hi, we are looking to install 3/4" x 8" solid acacia hardwood, prefinished over a concrete floor. An acoustic barrier is required in the building. Will this product work to install that specific wood? We are nervous the 8" wide planks are too wide to "float" over concrete..
                          Asked on 4/7/2014 by Laura from Denver, CO

                          2 answers

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            Yes Elastilon can be used for 8" wide boards if they are well acclimated to the room (which they should be in any installation) and they are flat, straight boards. Follow the Elastilon instructions carefully as well as the flooring manufacturers guides.

                            Answered on 4/10/2014 by Tech & Install
                          • Staff Reviewer

                            A:

                            Please call our Tech and Installation Dept. @ (800) 366-4204 for a detailed answer to your question. Thank you for your inquiry.

                            Answered on 4/10/2014 by cc-3
                        • Q:

                          My homeowner's association has the following requirements, can you indicate the rating of this product?

                          "STC and impact insulation class (IIC) will be approximately 59 for wood or tile"
                          Asked on 3/5/2014 by Andrew from United States

                          1 answer

                          • Staff Reviewer

                            A:

                            The IIC (impact insulation class) rating is 59 For more information contact Elastilon- www.elastilon.com

                            Answered on 3/13/2014 by cc-2
                        • Q:

                          What is the r value of the elastilon underlayment.
                          Asked on 2/17/2014 by Kendrick LL employee from Lorton, VA

                          1 answer

                          • Staff Reviewer

                            A:

                            Thermal Resistance R_0,15(mK)/W. Thank you for your inquiry

                            Answered on 2/18/2014 by cc-3
                        • Q:

                          Can elastilon be used to secure solid 3/4" Ash over a gypsum concrete floor with radiant floor heating? The Gypsum is poured over a 3/4"OSB subfloor above grade with std 16"OC I-Joists.
                          Asked on 12/4/2013 by Dick from Utah

                          1 answer

                          • Staff Reviewer

                            A:

                            We do not recommend solid hardwood flooring over radiant heat. Thank you for your inquiry

                            Answered on 12/5/2013 by cc-3
                        • Q:

                          I have a walkout lower level with concert that goes out to a great room that has a wood subfloor. Can I stop with the elastilon and start nialing it once I get to the wood subfloor and if so should I do anything special at the transition?
                          Asked on 11/25/2013 by Ryan from Roann, IN

                          1 answer

                          • Staff Reviewer

                            A:

                            You could and yes you wiil need to have a T-molding transition at the break point.
                            Or if the substrates are the same height you could use Elastilon for the entire area.
                            Thank you for writing in.

                            Answered on 11/26/2013 by cc-2
                        • Q:

                          Could I use this product to install Bellawood on top of my vinyl kitchen floor? Or is it necessary to remove the vinyl flooring first?
                          Asked on 9/17/2013 by PatC from Elk Grove Village, IL

                          1 answer

                          • Staff Reviewer

                            A:

                            You could depending on the type of vinyl and the substrate under it.
                            You can find complete installation instructions on the product pages by clicking on the installation tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.
                            Elastilon Details found in Flooring 101 - Keywords, "Cement" and "Elastilon" - www.lumberliquidators.com/custserv/aboutus.jsp?pageName=Flooring101
                            Thank you for writing in.

                            Answered on 9/18/2013 by cc-2
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