Elastilon by Supra Floors is a nontoxic and emissions-free membrane with ergonomic, thermal, and acoustic properties that allow for stick-and-peel installation of 5/16" to 1" solid hardwood. This reduces installation time by 50% to 70%, according to the company. Elastilon can be used in any residential or commercial flooring application and allows hardwood to be installed on above- or below-grade concrete, which eliminates the need for subfloor construction, nails, or glue. 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. suprafloors.com
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