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Is there a way to waterproof the joints when installing an engineered hardwood floor?

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just thinking outside the box and wondering if one could apply wax of some sort to the joints as it’s installed? going to put this down in a kitchen
Is paste wax a good thing to work into the joints after installation? Some other product?
i’m not going to use any glue, i want to just a staple gun to put down the boards….

If you are purchasing a factory finished floor, there is no need to do anything other than install it as it comes from the carton. The finish, if it is urethane is good enough to resist moisture as long as the spill is cleaned up in a timely fashion. These floors have about 3 to 5 coats of urethane from the factory and wax will not adhere to it. In about 5 to 10 years if you have heavy Traffic you may have to refinish but following the manufacturers care recommendations should extend the useful life for a long time.

4 Responses to “Is there a way to waterproof the joints when installing an engineered hardwood floor?”

  1. chicagirl51 Says:

    Not a good idea for a kitchen where it has a possibility of getting wet.
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  2. boy boy Says:

    its not a bad thing but be care-full you don’t put too much in and prevent the joint fromm fully closing
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  3. michael Says:

    If you are purchasing a factory finished floor, there is no need to do anything other than install it as it comes from the carton. The finish, if it is urethane is good enough to resist moisture as long as the spill is cleaned up in a timely fashion. These floors have about 3 to 5 coats of urethane from the factory and wax will not adhere to it. In about 5 to 10 years if you have heavy Traffic you may have to refinish but following the manufacturers care recommendations should extend the useful life for a long time.
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    installed some floors and sold many more.

  4. rlbendele1 Says:

    If its good quality, no need to do any thing special. We have hardwood in our kitchen and baths. The kitchen has had a small flood twice. No problems and its been down about 10 years. Just be sure to get the correct adhesive as recommended by the manufacture. We have never waxed the floor.
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