People choose engineered hardwood floors for many reasons.  Compared to solid hardwood floors, they’re typically cheaper, easier to install and when they’re installed properly it’s tough to tell the difference between engineered and solid planks.  But to get the most out of your engineered planks, it’s a good idea to seal them once they’re installed.  This article will go over four reasons to seal engineered hardwood floors.

Reduce Water Damage

Neither engineered nor solid hardwood flooring planks are completely resistant to water damage.  It’s simply the nature of their composition.  However, adding a sealant gives an extra layer of protection when it comes to spills, leaks or moisture problems.  To reduce the need of replacing water damaged planks, a sealant is good preventative measure.

Reduce Wear And Tear

Although engineered floors are created with a wear layer designed to absorb a certain amount of wear and tear, adding a sealant gives you an extra layer of protection.  Not only will the sealant reduce the ability of water and moisture to cause damage, it will also cut down on the damage caused by accidental scuffs, scrapes and dents.

Reduce Costs

Adding a sealant to an engineered hardwood floor is much cheaper than replacing the whole floor or even a few simple planks.  The fact is that it only costs a few dollars to seal a large section of your floor.  The added protection it gives you will reduce the chances that you’ll need to repair or replace sections.  Spending a little bit of money on prevention will save you a lot more money in replacement costs.


If nothing else, adding a sealant to your engineered hardwood floor will increase its shine and make it look better.  A floor that’s free of scrapes and scuffs is undoubtedly more attractive than one that’s been used and abused – and looks like it. By adding a sealant you can rest assured that your floor will remain good looking for a longer period of time.