Due to temperature fluctuations, heat exposure from the sun, and moisture penetration caused by the rain, the rear part of hardwood floors deteriorates over time. Constant variation among these factors leads to changes in the structure of the wood—and ultimately speeds up deterioration.

Ingenuity at work

PROLAM's patented WAXIN technology sets a new benchmark in hardwood floor protection. The WAXIN treatment guarantees that your hardwood floors are protected against even the harshest outside conditions.

WAXIN is generally applied to the area of the floor most exposed and vulnerable to inclement weather, specifically the first 8 feet from the rear door.

WAXIN penetrates the surface of hardwood with solid paraffin wax, creating a virtually waterproof barrier of protection. In this process the hardwood is heated to expand its fibers, allowing the wax to penetrate the surface (0.060 to 0.120 inches deep). When the mix cools, the paraffin hardens and coats the wood fibers.

With WAXIN, water evaporates even before it can penetrate the wood.


Maximum effectiveness under harsh conditions

PROLAM tested the effectiveness of WAXIN by exposing two wood panels to outdoor conditions
for one full year.

The photos below show one untreated panel and one protected by WAXIN.

waxin_graph_treated   waxin_graph_untreated

The benefits are countless

WAXIN penetrates the wood and does not deteriorate. Conventional floor protection, such as varnish and polyurethane, are only top coats; they eventually break down due to forklift and pallets being moved across the floor.

WAXIN remains solid and adheres to the wood fibers. Oil-based floor protection products are liquid and will progressively disperse over time, losing their effectiveness.

WAXIN is more durable than any other type of moisture protection for hardwood floors. Its effectiveness and water resistance continue even as the surface of the floor is worn.

WAXIN drastically reduces swelling in wood weight and volume due to weather conditions (by as much as 80%). With WAXIN, water evaporates before it can penetrate the wood.

WAXIN creates a virtually waterproof barrier of protection for hardwood floors, making domestic North American hardwood similar to tropical woods like apitong, a very tough wood that has a natural resistance to outside conditions. To prove it, a WAXIN-treated hardwood panel, an apitong flatbed floor panel and an untreated hardwood floor panel were submerged in water for 17 hours. The result? The WAXIN-treated panel was nearly as water resistant as the apitong panel and at least three times more than the untreated panel.


WAXIN: Durability for the long haul.

WAXIN not only makes wood highly water resistant but also provides long-lasting protection that preserves the wood's effectiveness—even as the floor surface thins due to normal wear.

The photos below show a WAXIN-treated panel, with each subsequent image showing the same panel with increasingly thicker strips of its surface planed off. Even when the thickness of the WAXIN-treated surface is reduced, WAXIN continues to protect the wood against water penetration; water still beads on the wood.

WAXIN-treated floors repel water even as the floor surface thins as shown:

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All photos taken 10 minutes after water exposure.