If you love the look of aged, timeworn floors but don’t want to go through the hassle of finding and repurposing old wood, hand-scraped hardwood flooring is the choice for you. Also known as hand-worn or hand-sculpted hardwood, this flooring solution gives your home beautiful character that conveniently helps hide the wear and tear of everyday life.
At Floor Coverings International Brookhaven, we are determined to help you find the perfect flooring for your home. Here, our experts discuss hand-scraped hardwood floors to help you decide if they might be the right flooring for your needs.
Hand-Scraped vs. Distressed Hardwoods
Just as the name suggests, hand-scraped hardwood planks are individually scraped by hand to create a worn, textured look. Distressed hardwoods, on the other hand, are given their distressed design in the finishing process at a factory. Because a machine is used to finish these planks, distressed hardwoods come with a more uniform (and maybe less believable) look. With hand-scraped wood, the special attention to detail of a skilled woodworker gives each plank a truly one-of-a-kind result.
There are many options to consider when it comes to hand-scraped hardwoods, giving you a range of designs to choose between. From lightly worn floors to a more rustic look, you choose just how distressed you want your floors to look. Wide flooring planks look particularly great with a scraped finish and many manufacturers carry planks up to 12″ wide! For an even more unique look, consider a random hardwood pattern made up of planks differing in length and width.
The fact that the floors are already worn means you won’t have to worry about a refinish for a long time. Depending on just how aged you want them to look, you can go for decades without a refinishing. If ever your tastes change, because it’s hardwood, you’ll be able to have your floors sanded and redone with the stain and finish of your choosing. Just know that a more significant amount of wood may need to be removed to create a smooth surface.
Maintenance and Care
Hand-scraped floors benefit from the wear of everyday life, which often enhances their worn appeal. That being said, as any other hardwood they should not be neglected and will require the same routine maintenance as any other hardwoods. Regularly clean the surface with a broom or dust mop, or a vacuum that won’t scuff the floors. Remember to clean up any spills as quickly as possible to avoid damage or discoloration.
Your Local Flooring Experts
If you’re considering having hand-scraped hardwood floors installed in your Brookhaven-area home, call Floor Coverings International Brookhaven today and schedule your free design consultation. We’ll bring a great selection of hand-scraped hardwoods and other flooring solutions right to your home in our mobile showroom, and help you find the perfect flooring for your needs.
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