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Hardwood Flooring: Distressed, Hand-Scraped & Wire-Brushed

Hardwood flooring is a warm and timeless addition to any home. It’s also available in many varieties, with different textures. Some of the most popular at Amazon Hardwood are distressed, hand-scraped, and wire-brushed options.

By knowing their pros and cons, you can make an informed choice and pick a texture that matches your interiors and requirements.

Thinking about installing hardwood flooring but have questions about these textures? Let’s examine the advantages and disadvantages of distressed, hand-scraped, and wire-brushed flooring so you have the right information to make the best decision.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Distressed, Hand-Scraped, and Wire-Brushed Hardwood Flooring?

Can’t make up your mind whether you should choose distressed, hand-scraped or wire-brushed hardwood flooring? Keep reading.

Distressed Hardwood Flooring

Distressed hardwood looks similar to reclaimed wood. It brings a rustic vibe to your home and is available in several wood species, plank sizes, and finishes. Many techniques and tools are used to create the distressed appearance, including etching, tool marking, wire brushing, embossing, scraping, liming, and sculpting. This helps create a textured and weathered look that includes nail holes, pits, and dents that give the flooring an authentic and unique appearance.

Distressed Hardwood Flooring

PROS

  • Distressed hardwood flooring gives interiors a rustic charm thanks to its irregular grain patterns and colours. Sanding and staining highlight the planks’ scratches, rings and knots to create a worn appearance that adds warmth and an old-world charm to any interior.
  • Hardwood in general is easier to care for than other flooring materials. And distressed hardwood’s typically matte finish does a great job at hiding the stains and dirt caused by regular wear and tear.
  • Distressed hardwood is an affordable option as it’s mass-produced. It’s also easy to install and maintain. When cared for properly, this flooring lasts many years – another factor that makes it a cost-effective option.

 

CONS

  • Though the material looks natural, its distressed appearance is created by machines and so has a larger carbon footprint than its natural counterparts. Reclaimed hardwood is a more environmentally-friendly option.
  • When purchasing hardwood flooring, it’s wise to choose materials that increase your property’s value. Current trends are more focused on unique and bold designs, meaning you may have trouble selling it quickly.

 

Hand-Scraped Hardwood Flooring

Hand-scraped hardwood flooring is similar to distressed varieties and offers a rustic appeal. However, the texture is slightly rougher which adds to its uniqueness. Production creates a 3D look that adds character.

Hand-Scrapped Hardwood Flooring

 

PROS

  • Hand-scraped hardwood flooring stands up well in high-traffic areas, making it ideal for homes with small children and/or pets. Scratches, small dents and marks are typically hidden within the carried scrapes, making them less visible.
  • The unique appearance of hand-scraped hardwood creates a sense of warmth, while the texture offers an authentically rustic appearance to your living space.
  • Hand-scraped hardwood flooring requires little maintenance. This saves time and money you would otherwise spend on purchasing expensive commercial cleaners.

 

CONS

  • Since hand-scraped hardwood looks unique, the planks require extra care and attention when being installed. That’s why it’s best to leave the installation to experts as they have experience handling similar projects.
  • Hand-scraped hardwood cannot be refinished or re-sanded like other hardwoods. Sanding the surface would result in the distressed marks becoming less visible and therefore affect its rustic appeal. If the flooring requires sanding for any reason, the scraping will need to be redone, but the appearance will likely differ.

 

Wire-Brushed Hardwood Flooring

Wire-brushing creates a more delicate texture than distressed and hand-scraped options while maintaining an attractive and smooth appearance. The soft grains become more prominent while the hard grains are made smoother. The result is a durable flooring material that stands up to wear and tear.

Wire-Brushed Hardwood Flooring

 

PROS

  • Scratches, dents, and other damages will blend in with the rough texture. This makes this style of flooring suitable for homes with children and pets.
  • When touched with bare hands and feet, wire-brushed hardwood flooring offers an earthier, rougher feel than a typically smooth finish which isn’t at all uncomfortable. With use, you will find that the texture offers a more natural look and feel than other options.
  • Wire brushing can only be done to woods on the higher end of the Janka scale, such as oak and hickory. This means the material will last many years and require minimal maintenance than its softer counterparts.

 

CONS

  • Regular cleaning can be a little difficult owing to its rough texture attracting dirt and dust. Your best bet is to use a microfibre cloth that can get into the angles of the grains. You can also use a vacuum with soft bristles to get rid of loose debris before mopping the floor.
  • The textured finish tends to be slightly more expensive than other alternatives. Also, it requires expert installation to ensure the planks are laid properly to appear cohesive.

 

Deciding on new flooring can be challenging as you need to be aware of the factors to consider before investing in any material. You also need to know exactly what you’re signing up for to avoid unpleasant surprises before it’s too late. No matter the material, texture or finish you choose, remember that due diligence goes a long way towards ensuring your flooring remains beautiful for a long time.