If you admire the look of rustic, distressed wood floors, there’s a new hardwood trend that may be right for you. It’s called hand-scraped or hand-sculpted flooring—and though the trend is new, the technique is actually very old. Hand-scraped hardwoods are a popular choice for Vancouver homeowners, so if you’re considering them for your home, here are a few things that the experts at Floor Coverings International Vancouver/Portland think you should know.
About Hand-Scraped Hardwoods
Before the days of machine-manufactured hardwood flooring, woodworkers had to smooth and shape wood planks by hand. This meant scraping the planks to create an even surface, resulting in a subtle texturing of the wood. Though this practice is no longer necessary, many homeowners enjoy the natural look and character of hand-scraped flooring.
Today, hand-scraped wood floors are created both by woodworkers and machines. Floors that are authentically hand-scraped are usually more expensive, since they require more time and labor to produce. However, you can get the same look for a lower price with a machine-replicated version.
Are Hand-Scraped Floors Right for You?
Hand-scraped hardwoods are all about a particular look. If you appreciate the rustic character of hand-scraped wood, then this floor may be the right choice for you. As a bonus, hand-scraped hardwoods are good for hiding dents and scratches, since they are naturally distressed-looking. However, since hand-scraped floors are on the trendy side, they may not hold their value as well as more traditional varieties. In addition to its niche style, hand-scraping can cost more than traditional finishes, so it’s not ideal for homeowners looking for hardwood floors on a budget. It will also be more expensive to maintain your floors down the road, since hand-scraped floors are more difficult to refinish.
Before deciding on hand-scraped floors, we recommend viewing product samples in your own home. It’s easy – just give Floor Coverings International Vancouver/Portland a call! We offer free in-home consultations throughout the Vancouver, WA, and Portland, OR areas. We’ll bring flooring samples right to your door and help you decide which option is best for your needs.
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