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What is “Distressed” Hardwood Flooring?

Posted on January 10th, 2012 In: Articles, Floor Sanding Services Articles

“Distressed” is a word that usually indicates a negative.  When people hear the term “distressed hardwood flooring” they may be envisioning second-hand wood from a factory about to fall down.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Distressed hardwood flooring is typically brand new and is produced in a factory.  The term “distressed” is used to indicate the surface characteristics of the wood, which include dings, dents, scratches and even grooves.  In this way, the wood can be made to look older or antiqued, but will still have a solid composition that will stand up to years of use.  Distressed flooring is for those who like the antique look but want to buy new.

Why not Just buy old Wood, in That Case?

The same look can be achieved by re-using old wood salvaged from buildings that are falling apart or being torn down, but that wood may very well not be structurally sound.  Insect and water damage over the generations may have weakened it to the point where it is not a good choice for a flooring material.

Hardwood Floor Sanding and Distressed Hardwood Flooring

Those who want distressed flooring may be confused about the issue of floor sanding, which will inevitably come up in time.  Deep sanding will make it possible to uncover unmarred wood, allowing a floor to be renewed in a beautiful way.  Should homeowners want to maintain the “distressed” look, they can opt for a shallower sanding or they can have their floors hand-scraped afterwards to restore the antique look to their home.

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