Hand Scraped and Distressed Hardwood Floors
Distressed and hand scraped hardwood flooring is becoming an increasingly popular choice for consumers, particularly in commercial buildings and up-market homes. While the trend is a new one, the floors themselves are firmly rooted in the past. Before the kind of floor sanding methods that consumers take for granted today, floors were almost always hand scraped on the actual site in order to make sure that the hardwood floors were actually flat. In the modern world, hand scraping is done for different reasons – generally, to give character, richness, texture and a sense of genuine uniqueness.
Distressed hardwood flooring can be done either by hand or by machine. Many manufacturers opt for the latter choice for cost reasons, though one problem with this method is the inevitable repetitive nature of the resultant pattern, which adds an unnatural quality to the look of the floor, and is generally regarded as being just an inexpensive copy of the real thing.
True hand scraped floors are achieved by the method in their name – by hand. When correctly done, this then results in a floor that is genuinely one of a kind and such floors can be very different depending on both the skill of the hand scraper and the amount of texture that is added to the floor. Manufacturers, on the other hand, tend to just be doing little other than denting, roughing and scooping the floor, or just performing uneven sanding in order to give the floor the appearance of being worn.