What is a hand-distressed hardwood floor?
One interesting thing about living well-into the industrial age is that consumers frequently begin to lament the “good old days” when work was performed by hand. When machine-finished goods were relatively rare because they were so new, they were all the rage. Now, however, with almost everything we own produced by factory or machine, many people long for a hand-finished look. This has important implications for hardwood floor decorating choices.
Most modern hardwood floors are indeed finished by machine. This allows planks to have a very smooth appearance if desired. During earlier eras, a wooden floor always had much more character. The floor would be finished in place using hand-held tools, and the appearance of it would not be uniform from one plank to the next. That same look can be recreated today by arranging to have a hand-scraped or hand-distressed floor. These kinds of floors are installed professionally and finished in place by workmen using the traditional methods that have been handed down over generations.
A hand-distressed floor can give a home an antique and traditional feel as opposed to the sleek, modern feel that some decorating schemes promote. Because distressing is done by hand, it does add a cost factor to the installation of a wood floor.
Those who choose a hand-distressed floor should be aware that such floors, like all wooden flooring surfaces, will eventually need the services of a floor sanding company. After floorboard sanding, the wood can be scraped again to restore a hand-distressed appearance, if desired.