Hand-Scraped & Distressed Hardwood Flooring

Hand-scraped and distressed hardwood flooring is like traditional hardwoods, but with more character. Small tools are used to create intentional imperfections in hand-scraped & distressed hardwoods, to create a “rustic, time-worn” look with modern finish and durability.

Whether you choose a hand scraped look or distress hardwood, you will want your flooring installed professionally. Our professional team wants to discuss all of your hardwood flooring needs and to tell you about outstanding warranty system. Call Martin’s Flooring today for all of your hardwood flooring needs.

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The use of hardwood planks for flooring dates back to at least the 1600s. As recently as the mid-1800s, each board had to be hand scraped for some semblance of smoothness. Without the use of modern machines, each board was a little less than smooth and level.

At some point, these imperfections were recognized as ”character,” and the people creating these floors began to add small intentional imperfections, usually with a hammer or chisel, to create deliberate patterns. This same character can be recreated today using machinery so that you can have a “rustic, time-worn” look with modern finish and durability.

Hand-Scraped Hardwood Floors

A hand scraped look can be achieved through denting, scooping, and/or sanding the wood. These techniques will create indentations, tiny splits, and holes in the wood. You can choose the level of hand scraping that you prefer. One great advantage of hand scraping is that it will hide any future damage your floor may suffer from dropped items or scratches. This is an awesome preventative measure in high traffic areas, especially if you have active children. Hand scraped hardwood floors are available in solid construction or engineered hardwood, allowing them to be created in any color or tone as well as be installed on any level of your home, even below grade.

Distressed Hardwood Floors

Distressed hardwood flooring is created running each piece of wood through a set of wire “whips.” The effect is a hardwood floor that looks more worn, as if it is made from reclaimed wood. Unlike hand scraped wood, you may be able to see a pattern emerge from the distressing process. You can find the distressed look in solid construction hardwood or an engineered hardwood product.