If you love the look of hardwood floors with a lot of
character markings then you may want to consider the
handscraped hardwood floors. In the US,
the handscraped wood look (also called hand
sculptured) has become a popular choice among
homeowners wanting hardwood floors with the look of an old
reclaimed wood floor but with today's finest finishes.
Although higher in price these floors look stunning and
give the appearance of a hardwood floor that has a lot
Handscraped hardwood floors are
offered in both solid and engineered construction
depending on the manufacturer. If your room is above
grade and has a wooden type sub-floor then you can use
either solid or engineered handscraped hardwood floor.
If humidity is a concern, or if your room is on a
concrete slab then you must use an engineered wood floor.
Either way you will not be disappointed with the handscraped hardwood flooring brands.
Besides handscraped hardwood floors some
manufacturers offer distressed hardwood floors
(also called machine scraped)
The distressed wood floors differ in that the markings
in the face are done by a machine, like a wire brush,
while handscraped hardwood planks are created by hand
with wood scraping tools. Although handscraping is more
costly to do, each plank should have a more unique
appearance over a machine scraped plank. Regardless
of which one you choose, both handscraped and machine
hardwood flooring should add a rich, elegant appearance
to any room.