Add Unique Texture and Rustic Charm to Your Home
In the greater Westlake, Avon Lake, & Avon, OH area, hand-scraped hardwood flooring is sometimes also referred to as hand-sculpted hardwood flooring. These phrases describe a process that gives new wood flooring a desirable time-worn appearance. Hand-scraped hardwoods are most commonly associated with solid wood floors, as this technique was applied to wood planks to give them a smooth finish when they began being used for flooring around the 1600s (if not earlier). Engineered woods can also feature hand scraping methods. Industry leading manufacturers like Armstrong and Bruce provide both solid and engineered wood flooring options to consider.
Hand-Scraped vs. Distressed Hardwood
Hand-scraped hardwood is similar to distressed hardwood. The finished product and look of a distressed wood floor is achieved with a machine rather than the traditional method of scraping the wood’s surface by hand. While this method also creates an aged look, it does not always offer the individual character of hand scraping many Avon and Avon Lake homeowners love. The best hand-scraped hardwoods are created by experienced artisans, many varieties of which we offer here at Floor Coverings International Cleveland West. Some flooring providers will claim that the woods are scraped by hand the old fashioned way, however, it takes true craftsmanship to create these one-of-a-kind products.
The Finishing Process
After the hardwood has been hand scraped, it’s usually coated with a tough urethane finish to protect the wood and give it long-lasting shine. The degree of hand scraping is a personal aesthetic choice. The more divots, scrapes, and buffing, the more rustic the floors will look. This time-worn appearance can help to conceal any minor scratches or scuffs by helping them blend in with the intentional marks, often making hand-scraped hardwood floors a great option for active families.
Maintenance & Care
Proper maintenance is still important to prolong the life of your hand-scraped hardwood floors. When cleaning the hardwood in your home, keep in mind that excessive water and some detergents can damage them. A broom and dustpan are generally all that are needed to clean hand-scraped wood, though your floors may also require periodic hardwood refinishing and scratch repair depending on the traffic they receive.
To learn more about the many beautiful varieties of hand-scraped hardwood floors we have available, call Floor Coverings International Cleveland West today to schedule a free in-home estimate! Proudly serving the Westlake, Avon Lake, & Avon, OH areas, we bring the flooring store to your door with our mobile showroom.
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