The use of planks of wood for flooring goes back to the 1600’s, and as late as the mid 1800’s scraping the floor boards was still the technique used to even out the differences between planks. It was all done with hand held tools, at least until powered sanders arrived, and like we humans do with many things, the natural, human imperfections were tweaked into deliberate styles. Craftsmen became artisans, not just functionally evening out boards, but deliberately marking and sculpting the wood. Using hammer and chisel, the installer could give the floor distinction.
Today’s handscraped hardwood flooring is designed to have the look of an older style floor made by hand; showing a natural kind of wear, but using the modern finishes which protect the floor. Falling under the heading of handscraped are such style elements as sanding, denting or scooping the wood to create indentations, and creating little splits or holes (from non-existant worms). Often the level of handsraped can be left up to the customer. Small, medium or a lot, like the milkshakes again.
Handscraped Hardwood Flooring
One advantage the handscraped look has is that it naturally hides any minor blemishes which may occur in the future, a minor scrape or stepped upon nail, a dent from a dropped thing, any of that. This can make it a good choice for an active household where those eventualities may be deemed inevitable. With modern finishes and stains, todays handscraped floors can be given the color or tone needed to fit any room. Also, handscraped flooring is not limited to solid hardwoods. You can find engineered hardwood with a handscraped texture, which opens up the installation possibilities (generally, solid can’t go below ground level, for instance).
The imperfect leveling of your handscraped floor means that the width of the floor will vary. It’s not going to be exactly 3/4? all the way across. Now, unless you decide to sand 5/8? of wood off your 3/4? floor, this is largely irrelevant to anything your floor needs to do, but in the interest of full disclosure, I share the observation with you.
The distressing of a floor is done to achieve many of the goals of handscraping by using a machine. Generally there is a wire contraption, like a brush, used mechanically on the flooring. It will have less of a wavy look on the surface, and more of a worn, “whapped by wires” texture, like the wood is older, perhaps reclaimed. Because it’s been done by a machine, you might even see patterns in the indentations. Handscraped flooring, whether actually done by hand or not (some aren’t), look, or are designed to look, unique, individual and human done.
why buy engineered flooring when we are doing it all for $9.99 ft. installed?
choose from scraped with the grain ( were we scrape the floor with the length of the wood were it shows the natural characteristics of the wood.
45 degree scraped ( were we scrape the flooring at a 45 degree angle all around)
scraped across the grain ( were we scrape the floor across the width of the wood so it shows deep dark rich grain)
Take up and haul away of CARPET is included!
Additional charges apply for the following:
- Moving furniture
- Removal of hard surface material
- Removal of vinyl flooring
- Moldings and trim