Distressed hardwood flooring in StrongsvilleIt’s unlikely that hardwood flooring will ever go out of style. It’s been around for centuries, and yet continues to be one of the most popular types of flooring in the country. However, different stains, styles, and finishes come and go – in the last few years, for example, dark-hued hardwoods became a common trend. Now, our team at Floor Coverings International Cleveland Southwest has noticed a new trend in hardwood: rustic and distressed styles. Many Strongsville homeowners are now choosing hand-scraped and distressed finishes to give their hardwoods more natural character.

What’s the Difference Between Reclaimed, Distressed, and Hand-Scraped Hardwood?

Though rustic flooring options have been on the rise generally, there are many specific finishes and styles under this category. Three common terms homeowners may encounter include “reclaimed,” “distressed,” and “hand-scraped.” Though these hardwood styles may all look similar, they are achieved using different means.

Reclaimed floors are made with wood that has been salvaged from old buildings and structures. Reclaimed wood is authentically aged and distressed, and so has natural imperfections. This is generally the most rustic style of hardwood, since it has in fact been used, worn down, and exposed to the elements. Reclaimed hardwood planks are likely to be varied and uneven, giving them true character.

Distressed hardwood flooring is perhaps one step down from reclaimed wood. Like reclaimed floors, distressed floors are likely to be uneven, with blemishes and imperfections. However, most distressed flooring is only made to look old. Using a machine, fresh new wood is scraped and stained to make it look as if it has aged and weathered over time.

Hand-scraped flooring has a rustic, natural look, but is perhaps more subtle than reclaimed or distressed styles. Though most hand-scraped flooring is made by machine, it is meant to replicate the look of old-fashioned hardwood floors that were in fact scraped by hand. These planks have an uneven, grooved texture, adding a slight rustic touch to any space.

For more information about these hardwood styles, give us a call! Our Floor Coverings International Cleveland Southwest experts will be happy to give you a free estimate on your flooring project. We even provide in-home consultations to homeowners in the Strongsville area!

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