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Hand Scraped Oak Flooring

If you're looking at oak flooring, there's a chance you may encounter hand-scraped hardwood. What's the difference between hand-scraped oak flooring and standard hardwood? In general, "hand-scraped" is a term given to distressed hardwood and is used for aged or scraped flooring. "Hand-scraped" also indicates a lack of uniformity, and wood distressed by a machine sticks out for this reason. If you're interested in adding hand-scraped oak flooring to your home, what are the options?

Time worn aged flooring is self explanatory. The wood is distressed from age, and stains may accent this. Aged hand-scraped oak may have dark-colored staining, contouring, or grain highlights.

Wire brushed is a technique used to accent a hardwood's grain. Additionally, the wire brushing removes the sapwood.

Antique oak flooring, on the other hand, indicates both the technique used and hardwood. Although techniques similar to time worn aged are used, the hardwood is typically of a lower grade.

Hand-sculpted hardwood, too, has its appearance altered through physical means, such as brushing or scraping, but a smoother distressed look is the result.

French bleed hardwood is designed with a deeper beveled edge. To accent the already-noticeable joints, a darker stain may also be applied.

Pegged hardwood functions solely as decorative flooring. This type of hand-scraped hardwood is not fastened to a subfloor and does not offer any structural benefits.

Hand hewn and rough sawn create the roughest appearance available. Saw marks are often still visible. If you're looking for hardwood that hides imperfections well, consider going with hand-hewn or rough-sawn flooring.

Custom unfinished hardwood is an open canvas to distressing techniques. After an unfinished oak floor is installed, a professional can distress the surface and finish it. Possible approaches he or she may use include bleaching, pickeling, beating with chains, or using antique nails or pegs.