hans scraped hardwoods madisonChances are you’ve come across hand scraped hardwood flooring in the Madison area. This hardwood flooring style is unique in that the surface of the flooring is textured, giving it a rustic feel. This is a trend that is likely here to stay. Here are some fast facts from the experts at Floor Coverings International Madison so that you can see if hand scraped hardwood flooring is right for your home or business.

Plank Width

Hand scraped hardwoods are often installed with at least a 3 inch plank width but they also can be much wider. The wider plank width allows you to show off the beautiful hand scraped surface without the flooring being interrupted by a seam.

Engineered vs. Solid

Hand scraped hardwoods come in two varieties, engineered and solid hardwood. Many homeowners opt for the engineered variety as this offers a cost savings and humidity isn’t as much of a concern with engineered hardwoods. Solid hardwood floors will give you a few more years in terms of longevity, so it’s really up to you and the long-term plan with your floor and home.

Wear Over the Years

One of the reasons hand scraped hardwoods have really caught on recently is that they are easy to maintain. Instead of being a pristine, high gloss finish that scuffs at every shoe you have a floor that will wear well over the years and roll with the punches, so to speak. A small ding or scratch will not be as apparent on hand scraped hardwoods since the surface already has a texture to it.

Common Species

That being said, it is a good idea to go with a species that will resist dings and scratches in the first place. That’s where it’s good to consult the Janka Hardness Scale to see which species are up to the task. Often if the floor is being installed in a high traffic zone we’ll recommend a very durable species such as oak, maple, hickory, cherry , walnut, or birch. Stay away from softwoods such as pine.

Where to Add Hand Scraped Hardwoods

Hand scraped hardwoods are popping up all over the place. From kitchens, to bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms, hallways, and even commercial spaces like restaurants and office spaces. The only thing you want to be wary of is potential moisture; so it’s not the best fit in the laundry room or adjacent to a shower.

Ready to see if hand scraped hardwoods are right for your Madison home or business? Give us a call or book online today to schedule a free design consultation. We’ll bring the samples to you so that you can see what will work best in your space.

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