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What is the Difference between Distressed and Hand Scraped Flooring?

Distressed and hand scrapped, two flooring terms that are commonly used interchangeably. Does this mean that there is no difference between the two? Or, are most just unaware of how the two flooring methods compare? Turns out that hand scraped flooring and distressed flooring both yield similar results, but why then do they bare individual names? Keep reading to discover what makes hand scraped flooring differ from distressed flooring.

Purpose of These Methods The idea behind hand scrapped flooring and distressed flooring is to create a floor that looks older than it really is. Wood flooring that is decades old has a worn, rustic look to it, and that look has become popular among homeowners. Homeowners want to capture the scuffed, dented, character-filled wood floor look in their newly-built homes. To do this, the wood must be distressed, worn, and buffed; this is where we get distressed and hand scraped flooring. Both methods are performed with a common goal: make wood planks look old, worn, and used; however, each is accomplished using different procedures.

Distressed Wood Flooring Distressed wood floors are achieved through sending individual planks through a distressing machine. It can also be done by passing a machine over the flooring after the installation. These machines have one purpose: to dent, scuff, and knick each plank to give it the aged look the homeowner desires. Distressing wood floors with a machine is the fastest, most economic way to achieve older-looking floors. This method is a popular option among many homeowners who desire the distressed look.

Hand Scrapped Flooring This method is true to its name. Hand scrapped flooring delivers a distressed look after it is gauged, sanded, scuffed, and dented by hand. This process is incredibly labor intensive and time consuming, as each plank must be individually picked and hammered to create the stressed, worn look. The benefit of distressing wood floors by hand is it ensures the most unique, authentic look. While machines tend to repeat distressed patterns that can sometimes be noticeable to the naked eye, hand scrapping yields a worn look unlike any other. Many who distress their own floors by hand use tools including awls, picks and sanders to create scuffs, dents, and indentations. Some even pound the planks with nails, beat the floor with chains, and gauge deep into the wood with glass shards. This option is perfect for a homeowner seeking the most authentic distressed look; however, professional hand scrapping is expensive and time consuming.