What Is Hand Scraped Hardwood Flooring?

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The classic and timeless look of hardwood floors is a popular choice with homeowners and interior designers for its warmth and natural aesthetic. With its growing popularity and ability to fit well into a variety of styles and design inspirations, hardwood flooring offers tons of options for customization far beyond stain.

Using hardwood goes beyond the classic looks of yesterday with so many varieties of finishes, colors, and styles to choose from, it is easier than ever to get the benefits of solid or engineered hardwood flooring and create a unique style all your own.


One specific type of flooring that has gained popularity are hand scraped hardwoods for when you’re looking to create a unique, vintage-inspired, antique look. Let’s explore hand scraped hardwood flooring.


Hand Scraped Hardwood Defined

Hand scraped wood is intentionally created to look worn and distressed, making it the perfect choice to create a rustic, farmhouse style. This product can be used in old homes to keep the historical, worn elements that can properly reflect the style and character. This type of flooring is often thought of as a work of art.


The hand scraping technique was developed before machines were used to finish wood flooring and was used to level out irregularities in the wood. In modern times, this technique is now used to create irregularities and give a unique style to the wood planks and is often done with machines and may be more well known as distressed hardwood flooring. The unique technique of finishing results in no two planks looking exactly alike, which adds to this flooring style’s charm.


Choosing Hand Scraped Hardwood

There are several considerations to keep in mind when looking to purchase hand scraped hardwood floors. One of the biggest disadvantages to hardwood flooring is that they can be easily scratched or scuffed, thereby ruining their appearance. However, with hand scraped floors, the intentional “worn” is easier to maintain and would hold up well in homes with children or pets and in high traffic areas. Hardwood floors can last for years and years , but hand scraped hardwood takes durability to new levels. With traditional hardwood, you’ll need to refinish them every so often, but hand scraped floors come with a highly durable finish designed to last for decades.


Another big decision for your flooring choice is what species of wood will work best for your project. Not only for the color and look, but different species of wood will offer different benefits for functionality.


Additionally, you’ll always want to consider the budget. The cost breakdown for hand scraped wood floors starts with whether or not you choose to go for individually hand scraped or flooring that are given a similar look using machines. Of course, handcrafted is going to run at a higher price point, but the look and feel will truly be art and one of a kind. You can get hand scraped hardwood flooring in both solid and engineered wood varieties, which will affect the price as well.


However, the investment is well worth the price point. This flooring not only offers a unique look, but with its anti-scratch properties and easy maintenance qualities, this style of wood flooring is a great choice.


More About Hand Scraped Hardwood Floors

There are a few downsides to this flooring option.


  1. It can be costly. If you want only the highest-quality hand scraped hardwood for your home, there’s a good chance you’ll need to budget for a higher price point. However, if you love the look and durability but you don’t mind a mechanical production process, you’re much more likely to find options that work with a more limited budget.
  2. Difficult installation. Handscraped flooring can be challenging to install, but investing in pre-scraped planks and choosing the right time to install hardwood floors can make the process easier. No matter the variety, handscraped hardwood is a labor-intensive install that is best left to the pros.


When you’re considering hand scraped hardwood for your floors, make sure you choose a qualified provider and contractor to work with. And if you do decide to take on the challenge of doing it yourself, make sure you first do your research–extensively, show around for the best price options, and don’t be afraid to negotiate. Make sure you keep some wiggle room in the budget for trim work, patterns, and difficult angles.


You will also need to decide on a manual process for a finish, or automated process and whether you’ll use engineered or solid hardwood. After all that, the last thing to consider is the hardness rating. The overall grade of the wood will determine the overall quality and appearance.


Shopping for Hand Scraped Hardwood

Start and end your shopping with Flowers Flooring. Our selection of both engineered and solid hardwood floors are available in a variety of shades and styles to match any aesthetic and budget. Our knowledgeable staff can lead you down the right path to making your final selection and our professional installation experts will handle the tricky installation, start to finish. Contact us today for your free in-home estimate.



About Flowers Flooring

Flowers Flooring is your family flooring specialist with two locations – Cornelius, NC, and Winston-Salem, NC. Both locations service a 100-mile radius from the showroom. Both locations specialize in flooring sales and installation, including carpet, laminate, hardwood, sand & finish, hardwood restoration, vinyl plank, vinyl tile, rubber flooring, tile floors, tile showers, tile backsplash, area rugs, interior painting, and more. To reach the Cornelius, NC location please call (704) 445-7750 and to reach our Winston-Salem location, please call (336) 660-0977. Please be sure to inquire about our current promotion and financing offers.