What Is It?
Not to be confused with hand-scraped wood flooring, distressed hardwood flooring is made through a process meant to draw out the natural variations in a piece of wood. Today, most distressed hardwood flooring is created using a machine and results in a floor that contains ridges, pockets, and color variation. Compared to hand-scraped wood flooring, which is made by distressing each wood plank individually, this type of hardwood floor ensures a small level of uniformity, while simultaneously adding character to any Plano home.
Pros of Distressed Hardwood Flooring
- A major advantage of this type of flooring is its ability to hide small marks and scrapes. Scratches tend to add to the varied appearance of the wood and blend in, making distressed hardwood a great option for homeowners with pets or children.
- Distressed hardwood requires less daily maintenance than engineered hardwood or laminate flooring. Its rougher finish hides dust, pet hair, and dirt well, whereas smooth wood floors show dirt more obviously.
- Most notably, distressed hardwood helps to make a home feel authentic and warm. It’s a form of decoration that adds character to a space without being overpowering.
Cons of Distressed Hardwood Flooring
- In comparison to other types of flooring, distressed hardwood can be a more expensive option due to its high production costs. However, it’s more affordable than reclaimed wood or hand-scraped wood, and achieves a similar effect.
- Due to its unique nature, this type of flooring can be polarizing. Although it’s likely to raise the property value of your home overtime if you ever decide to sell, you may run into a buyer who simply doesn’t prefer distressed hardwood.
- This type of wood isn’t naturally distressed and therefore isn’t the most eco-friendly option. Energy and resources are put in to make the wood look the way it does. Reclaimed wood, another vintage style hardwood, is sourced from old beams and logs and is a more eco-friendly variety to consider.
Here at Floor Coverings International Plano we look forward to helping you find the ideal hardwood for your Plano home. Hardwood is a timeless option and there are several styles to choose from. Contact us today for a free consultation. We proudly serve the greater Plano, Allen, Lucas, Parker areas!
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