The hand-scraped flooring can give the home a casual, low-key feel that is perfect for those homeowners hoping to achieve a non-conventional touch. This style of flooring gives the impression of age and has a rough texture, which is able to complement the earth-tone decor styles.
The flooring produced by the skilled craftsmen is noticeably more expensive than those produced by the non-skilled workers. But it generally helps to pay a little bit extra to get the more attractive and unique finish.
This floor technique can benefit from the skilled craftsmen that will give the work great care and attention. An alternative and more cost-effective option is to use the machine scraping process. The overall appearance of the work is significantly different when comparing the machine and scraped techniques. For those that want the more unique look and finish to the planks it benefits to buy the flooring that has been carefully worked on by hand. This method makes sure each floor board has an individual appearance which isn’t always the case with the machine method.
One of the benefits of this type of floor panel is the low-level of maintenance needed. Because there isn’t a smooth gloss finish to the flooring, there is less need to be concerned about gouges, dents, or general marks. This type of floor with a rough texture can be great for the household that have active children and pets. However, the rough surface has a lot of crevices which can collect dirt and dust, so the day-to-day sweeping might be slightly slower compared to a smooth surface.
While this type of flooring comes with a hard-wearing finish which has the potential to last 25 years, there might be difficulties should it become necessary to refinish. If the floor planks are sanded the surface will become smooth and you no longer have the unique distressed look. A better option to renovate this type of flooring is to use a procedure known as screening and re-coating. This helps to fully refurbish the existing flooring without sanding down the rough texture.
If the flooring in the living room is solid wood flooring there is the option to give it the hand-scraped look. Avoid using engineered flooring with this technique as the scraping will likely go right through the top veneer coating which could leave the planks in an ugly state. Use a simple pull scraper to complete the work and scrap perpendicular to achieve the best results with the grain. Plus, a light sanding can benefit the larger ridges that have been scraped into the wooden planks.