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Posted: 29 May '18

Handscraped, Wirebrushed and Distressed Hardwood

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Handscraped, Wirebrushed and Distressed Hardwood: What’s the Difference?

Okay, so 3 of the trends we’re about to discuss are all similar and often confused with one another. Each textured wood option comes with its own unique style and character. No 2 textured wood planks should ever be exactly the same and each of these 3 options has a distinguishing quality.

  • Handscraped wood features long, ingrained scrapes in the finish with high variation between planks, making each individual plank appear handcrafted, unique and rare.
  • Wire brushed wood shows subtle, intentional wire scratches that leave the heart of the wood exposed to the surface. These imperfections are smoother and more consistent than hand-scraped or distressed wood.
  • Distressed wood is often mistaken for hand-scraped wood. Distressed wood, however, looks as though it’s been through a lot of wear and tear. You can expect to see scrapes, burns, knots, wormholes and more, giving it an aged, antique look.

Handscraped Wood Floors

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Handscraped wood instantly makes your home look timeless and expensive.

Because hand-scraped floors look truly finished, they are trendy not just with younger homeowners but with more established homeowners, as well. In fact, hand-scraped wood floors are almost guaranteed to amp up your home value.

Will the hand-scraped wood trend last in 2019 and beyond?

This unique, individual, handcrafted look will absolutely stand the test of time. It looks expensive, and people love expensive.

**Note: Be careful purchasing hand scraped wood floors. Many companies will call their floors hand scraped, but they really use a machine making each plank look similar and more uniform. It is less expensive for them, but it does not offer the same effect.


Wire brushed Wood Floors

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Homeowners are loving the weathered look of wire brushed wood floors. This trendy look adds character to your floor while still offering a finished look.

Another bonus of wire brushed wood? It hides dirt really well so you don’t have to clean your floors as often! And, if you’re anything like me, that is a huge selling point.

In 2017, wire brushed wood floors were the leading trend in textured wood floor. However, moving forward, I anticipate that hand-scraped and distressed wood will knock them out of the running pretty quickly.

While the wire brushed floors are cool, if the trend towards imperfections and character continues, distressed and hand-scraped wood will likely have more to offer in both variety and character.

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Will the wire brushed wood trend last in 2019 and beyond?

I believe there will always be a market for this type of flooring. However, it will likely only be a hot and trendy choice for the next 5-7 years.

Distressed Wood Floors

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Hello, beautiful.

Okay, so the truth is, I am a sucker for floors with character and it’s no secret that distressed floors have a whole lot of it!

Wire brushed floors are like your main “normal” character in a movie. They are individual and have their own personality. But they don’t scream individuality.

But then you have distressed wood floors, which are like that cooky best friend character with OMG-so-much personality!

I am that friend. That’s probably why I love distressed wood.

The downside to distressed wood is most of the time the distressing is done by machines in a factory. Like those distressed jeans that cost an extra $100 because they have holes in them so you try to distress them yourself and then it looks terrible and you realize why you pay for the manufacturer to do it.

The same can be said for distressed wood. It does come out looking really nice. But there is just something about intentionally destroying the wood to get your desired look that is still a little odd to me.

The entire idea of distressed wood is that it comes with a backstory. The distressing happens naturally and the wood comes with a rich history, different than any other wood.

That’s why, personally, I’m not super into the manufactured distressed wood. I say if you’re going to find real aged lumbar that has gone through distress and finish it for your home, that will look absolutely amazing.

Manufactured or intentional distressing, though? It’s not my favourite.

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Will the distressed wood trend last in 2019 and beyond?

This is a look that will divide people. Like the debate over which 90’s boy band is the best: NSync or The Backstreet Boys (obviously the latter…).

I do believe distressed wood flooring will continue to be popular, particularly with younger generations. However, I don’t anticipate it will spread quite in the same way as hand-scraped and wire brushed wood.

If you’re looking at longterm resale value, I would choose hand-scraped wood.

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