hand scraped hardwood Concord

Hand-scraped hardwood flooring is sometimes also referred to as hand-sculpted hardwood. These phrases describe a process that gives new wood flooring a desirable timeworn appearance. This wood floor style has been increasing in popularity throughout the Concord, California area thanks to its unique appearance and its ability to hide minor scuffs and scratches. With this growing popularity, hand-scraped hardwoods are now available in an engineered wood construction from a number of major manufacturers like Armstrong and Bruce. They were most commonly associated with solid plank wood floors as this technique was applied to wood planks to give them a smooth finish when they began being used for flooring around the 1600s (if not earlier).

Hand Scraped vs. Distressed

Distressed wood floors are similar to hand scraped wood floors, with one key difference: the finished product and look from a distressed hardwood is achieved with a machine, instead of the traditional method of scraping the wood’s surface by hand. While this method also creates an aged look, it does not always offer the individual character of hand scraping. The best hand-scraped hardwoods are created by artisans and should only be purchased with trusted local companies such as Floor Coverings International Concord. Some companies will claim that the woods are done by hand the old-fashioned way, however, it takes true craftsmanship to create one-of-a-kind pieces.


A tough urethane finish is usually added once a plank has been scraped to protect the wood and give it a long-lasting shine. The degree of hand scrapping can vary and will be based on a personal and aesthetic decision. The more divots, scrapes, and buffing, the more rustic the floors will look. The added texture to these floors helps to hide scuffs and scratches, making them a great candidate for homes with busy families.

To extend the longevity of your hand scraped hardwood floors, be sure to properly maintain them. When cleaning your floors, keep in mind that excessive water and some detergents can damage their finish. A broom and dustpan are generally all you need to clean hand-scraped hardwood floors, though your floors may also require periodic hardwood refinishing and scratch repair depending on the traffic they receive.

Want to see how hand scraped floors look in your home? Call us today to schedule your complimentary in-home estimate or come stop by our showroom! We proudly serve the greater Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, & Martinez, CA areas.

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