Hand Scraped hardwood floors can be confused with other varieties that have come on stream in recent years. Some prefinished manufacturers will offer machine scraped products found more often in engineered lines. Patterns can become repetitious if your look close enough. On the flip side, there are many true hand scraped hardwoods, done entirely by hand. These prefinished (or unfinished) if you should prefer a custom stain color.
Time Worn Aged
Time worn aged offers characteristics of a hardwood floor that has seen distressing caused by age, such as dark colored staining to highlight the grain in the hardwood species itself. In some cases mild contouring of the hardwood is also seen along with character markings.
Wire brushing brings out the grain in the hardwood. The sapwood is removed by brushing, causing a highlighted grainy effect that is not only visible on close inspection, but obvious feel.
Manufacturers have different terminology for their products. An antiqued look typically calls for using a lower grade of hardwood applied with darker colored stains that in turn bring out the highlights of the grain. Lower grade doesn't demonstrate lower quality, but more color variation and character.
Hand sculpted is a term used for flooring that has a smoother distressed appearance. Scraping or sculpting is often smooth and more uniform in appearance.
Prefinished French bleed is new and generally made up of deeper beveled edge appearances. Prior to the staining process, end and side joints are highlighted with a rich black or dark colored stain.
Adding to the aged look one can choose pegged flooring. Pegs offer a decorative appearance, does not offer any structural benefits and is not fastened to subfloors much like older floors of the past.
Hand Hewn or Rough Sawn
These types of floors offer the roughest appearance. Sawing marks are clearly visible. Picture shown above.
Looking to match your floor with a cabinet distressing effect? Or perhaps an entire custom look. It's not unusual to obtain an unfinished hardwood, have it installed and distressed to your hearts desires. Numerous effects can be added from bleaching, pickeling (pickling) beaten with chains, or fastened with antique nails. The sky is the limit when you find the right professional.