Are Hand-Scraped Floors A Passing Trend?

December 13, 2016

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Hand-scraped floors have been around for many years but they have become very popular in the wood flooring industry. Years ago all scraped wood was scraped by hand but today mechanical processes have given it a slightly different look.

The Look

One reason that some people ask for hand-scraped floors is to add a very rustic and old look to their home. Others like to use it to create a modern urban feel. Regardless of the style you aim for, the result will still include a textured look. Fortunately, there are a lot of options available. You can choose from a variety of colors and ultimately change the feel of the textured look.


The great thing about hand-scraped floors is that you have the option to refinish them in the future if you desire a different look and feel by changing the color and texture without the cost of replacing the floor.

Hand-scraped or Machine-scraped?

If you plan to purchase scraped hardwood floors, you should understand the difference between hand-scraped and machine-scraped. Although hand-scraped may cost more, no two planks will ever being the same. In fact, with the hand-scraped feature, you will gain a much more unique look. Floors that are machine-scraped cost less but also have a repetitive patterned look.

Never Do It Again

Once you have a hand-scraped floor, you never have to re-scrape it or even refinish it. Even if your floor sustains minor damage, it will be easily hidden because of the existing distress marks.

Minimum Maintenance

Compared to a classic, finished, smooth hardwood floor, hand-scraped floors require very little maintenance. You don’t need to refill or recoat scraped floors. You still must take the necessary precautions when cleaning the floor, but it is unlikely that you will need to refinish the floors unless you want to gain a smoother finish.

Scraped Engineered Hardwood Floors

There are many solid hardwood flooring options available for hand-scraped or machine-scraped floors. In addition, there are some manufacturers who offer engineered solid hardwood flooring with scraping. Engineered flooring is made up of several perpendicular layers of wood with a substantial layer of solid hardwood on the top. This process makes the flooring stronger and less susceptible to climate changes and other environmental factors.

Whether your goal is to embrace a popular trend or complement your décor, hand-scraped solid hardwood floors will be around for many years to come. To see the full selection of hand-scraped and machine-scraped floors available to you, visit the MacDonald Hardwoods showroom in downtown Denver.