What are Hand-Scraped Floors?
If you have spent any time in a home or building that dates before the 1960’s and has the original wood floor still intact, chances are you have seen these floors but might not have even noticed them. Unlike modern wood floors – which tend to have a smooth, even finish and tight, straight grain – hand-scraping a floor gives it a rough, unique look that no machine can re-create. In days past, rough wood boards were laid down and hand tools such as chisels and planes were used to even the planks out. While some artisans still use hand tools, most craftsmen have adopted power tools such as drills with wire wheels and rough sanders to accomplish the task. Keep in mind that manufacturers are producing mass quantities of “hand-scraped” flooring using assembly-line facilities, which end up with a pattern – which is the opposite of what hand-scraped flooring is meant to produce.
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The Benefits of Hand-Scraped Floors
The rustic and unique appearance of hand-scraped floors offers several benefits over traditional floors, including:
- Hiding Damage: Since hand-scraped floors have no discernible pattern and are inherently rough in appearance, scratches, dents, and other physical damage simply blend in with the overall look of the floor.
- Customization: When hiring a professional craftsman to scrape wood flooring, the tools used and the amount of scraping done is completely under your control.
- Unparalleled Character: Each board is scraped individually, with its own unique tool markings. No two boards are exactly alike, and no two hand-scraped floors are the same. This gives each hand-scraped floor its own character, and can be further enhanced with stains and pigmented sealants.
Hand-Scraped Flooring Costs
Keep in mind that the following prices are based on national averages, and your exact costs will fluctuate slightly depending on the exact location of the country you live. Professional craftsmen may charge more or less than the figures given based on their experience as well.
- Purchasing hand-scraped wood flooring costs $10-$25 per square foot depending on the species. Domestic species will be cheaper, between $10-$14 per square foot for oak, maple, birch, American walnut, etc. More exotic species of hardwood will be higher on the spectrum.
- Hiring a professional craftsman to hand-scrape an existing floor costs $3-$8 per square foot, depending on the tools used and the amount of scraping you want.
- Installing a new hand-scraped wood floor will cost $3-$5 per square foot. Removal of an existing floor will add $1-$4 per square foot to the total cost, depending on the type of floor being removed.