Middletown living room with hand-scraped hardwood floorsIt’s not surprising that hardwood is one of the most popular flooring choices in Middletown, NY today. A hardwood trend that is particularly on the rise is hand-scraped hardwood flooring, a finishing technique that adds timeless beauty and an artistic touch to any space.

At Floor Coverings International Orange County NY, we’re dedicated to providing our customers with expert advice and a great flooring selection. Read on as we explore what you should know about hand-scraped hardwood floors to help you decide if they’re the right option for your home!

What Are Hand-Scraped Floors?

Hand scraping is a finishing technique particular to hardwood floors that started as early as the 16th century when woodworkers would use sand and heavy stones to smooth the surface of wooden floorboards. Today, hand scraping is a much more refined process in which a skilled flooring professional uses hand tools to create a timeworn look that is then stained and topped with a durable finish.

It’s important to note that hand-scraped floors are different from “distressed” floors whose worn appearance is created by a machine rather than a person. While some manufacturers carry hand-scraped hardwoods pre-finished from a factory, some homeowners choose to have their floors finished on-site for a more artisanal quality.


A wide variety of wood species look great with this handcrafted finish but keep in mind that softer hardwoods will be easier to scrape than harder varieties, such as maple or hickory. With many sizes to choose from, wide plank floors look particularly beautiful with a hand-scraped finish and are commonly available in widths between 5 and 12 inches. Depending on your tastes, both light and dark stains look great with this finish, however, floors stained darker tend to show more character as they age.


Along with the aesthetic appeal of truly unique floors, hand-scraped hardwoods offer several benefits to homeowners. Because the planks are essentially pre-worn, their finish helps hide scratches and dings from everyday wear and tear. Hand-scraped floors finished with a satin or matte finish further hide the appearance of dust and debris that is easier to spot on a glossy surface. Depending on just how worn you want your floors to look, hand-scraped finishes won’t require refinishing as often as more traditional finishes whose appeal comes from their sleek and flawless design.

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At Floor Coverings International Orange County NY, we love the look and feel of hand-scraped hardwoods. If you think this is the right flooring for your home in the Orange County, Middletown, Goshen, and Warwick areas, give us a call or book your free design consultation and estimate online. We’ll bring our great selection of flooring samples right to your home to help you find your perfect floors!

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