Can anyone tell me about the benefits of hand-scraped hardwood flooring and if it's worth the cost beyond its aesthetic appeal?
My wife and I are looking to replace our existing carpeting with hardwood and were immediately drawn to the look and feel of the hand-scraped hardwood.
What are the pros and cons to consider? Are there better options?
I have been doing renos for over forty years, and did all of them just north of Toronto. In that time I have done many floors from custom pine to the most exspensive hardwood money can by. I always delt with a flooring company that was local to ensure my customers best intrests at heart. They always treated me great and all my customers were always happy, so when I told them I was moving to North Bay nothing would do that they would supply my new floor.
I installed Manning Fireside it has a hand-sraped look and it is great I have two dogs that have not put a scratch in the floor in two years even there water that spills all the time shows nothing. I put torlys fan fold silver under the florr and i have never felt cold in the dead of winter so if you do your research you will be more than satisfied. And on top of all this it was the easiest floor to install, if you are doing it your self.
Hope this gives you some insight to your question.
The biggest differance is asthetics. The one differance is hand scraped usually hides dust and dirt better, especially the darker the colour, and a minor point, it does cut down on sun reflextion a little bit.
The biggest consideration should be the type of wood, some are harder than others. If you have dogs, or a dark glossy stain, scratchs will show up more on the softer woods. Also if you don't want the floor to be covered in short lengths of wood, stay away from any manufacture's boxs that are less than 8 feet long.
Eric, James - Thanks so much for your response.
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