Wire Brushed and Wide Plank Flooring
The latest trend in flooring is to capture the warmth, charm and timelessness of a bygone era with wire-brushed oak hardwood floors, according to home design experts.
As the heart and soul of the decor, these floors are used to convey a sense of comfort and well-being associated with a cozy home atmosphere.
Just imagine a cabin in the mountains, a ski lodge or an old farmhouse in the country with wide-planked, unfinished floors, and you get the feelings these floors help to emulate in a home.
In wire-brushed flooring, the soft portion of the wood is removed to expose the grain and bring enhanced definition to each plank. Beautiful knots and dramatic oak character marks further emphasize depth and texture of wire brushed flooring.
To keep up with the demand for wire-brushed floors, Hardwood Planet has developed an innovative wire-brushed collection featuring varying stain colours in matte finishes that respect the natural beauty of red oak and its rustic look.
Wire brushed hardwood is usually wide plank flooring that has been scraped with hard wire brushes either during or after manufacturing to create a unique texture. Wire brushed wood plank flooring is characterized by a rough, toothed consistency and accented grain, whereas hand scraped hardwood has a smoother, more weathered texture and more even grain, depending on the technique and species. Wire brushed wide plank floors can look very dramatic as more of the wood’s natural grain is exposed and you can see all of the wood’s rich character and knots.
Advantages of Wire Brushed and Wide Plank Flooring
Wide plank flooring, and wire brushed hardwood in particular, creates a very unique look that is extremely popular in the Canadian market – especially with those looking for the European hardwood look. With wire brushing, all the soft sapwood is scraped off the top of the wood planks, leaving only the hardest wood behind. This greatly increases durability, meaning chips, scratches and scrapes are a lot less likely to appear. And, since the surface has already been distressed, damage that does occur from things like furniture legs and pet claws usually blend right in. Another key advantage is that due to its rougher surface, wire brushed wood plank flooring is less slippery than smooth hardwood flooring – which could prevent dangerous slips or falls.