Wire Brushed Flooring
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Wire-brushed hardwood flooring is a common trend today. This is thanks to the unique texturizing technique used which gives the hardwood planks remarkable visual interest as well as hides stains and scratches remarkably.
The term wire-brushed is used to describe the finish of hardwood flooring which involves scraping wood planks using a hard-bristled wire brush. The process exposes the soft grains from the tree’s growth ring. The result of the exposed soft grain is a wood floor that has more texture than a typical glossy finish. The final look is gently weathered, distressed, and rustic. Wire-brushed hardwood floors mimic reclaimed wood or barn wood. Wire-brushed floors are ideal for areas with high traffic such as kitchens.
Wire brushing can be used on numerous types of hardwood. The result will, however, vary based on the hardness and grain of the material. The technique works best with wood with significant and prominent grain as well as natural veins. For example, maple cannot be wire-brushed because this softwood will appear scratched instead of revealing attractive textures. Oak and hickory, on the other hand, are perfect for texturizing treatment.
Exotic woods like cypress and ipe do not yield great effects because the planks are too dense and thus don’t accept wire brushing. Cherry and birch have fine grains that don’t respond well to wire-brushing. Consequently, the end result is often unappealing.
In most cases, wire-brushed hardwood has a matte finish. The matte finish gives the wood a natural, somewhat raw wood appearance.
When the wood is prefinished, the cost will be small. You will be able to find pre-finished wire-brushed wood flooring at major home improvement retailers for around $5 per square foot. When finished on-site, such flooring will be more expensive to install because it will require more manual labor. When hand-brushed on-site, such flooring can cost more than $25 per square foot.
Wire-brushed hardwood floors continue to amass more popularity across the globe. They offer numerous benefits which include the following:
Thanks to the unique texturing, wire-brushed floors have a rustic appearance that adds warmth to your home. It is a remarkable choice if you love antique and distressed looks.
The textured finish makes it hard to see scratches and other damages on the rough finish. The floors are ideal for homes with kids and pets.
Slippage is not an issue with these floors. The rough finish adds to the grip on the floor surfaces.
When they are brushed out, the hardwood is exposed thus making the wood floors harder and stronger. These floors will handle everyday wear and tear without any problem.
Due to the exposed natural crevices and nooks, wire brushed hardwood floors are much harder to clean than other options. As a result, it is imperative that you clean the floors regularly so as to prevent the occurrence of sticky areas or chances of compressed dirt.
When it is time to refinish the surfaces of wire-brushed floors, you have to do it with care. When not done properly, it can end up destroying the look of your floors. At HardWood Planet we are happy not only to help with the installation of wire-brushed hardwood floors but also to help with refinishing while maintaining the original texture and appearance of your floors.
Do you need help choosing, installing, or maintaining wire-brushed hardwood floors? We are here to help. Give us a call now to understand how we can help.