Hardwood floors are so popular for multiple reasons. They're attractive, easy to clean, and can last a lifetime with proper care. While the benefits of hardwood floors are easy to see, choosing a style of hardwood floors is not so easy. One style of hardwood floors that has gained popularity in recent years is hand-scraped hardwood floors. Hand-scraped floors are distressed enough to give them an authentic wood look, but that style might not suit everyone. If you're debating investing in hand-scraped floors, consider the pros and cons of them before making your decision.
PRO: You don't have to worry about every little scratch. Hand-scraped floors are made with scratches, flaws, and dents as part of their look, so if you have children and pets that might scratch up the floor, the marks will blend in instead of sticking out.
CON: Hand-scraped floors are more expensive. Some manufacturers use machines to give these hardwood floors their distressed look, but many still create the look by hand, which causes the cost to go up.
PRO: They're easy to clean. The grooves in hand-scraped hardwood floors are more shallow than other types of hardwood floors, so it's easy to sweep a broom or run a mop over them to clean them. Additionally, dirt and debris is more difficult to see on hand-scraped floors, so they don't have to be cleaned as often.
CON: Hand-scraped floors are more difficult to refinish than standard hardwood floors. While hand-scraped floors don't need to be refinished as often as standard hardwood floors, the process is longer when they do have to be refinished because of their uneven surface.
PRO: They work in multiple settings. Hand-scraped hardwood floors typically lend themselves to a rustic, vintage decor in a traditional home. Even though this is the most popular use for hand-scraped floors, they also work in a more modern home because they give the decor some character.
CON: Hand-scraped floors can decrease your home's resale value. Some styles of hand-scraped floors are extremely distressed and dark, which decreases the home's resale value because of how niche the style is. Opting for a moderately distressed, mid-tone hand-scraped floor can help you achieve the look you want while preserving the resale value of your home.
With so many styles of hardwood floors out there, it can be tough to choose which style is right for your home. Knowing the pros and cons of hand-scraped hardwood floors can help lead you to choose the style you'll love for years to come.