Hand scraped flooring, according to Simple Floor is "a process in which artisans carve depth and character by hand into the surface of a wood floor. A time worn appearance results." Since the wood is scraped by hand, and it is a time-intensive process. Hence, this wood is more expensive than hardwood floors. The distressed wood flooring can be pre-finished or finished on site after installation. This article outlines where to buy hand scrapped flooring.
Building supply store
Building supply stores are a source of hand scraped hardwood flooring. The tongue and groove of flooring can be "laid over almost any dry, level surface." The flooring can be hardwood or wood veneered on another product. The colours and finished can vary. Building supply stores that carry hand scraped flooring are Wickes Lumber and B&Q. The prices of the wood can vary. It is worth while to check whether there are any sales before buying. B&Q are currently (18.08.11) offering a sale on their Oak Tuscany Brown Hand Scraped Flooring.
Flooring stores will be another source of hand scraped flooring. The selection of flooring will be quite broad, far more than a building supply store. For example, Floors 2 Go has three selections of hand scraped flooring, Floors Direct has six selections, and Prestige Woods has six as well. The flooring stores will be able to offer competitive prices. Online retailers may also be able to offer bulk discounts. The floor supply stores will have a selection of hardwood and oak laminated hand scraped floors.
Make your own
If you cannot afford the price of the hardwood hand scraped flooring and don't wish to settle for laminate, then you can make your own. - Begin with reclaimed lumber that can be available from old projects or may be available from transfer stations (contact your transfer station to learn, if this is so). - Install the wood on the floor. Remove any finish that might be remaining with a sander. - Clean the wood thoroughly before continuing. - Wet the wood with a sponge. - Scrape the wood with a paint scraper. - Try to make your marks as random as possible, and often against the grain. - Clean the wood before continuing. - Strike the wood with a heavy chain to make random marks on the wood. - Add additional marks, if you like with a crowbar or some other heavy tool. - Use a floor buffer to lightly buff the floor, when you have marked it to your satisfaction. - Stain the wood, then apply a second coat after the first one has dried.