distressed wood floor, floor coverings international north chicagoDistressed wood is a great choice if you love the historic look of reclaimed wood, but want something more available and affordable. Keep reading to learn more from the experts at Floor Coverings International North Chicago. We’re here to help you find the perfect wood flooring for your Chicago home or business!

What Is Distressed Wood?

When it comes to hardwood flooring, the terms distressed, reclaimed, and hand scraped wood often get confused. While they share certain traits, all three flooring types are created through very different processes. Reclaimed wood is sourced from old lumber that’s been naturally weathered and damaged by the passage of time. Hand scraped wood is created from new planks that are hand carved by artisans. Distressed hardwood is made from new planks of wood that are artificially weathered and flawed to mimic the look of reclaimed wood.


What are some of the benefits of using distressed wood over reclaimed or hand scraped hardwood flooring? First, because distressed wood is made from new lumber, it doesn’t carry the risk of structural instability of reclaimed wood. Instead our manufacturing partners carefully distress the wood, adding texture and staining, while preserving the wood’s durability. Distressed wood is also produced with consistent quality and has a more cohesive appearance than hand scraped wood. It is also less expensive than reclaimed or hand scraped wood.

Where to Use

distressed hardwood bar floor, floor coverings international chicago northThe subtle visual complexity of distressed hardwood makes it intriguing to the eye. It’s a great way to achieve an antique look in your home or business and can be used to create a sense of establishment. It’s a popular choice for bars and restaurants since minor scuffs, stains, and scratches from heavy use merely add to the aesthetic. Like standard hardwood, distressed hardwood flooring can be used in almost any room in the house, but it’s best to avoid installing it in areas with high humidity, such as bathrooms or basements. The durability of distressed wood flooring depends on the type of wood used in its production.

Care and Maintenance

To care for distressed wood flooring, regularly sweep and damp mop to clean up dirt and debris. Also make sure to quickly wipe up spills using a hardwood friendly cleaner. If you want to prevent additional marks or dents, it’s recommended that you place furniture pads underneath heavy pieces. You will also want to renew the protective finish every two to three years to protect the wood surface.

Interested in using distressed wood in your next project? The experts at Floor Coverings International North Chicago are here to help! Call today to schedule a free on-site design consultation. We proudly serve the Chicago, Lake View, Ravenswood & Lincoln Square areas!

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