Many homeowners are choosing wire brushed hardwood flooring for its unusual, rustic look. Unlike some hardwood floors that are carefully selected to avoid imperfections and irregularities, wire brushed floors achieve just the opposite: they show off the natural grain, knots and gnarls in the wood to perfection.
Wire brushed hardwood flooring is exactly what it sounds like: the top surfaces of the planks are brushed with a wire brush to expose the grain and knots underneath. The even consistency of other hardwood floors is absent; in its place you get the gnarls, swirls and knots that can give any room a dramatic look.
Because every tree is unique, no two installations of wire brushed flooring will ever look the same. That is one of the appeals: everyone who walks into the room will instantly notice the character-rich flooring that is completely yours.
As people strive to create a unique look in their home décor, many are choosing wire brushed hardwood floors. The end result is different even to other wire brushed floors, yet versatile enough to look great with any interior design configuration.
Not only is this this kind of flooring appealing to homeowners, it is a popular choice for businesses that have a strong focus on visual appeal – such as restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts.
When wood floors are wire brushed, the planks are brushed with a hard-bristled brush. The hard bristles of the rotary brush will pull the soft grain from the growth ring of the wood and expose the heartwood. This emphasizes the wood grain and creates more texture and character. The appearance looks weathered and is sometimes referred to as the “European” look. This flooring can provide a more traditional appearance. There is a trend in the installation of these floors. The rustic, natural look can be created with, distressed wood, reclaimed wood and hand scraped wood. These floors have a tactile feel to them and the depth of the texture will vary depending on how light or heavy the brushing is. Light brushing will produce a small amount of texture and heavy brushing will produce deeper texture. The surface of wire brushed wood floors becomes stronger when the softer wood is removed, exposing the hard wood. The surface also has more texture and makes the floor less slippery because the surface is rougher. It can also handle more wear and tear because it’s harder. Homes with kids, pets and lots of foot traffic are ideal for wire-brushed flooring because new scratches will blend right in!
There are a number of benefits that go along with choosing wire brushed flooring. One is the unique look it creates. This is very popular in the Canadian market, especially for home or business owners who are trying to create a more European look in their space. When wire brushing is used, all of the sapwood will be scraped away from the top of the planks, which leaves only the hardest wood behind. This provides another benefit, which is an increase in overall durability of the hardwood. Since the surface is already distressed, the damage that may occur due to pet claws and furniture legs will typically just blend in.
Since the wood has more natural crevices and nooks exposed on the surface, the wire brushed plank can often be more difficult to clean than other hardwood options. It is a good idea to clean the planks regularly to minimize the occurrence of sticky areas or compressed dirt, which can make cleaning even more challenging. Also, if you are going to refinish the surface of this flooring, you need to do so carefully. If it is not done properly, it can destroy the look of the wire brushed surface. Be sure to learn the proper methods, or hire someone for assistance to ensure the refinished floor will retain the original texture and look of the flooring.
Take some time to browse the various hardwood flooring options. Doing so will help you find a style and look you appreciate. Also, learning about care, maintenance and cost can help you narrow down the flooring that is right for your home or business. Wire brushed flooring may not be right for everyone, but if you are looking for something unique, you will likely love this variety.